Following the adverse judgment in the Supreme Court Jewish schools have been forced to adopt a religious practice test for admissions.
We understand that in some cases the schools will be asking you to complete a Certificate of Religious Practice (CRP), which includes verification of synagogue attendance. Please be aware that although most of the Jewish schools have similar CRP requirements, it is essential that you contact each school to which you are intending to apply to obtain their CRP form and confirm their exact requirements. In some cases it is possible that Shul attendance alone will not be enough to qualify you as a "Priority Applicant".
We are therefore asking that everyone, whether a member or not, who wishes to have their attendance at synagogue verified for school admissions purposes complies with a set procedure (see below), which includes:
1. Pre-registration of attendance
2. Making oneself known to an authorised official when attending. Desks for registration will be available at the following locations and times.
3. Receiving a signed Letter of Attendance (to attach to your CRP form) only if attendance has been verified.
NOTE: Attendance will only be recorded on those Shabbats as detailed in the Schools' Admissions procedures and will not include any Yom Tov, including Yom Kippur. Please check with the schools to which you are applying to confirm the dates they will accept for CRP.
Those requiring us to record attendance will be required to stay until the end of the service.
This is a task that we would much rather we were not being asked to undertake. However, we wish to provide assistance to our Jewish schools as they have been placed in an incredibly difficult situation forced upon them, because, and only because, of the Supreme Court's decision. It is important therefore to point out that this process does not confirm Jewish status.
If you have any questions in relation to this process please EMail .
We look forward to welcoming you to our synagogue and hope that by following this simple procedure we can minimise the disruption and discomfort that this process will create.