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  • Conservatives release guidelines for ethical kashrut certification

    By Ben Harris

    August 4, 2008 | 7:44 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The Conservative movement released a policy statement and guidelines for its much-anticipated ethical kashrut certification, outlining the social justice standards companies are expected to meet if their foodstuffs are to qualify for the designation.

    According to the...

  • Agriprocessors raid slammed at Congressional hearings

    By Ben Harris

    July 29, 2008 | 2:56 am

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Witnesses at recent congressional hearings described the federal immigration raid on the country’s largest kosher plant as a travesty of justice, a national disgrace and an ambush.

    But comparing the government detention facilities where 300 illegal workers arrested...

  • Demonstrators march in Iowa to support Agriprocessors workers

    July 28, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    An interfaith group rallied Sunday in support of undocumented workers arrested in a raid on a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa.

    More than 900 people, mainly Jews and Catholics, called for national immigration reform and support for the nearly 400 undocumented workers...

  • Agriprocessors raid fallout continues: Jewish liberals plan rally in Postville

    By Ben Harris

    July 22, 2008 | 3:44 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)—An interfaith coalition is planning to demonstrate next week in Postville, Iowa, in support of justice for workers and comprehensive immigration reform.

    Spearheaded by Jewish Community Action, a Minnesota social justice group, the rally comes in response to...

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  • Briefs: Comedy writer Ross endows UCLA Yiddish chair, Hadassah official focuses on fundraising

    July 16, 2008 | 11:57 pm

    Veteran comedy writer and producer Michael "Mickey" Ross has donated $4 million to endow an academic chair in Yiddish language and culture at UCLA.

    The university's Center for Jewish Studies announced that the gift by Michael and Irene Ross will provide support for an "outstanding...

  • Agriprocessors takes aim at government, gets boost as group drops boycott

    By Ben Harris

    July 9, 2008 | 4:42 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—An Orthodox social justice group dropped its boycott of the embattled kosher meat producer Agriprocessors, saying the company is “beginning to take significant steps” to address claims of worker mistreatment at its plant in Postville, Iowa.

    Uri L’tzedek launched the...

  • Agriprocessors turns to homeless for help

    By Ben Harris

    June 20, 2008 | 2:25 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—In an effort to restore lagging production at its plant in Postville, Iowa, the country’s largest kosher meat producer has been hiring workers from homeless shelters in Texas to replace employees detained in a massive federal immigration raid last month.

    According to...

  • After raid, kosher meat in short supply

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 6, 2008 | 2:47 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jacqueline Lankry doesn't know how she's going to fill her orders.

    Owner of her own kosher catering firm in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Lankry orders a box a week of meat and poultry from Agriprocessors, which runs the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse, where...

  • Rubashkin: It’s all a lie

    By Ben Harris

    June 4, 2008 | 1:16 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Aaron Rubashkin, the owner of the embattled kosher slaughterhouse Agriprocessors, denies he has engaged in unethical labor practices and blames the failure of U.S. immigration policy for his mostly illegal workforce.

    In the first substantive comments by an...

  • Conservatives adopt ruling on living wage

    By Ben Harris

    June 2, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Just days after the Conservative movement became the only Jewish denomination to speak out against alleged worker abuse at the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the United States, the movement’s legal authorities voted to recommend that Jewish-owned businesses pay their...

  • Kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa dumps CEO

    By Ben Harris

    May 28, 2008 | 10:38 pm

    Mounting pressure from Jewish groups and members of Congress has led the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the United States to start searching for a new CEO less than two weeks after federal agents arrested nearly 400 of its employees in a massive immigration raid.

    Aaron Rubashkin,...

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