Jewish school wins right to appeal against ruling its entry policy was racist

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Appeal court judgment found requirement for pupil's mother to be Jewish was unlawful

Europe's largest Jewish school succeeded today in winning leave to appeal against a court judgment that said its entry policy was racist.

The JFS, in Brent, London, was thrown into chaos last June when the appeals court found its requirement that an admitted pupil's mother must be Jewish, whether by descent or by conversion, was a test of ethnicity that contravened the Race Relations Act.

Today's development may forgo the need for a religious practice test to determine a pupil's Jewish identity.

Figures from the Orthodox community fear that such a test will exclude pupils from non-observant families while at the same time admitting pupils whose mothers' Jewish status is not recognised by the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

Russell Kett, chairman of the governors at JFS, said the school was pleased with the decision and would promptly make a written submission.

"We have requested that this case be heard as swiftly as possible and hope their lordships will be able to accomplish both this and our objective to overturn the earlier judgment before the end of October."

The news was also welcomed by Dr Simon Hochhauser, president of the United Synagogue, which is the school's religious authority. He said the United Synagogue would be seeking permission to intervene. continues here

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