The Manchester Eruv
Under the Supervision of the Manchester Beth Din
The Manchester Eruv Committee is delighted to announce that, after nearly 10 years of planning, consultation, fund raising and construction, the Manchester Eruv became operational for the first time on Shabbos Parshas B'shalach - 11th January '14.
The Manchester Eruv has a perimeter of over 13 miles, the largest in the country, and is under the supervision and inspection of the Manchester Beth Din. The Eruv is inspected, according to the protocols laid down by the Manchester Beth Din, by Harav Avigdor Grossberger Shlita, appointed by the Beth Din, as its Rabbinical Inspector, assisted by Reb Moshe Katz, who has project managed the construction of the Eruv from beginning to end.
The Manchester Eruv has been constructed under the expert guidance of Harav Yitzchok Yaakov Rochman Shlita and Harav Dovid Eisenstein Shlita. They are both world renowned authorities on the halachic and practical aspects of constructing eruvim and together have a combined expertise of over 50 years in this field. Accordingly, the Manchester Eruv has been built to the highest standards of Halacha and the Eruv Committee has from day one made every effort to ensure that the Eruv comes up to the most stringent halachic requirements.
As far as funding is concerned, the total capital cost of planning for and construction of the Eruv is in excess of £350,000. We are still short of just over £10,000 which, in the meantime, we have had to borrow.
The cost of maintaining the Eruv is estimated at £30,000 a year. This is needed to cover the costs of inspection, local authority licensing, repairs and general maintenance. Anyone who has already contributed or who will contribute a minimum of £50 a year will receive a text and/or an email message before Shabbos indicating the status of the Eruv for that Shabbos. The committee strongly encourages all members of the community who have not yet contributed to do so. This can be done by donating directly on the Eruv website or by phoning 07451 043372.
The committee has produced both large maps of the Eruv for each shul to display as well as smaller pocket size maps for use by shul members. Please contact your shul for details of Eruv map distribution.
This website contains, amongst other things, details for checking, shortly before Shabbos commences, whether the Eruv is "operational" or "broken".
The Manchester Beth Din has requested that halachic queries regarding the Eruv should, in the first instance, be addressed to one's own Rabbi. It is important for members of the community to be aware of the exact area that is covered by the Eruv, as well as the halachic implications of the Eruv. It is envisaged that shul Rabbanim will provide their members with detailed guidance in order to protect the halachic status and sanctity of Shabbos.
More details about rabbinic support for the Eruv can be found
You can find out more information about the Eruv on this website, including the
current status of the Eruv,
a map and common questions.
Please help us find the money to maintain and expand the Eruv. You can donate
on this website or call 07451 043 372 for more information about donating.