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Saturday, November 28, 2015
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Our Mission: The Greater Boston Eruv Corporation exist to operate and maintain the Greater Boston Eruv, one of the largest Eruvim in the United States. The Eruv allows people within its borders to freely carry on the Shabbat, an activity that would otherwise be proscribed by Jewish tradition.

Our Scope: The Greater Boston Eruv covers major parts of Brookline, Newton, and Brighton. An initial extension of the Eruv to Nonantum (See the map!) was followed by expansion into most of South Newton. During Sukkot 5766, we completed a third extension to the Eruv that includes a significant portion of Boston University. In 5771, we added another small section in Newton. We also manage the Malden, MA (extended in December 2014) and the Brandeis University Eruv (which was extended extended into Waltham during the Fall of 2015).

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Eruv Chatzeros

March 27, 2015 - Dr. Hefter and Rabbi Naftali Horowitz (Boston Rebbe) perform Eruv Chatzayros for the coming year on behalf of all residents living within the Eruv


Rabbi Moshe Heinemann (r) and Dr. Jesse Hefter surveying a portion of the proposed Eruv in the late 1980s

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-September 2015

- October 22 - 226 poles completed!
- September 25 - 57 poles completed!
- September 22 - Construction begins on the Salem-Swampscott-Marblehead Eruv!

-August 2015

- 8/28 - Shabbat Ki Teitze - Eruv extension into the City of Waltham up for the first Shabbat! Mazel tov to the entire community!
- 8/20 - Performed Kinyan Kesef with Mayor McCarthy of Waltham for the Extended Waltham Eruv!

Waltham Kinyan Kesef
Waltham, MA Mayor's Office - Dr. Hefter performing the Kinyan Kesef with Mayor McCarthy

Waltham Kinyan Kesef
Waltham, MA Mayor's Office - OU-JLIC Brandeis Rabbi David Pardo with Mayor McCarthy (and the Kinyan Kesef)

- 8/18 - Received Proclamation from the Town of Marblehead for the Eruv - WOW!
Marblehead City Hall
Marblehead City Hall - outside Council Chambers after successful vote!

- Mayor Jeanette McCarthy of Waltham met with Rabbi David Pardo (OU-JLIC Brandeis) to review a segment of the proposed Waltham Eruv, part of GBEC. This Eruv will allow off-campus graduate students near the campus and student visiting Chabad to carry in those areas on Shabbat. See an image on our Pictures page!

- Jesse Hefter presented a proposal to the Marblehead Town Council on August 12, 2015 for permission to construct a part of the North Shore Eruv through the Town. The proposal was unanimously approved. This is the final permit required to allow us to start construction. We have already obtained Proclamations from the Town of Swampscott and the City of Salem.

-January 2015

- Shabbat Shirah in Malden - Dr. Jesse Hefter and his wife, Brenda, were guests of the Malden Commmunity (Congregation Beth Israel) to celebrate the recent expansion of the Eruv. The first phase of the Eruv was implemented 10 years ago.

- December 2014

- Malden - 12/12 - Eruv Extension is OPERATIONAL!
- Medford - Proclamation and Sechiras Reshus completed with the Mayor and our Eruv Team!

Sechiras reshus
(L to R): Jay Lamport (Congregation Beth Israel - President), Dr. Jesse Hefter (Greater Boston Eruv Corporation - President), Michael J. McGlynn (Mayor - Medford), Rabbi Yitzchak Rabinowitz (Congregation Beth Israel - Rabbi), Matthew Garland (Congregation Beth Israel - Executive Director)

- Malden - 12/2 - Sechiras Reshus completed with the Mayor and our Eruv Team!
Sechiras reshus
(L to R): Matthew Garland (Congregation Beth Israel - Executive Director), Jay Lamport (Congregation Beth Israel - President), Gary Christenson (Mayor - Malden), Rabbi Yitzchak Rabinowitz (Congregation Beth Israel - Rabbi), Dr. Jesse Hefter (Greater Boston Eruv Corporation - President)

