Make Hallandale Beach Inclusive & Welcoming for Jewish Residents by Approving the Eruv
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Dear Mayor, Vice Mayor and Commissioners,
We are grateful, as residents and homeowners of Hallandale Beach, for all you do for our beautiful city, especially given the intricacies in assuring the needs of all its citizens.
This gathering of signatures is to bring to your attention a pressing concern affecting many of the residents and homeowners of Hallandale Beach’s growing Jewish community, to shed light on and request your assistance in its resolution.
For the Jewish community the practices of observing the Sabbath are self-managed, without any municipal assistance, with one subtle exception. For families with small children, those who are physically challenged, residents hoping to host Sabbath observant relatives, future business and home owners and tourists, an Eruv serves a unique and crucial need.
The Eruv is basically a sight unseen, symbolic perimeter of a community. While the presence of our Eruv will be 99 percent invisible to those who don’t use it, it is crucial for us. Only with the existence of an Eruv can a person who needs to carry or push anything leave the house (for any reason). Its absence impacts everyone who observes the Sabbath; those with physical limitations are the demographic most critically in need. Until the Eruv is installed, physically challenged individuals who are dependent on walkers, wheelchairs, canes and other aids, who are Sabbath observant, must remain home bound, unable to go outside for fresh air, visit the park or attend synagogue services. For families with small children who need to be carried or pushed in a stroller, the same limitation applies. As Hallandale Beach enjoys a growing number of young families, this simple accommodation bespeaks value and inclusivity.
Many of us, the undersigned, may not personally observe the Sabbath, yet we applaud our city’s steps to accommodate all its residents. Some of us have relatives or friends who do observe the Sabbath; having an Eruv is the only way we will be able to host them over the weekend. Increased land valuations because of enclosed Eruvs are well documented. South Florida beachfront communities like Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbor have all experienced tremendous positive growth in their communities by accommodating the needs of their growing orthodox constituents.
We therefore request your assistance and approval of the Hallandale Beach Eruv as submitted by the Shabbat Committee of the Beaches.
We again express our gratitude to the Commissioners for understanding this important request and giving its approval for the implementation of the Hallandale Beach Eruv.
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