September 2013 - Moving forward with permit application to MBTA for North Shore Eruv. Nearly ready to submit the Verizon application for pole attachments.
August 2013 - Restarting Brandeis Eruv expansion project with the new OU-JLIC rabbi, Rabbi David Pardo, on campus. More to come...
June 2013 - Took 6th grade Maimonides School class on the 2nd annual short walking tour of the Eruv - the students asked some good questions about mechitzah, Eruv repair, and Eruv design. Thanks to Rabbi Yakov Beker for setting up the invitation.
March 2013 - Interfacing with Engineering Firm working on the BU Law School facilities upgrade and the need to reroute the Eruv for several months during upcoming construction activities.
January 2013 - Working on Eruv extension in South Brookline
December 2012 - Working with Swampscott - Marblehead on Eruv
April 2012 - Took 6th grade Maimonides School class on a short walking tour of the Eruv - the students had great questions and were very curious. Thanks to Rabbi Yakov Beker for setting up the invitation.
November 2011 - Rabbi Heinemann visits Marblehead/Swampscott to review proposed Eruv; the plan looks good.
September 2011 - Final review of plan for Marblehead/Swampscott Eruv Design.
January 2011 - Working with a team in Marblehead/Swampscott on the initial stages of an Eruv design.
September 2010 - Newton, MA: Successful meeting held with representatives of the company that operates the Crowne Plaza. We now have a plan for re-installing our extension to the Eruv that will enable people staying in the hotel for Shabbat to carry from the hotel to Newton (the southern side of the hotel).
May 2010 - Boston MA - Rabbi Zalmen Leff of the Boston Academy of Talmudic Research requested a tour of the Eruv in order to provide a key practical link between the topics of Eruvin that the Kollel students are studying and an actual urban Eruv. See some pictures! We were able to review about 25% of the border - more to come...
May 2010 - New Bedford, MA - Met with Rabbi Barry Hartman, Mayor Scott Lang, and city officials to move the plan ahead for submitting an application for a Permit to erect an Eruv.
- Newton MA: Completed expansion of Eruv in the Langley Road area to include more homes and to simplify weekly inspection. Please see the "MAP" page for more details.
- Newton, MA: Completion of 2 new Tzurot Ha-Pesach on Erev Shabbat VaYishlach. We are using special lechiim and overhead line to accommodate the request of the hotel. Looks cool.
- New Bedford, MA: The announcement of the impending closing of the Agudas Achim synagogue has stopped the Eruv project at this time.
- Camp Ramah - Palmer, MA
June 2009 - GBEC consults and assists in completion of new Eruv. Phase II (the A-side of camp completed 6/12/09) - Read an article about the project.
- June 2009 - GBEC consults and assists in construction of new Eruv for Camp Ramah, Palmer, MA. Phase I (the B-side of camp completed 6/5/09)
- April 2009 - GBEC erects temporary Eruv at Camp Ramah - New England (Palmer, MA) for a Maimonides High School Shabbaton. (The Camp's Summer Eruv is quite large and not yet ready for this season.)
April 2009 - Initial conversations about an Eruv project in Bangor, ME.
- June 2010 - Approval from NStar for Pole Attachments.
- December 2009 - Approval from Verizon for Pole Attachments.
- October 2009 - Application for Permit to Verizon for Pole Attachments.
- June 2009 - A second meeting was held to move the 1st phase of the project along. Read more about it!
- March 2009 - Discussions about possible expansion of the Brandeis Eruv into parts of Waltham.
- November 2008 - Request to assist in the completion of an Eruv in Worcester, MA.
- July 2007 - Initial discussion with Rabbi Barry Hartman of New Bedford about an Eruv for the city.
- July 2007 - The community around Crystal Lake in Newton is now within the Eruv. The City of Newton now permits residents and guests to use Crystal Lake year-round. Car-top-carried boats (kayaks, canoes, small rowboats without engines) are permitted during the daytime. People have been and are now regularly using the lake more than a majority of the year. Thus, the residential areas around the lake are now considered part of the Eruv. One cannot wade into the lake on Shabbat but walking/carrying in the areas south of Beacon St., east of Walnut St., and west of Centre St. are now Halachically available for Hotza-ah/carrying. [effective 7/6/2007]...
- October 2007 - Newton Eruv border around Bulloughs Pond has changed, please see Maps page for more information.
- June 2007 - Permits for Malden Eruv Expansion completed
- February 22, 2007 - Staying in Brookline, Brighton, Boston, or Newton for Shabbat and need to know about hotels within the Eruv? Here you go!
