Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Amid Grocery Store Worker Strike, Jews Question If Buying Food There Is Kosher

As Passover approaches, the Jewish community in New Haven, Connecticut is debating whether they should still do their pre-holiday shopping in the local grocery store with the most kosher options – but which is also subject to a strike by workers, the New Haven Register reported.

Employees at more than 200 Stop & Shop stores across New England have been on strike since Thursday, with many picketing in front of the grocery stores to protest cuts in the company’s contract proposal, according to the Connecticut Post.

Stores throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been closed or cut hours in response. One location on Amity Road in New Haven, which local Jews said had one of the biggest kosher selection in town, was open Friday, but picketing workers lined the front entrance.

“I’m lucky in that I happen to have done a lot of my Passover shopping,” Rachel Bashevkin, who is on the board of Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, told the Register. “To buy the rest I won’t cross the picket line.”

The synagogue’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen, said in an email, “Any food purchased by crossing a picket line or from scab workers is not kosher for Passover….[It is] a matter of well-established Jewish law.” This contention has been both supported and opposed by rabbis online.

Jews who typically go to Stop & Shop are considering other store options as they prepare for the eight-day holiday, which includes a ceremonial Seder meal on the first two nights. Local resident Barbara Zalesch said she was a “last-minute type of person” but would be going elsewhere: “I’m not going to walk past strikers so I can buy gefilte fish.”

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

Engage

  • Events

    Haart to Haart

    Virtual

    Dec 7, 2022

    7 pm ET · 

    A conversation with Julia Haart and her son Shlomo, stars of Netflix's 'My Unorthodox Life,' about the new season and much more.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.