Highland Park and New Brunswick Eruv FAQ

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  1. Who maintains the Highland Park and New Brunswick Eruvim?
  2. How can I find out if the Eruv is Up or Down?"
  3. Why are there three eruvs?
  4. Can I carry from the Highland Park Eruv to New Brunswick Eruv?
  5. Why don't you include restaurants in the place list? Why isn't my favorite place included?
  6. Can you fix some of the errors like get rid of the nonexistent streets?"
  7. Why is this street not marked on the printable map?

  1. Who maintains the Highland Park and New Brunswick Eruvim?"

    The Highland Park Eruv is maintained by the Vaad of Raritan Valley. The New Brunwick Eruv is maintained by Congregation Poile Zedek and Rutgers Hillel. back to top

  2. How can I find out if the Eruv is Up or Down?"

    The eruv status is now on the eruv page. However, please look at the date and time the eruv status was updated and make sure that it is with in the last seven days. If it isn't, clean out your browser cache and reload the HP eruv page. If the date and time of the last eruv status update was still longer than seven days ago, you will need to call the Eruv Hotline at 732-247-ERUV. The Eruv Hotline is updated each Friday. You can also find out the status of the eruvim by subscribing to the Eruv Mailing List (rutgerseruv-subscribe@yahoogroups.com). Each Friday afternoon, you will get an email telling the status of the Eruvim.

    The eruvs are checked on Friday before Shabbat. back to top

  3. Why are there three eruvs?

    The eruv around Highland Park is the main eruv. The Donaldson Park Extension is an extension of the Highland Park eruv that allows people to enjoy the entire park. However, sometimes floods and storms knock down the wires in the park, so there is a backup line that allows the Highland Park Eruv to still be up if the lines in the park are knocked down.

    The New Brunswick Eruv is the responsiblity of the New Brunswick Jewish community. It was built as an extension of the Highland Prk Eruv, so you can carry from one eruv to the other. However, if the New Brunswick eruv is down, there is a backup line that keeps the Highland Park Eruv up. However, since both the Eruv in Donaldson Park and New Brunswick are extensions of the Eruv in Highland Park, if the Highland Park main eruv is down, none of the eruvs are up.

  4. Can I carry from the Highland Park Eruv to New Brunswick Eruv?

    The Highland Park Eruv and the New Brunswick eruv are considered a single Eruv. It is permitted to walk from one to the other. back to top

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  6. Why don't you include restaurants in the place list? Why isn't my favorite place included?

    When we originally created this webpage, we planned on including all sorts of links to Jewish place. However, we quickly realized that Highland Park's Jewish community has an extremely high density of Jewish places -- which makes it a great place to live -- but clutters up a Google map to the point of unreadability. We decided to scale back the links to just include places that someone may want to go on Shabbat.

    We do plan in the future to give you the ability to load up different place lists (like restaurants, Jewish stores, etc.) However, we do not have a planned date when this will be implemented. back to top

  7. Can you fix some of the errors like get rid of the nonexistent streets?

    We are using Google's map API which gave us the ability to create our Eruv map, but we have to live with the limitations imposed by the API. This includes the underlying data which is supplied by TeleAtlas. We have reported many of these errors to TeleAtlas, and hope they will be corrected soon. Please feel free to report any errors in the map (missing streets, wrong street names, or non-existent streets) to TeleAtlas' Feedback Center.

    You may not notice these errors when using Google Maps because Google uses NAVTEQ for the underlying map data on their map site. back to top

  8. Why is this street not marked on the printable map?

    Again, we are slaves to the underlying Google API, and Google's API is deciding what street names to print and what street names to leave out. However, enough streets on the printable maps are shown, so you can figure out which street was not labeled. back to top