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September 26, 1986 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-09-26

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GLASS & MIRROR

We Will Beat
Your Best Price

BI-FOLD SUPER SPECIAL

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COMMENT

Butcher

Continued from Page 16

substantial bill. In his words,
$130.99 Installed
4 ft. openings
it was his contribution to the
$140.99 Installed
5 ft. openings
Jewish community.
$154.99 Installed
At that point, we were in-
6 ft. openings
terested
in nothing short of
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Slim Fold
utilizing the full extent of the
$220.00 Installed
4 ft. openings
law. There were over 15 top
$230.00 Installed
5 ft. openings
Jewish law firms in the
$270.00 Installed
community that had signed
6 ft. openings
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to be of counsel. We contacted
the Prosecutors Office who
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was at first eager to handle
the case but then realized
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that the correct agency in
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line with the legislature's
kosher law would be the De-
partment of Agriculture.
Their enforcement division
was at first non-responsive
PERFECTION IS OUR REFLECTION
and then sluggish in granting
our request for new surveil-
Where quality work, discount prices and you
lance under their people. It is
the customer make us #1
this fault in the system that
we are trying to correct with
our attorneys through the
courts. To the credit of our
mashgiach, who was unaware
of the actual findings of our
detective, Mr. Steinmetz
found several pieces of non-
kosher meat sequestered
under the display cases in
front. Our supervisor, who
himself had been a butcher
for 30 years, questioned Ber-
nard and was told that meat
was for a non-kosher re-
staurateur for whom he was
doing a favor.
The Vaad called Mr.
Rayber down to our offices
some two hours later. At that
time he denied the whole
story and without knowing
that we had the statement of
our detective, claimed that
our supervisor was "out to
get him" and that he never
had non-kosher meat in the
store. When asked if we could
see the meat in question, Mr.
Rayber responded that he
had already sold it to a man
named Jack who ran a golf
club in the area. "How often
did Jack come into the
store?" we asked the butcher.
He replied that Jack came in
about every other week,
bought about $150 worth of
meat and, no, he did not
know a last name, location or
phone number of one of his
biggest customers. The clubs
we called in the area didn't
know of a Jack who pur-
chased meat, nonetheless,
kosher meat for the club.
Our decision to remove cer-
tification was a unanimous
one It was made only after
all of the steps above were
taken to insure the accumu-
lation of facts, including the
presentation of the butcher
himself in our offices, to de-
oval mirror by Broadway
termine the validity of our
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are handles, knobs, and
full and heavy realization
hardware by Baldwin and
that we were affecting the
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aware of such a serious
breach of confidence and that
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Friday, September 26, 1986 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

the matter be dealt with ef-
fectively. We had every in-
tention'to take the matter to
court but unfortunately the
kosher law is a criminal sta-
tute, one in which we do not
have standing. Except for
plirsuing the Agriculture
Dept. to be more responsive
to our needs in the future,
our legal options are limited.
It is with full revelation of
the story above that I wish to
examine the report in your
newspaper of this very same
butcher being exonerated by
Rabbi Jack Goldman of the
Metropolitan Kashrus Coun-
cil. First of all, Rabbi

"Our suspicions
. . . began when
his purchase of
kosher meats from
the wholesalers
began to slip .. .

Goldman decided that our
supervisor must be biased
which translates as that he
maliciously lied to ruin this
butcher for some under-
handed motive. The entire
conversation that Rabbi
Goldman had with Mr.
Steinmetz lasted less than
two minutes, according to Mr.
Steinmetz who was working
at the time. It ended with
Mr. Steinmetz telling Rabbi
Goldman that he was not re-
sponsible to him and that any
information that he wanted
to know could be had through
the Vaad.
Perhaps this was the
source of our supervisor's
"bias." Secondly, Rabbi
Goldman was only able to
guess as to what our detec-
tive saw. I was not willing to
provide him with detailed in-
formation because it became
apparent that whatever was
told to him went straight
back to the butchers. As we
were originally planning to
pursue this matter in court,
we were loath to show our
hand. At no time did the,
rabbi attempt to contact the
Vaad or our investigator be-
fore he issued his full exon-
eration. I can only assume,
unwittingly, he became a
pawn for the unscrupulous.
The fact. that Rabbi
Goldman chose to enter this
fray is even harder to under-
stand in light of his long
standing publicly-stated opin-
ion that no buther without a
non-Sabbath observant prop-
rietor could ever be kosher
with the presence of a full-
time supervisor. In other
words, according to Rabbi
Goldman, this store was, in
his own words, treif to begin
- with. What does it mean that
the Metropolitan Kashrus
Council inspects but does not
certify these type of stores? If
the meat that goes out of the

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