Monday, June 29, 2009

Eruvin in the News: Stanmore, London

Go-Ahead for Eruv in Stanmore

By Keren David

Orthodox Jews in Stanmore are celebrating Harrow Council's approval of an eruv for the area at its planning committee meeting last night.

An eruv defines the boundary of a single area of land or domain surrounding the community. Much of the boundary is formed by existing walls and structures but where there are gaps a symbolic ‘fence’ – typically made of tall vertical poles linked together at the top by a single horizontal wire – needs to be erected. This then enables certain restrictions that are in force on Shabbat – such as carrying and pushing wheelchairs, prams and baby buggies – to be alleviated within the Eruv area. There are over 200 eruvim in place in Jewish communities throughout the world, including in neighbouring Edgware. Read on...