- February 17, 2007 - Invited talk about the Eruv to the Minyan Shaleym congregation in Brookline.
- February 10, 2007 - Expansion planned for Malden Eruv...
- January 10, 2007 - Proposed Lynn Eruv described in Jewish Press.
- December 6, 2006 - We receive a request on behalf of the Kollel community in East Berlin, Germany, for information to support their efforts to build an Eruv. Today, there are 100,000 Jews in Germany.
- July 17, 2006 - Invited Eruv Presentation to the 2006 Gralla Fellows Program. For more information, see the Brandeis description of the program.
- March 19, 2006 - Jesse Hefter, the president of the Eruv, spoke about the Eruv at a Shul Breakfast organized by Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel, Newton, MA. If you would like to schedule a visit to your shul, let us know!
- One may transit the following Newton Mass Pike overpasses on Shabbat: Lewis St., Harvard St., Walnut St., Lowell Ave.
- The southern entrance to the Sheraton Hotel at the Mass Pike in Newton (near Exit 17) is accessible to the Eruv. This includes the Main Entrance (turning towards Centre St.).
- The "Maps" link now provides all updated maps and directions for the places within the Eruv district that are not able to be transited on Shabbat. Please carefully review this information if you plan on walking near these areas on Shabbat.
- The new Boston University extension to the community Eruv is an extension, not independent, of the "greater" Eruv.
- The hospital complexes (Children's, Brigham and Women's, Deaconess, Beth Israel) in the Longwood Avenue area of Boston are NOT in the Eruv.
- January 10, 2007 - Article in Jewish Press about Lynn Eruv
Eruv To Be Constructed Near Boston
Congregation Ahabat Sholom of Lynn, Mass., is announcing the construction of the Lynn Eruv that will be a component of (although not physically contiguous with) the Greater Boston Eruv Corporation, a 501-c (3) nonprofit organization registered in Massachusetts. The eruv’s consultants are Rabbi Moshe Heinemann of Baltimore and Dr. Jesse Hefter, a lay volunteer and president of the Greater Boston Eruv Corporation, who has built eruvim in Boston, Brookline, Newton and Malden in Massachusetts and one in Newport, R.I., serving the Touro Synagogue.
Congregation Ahabat Sholom was established in 1901 in the Diamond District and was the first Orthodox synagogue north of Boston.
The Diamond District (also known as the “Gold Coast”) was a very prestigious waterfront vacation haven where the executives of the shoe industry built beautiful summer mansions. It is now a year-round community.
The shul is conveniently located near kosher shopping with good public transportation and new roads to Boston. One can see the Atlantic Ocean from the steps of the shul and it is only a small walk to say tashlich.
Congregation Ahabat Sholom is a member of the Orthodox Union, and its rabbi, Avraham Kelman, received his semichah from Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and is a graduate of Yeshiva University. The community mikveh is located on the shul premises and was built by Rabbis Mordechai Twersky and Samuel Zaitchik (Emeriti) and Rabbi Savitsky, z”l.
Lynn is one of the country’s underdeveloped oceanfront communities. It has affordable housing that is beautiful, especially the antique shoe factories that have been restored and remodeled into gorgeous lofts and apartments close to the shul.
Young families are invited to visit the community to become members.
For more information and to make donations for the eruv, contact Faigie and Hank Goodman, c/o Congregation Ahabat Sholom, 151 Ocean St., Lynn, MA 01902, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mark your checks “Eruv use only.”
- January 13, 2006 - Invited Oneg Shabbat Lecture at Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe, Brighton, MA- "The Boston Eruv: From Idea to Reality"
- November 15, 2005 - Request from Student Eruv Council, Cornell University for information on working with Campus Officials for assistance in their Eruv Project.
- November 8, 2005 - Request from Temple Reyim, Newton for extension to the Eruv...
- October 21, 2005 - BU Eruv Extension completed in time for Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot!!!
- October 16, 2005 - BU Eruv Extension review completed; additional tree-trimming around new twines and other new repairs still required.
- October 3, 6-7, 2005 - BU Eruv Extension Repairs are made; need final review.
- September 2005 - BU Eruv Extension Repairs are scheduled.
- August 27, 2005 - Rabbi Heinemann visits Boston to review all aspects of the BU Eruv Extension.
- August 2005 - BU Eruv Construction Begins.
- April 10, 2005 - Contractor review of BU Eruv; quote to be developed and materials to be ordered.
