JFS: What JC readers think

July 2, 2009
Benji Sassoon
Broughton Park, Manchester
"I think if someone is not halachically Jewish and is in a school where everyone else is, then they could be discriminated against. Why would they want to be there? I don’t think the courts should be involved at all."
Howard Isenberg
Swiss Cottage
"It’s a very tough situation. Where do you draw the line? It poses questions rather than giving answers. The school has been put in a very difficult position. It’s a matter of waiting to see what its response is."
Rivka Sigher
Golders Green
"Years ago my friend converted and it took her six years. She had six children before finishing the conversion - and she could not get them into JFS. The ruling is an opening for trouble because everyone will want a place in a Jewish school, Jewish or not."
Caroline Stern
North London
"There are big implications. If the Chief Rabbi decides a kid is not Jewish, then it’s decided. I know the community is changing, but how far do you go? If you say everybody can decide on religious matters then you simply throw religion out of the door."
Audelia Rahamim
St John’s Wood
"JFS does not allow non-Jews into the school because it’s so over-subscribed. Even Orthodox Jews cannot get their children a place. If it’s a Jewish school, the Chief Rabbi should decide and places should go to Jewish kids first. If a child is Jewish by law, they should have priority."
Warren Gold
"If a family wish to follow the Jewish way of life and start learning in a Reform or Progressive manner, there’s no reason why they could not become more Orthodox if they wish. I’d much rather the child goes to a Jewish school than not go and be lost to the religion all together."
Last updated: 3:16pm, July 2 2009