Britain's Largest Eruv Goes Into Use in Manchester

The United Kingdom’s largest eruv will be usable for the first time this Sabbath.

The Manchester eruv took 10 years to plan and construct and is the U.K.’s most technically complex enclosure, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.

Eruv experts from Jerusalem spent 10 days inspecting the enclosure before declaring it ready for use on Friday, the newspaper reported. The boundary is 13 miles long and cuts across three boroughs of Manchester.

According to Jewish law, the eruv permits religious Jews to carry items in public on the Sabbath, including pushing baby carriages.

Meanwhile, the Conference of European Rabbis has published what it says is the first comprehensive list of kosher products certified by European kashrut authorities. The items are searchable by country, brand name, food type and kashrut authority.

“This online resource is a fantastic example of how modern technology can be used to make religious life a little easier,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said in a statement. “The project comes following a huge amount of hard work over recent months, and we will of course continue to update and improve it.”

Tagged as:

Written by


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Britain's Largest Eruv Goes Into Use in Manchester

Thank you!

This article has been sent!