By Simon Rocker, July 9, 2009
What did the court say?
The Court of Appeal ruled that it was against the Race Relations Act for Jewish schools to select pupils according to whether a parent was Jewish or not.
The case had been brought on behalf of a boy who was rejected by JFS in north London two years ago because his mother had been converted by a non-Orthodox rabbi and was not considered Jewish by the Office of the Chief Rabbi.
Under the law, schools can give places on the basis of religion, but not of race. JFS argued that its decision to refuse a place to the boy was religiously motivated.