Hert­ford­shire eruv a step closer

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community News - JAY GRENBY E L S T R E E

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

www.ebore­ruv.org

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