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Circumstances may dictate slight alterations to our route over time. We will make every effort to inform those subscribed to our email list of any substantive changes.

Guidelines for walking within the Eruv

Examples of what is permissible to be carried within an Eruv:

  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Diaper bags
  • Food and drink
  • Reading glasses
  • Strollers
  • Tallit

What is not permissible to be carried: Anything that is muktzah (something whose use is prohibited on Shabbat), such as an umbrella. Always consult your local rabbi when in doubt.

Caution must be used when near the perimeter of the Eruv as the route may go back and forth across the street following the utility poles. We advise against carrying on the following roads without prior discussion with an Eruv representative about how to avoid crossing the boundary:

  • Americana Park
  • Braddock Road
  • Colony Road
  • Gallows Road
  • Heritage Lane
  • Lee Highway
  • Main Street between Tedrich Boulevard and Roberts Road
  • Morningside Drive 
  • Old Post Road
  • Old Lee Highway
  • Prosperity Avenue
  • Roberts Road
  • Tedrich Boulevard between Hunter Street and Daniels Run Park
  • Woodburn Road

Hospital extension of the eruv includes Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute.

The hospital extension of the eruv includes the entirety of both campuses, and is shown on the map, shaded purple. Note: the extension does not include Inova's Center for Personalized Health on the east side of Gallows Road.

If the eruv status banner or weekly email/text alerts states: the eruv is “partially up”, or the “main eruv is up but the hospital eruv extension is down”, do not carry north across Woodburn Road, into the hospital and NVMHI campuses.

Caution! While Woodburn is the common route for drivers, parts of it are neither safe for pedestrians nor covered by the eruv. Walking, let alone carrying on Shabbat, should only proceed through the Camelot/Winterset neighborhoods.

Caution when carrying on Shabbat is needed as the route from the main part of the eruv to the hospital passes close to the boundary. Please print a copy of these instructions so that you will have access to them in advance of Shabbat. Click here for a PDF version of these instructions and map.

The only viable route across Accotink Creek is to use King Arthur Blvd, which proceeds north from its beginning at Little River Turnpike.

From King Arthur Boulevard turn left on Saxony Drive.

At its termination turn right on Guinevere Drive, which in 100 feet will end at the Camelot Elementary School parking lot.

Turn left into the lot and a pedestrian trail will start up on the north side leading to Bannerwood Drive.

At the end of Bannerwood Drive an asphalt path proceeds north to Woodburn Road.

Cross Woodburn at the traffic light/crosswalk and proceed north along Wellness Boulevard to get to your Inova Fairfax or NVMHI destination.

The Inova hospital buildings are all interconnected. Do not use the sidewalk along Gallows Road, which lies outside of the eruv. Note: The eruv does not include Inova's Center for Personalized Health on the east side of Gallows Road.

Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington (https://www.bikurcholimgw.org/) maintains a Shabbat Box in the hospital’s Chaplain Office to support patients and their families. Contact BCGW at 202-331-4481 before Shabbat for additional information.

For a fully interactive version using Google Maps click here.

To see if a particular location is located within the Eruv, click on the search icon within Google Maps and enter in the address.

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Recommended INOVA hospital walking routes


Hospital Walking Map

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