Frequently asked questions
Q. What is an Eruv?
A. The Torah prohibits carrying outside of an enclosed "private" area on Shabbos and Yom Kippur. Areas that are enclosed are considered "private" and carrying is permitted within them
An enclosed private area may vary in size from a small home to an entire community. Creating an Eruv means enclosing a space, thus rendering it a private domain for carrying purposes. See here for more details.
Q. Who takes responsibility for the Kosher status of the Eruv?
A. Our Eruv has been constructed in accordance with the highest standards of Jewish law governing this complex subject, and in consultation with experienced Rabbinical authorities. The ultimate arbiter for our Eruv's questions is Rabbi Senderovic, the Av Beis Din of the Milwaukee Beis Din.
Q. Is the Eruv up perpetually?
A. The Eruv undergoes a weekly inspection. Every week a status update is required to ascertain nothing has been damaged. To receive weekly status updates via email or text, click here.
Q. Where can I find the Eruv's boundaries? Does it go all the way to my home?
A. Click here for the Eruv maps. Please contact us for assistance in determining stastus for a specific location.
Q. Is Lake Park included in the Eruv?
A. The entire upper section of the park, above the cliffs and ravines, is included in the Eruv. All Sections of park that descend towards the lake (ravines, cliffs, etc) are outside of the Eruv boundaries.
Q. Is CSM hospital in the Eruv?
A. The entire hospital is accessible via the Eruv, but not all entrances are within the Eruv. This is so since the hospital building itself is part of the Eruv walls.
There's a door on the back side of the hospital, on the first floor of Parking Garage A, that keeps you within the Eruv boundaries.
The door is accessible as follows:
A. Via Prospect Ave through the Catholic Home driveway.
B. Via Lake Dr, using the driveway just north of Parking Garage B, going all the way around the garage.
In The News
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Aug. 18, 2020
A NEW ERUV THAT IS GOING UP IN THE NORTH SHORE WILL EASE SHABBAT RESTRICTIONS FOR ORTHODOX JEWS
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Aug. 17, 2020
ERUV WIRES WILL LIFT SHABBAT RESTRICTIONS FOR NORTH SHORE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle | March 9, 2023
FROM LONG-HELD IDEA TO REALITY, THE EAST SIDE ERUV IS COMPLETE
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle | April 2, 2020
SHOREWOOD ERUV COULD BE DONE SOON
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle | Feb. 1, 2017
INVISIBLE ‘ERUV’ PERIMETER WILL EASE SHABBAT RULES
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle | March 31, 2008