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February 07, 1986 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-02-07

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22 Friday, February 7, 1986



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had no effect at all at this point.
We carry a pretty good inven-
tory." Mendelsohn said he has a
two-to-four week supply of the
"major supermarket items. Some
of the less-popular items may
run into a problem because I
expect Empire to get into prod-
uction on their most popular
items first." In terms of fresh
poultry, Mendelsohn said, tur-
keys are the only thing that
Empire is not producing right
now "and at this time of year it
is not that popular."
Isaac Engle of Morris Kosher
Poultry, Detroit's other main
wholesaler, said he has "plenty
of frozen stuff in my freezers —
at least a month's supply."
Engle does not expect any prob-
lems as Empire boosts produc-
tion at other plants.
Allan Cohen of New Orleans
Kosher Meats, who is president
of the Detroit Area Kosher Re-
tail Meat Dealers Association,
thought the biggest problem for
Empire would be replenishing
frozen supplies lost in the fire
and dressing fresh turkeys. He-
brew National, he said, supplies
some frozen products to Detroit,
but Empire is the major supplier
of both fresh and frozen kosher
"There is a 30-day supply in
town," he pointed out. "As long
as they're back in business 30
days before Passover, we'll be
alright." Cohen said his associa-
tion has had to change some
special sales because of the fire,
but most kosher poultry prod-
ucts are in full supply.
Rabbi David Nuremberg of
Lincoln Kosher Meat and Poul-

try was more cautious in his
assessment. He said his store
has been receiving its major
weekly order, but smaller orders
for specialty items have not
been filled.
He said on rare occasions his
store carries Shelat specialty
products, and some of his cus-
tomers order Adas chickens,
which are produced by Empire
by different rabbis and shochtim
(ritual slaughterers). "Some
people feel Adas is a higher
standard of kashrus," Nurem-
berg said. "It's a little more ex-
Empire President Murray L.
Katz told reporters that it may
take four-to-six months before
production reaches its former
capacity. But the company ex-
pects to be at 95 percent within
30 days, using other plants in
Mifflintown and its Mount
Union facility. Empire is busing
150 of its Mifflintown workers
to the Mount Union plant.
The company uses 50
shochtim to slaughter 16,000-
17,000 chickens daily. Religious
services are held daily in a spe-
cial synagogue set up in a
mobile home on the plant's
grounds. The shochtim use spe-
cial knives to slaughter the
birds by hand, making sure the
knives stay sharp to ensure a
swift cut.
Investigators believe an elec-
trical short caused the fire. The
main Mifflintown plant ern-
- ployed 700 workers, and is the
major employer in Juaniata
County. Katz told reporters that
local Mennonite farmers have
offered to help in the cleanup ef-

Bronfman Urges Including
USSR In Peace Process

Jerusalem (JTA) — Edgar
Bronfman, president of the
World Jewish Congress, last
week urged inclusion of the
Soviet Union in the Middle
East process, but only after
Moscow resumes diplomatic
relations with Israel.
"I do not think that the
peace process can achieve any
permanent results so long as
the Soviets camp outside the
tent," Bronfman told some 800
persons attending the opening
ceremony of the WJC's 50th
anniversary plenary assembly
at the Jerusalem theater.
"The road to peace runs not
only through Washington, but
also through Moscow," he
stressed. But he warned that
"clearly, there can be no seat
at any Middle East table for
the USSR if it does not have
full diplomatic relations with
Israel." He said that some
Arabs states have urged
Moscow to take this step.
Bronfman said there • Was
good reason to hope that the
improved relations between
the United States and I the
Soviet Union will broaden 'to
Include talks..about Mideast

peace. He said they should also
cover human rights.
Bronfman took issue with
statement by Morris Abram,
chairman of the National Con-
ference. on Soviet Jewry
(NCSJ), who in a recent inter-
view with The New York
Times said that if conditions
are not improved for Soviet
Jews, American Jews will
demonstrate against the arms
"We reject any linkage be-
tween arms control and the
Soviet Jewry issue," Bronf-
man said. "We have not, and
we will not, make one depen-
dent on the other."
Jerry Goodman, executi e
director of the NCSJ, who is
attending the conference was
upset by this statement. He
said that the NCSJ position is
the same as was stated to
President Reagan when
Abram, Bronfman and others
met with him at the White
House last September.
Goodman said this was that
while there was no formal
linkage, there is a linkage in
American publk opinion.

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