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Rabbinical Committee Meets Dwyer, Asks Kashruth Boards Manned by Prominent Jews

August 24, 1930
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A committee of seven rabbis, representing all rabbinical organizations in this city has conferred with Commissioner of Public Markets, Thomas F. Dwyer, concerning the best means for preventing the evils that led to the scandal between the kosher butchers and the market supervisors, the former charging the supervisors with extorting bribes from them.

The committee suggested to the Commissioner that Kashruth Boards be organized in all the boroughs consisting of rabbis and prominent Jews who should supervise the observation of kashruth in their boroughs. Over these boards there shall be organized a central executive committee empowered to settle all disputes arising within the local kashruth boards.

Commissioner Dwyer showed great interest in this plan and declared himself in full sympathy with it, saying that he is willing to help them get the official recognition of the city government as the Jewish authority over kashruth. The conference also discussed the commissioner’s proposed ordinance to license kosher butchers. The commissioner assured the committee that under his plan no licenses would be issued nor revoked without the consent of the rabbinical board.

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