NEWS!

  • October 2016 - Southern extension to the Eruv complete!

    On Erev Yom Kippur, we were able to complete the extension to the Allston-Brighton-Brookline-Newton Eruv.

    Thanks to the following for their support and involvement as we had to get permits and licenses or collaborated with:

    1. Town of Brookline (Legal, Public Works, Parks, Selectmen, Traffic)
    2. City of Newton (Legal, Public Works, Mayor)
    3. City of Boston (Legal, Public Works, Mayor)
    4. Verizon Communications, Inc.
    5. Eversource Incorporated
    6. Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
    7. The Country Club
    8. Boston Catholic Cemetery Association
    9. Atrius Health, Inc.
    10. Chestnut Hill Realty Associates
    11. Strom Electric Company
    12. Reliable Fence Incorporated
    13. BrightView Landscape, Inc.
    14. Stanton Sheet Metal & Fabrication

    Kinyan Kesef ceremonies in advance of having the South Brookline Eruv Expansion operational

    The Honorable Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston, September 25, 2016

    The Honorable Mayor Setti Warren, Newton, September 27, 2016

    Brookline Board of Selectmen: Nancy Heller, Melvin Kleckner, Dr. Jesse Hefter, Neil Wishinsky, Nancy Daly, Bernard Green, September 27, 2016


  • July 2016 - Mass DOT Meeting to address upcoming road changes that impact the Eruv

    We met with representatives of the Mass Department of Transportation to discuss upcoming changes to the poles that the Eruv uses in Newton (the Oak-Christina Intersection). Part of the project involves road widening and movement of the utility poles to new locations. We have a common understanding of how we will be notified next year when the project begins. We anticipate no interruptions to the Eruv availability during this time.


  • December 2015 - SOUTH BROOKLINE ERUV - UNDER CORRECTIVE CONSTRUCTION - PHASE II

    There are several enhancements that are being made to this new extension and this Eruv segment will be temporarily unavailable until the enhancements are deployed. Stay tuned! (12/25/15)
    -September 2016: Construction well underway again- the final push!
    -August 2016: Working to get final agreements with Brookline, Boston, and Newton...
    -July 2016: Tree-trimming project along Hammond Pond Parkway completed. Construction anticipated to start by end of the month.
    -June 2016: Licenses obtained from Verizon, Eversource, DCR, Atrius Health, and Chestnut Hill Realty.
    -March 2016: Application for permits

    - On Erev Shabbat, December 4, the "Chabad of Chestnut Hill" addition to the Greater Boston Eruv was completed. This multi-year project was the product of the cooperative efforts of Chabad of Chestnut Hill's visionary leader, Rabbi Mendy Uminer, and Dr. Jesse Hefter of the Greater Boston Eruv Corporation. This new Eruv will significantly expand the southern border of the existing Brookline/Brighton/Newton Eruv into South Brookline and towards West Roxbury (even south of VFW Parkway). The expansion area is shown on the online Eruv map. You can use the Contact Us link with any questions.


  • September/October 2015

    - October 22 - 226 poles completed of the Salem-Swampscott-Marblehead Eruv!
    - September 25 - 57 poles completed of the Salem-Swampscott-Marblehead Eruv!
    - 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 - 12/12 - 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 could 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 an 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

  • 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. Maimonides School Eruv Tour




  • 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.
  • November 2010
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.)
  • Brandeis University
    • 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.
  • April 2009 - Initial conversations about an Eruv project in Bangor, ME.
    • 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 henry.goodman@comcast.net. 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.