Chassidic parents facing jail time

Haredi Ashkenazi parents who have refused to send their daughters to school with Sephardi girls have been ordered to jail by Israel’s Supreme Court.

Parents in the Slonim Chassidic sect used to keep their daughters segregated from other girls at the school in the West Bank settlement of Emanuel, going so far as to have separate entrances and a dividing wall through the school’s courtyard.

But after the courts ordered the school to remove the separation, the Chassidic parents kept hundreds of children home from the school. The case has gone through months of court hearings, rulings and mediation, culminating in the court’s ultimatum June 15.

The parents were required to inform the court in writing by June 16 that they would abide by the ruling. — jta