The West Hartford Eruv
Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: "The eruv of the courtyards was established with the sole purpose of bringing peace."
Midrash Tanchuma Bereshit, chapter 16
The local community eruv is checked and maintained by the West Hartford Eruv Committee, an association comprised laypeople from all of the local Orthodox synagogues under the rabbinic direction of Rabbi Tuvia Brander. A map of the eruv is below. Please check with the rabbi regarding the permissibility of carrying on Shabbat on the inside of any street along the eruv boundary. Some of these issues are listed below the eruv map.
Checking the Eruv's Status
The Eruv's status is updated every Friday (or erev Yom Tov, if a Yom Tov falls on Friday). It can be obtained in the following ways:
Eruv Boundary Issues
- The west side of North Main Street is outside the eruv from just before Sheep Hill Road northward. One cannot walk from North Main Street to Sheep Hill Road from within the eruv. To walk to Agudas Achim, one must walk carefully on the east side of North Main Street, or else use King Philip Drive to Tumblebrook Lane.
- Simsbury Road is outside the eruv. Most of the south side has no sidewalk.
- The north sidewalk of Mohawk Drive is outside the eruv east of the intersection with Stoneham Drive. The south sidewalk is inside the eruv.
- The west side of Ledyard Road and the south side of Albany Avenue between Leydard Road and Prospect Avenue are in the eruv. The north sidewalk of Albany Avenue is outside the eruv east of Ledyard Road.
- The west side of Steele Road near Elizabeth Park is in the eruv, except at the intersection with Asylum Avenue. One can remain within the eruv by carefully walking around to the west of the telephone pole on the northwest corner of Asylum Avenue and Steele Road.
The Eruv in the Media
- West Hartford eruv forms imaginary walled city
Ann Marie Somma | Hartford Faith and Values | February 26, 2013
- Beyond power outage: How storm affected CT’s eruvim
Cindy Mindell | Jewish Ledger | November 9, 2011
Rabbi Yehoshua said: "Why do we mix together the courtyards [build eruvin]? In order to follow peaceful ways... and through the eruv the people will make peace."
Jerusalem Talmud, Eruvin 83:2