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'Not Kosher' To Patronize Stop & Shop During Strike, Rabbis Say

Striking workers stand on a picket line outside the Stop & Shop supermarket in Revere, Mass., Thursday, April 18, 2019. Thousands of workers remain on strike and rabbis in New England are advising their congregations not to cross the picket lines. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Striking workers stand on a picket line outside the Stop & Shop supermarket in Revere, Mass., Thursday, April 18, 2019. Thousands of workers remain on strike and rabbis in New England are advising their congregations not to cross the picket lines. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Some New England rabbis are advising their congregations not to cross picket lines to get their Passover essentials at Stop & Shop supermarkets, which have deep roots in the local Jewish community.

One Boston rabbi said it's "not kosher" to purchase "products of oppressed labor" as Jews mark their ancestors' escape from slavery in Egypt.

More than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers walked off the job April 11 over what they say is an unfair contract offer, a claim the company disputes.

A grocery store analyst says the spiritual protest will impact Stop & Shop's finances as Passover sales are a significant part of its annual revenue. He said the chain has the highest sales of kosher products among New England grocery stores.
Stop & Shop has apologized to customers for the inconvenience.

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