More than two years in the making, the Beachwood East Eruv is functional for Shabbos operation.
Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Menorah Park and Montefiore are now contained within the eruv, a bounded space that extends from Cedar Road south to westbound lanes of Shaker Boulevard and from Richmond Road east to the edge of Interstate 271.
The new eruv in Beachwood, or designated domestic space, is marked by power lines and utility poles, and connects to the existing Cleveland Eruv, one of the largest in the country, along its easternmost edge, Richmond Road.
An eruv has a single function: It allows observant Jews who would otherwise not carry or push objects outside their homes on Shabbos to do so as long as they are within its confines.
“We’re happy it’s finally done,” Orry Jacobs, treasurer of the Beachwood East Eruv Society, said Nov. 21.
The Beachwood East Eruv Society erected the eruv and had an initial inspection with five rabbis on Oct. 27. Several tweaks were needed.
Upon calling the eruv phone line Nov. 22, the voice recording by Rabbi Yonah Dick says, “the eruv is kosher.”
Now that it is operational, Dick will inspect it weekly on Wednesday or Thursday to ensure it is intact and ready for operation each Shabbat.