Hertfordshire eruv a step closer
MORE THAN 2,000 observant Jews in the Borehamwood area could soon benefit from Hertfordshire’s first eruv, the notional boundary that permits the carrying of certain items and the pushing of prams and wheelchairs on Shabbat and festivals.
Last Shabbat, a year after the Ebor Eruv Charitable Trust was formed by members of Borehamwood’s United and Elstree’s Federation synagogues, congregants were told that a full planning application is shortly to be sub- mitted to Hertsmere Borough Council.
The proposed 20km perimeter of the eruv has been outlined to make maximum use of existing boundaries, such as roads and railways. Gaps will be filled by nylon line, similar to that used for the Barnet eruv, Britain’s first official eruv. The second went live in Edgware last June.
A Trust spokesperson said: “The eruv will enable hundreds of observant families in the Borehamwood and Elstree community to enjoy their Sabbath to the full. Mothers will be able to take their babies and toddlers out — they need no longer be tied to the home. Wheelchair users and those with mobility problems will be able to attend synagogue and visit family and friends.” Information about the eruv is available at