The Shepherd Park/Woodside Community Eruv encompasses Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue, and our partner community synagogues, including Woodside Synagogue Ahavas Torah, Ohr Kodesh, and Tifereth Israel. The Eruv generally extends as far south as Military Road, as far north as the Beltway, as far west as Connecticut Avenue, as far east as Piney Branch Road, and includes the areas of Shepherd Park, Downtown Silver Spring, Woodside, and parts of Chevy Chase and Takoma Park. The Eruv is checked weekly and receives halachic guidance from Rabbi Moshe Heinemann of Baltimore. For more information or to get involved in the Eruv Committee, please email Harris Cohen.
Please click on the map below to view the specific boundaries.
Below is a list of what you can and cannot carry inside the eruv. For specific questions, please ask Rabbi Herzfeld.
You may carry:
- Tallit, Chumash, Siddur, or other books
- Food and drinks
- Keys, handkerchief, gloves, pocket watch
- Food to hospital patients
- Jackets and other clothing which you remove on warm days
- Remove trash from your house if it disturbs Oneg Shabbos
- Food from house to Sukkah
- Reading glasses
Activities you may perform:
- Push a baby stroller along with food and diapers
- Wear a rainhat
- Wear jewelry without concern for Shabbos restrictions
- Push someone in a wheelchair
Activities you still may not perform:
- Carry items which are Muktseh (may not be touched on Shabbos -- e.g., pen)
- Open or carry an umbrella
- Typical weekday activities not in the spirit of Shabbat
- Carry anything in preparation for post-Shabbat activity