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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4238
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1970-1994
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.71 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Rabbinical Commission for the Licensing of Shochetim


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Rabbinical Commission for the Licensing of Shochetim was established under the Slaughter Houses Act 1974. Schedule one provides for the shechita (slaughter) of poultry and animals by a shochet (slaughterer) licensed by the Commission. Orthodox Jews eat meat and poultry provided the animals and birds are slaughtered and their meat butchered according to the laws of Shechita. Slaughter may only be carried out by an approved slaughterman. He must be of recognised high moral character, consistant religious observance and have had thorough training. The Commission alone has power to train shochetim.

The Chief Rabbi is the permanent chairman of the Commission. The Spanish and Portuguese Congregation in London appoints a vice-chairman. Other members are appointed by the London Beth Din, the Federation of Synagogues and the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations. The President of the Board of Deputies appoints 2 members to represent Jews from outside London.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Rabbinical Commission for the Licensing of Shochetim, including Commission minutes; general correspondence and correspondence with Shechita Boards.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The archive has been arranged into two series: LMA/4238/01: Minutes and LMA/4238/02: Correspondence.

Conditions governing access:

Access by written permission of the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1999 and 2008.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information please consult the LMA Information Leaflet: "Records of the Anglo-Jewish Community at London Metropolitan Archives"; available to download here: (URL correct Feb 2010).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Description prepared in March 2010.

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