Update on Certificate of Religious Practice (CRP) for Jewish schools admissions
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Wednesday 17th June 2020

One of the elements of the Admissions process for many Jewish schools is the operation of the criteria set out in Certificate of Religious Practice (CRP). In the light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is currently not possible to apply one of the criteria in the usual manner, namely attendance at synagogue, the opportunity for which would have commenced on 1 May 2020 for admissions for 2021/22.

Further to a review of the existing CRP criteria and taking legal advice, the Office of the Chief Rabbi and the United Synagogue has now finalised a revised CRP process for 2021/22 only. This process is being submitted to the Department for Education, but it cannot be published until the Department confirms that Jewish schools are permitted to vary their admissions arrangements outside of the normal process and timeframes for doing so.

We are doing all we can to ensure this is prioritised by the Department so that we receive a rapid answer, and hope that Jewish schools will be in a position to publish their admissions arrangements in the very near future. We believe that applicants should not be concerned about being disadvantaged as a result of this delay and the changes to CRP. In the meantime, we continue to respectfully request that you do not contact the schools’ admissions officer or your local Synagogue about this matter until there is a published resolution.

Thank you.

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Our synagogues may be closed but our communities are open! Check out the extraordinary range of programmes available online - from concerts to classes to cooking, see what piques your interest on our YouTube page. Younger members should check out Tribe's Facebook page and Instagram account for volunteering opportunities, online quizes and story time. Why not contact your local community to see what they're offering on Zoom? Please note, that some of these activities such as watching our Kabbalat Shabbat: Live broadcasts and volunteering will count towards the CRP.

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