The Only Way is Eruv!
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Friday 16th September 2016

Essex is a richly diverse place, and not just about tanning salons and TOWIE. In terms of vibrant Jewish life, things are now set to get even better, as, after eight years of planning and preparation, the very first eruv in Essex is about to go live! 

(An eruv is an area within which observant Jews can carry or push objects on Shabbat. without violating the prohibition of carrying anything except within the home.) 

The eruv is the brainchild of Rabbi Baruch Davis of Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue, who, eight years ago, found himself in conversation with a young couple at their Engagement party.  "They were bemoaning the fact that they really wanted to live in Chigwell or Hainault after they were married, but would never consider it because there was no eruv," said Rabbi Davis, "and this is what encouraged me to start the ball rolling." 

Chigwell & Hainault Assistant Rabbi Rafi Goodwin, who, together with Rabbi Davis and Rev. Stewart Myers (above), will over the next three Shabbatot, be minutely checking that each pole, each wire, each gate, each natural boundary is properly in place, before the eruv can truly be declared operational in the first instance.  Thereafter it will be checked each week before Shabbat.

Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue Chairman Lindsay Shure, whose property falls within the eruv, said that he hoped that the new eruv would act as a "serious selling point to young couples who may now consider moving to the area". 

"The first eruv in Essex is a most wonderful turning-point in the history of our area and community," he added. "We are proud that Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue has been instrumental in the entire project, and that Rabbi Davis had the foresight to make it a reality."