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JFS: What's next?

By Simon Rocker, July 2, 2009

JFS: IN DEPTH

The Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks this week called for community-wide support to challenge a court judgment which he said has effectively branded Judaism as “racist”.

Writing in today’s JC, he said: “We must join together” to contest last week’s Court of Appeal ruling that, under race relations law, Jewish schools cannot award places on the basis of whether the child’s mother is Jewish.

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JFS: The debate heats up

By Jessica Elgot, June 30, 2009

The Court of Appeal ruling that JFS was in breach of the Race Relations Act for its admission code has stirred deep feeling.

It was a landmark decision which could change the course of Jewish education in Britain.

And when our Judaism editor, Simon Rocker wrote a blog on the subject, your comments came thick and fast.

Here’s a sample:

It's breathtaking. Cannot a religious institution decide for itself who qualifies as a member of that religion?

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JFS chair: ‘Schools will not fill places in 2010’

By Leon Symons, April 2, 2009

The chair of governors of Britain’s biggest Jewish comprehensive has predicted that waiting lists for places in London’s three mainstream state secondaries will disappear next year, when the Jewish Community Secondary School opens in Barnet.

JFS chair Russell Kett believes “at least one, if not all three of the schools will be seriously affected as a result of the opening of JCoSS”.

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JFS entry policy is challenged

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2009

A legal battle over the right of Jewish schools to define who is a Jew is to be heard by the Court of Appeal.

The case is being brought on behalf of a boy known as “M”, who was turned down by the JFS Comprehensive in Kenton, north London in September 2007 because his mother is a Progressive convert.

After a four-day hearing in March last year, Mr Justice Munby upheld the United Synagogue school’s right to reject applicants who do not meet the Orthodox definition of Jewish status.

He ruled that its entry policy did not breach race relations law.

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JFS bus-abuse teen will have an Asbo until 2014

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2009

A teenager who verbally abused a group of Jewish children as they travelled home from school has been given a five-year antisocial behaviour order.

It bans the 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, from using the north-west London bus route on which the incident took place in November last year.

Last week, Hendon Magistrates’ Court imposed a series of restrictions on the youth’s movements in the London borough of Barnet.

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JFS school bus abuser in court

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2009

A teenager has admitted threatening to stab a group of Jewish schoolchildren whom he verbally abused as they travelled home from school.

The 16-year-old, unnamed for legal reasons, shouted “Jewish scum” at the JFS pupils during the incident on November 10 last year.

He admitted charges of racially aggravated harassment and common assault at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Magistrates heard how the unemployed youngster, who was around 6ft 6in tall, boarded a 183 bus in West Hendon with a gang of friends.

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Arrest in JFS bus assault

December 18, 2008

A teenager has been arrested in connection with an antisemitic attack on Jewish pupils travelling on a popular London bus route, the 183.
The 16-year-old, unnamed for legal reasons, was detained by officers last week and appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

He denied charges of racially aggravated harassment and common assault, but admitted one charge of malicious communication with police officers. He was released on bail and will face trial on January 28.
The youth was arrested by officers from Barnet’s Safer Neighbourhoods and Safer Transport teams.

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Private coach for pupils as gangs attack school buses

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

Parents of pupils at Britain's biggest Jewish school are to pay for private buses following a series of incidents on public transport.

In one attack last week, a gang threatened to stab a JFS pupil travelling home to Golders Green, North West London.

The attack, which included the boy's friends being called "Jewish pigs" and "scum", follows the throwing of stones at bus windows and antisemitic taunts shouted at youngsters.

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