Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young proclaimed on Wednesday the creation of an eruv in downtown Baltimore, a special area where some of the rules followed by observant Jews on the Sabbath are altered.
Mintz said at a City Hall ceremony Wednesday that the new zone will make Baltimore more appealing to observant Jewish residents and visitors — including patients and their families at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
“We’re really, really excited for this to come to fruition,” Mintz said.
Typically, Shabbat rules in effect from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday bar most kinds of work — that includes carrying keys or pushing a baby in a stroller. But the area inside an eruv, the boundaries of which are marked by string or wire, is treated like an extension of the private home allowing some kinds of otherwise prohibited activity.