|The North Charles Community Eruv, Inc.
The North Charles Community Eruv, Inc. is a non-profit organization that maintains an Eruv district, encompassing parts of Cambridge and Somerville. An eruv is a bounded space within which Jews who adhere to traditional religious law can "carry" objects in public spaces on the Sabbath, something they are normally prohibited from doing. "Carrying" in this context includes everything from toting bags to pushing strollers and wheelchairs to wearing knapsacks. An eruv therefore is of great benefit to families with small children, the elderly, and the disabled.
As a means of establishing and supporting the eruv, the North Charles Community Eruv, Inc. was incorporated in 1992. NCCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, building and maintaining the boundary of the North Charles Community Eruv. Before construction began, the NCCE received permission from the owners of the components of the boundary, including the State of Massachusetts, the cities of Cambridge and Somerville, the MDC, several utilities, and two railroads. The permitting process included submitting detailed maps, purchasing insurance, and participating in public hearings before the Cambridge City Council and Somerville Board of Aldermen.
An Eruv was completed in 1993 that encompassed parts of Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Brighton and was recently extended to include Nonatum (the Greater Boston Eruv). Eruvs have been built in major cities such as Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, and in many smaller municipalities.
Please consider joining the eruv as a member. Membership dues and other contribution of money and time are essential for the ongoing checking and maintenance of the eruv.
Eruv status may be checked from the Eruv Status link.
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Last updated: September 5, 2015