Friday, December 31, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Jerusalem 10

Jerusalem Eruv Linked to Northern Neighborhoods

Jerusalem city councilwoman Yael Antebi has informed residents of the Pisgat Ze'ev and Neve Ya'akov neighborhoods, at the northern end of the city, that the city's religious council has connected the eruv, a symbolic border, to that of the two neighborhoods. The eruv demarcates the area in which Jews are allowed to carry objects or do things such as pushing baby carrieages on Shabbat without being in violation of Jewish law. Read on...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Woodside Park, London

Woodside Park is Looking to Join the Eruv Club

By Jay Grenby

Woodside Park Synagogue is putting the finishing touches to its plans for an eruv, which it intends to submit to Barnet Council in early spring.

The move follows community and general public consultation meetings. If approved, the eruv will cover four square miles, taking in Whetstone, Oakleigh Park and Totteridge, as well parts of Finchley. Read on...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Far Rockaway/Lawrence, NY 2

The Five Towns Eiruv: The Inside Story

By Menachem Kagan

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail . . . This article is not about the U.S. Postal Service, but about the Five Towns eiruv. Like mail carriers, the individuals who make sure the eiruv is up each week work through all kinds of weather—sometimes with a cooler full of drinks, other times with raincoats and layers of warm clothes—ensuring that any problems with the eiruv are fixed in time for Shabbos. Maintaining the eiruv involves two steps: carefully checking the eiruv every week, and hours of maintenance to fix the myriad of problems that arise. The checkers are mostly volunteers from the Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns. “I feel fortunate to have the z’chus to enhance so many peoples’ oneg Shabbos. It must be that the others feel this way as well, because no one ever complains—even when the weather is particularly bad and we’re sloshing through the snow in our boots while most people are warm and dry inside,” said one of the kollel members. The checking involves many of the bachurim and kollel members. “If you happen to be at the Yeshiva Gedolah’s parking lot at the right time you can see them all pile into cars and drive off in all directions!” said another kollel member. The checkers are organized and overseen by the maintenance crew, who are constantly conferred with regarding different changes and problems. Read on...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Dallas, TX 3

How Fishing Wire Helps North Texas Jews Live in the Modern World

By Pamela Gwyn Kripke

You might not know that you are in it, when you are in it. I have been in it, and have not known. Okay, I have noticed the kosher deli at the Tom Thumb supermarket and the three kosher deli men behind the counter. This is not remarkable, coming from New York. I have noticed the fringe from their prayer shawls peeking out from their white coats. But known that I was in something? Actually within a place, a province, a spiritual arrondissement? God, no. Read on...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Borehamwood, London 12

Jewish Community Feels 'Transformed' After Eruv Installation

By Suruchi Sharma

The Borehamwood Eruv has proved to be a contentious subject since the original planning application was passed in 2007.

An eruv is a symbolic religious boundary to allow Orthodox Jews to carry out tasks usually prohibited on the Sabbath, such as carrying or pushing. Read on...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Pinner, London

An Eiruv for Pinner

Pinner United Synagogue (part of the United Synagogue in London) plans to build an Eiruv in its environs. This talk, presented in the Community's SHAPE Adult Education Programme, introduces the members to the concepts behind an Eiruv and addresses some of their concerns. Read on...

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Queens, NY 3

Eruv Extended to Six Neighborhoods

By Bob Doda

Those that observe Torah law in six Queens communities will now be able to move about freely on the Sabbath and during the High Holy Days thanks to a yearlong process which culminated at Queens Borough Hall last week.

The Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – with the help of prominent community rabbis – have extended an eruv – a wire connected to light posts creating an enclosed boundary – linking six communities to the nursing and rehabilitation center, allowing those who practice Torah law to travel within those confines while carrying items during the Sabbath. The objective of the extension was to allow members of the community to push strollers and visit loved ones at Margaret Tietz without obstructing Torah law. Read on...

Friday, December 03, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Stanmore, London 5

Harrow Approves Stanmore Eruv

Harrow Council has granted planning permission to create the largest boundary in London to give Orthodox Jews greater freedom on the Sabbath.

Within the Stanmore Eruv, one of just hundreds worldwide, observant Jews will be able to perform duties on the Sabbath - from pushing babies in prams to carrying essential medicines - which they are otherwise forbidden to do. Read on...

Eruvin in the News: Brondesbury Park, London

Another Eruv Planned

By Robyn Rosen

Brondesbury Park Synagogue is planning the latest London eruv, allowing the Orthodox to carry items or push buggies and wheelchairs on Shabbat.

An eruv committee has been formed and meetings are being held to confirm the boundaries, taking in Brondesbury Park, Queens Park, Mapesbury and parts of West Hampstead. Read on...

Eruvin in the News: Queens, NY 2

Tietz Center Sets Up Eruvs

Symbolic Fence Allows For More Mobility During the Sabbath

By Joe Anuta

A Jamaica Hills nursing and rehabilitation center has been working to connect orthodox Jewish communities in several northern Queens neighborhoods — literally.

Representatives from the Margaret Tietz Center gathered at Borough Hall Tuesday to celebrate the extension of a traditional structure that allows Orthodox Jews to move about on the sabbath and, more importantly, allows them access to the center at 164-11 Chapin Pkwy. Read on...

Eruvin in the News: Westhampton Beach, NY 18

Eruv Proposal Sends Villages Scrambling for Legal Advice

By Erica Jackson

Westhampton Mayor says he is unsure of the legality of an Eruv.

A proposal by the East End Eruv Association to create an Eruv around Westhampton Beach and parts of Southampton Town the the Village of Quogue has led local municipalities to seek legal counsel.

The Village of Westhampton Beach has scheduled a meeting with its lawyers this week to discuss the proposal that has many local up in arms. Read on...