East Ramapo Group Buys Kosher in Quest to ‘Coexist’


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They walked single-file into the bustling kosher grocery, calmly surveyed the aisles, and chose their items.

A bag of potato chips. A bottle of water. One by one, they lined up at the cash registers, made their purchases and stepped aside quietly.

Busy with their shopping, Hasidic men and women in conservative dress paused to eye the group of 25 local activists — black, white, young, old, wearing shorts and T-shirts and jeans — and wondered what was happening. A few minutes later, the disgruntled store owner appeared, tried to block news photographers’ cameras and steered the demonstrators toward the door.

“You have no right to do this. Get out of here,” he said.