- Marblehead - Town working on Proclamation
- Swampscott - Town working on Proclamation

- November 2014

- Malden - Construction complete - planning on going live for Shabbat VaYeyshev!
- Waltham - Construction slated to begin on Eruv extension
- Swampscott - Final phase of proclamation process from Town
- Marblehead - Awaiting next meeting with Marblehead Power and Light, then with City Council for Proclamation
- North Shore Eruv fundraising meetings have begun

- October 2014

- Salem - Proclamation received from City!

- September 2014

- Malden - Construction complete - review and final paperwork in-progress...
- North Shore - Unanimous approval from Town Council - awaiting next meeting with full City Council for Resolution

- August 2014

- Malden - All permits and licenses obtained - construction planning underway!
- Waltham - All permits and licenses obtained - final determination of owner for forested area south of campus through which planned mechitzah will run; then on to construction!
- North Shore - All licenses obtained - setting up individual town meetings for final approval then on to construction

- February 2014

- Amherst - Completed second survey to review pole identification for Town Permit and to review alternatives for part of the UMass border

- January 2014

- Malden - Preparing TRA/MBCR/MBTA and Verizon/National Grid License Applications
- North Shore - Submitted Verizon/National Grid/Marblehead Power and Light License Applications
- Brandeis - Survey with TRA on railroad crossings in Waltham associated with Eruv expansion

- December 2013

- North Shore - Met with the Swampscott Commissioner of Public Works regarding a bridge crossing - we are a go there!
- North Shore - Met with MBCR and MBTA officials to discuss updated plan for crossing commuter rail tracks - positive outcome; submitted a new proposal to TRA for signature approval.

Meeting at MBTA

Staff from MBCR and MBTA meet with Dr. Hefter (right)

- UMass/Amherst - Face-to-face meeting with WMeCo officials in Hadley, MA very successful.

- November 2013

- UMass/Amherst - Conference calls with WMeCO progressing well; initial meeting with UMass positive. Reaching out to Amherst officials.
- Brandeis/Waltham - Awaiting meeting with City of Waltham for approval of off-campus segments.
- Malden - Written expansion planned reviewed; will need to contact city, MBTA, and utilities for permit extensions.
- North Shore - Updated proposal sent to National Grid for railroad crossing proposal. Awaiting response.

- October 2013

- Onsite review of Brandeis University Eruv and expansion plans. Completed definition of borders and next steps for meeting with the city, university and other licensing parties.

- Initial meeting with MBCR in Swampscott to review the Tzurat HaPesach needs that involve the commuter rail system. Expanding the discussion to National Grid for a possible simpler, permanent solution to crossing the rail tracks.

- Initial meeting with UMass/Amherst students to design an Eruv for the campus and nearby neighborhoods (under the GBEC umbrella). On October 27, 2013, Rabbi Yosi Eisen, the UMass/Amherst OU/JLIC Rabbi, and three volunteers students (right-to-left: Elisheva, Nathan, Ariel, Rabbi Eisen, Dr. Hefter) met with Jesse Hefter of GBEC to tour the campus and establish an initial design for an Eruv that will include nearly all the campus and extend into nearby neighborhoods. One day earlier, Dr. Hefter was invited to deliver a Shabbat morning d'rasha at the KHH/JLIC Minyan during which he explained the importance of Eruv and the technical basics associated with establishing an Eruv in contemporary settings.

Amherst Eruv Survey Team

- Shabbat HaGadol 2012 - The 1000th Shabbat of our Community Eruv. Dr. Hefter was invited to speak at the Young Israel of Brookline on that Shabbat. Several weekends later, Dr. Hefter spoke to the Maimonides Kehillah after Shabbat morning davening about the history and genesis of the Eruv.

Shabbat Ha-Elef

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