‘Life-chang­ing’ eruv for Bron­des­bury is ap­proved

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

PRO­POS­ALS FOR a Bron­des­bury Park eruv have been given the go-ahead by Cam­den Coun­cil.

The plan­ning com­mit­tee passed the scheme by a four-to-one ma­jor­ity with two ab­sten­tions. West Hamp­stead Labour coun­cil­lor Phil Rosen­berg said the re­li­gious bound­ary would be “life-chang­ing” for fam­i­lies.

Coun­cil­lor Rosen­berg, who is also Board of Deputies’ di­rec­tor of public af­fairs, de­scribed the vote as “a great re­sult for Cam­den. It shows we’re a re­ally in­clu­sive bor­ough, with some of the most in­no­va­tive in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try.”

It is hoped the eruv will be op­er­a­tional by Pe­sach. “With JW3, the Jewish Mu­seum, Phil Rosen­berg and Rabbi Baruch Levin JHub and now its own eruv, Cam­den is cer­tainly a great place to be Jewish.”

MrRosen­ber­gaddedthat“every­time an ap­pli­ca­tion like this is ap­proved, it sets a help­ful prece­dent for oth­ers”.

First mooted in 2010, the eruv will cover most of Bron­des­bury, Queen’s Park, Willes­den and Kil- burn, as well as ar­eas of Cricklewood and West Hamp­stead. Some parts of the eruv fall un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Brent, Bar­net, Eal­ing, and Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea coun­cils, which have all ap­proved the scheme.

In its ap­pli­ca­tion, Bron­des­bury Park Syn­a­gogue — a grow­ing con­gre­ga­tion with around 600 mem­bers — wrote that the eruv would “greatly en­hance the lives of young and old, par­ents and car­ers”. Its min­is­ter, Rabbi Baruch Levin, was “ec­static” at the pro­ject’s green light. “It re­ally is a game-changer for us and sends a strong sig­nal in­side and out­side the com­mu­nity about our level of ob­ser­vance and as­pi­ra­tion for higher growth. “We have been greatly en­cour­aged by the un­der­stand­ing that the coun­cil­lors have shown. To see coun­cil­lors of ev­ery per­sua­sion speak­ing in favour of the eruv has been grat­i­fy­ing.”

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