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What is an Eruv?
An eruv (mixture) refers to a physical boundary (often a wire) around a community that transforms what would otherwise be a reshut harabim (public domain), or what would otherwise be separate domains, into a single reshut hayachid (private domain) for purposes of Jewish law. It enables observant Jews within its boundaries to carry objects from inside a building to outside (and vice versa) on Shabbat - an act that would otherwise be forbidden by halachah (Jewish law). For example, without an eruv, halachah forbids carrying keys or tissues in one's pockets or pushing a baby carriage on Jewish Shabbat, making it difficult for many to leave home. With an eruv, these acts are permitted.

The Northwest, DC / Chevy Chase Eruvim
Ohr Kodesh Congregation is located within the Northwest, DC-Chevy Chase eruv, which connects to the Woodside eruv and the Rabbi Philip Rabinowitz Memorial eruv in Washington, DC. Because these eruvim share common boundaries, one is permitted to carry objects on Shabbat from anywhere within the boundaries of the three eruvim to anywhere else within those boundaries. This area map is provided by Ohev Shalom: The National Synagogue.

Checking the Status of the Eruv
Each of the eruvim is checked on a weekly basis. If you would like to make sure that the eruv is up and valid, please call the following numbers on the preceding Friday morning:

  • DC/Chevy Chase Eruv, contact Ohev Shalom, The National Synagogue at (202) 882-7225.
  • Woodside Eruv has a recorded message with the eruv status at (301) 587-8252.
  • The Rabbi Philip Rabinowitz Memorial Eruv has a recorded message with the eruv status at (202) 338-3788.
Fri, April 19 2024 11 Nisan 5784