The Office of the Chief Rabbi and the United Synagogue have now confirmed the interim arrangements for the certificate of Jewish Practice for entry to Jewish schools in September 2021.

This has been achieved by a working group including representatives of schools (both Head Teachers and Governors), members of the rabbinate, together with OCR and US professional staff.  The group has explored this over the last three months and done so with legal input, in what has been a very complex endeavour.

Please note that forms must be accessed via the websites of each school and are not available from the Shul Office.

The following is a brief synopsis of the new arrangements

  1. Families who have previously gone through the CRP process for a sibling already at the school for which an application is being made will not need to complete a new CRP.
  2. Attendance at some online services (i.e. Kabbalat Shabbat Friday night services) rather than needing to physically attend synagogue, as previously has been the case. These attendances do not need to be verified and signed by the shul i.e. they are achieved by self-declaration.
  3. Extra time has been allowed to complete CRP requirements e.g. in the sections relating to online services, volunteering, and Jewish education.
  4. There will also be a new United Synagogue Jewish online education course option in order to provide an extra opportunity to collect the required number of points. Details will be confirmed by the United Synagogue.

Further information is available via the following link to a Frequently Asked Questions page about the interim CRP system: https://www.theus.org.uk/crp.

Wishing you every success in achieving entry to your desired school.