Secular Israeli saboteur who cut down eruv in Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, September 28, 2012

Noam Pinchasi is a secularist agitator with as much fire in his belly as some of Israel’s religious hard-liners.

He heads a small cell of activists in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kiryat Hayovel who have one simple message: Charedim are not welcome.


Suzman attacks Hampstead eruv

By Simon Rocker, September 6, 2012

Opposition to an eruv in Hampstead has been spearheaded by local actress, Dame Janet Suzman, attacking the “superstitious” practice.

In a letter to the Ham & High newspaper, the self-described secular Jew said that she was “bamboozled by the idea of religious paraphernalia being foisted on those who haven’t asked for it”.


Chigwell reveals plans for eruv

July 5, 2012

A first Essex area eruv is in prospect with the imminent submission of a planning application to the Redbridge and Epping Forest councils by Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue.


Manchester eruv extends cover

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 1, 2012

More houses are to be covered by the Manchester eruv.

Work on the religious boundary is currently concentrated on walls and fences in the boroughs of Salford, Bury and Manchester. But talks are under way with Salford planners to relocate a number of eruv poles to include an 80-property housing estate being constructed in the largely Charedi area of Leicester Road.


Changes delay eruv

By Jay Grenby, March 8, 2012

A planning application for a Mill Hill eruv is being resubmitted to Barnet Council in the light of small-scale amendments.

Conditional planning consent for the religious boundary, enabling the observant to push or carry items on Shabbat, was granted in July. But a number of relatively minor alterations to the route required a full re-submission of the proposal.


Getting closer to eruv

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2011

A planning application for a Manchester eruv is "very very close" after preparatory discussions with Greater Manchester local authorities.


Elstree eruv one step closer

By Jay Grenby, September 7, 2010

The end looks finally in sight for the long-awaited Elstree eruv following the unanimous approval by Hertsmere Borough Council planners of a revised application.

An eruv trust representative said the decision would "bring closure to all planning related matters within 30 days".

The hope is that the religious boundary, covering most of the Elstree and Borehamwood residential areas, could be operational by the end of autumn. Only a small number of the eruv poles require modification or re-siting.


Manchester plans eruv

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 26, 2010

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation has submitted a planning application to Bury Council for the first Manchester eruv.

The proposed eruv - a religious boundary permitting, for example, the pushing of prams or wheelchairs on Shabbat - would cover under a square mile north of the city where several thousand Jews live. It would require the construction of just three eruv poles.

Whitefield Synagogue's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag says the "ingenious" design by an eruv expert in Antwerp means it could be up and running within nine months at a lower cost than those in the London area.


Support urged for Borehamwood eruv change

July 22, 2010

Hertsmere Jews have been urged to rally behind an application to vary the positions of some poles for the long-awaited Elstree and Borehamwood eruv, which has been submitted to the local council.

The revised application was demanded by Hertsmere planners last month after it was found that obstacles such as trees and underground utilities required the relocation of a number of previously approved positions.