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Online shul service attendance enough to get into a Jewish school

RABBIS and teachers are considering a return to the pre-pandemic practice of verifying synagogue attendance to get a pupil’s Certificate of Religious Practice to enable them to attend Jewish schools from September, 2022.

Shul attendance was ruled out as a means of getting CRP points for the most recent academic year because synagogues closed during both the nationally and locally implemented coronavirus lockdowns.

Schools under Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ aegis are understood to be maintaining flexibility whilst the challenges of the pandemic remain ongoing.

By way of example, there will still be a section on the CRP form that enables “self-declared attendance at online services . . . in order to provide an option in the eventuality that places of worship are closed again as a result of the pandemic”.

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