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Court Ruling is Awaited by Kashruth Body

July 5, 1935
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Supreme Court Justice Peter Schmuck is expected to give a decision next Tuesday in the request of the S.S.&B. Live Poultry Corp. for an injunction restraining the Kashruth Association of Greater New York from forcing the poultry market to use the association’s plumbas, or leg bands, to attest that the fowl is kosher-slaughtered.

In the hearing before Justice Schmuck, Allan Deutsch, counsel for the plaintiff, accused the association of “mercenary” motives. Rabbi Nachman H. Ebin, chairman of the association’s administrative committee replied with an affidavit declaring that the association was not only making no profit, but was incurring a deficit.

At the hearing George Z. Medalie entered the case as counsel for the association.


Rabbi Ebin asserted that the suit constituted a challenge to the orthodox rabbinate and the Hebrew religious laws. He said that the plumbas cost the association $1.30 a thousand and were sold to dealers at $10 a thousand, the difference being consumed by salaries for supervisors and rabbis and by administrative expenses.

The plaintiff seeks to restrain the association from publishing statements that its product is not kosher because it does not use the leg bands.


A rabbi who had allegedly signed an affidavit favorable to the S.S.&B. Live Poultry Corp. in its suit against the Kashruth Association was stripped of membership in the Association of Rabbis of Greater New York, an orthodox group, at the closing session of its convention Tuesday night.

The action was taken after Louis J. Gribetz, associate counsel for the Kashruth Association, had appeared before the rabbis and asked their support. A resolution was adopted backing the association.

At the convention, Rabbi Israel Dushowitz announced his resignation from the presidency, a post he had held for a long time. No reason was given for the action.

On Rabbi Dushowitz’s suggestion, a system was adopted whereby the organization’s administrative committee will be the controlling body and the committee members will alternate as chairman.

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