On pole in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2013

The first poles for what will be the UK’s largest eruv were erected in north Manchester this week.

Areas of Salford, Manchester and Bury will be covered by the religious boundary, which will have a 13-mile circumference. Three-quarters of the eruv is formed by existing structures or buildings.


Barnet Council approves eruv despite opposition

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Barnet Council has approved plans for a local eruv despite the opposition of a Tory councillor who said that the religious boundary would be “marketing the place as a Jewish area”.

High Barnet councillor David Longstaff, cabinet member for safety and resident engagement, challenged the proposal at a planning sub-committee meeting at the town hall on Monday.


Mixed news for Barnet eruvs

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

The latest eruv for north London has moved a step closer with councillors approving planning permission for an application from the Woodside Park Synagogue trustees. But a decision on Barnet Synagogue’s plans for its own eruv has been deferred.


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.