An eruv is a symbolic perimeter around a community typically defined by existing utility poles and lines or established fences that transforms public space into communal space under Jewish law. With an eruv in place, religiously observant Jews can do certain activities — including carrying objects and pushing strollers or wheelchairs— normally prohibited between sunset on Friday and nightfall on Saturday. Although defined by a perimeter, it is formed by a ‘merging’ (the word eruv means ‘mixture’) of courtyards to include a larger area in which activities, such as sharing communal meals, can be carried out. An eruv is an unobtrusive and largely invisible.
What makes an eruv?
An eruv is usually made of pre-existing utility poles, lines, and fences established with the approval of local officials. More than 100 US cities — including Houston, Dallas and San Antonio — have eruvim, which are not noticeable to anyone not specifically looking for them.
Where is the eruv?
The eruv’s rough boundaries are Spicewood Springs Road on the north, MoPac on the east, RM 2222 on the south and Mesa Drive on the west.
Who is responsible?
The Austin Eruv Committee is dedicated to supporting and maintaining an eruv in the Austin community. If you would like to join the committee, please contact us.
Why have an eruv in Austin?
The Austin Eruv Committee is seeking to establish an eruv in northwest Austin that will allow religiously observant Jews to push strollers or wheelchairs and carry items to synagogue or to friends’ homes on Shabbat. An eruv will be a major convenience to community members who are not currently able to fully celebrate Shabbat with their community. It will also make Austin more attractive for observant families looking to relocate.
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