HOW TO USE AN ERUV
Because the Eruv must remain in good repair in order to effectively carry out its role, organisations that maintain an Eruv usually have a website where anyone who wants to make use of the Eruv may find out if the Eruv is in working order, that there are no breaks in it and that it is operational.
In Woodside Park this will initially be done by emails, Facebook and a dedicated Twitter account. Please make sure that the office has your full contact details.
In most cases, the Eruv operators inspect it every week. To make certain that our Eruv is “operational” it will be inspected twice a week by our team of 3 Shomrim. If any part of the Eruv has come down, a designated maintenance team will called upon to make the repairs before Shabbat.
If this cannot be done, the effectiveness of the Eruv is lost, since the area is no longer enclosed by a continuous boundary.
It is for this reason that even after the set up cost of the Eruv has been covered, there are significant ongoing maintenance and weekly checking costs which need to be met to ensure that our Eruv remains “kosher” i.e. usable. For example, a house can be demolished, leaving a gap in the boundary which needs to
be filled before the following Shabbat. We have employed a number of people to carry out weekly checks on our behalf following rigorous training.
The Woodside Park Eruv has been created under the auspices of the United Synagogue’s expert Rabbinical guidance via the London Beth Din who will ‘certify’ the Eruv as kosher.
Please feel free to contact us (details below) on any aspect of the Eruv. We hope that it will quickly become an integral way of our Jewish life in Woodside Park, enabling the Shabbat Observant to fully participate in Shul activities, and a way for the less observant to endeavour to keep Shabbat more easily.