- March 2, 2005 - BU approves Eruv proposal. Contactor scheduling next...
- July 20, 2004 - Official Eruv Proposal to BU sent to Vice-President of Physical Plant for Review and Comments. The BU Board will need to approve it before we can take the next steps.
- June 25, 2004 - Malden Eruv is operational; a 3-year project completed; Kein Yirbu...
- June 15, 2004 - Site visit at BU to review updated plans for Eruv design that will link BU Eruv to Greater Boston Eruv.
- December 10, 2003 - R. Heinemann visits to review proposed Lynn, MA Eruv border.
- November 25, 2003 - City Proclamation and Kinyan Kesef with the Mayor of Malden - we are nearly there! (Pictures coming).
- November 9, 2003 - R. Heinemann visits to re-check Malden and re-view Boston.
- October 9, 2003 - Malden Eruv Construction Completed; R. Heinemann to re-visit in November for final review.
- September 25, 2003 - Newport Eruv UP!!!!! (Read News Item !
- September 15, 2003 - Construction of Malden Eruv begins...
- September 12, 2003 - Re-check by R. Heinemann complete, all repairs made...Next is Kinyan Kesef and we will be UP!
- July 17, 2003 - Construction completed today on the Newport, RI Eruv. Next step is a re-check by R. Heinemann in August...
- July 14, 2003 - Construction began today on the Newport, RI Eruv.
- May 22, 2003 - All permits for the Malden Eruv have been obtained. Planning for construction is underway!
- April 29, 2003 - All permits for the Newport, RI Eruv are in hand and a construction preview meeting was held on-site. This project started in 2001. The Eruv is designed to include the Touro Synagogue, the Admiral Weaver Inn (Kosher B&B), and the Viking Hotel.
- February 14, 2003 - IMPORTANT: Dexter Road in Newton is now out of the Eruv from Walnut Street (two poles north of Dexter on the east side of the street) to the curb on the eastern side of Bulloughs Park Road. Mill Street is still completely accessible. Please consult this map to clarify the areas in which you may walk.
- January 17, 2003 - The BU Eruv project is once again on track. Final negotiations with BU Facilities staff, the MTA, and NStar are underway.
- December 14, 2002 - South Newton Eruv Extension is LIVE.
- October 31, 2002 - The North Shore-based Jewish Journal publishes a "Top Story" entitled 'Keeping the Sabbath in Lynn May Become Easier' discussing the upcoming Eruv there. We have a copy of the article here.
- August 23, 2002 - Newton City Hall Area Enhancement - The Eruv now crosses the western side of the City Hall Complex between the last light pole on the carriage road east of Lowell Ave. to a utility pole on the west side of Homer Street. Shabbat walkers may now cross at the pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Commonweath, Homer, and Lowell in a protected manner. Be sure to walk north of the carriage road if proceeding easterly (towards Walnut St.).
- August 21, 2002 - South Newton Eruv construction complete. Next step is a Rabbinic review.
- September 2000 - The Nonantum Eruv (North Newton) in the Adams Street Shul neighborhood is complete! Call the Main Eruv Status Line (above) for weekly status information. View the borders for this Eruv. This Eruv is contiguous with the Boston Eruv.
- Active Eruv activities with both Malden and Lynn, MA
- May 2001 - Initial Perimeter review with Lynn completed.
- March 2001 - Second Perimeter Review with Malden completed.
- July 2001 - R. Heinemann visited to review Malden plans.
- April 2002 (Malden) Mayor's Office Approval Granted
- May 2002 (Malden) Verizon License Approved!
- May 2002 (Malden) Mass Electric License Application Submitted; Need more insurance first.
- August 2002 (Malden) MBTA License being prepared...
- September 2002 (Malden) Upgraded Insurance obtained, submitted both Mass Electric and MBTA Permit Requests
- January 2003 (Malden)
- Successful Field Review with MBTA Staff!
- Field Survey by Mass Electric Staff Underway prior to approval of permit.
- May - 2003 - Mass Electric Approves Eruv!
- Construction planning underway!!!
- The Cambridge-Somerville Eruv Project is complete (September 2002). Mazel Tov!.
- An Eruv was completed in part of South Brookline in Summer 1998. This Eruv is NOT contiguous with the Boston Eruv. Its status is unknown.
- Project underway for Boston University Eruv... Permit collection underway - R. Heinemann visits to check any remaining Halachik issues (August 1999). Student interest has renewed; the project should accelerate in the Fall.