The Extended Manhattan Eruv

the online guide to the virtual wall

Said R. Joshua ben Levi: "On what account do they prepare an eruv of courtyards? It is for the sake of peace." There was the case of a woman who was on bad terms with her neighbor. She sent her contribution to the eruv with her son. The neighbor took him and hugged and kissed him. He went and told his mother this. She said, "Is this how she loved me, and I did not know about it!" They thus became friends once again.

Jerusalem Talmud, Eruvin 3:2, 20d

What is an Eruv?

Eruvin around the world


Another Eruv Expansion


Harper's Magazine on our Eruv (12/06)

New York Times on our eruv (06/07)

New York Times blog on our eruv (06/07)


Eruv and digital art

Eruv as graffiti

An academic perspective


For information about the eruv in your area, please contact your local synagogue.

For general inquiries or recommendations for this site, contact Rabbi Yehuda Sarna.

In response to the booming Jewish community in Midtown and Greenwhich Village, rabbinic and lay leaders of all denominations joined together to extend the Manhattan Eruv, which then included the Upper East Side and West Side, south to Houston Street.

The  Midtown South Enhanced Shabbat Observance Association (501c3) engaged the Machon LeHora'ah of Monsey, New York to survey the area and determine the route of the eruv. A representative of the Machon now checks the entire Manhattan eruv (in red) every Thursday night and certification of the eruv is posted fridays on shul websites.

Boundaries of the Eruv

A closer view of the boundaries of the eruv can be viewed on this interactive eruv map created by Jonathan Sterman, a Cooper Union student and member of the NYU/Cooper Union Jewish community. One who plans to walk close to the boundary should consult the following directives.

Another Eruv Expansion - NEW

In response to the growing downtown Jewish communities the eruv is expanding again.  To read more about the plans and how to participate click here.

Seeing the Eruv

Most of the Eruv consists of fishing wire strung from lamppost to lamppost. It is typically very difficult to see, even if one knows where it is. The most reliable guide to where the Eruv goes is the map and explanation. Furthermore, the wire is designed to survive all natural elements.

On many occasions, the eruv consists of regular buildings. There are no physical markings on these buildings.

On some occasions, there is a gap between the lamppost and the building through which eruv continues. As long as the gap is less than fifteen feet, it is considered a “gateway”, not a break.

Support the eruv

The annual cost of maintaining the Manhattan Eruv is approximately $100,000. The expenses include the costs for the Eruv’s halachic supervision, weekly checks to see if it’s gone down, and the construction costs to repair it. All monies raised go directly to these costs and do not support any local synagogue. Thank you for contributing to this important community symbol whose meaning is to increase the peace between neighbors.

Rabbi Gideon Shloush, Congregation Adereth El

Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, New York University

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