The UMD Eruv Committee maintains the University of Maryland eruv, which encompasses the entire University of Maryland, significant areas of College Park, and sections of University Park. To check the status of the eruv, visit the UMD Eruv Committee Facebook page.
An eruv is a metaphysical wall, in which traditional Jews are allowed to carry objects from one area to another on the Sabbath. This includes everything from bags and books to pushing strollers and wheelchairs to wearing backpacks. In order to construct the eruv, the UMD Eruv Committee was required to obtain permission from the owners of the area and structures within the boundary, including Prince George’s county, Pepco, and the University of Maryland.
The UMD Eruv has local halachic support from Rabbi Yonaton Hirschhorn.