Belmont eruv goes live
The latest United Synagogue eruv is now operational in Belmont, north-west London.
An extension of the Stanmore eruv, the religious boundary covers around 4,000 homes surrounding Belmont Synagogue. It was in use for the first time on Shabbat.
The Belmont congregation had supported an 18-month campaign to raise funds, launch the planning application process, get the poles and wires in place and run initial maintenance checks.
Campaign chair Anthony Broza said the eruv had been “created, funded and constructed at breathtaking speed, demonstrating the Belmont community’s desire to have an eruv as part of its religious infrastructure”.
The eruv runs south from the borders of Stanmore along the side of Jubilee Line, west across to Kenton Lane and then north to the shul in Vernon Drive. The area covered includes the Stanmore Place housing development in Honeypot Lane and Mr Broza hoped more families with young children would now be encouraged to move to the neighbourhood.
Belmont rabbi Elchonon Feldman said: “We are so delighted with the extraordinary achievement of having our eruv go live so soon after its inception. So many people and organisations have worked in partnership to allow this triumph and to all of them we are most grateful.”