A ruling about a Jewish teacher in London will help devout bosses


By ERASMUS

BY CONTEMPORARY standards the personal life of Zelda De Groen, who taught at a nursery school in north London, could hardly be described as unusual. She and her life-partner, a man who shared her Jewish heritage, lived together for a while and in due course they married.

But there was a moment of awkwardness in May 2016, when the couple attended a barbecue organised by the kindergarten, which is affiliated to the Chabad Lubavitch movement of Hasidic Jews. Ms De Groen’s boyfriend let slip, in conversation with one of the school’s directors, that they were cohabiting. Staff at the school immediately worried that this living arrangement was out of step with the nursery’s ultra-Orthodox culture, and might alienate parents.

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