Linden, NJ – Rabbi Joshua Hess, spiritual leader of Congregation Anshe Chesed in Linden, presented a plaque with a one dollar bill to Mayor Mark Smith of the Township of Cranford, to formalize the resolution adopted by the township last month, authorizing the Linden Jewish Community to “rent” the township of Cranford for religious purposes, to be used as part of their Eruv.
An Eruv, as it is referred to in the Hebrew language, is a ritual border that is created mainly by utilizing existing telephone and utility poles around a certain area which allows traditional orthodox Jews to carry on the Sabbath.
The resolution was adopted in 1991 in the cities of Rahway, Clark, Roselle, and Linden, and now Cranford has been added to that list. Mayor Smith noted that he was happy to adopt a resolution to address an important need in the community, and stated that the plaque will be displayed at the Township’s headquarters.
Anshe Chesed is an Orthodox congregation that was established in 1913. It continues to be the center of Jewish life in Linden. In recent years the community has welcomed a Yeshiva of 60 students and has seen in influx of young families moving into the community, which will ensure its vibrancy for many years to come. Visit anshechesed.org.