History of Eruvin

The practice of constructing an Eruv has been used in countless Jewish communities throughout the world for over 2000 years.  The legal principles involved fill entire volumes of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud (Codes of Jewish Law dating back to the first century C.E.).

In recent years the British Jewish community has started to realise that what we can have when on holiday in Israel or America can be part of life at home; Eruvin may be found in many cities around the world, large and small, including Paris, Jerusalem, Baltimore, Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, East Brunswick and Teaneck (NJ), Riverdale, Pelham Parkway, Brooklyn, and Kew Gardens (NY), Stamford and Hartford (CT) and Sharon (MA).

Closer to home, four Eruvin have already been established: in North West London, Edgware, Borehamwood & Elstree and Stanmore & Canons Park.  Another Eruv is at the planning stage in Manchester.

The London Borough of Barnet approved the first Eruv in the UK, the North West London Eruv covering much of Hendon, Finchley and Golders Green.  Barnet also approved the second UK Eruv within the Edgware and Hale Wards.  Barnet and Harrow jointly approved the third UK Eruv for Stanmore.

Most recently Hertsmere granted planning permission and Hertfordshire granted the relevant highways concessions to allow the Borehamwood & Elstree Eruv to complete its build programme.

All these Eruvin are to the benefit of thousands of Jews in those areas, and without detriment to the other local residents.