Elstree gets Eruv
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-07-13
The fast growing Jewish community of Elstree and Borehamwood is to become the third area in the UK to have its own Eruv and allow orthodox Jews to carry and push wheelchairs on Shabbat.
Following approval by Hertsmere Borough Council, a symbolic boundary around the area will be created that will allow normally prohibited tasks to be undertaken.
The boundary will be made up of existing features such as railways and buildings and where there is a breach along the way, a small number of poles will be put up with thin wire at the top to continue the boundary and make it complete.
Existing eruvs in Edgware and Hendon/Golders Green in north west London have proven beneficial to the local orthodox community and the members of the local community are looking forward to the erection of their eruv.
"We are very happy, we put a lot of work and effort into the project. Its a momentous occasion for our community," said Richard Kafton chairman of the Elstree and Borehamwood Eruv Charitable Trust.
Despite some local opposition, seven of the nine councillors voted for the eruv.
"I really don't understand how wires can affect other faiths at all. The eruv in Barnet is now an established fixture which is barely noticeable and attracts no antisocial behaviour," said Councillor Harvey Cohen. "It has not changed the social, religious or multicultural mix in the borough and nor will it here in Hertsmere."
Following permission from the council, the Trust is now raising funds to put up the eruv which is expected to cost between £50,000 and £60,000.