The Privatization of Delray Beach
Our community has undergone a radical transformation. For the first time in Delray Beach, all three orthodox synagogues have joined forces to establish a brand new Delray Beach eruv that encapsulates all of Delray Beach. The boundaries run from Lake Ida Road at the North to the Polo Canal at the south. The Turnpike is the western border and I95 is the eastern border. Unobtrusive by nature and unseen by the naked eye, an eruv is of paramount importance to an orthodox community and has enormous benefits for many of our members.
What is an eruv you ask? Well, Google explains it as: an urban area enclosed by a wire boundary that symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath. Previously, each community had their own eruvwhich was not contiguous and thus had its limitations. In addressing the long term needs of the community we decided to join forces with other orthodox communities and build one larger eruv under the auspices of Rabbi Mannes Spitz.
We contracted Meyer Kotlarsky, the person who constructed the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach eruvim to construct our new eruv. So in essence we created three contiguous eruvim that will allow carrying on Shabbat from Glades Road all the way to Boynton Beach Blvd. It has major benefits to our members living south of the Polo canal who will now be able to utilize the eruv.
It was also decided that due to the intricacies of design and the difficulties in navigating all areas we would no longer be relying on lay people to do the weekly checking. Meyer will be charged with the responsibility of not only checking but also fixing any breakages or breeches in the eruv. I recently took a tour of the new eruv and I can assure that it meets an extremely high standard and is acceptable to all the rabbis in the community.
The checking involves intricate details and mapping of remote areas in Delray Beach. We drove over rugged terrain that would have been more suitable for a four-wheel-drive. The entire perimeter must be enclosed in a manner that follows Jewish law in addition to being acceptable to Palm Beach County officials. For more information or to help offset the cost of the weekly expense please see Rabbi Engel. Rabbi Jack Engel