Greater Boston Eruv Corporation
Celebrating 27 years of community service (1993-2020)

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Weekly Status Line : 781-446-9797

  April 11 - Chol Hamoed Pesach - UP!


Message from the President: Our 2020 fundraising effort continues. If you have not yet sent in your annual contribution, please consider doing so now. We need every dollar. Download the 2020 letter.

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Our Mission: We operate and maintain the Greater Boston Eruv, one of the largest Eruvim in the United States. The Eruv allows people within its borders to carry on the Shabbat, an activity that would otherwise be proscribed by Jewish law.

Our Scope: The Greater Boston Eruv covers major parts of Brookline, Newton, and Brighton. An initial extension of the Eruv to include 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 the Newton area. We also manage the Malden, MA (extended in December 2014) and the Brandeis University Eruv (which was extended into Waltham during the Fall of 2015). Beginning in 2014, we began two simultaneous projects, one to extend the Eruv into more of South Brookline and, for the first time, into West Roxbury, and a new Eruv on the North Shore (Marblehead, Salem, Swampscott). Our new South Brookline/West Roxbury extension was ready for service as of Erev Yom Kippur 5777. Our Swampscott Eruv (Phase 1) went online in the Fall of 2016.

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April 16, 2019 - Rabbi Naftali Horowitz (Boston Rebbe) and Dr. Jesse Hefter perform Eruv Chatzayros on behalf of the Community Eruv.


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

Fundraising for our 2020 campaign (our 27th year) is kicking off December 18, 2019; for 2020, our recommended contribution is $125.00.

If have not heard from us recently, please contact us as soon as possible. We need everyone's participation! And remember... the Eruv is not a free service.

Our 2020 fund raising letter is available. (Requires Adobe Reader, do you need it?: Get it here).

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  November 2019 - Portugal Eruv - 1st in 500 years

The Jerusalem Post reports that an Eruv has been constructed and put into service in the Portugese town of Belmonte. This is the first Eruv built in Portugal in over 500 years. See the Links page to retrieve the JPost article.

  November 2019 - Wellesley-Weston Chabad Center Eruv Erected

Rabbi Moshe Bleich of the Wellesley-Weston Chabad Center) reached out to us for assistance in completing their Eruv around two residential lots (one for the Chabad residence and one for the Shul/Activity center and playground). We are providing support to ensure this Eruv meets all Halachic guidelines and thus helps all the congregants when attending services at this Chabad. Rabbi Bleich, Ofer Levi (a Chabad congregant), and Dr. Hefter gathered at the properties on November 4 and completed the necessary repairs to establish the Eruv.

  August 2019 - Pearl St/Washington St Construction

A lot of work is currently ongoing in the Pearl St. and Washington St. area in Brookline. Major construction has already disrupted our original Eruv border from the MBTA Brookline Village stop to Washington St. We are working closely with Suffolk Construction, MDR Contracting, MA State DOT, and the Town of Brookline to develop a permanent, alternate path for the Eruv boundary in this area. We are hoping for continuous Eruv service each Shabbat during this period. Our new border was constructed on Friday, August 16, 2019. The online map has also been updated.

  February 2019 - Military Rabbi Checking Unit's Eruv Foiled Terrorist Attack

Read this inspiring article from the Jewish Press that proves that "truth is stranger than fiction".

  August 2018 - Commonwealth Avenue Reconstruction Project - Mass DOT/Walsh Construction

For the second year in a row, the Eruv border in the area of the BU bridge was impacted by the massive reconstruction project at the intersection of the BU Bridge, Commonwealth Avenue, and the Mass Pike overpass bridge. The cooperation between the general contractor, Walsh Construction, and the Eruv Corporation was perfect and we were able to make adjustments to our border each Friday to maintain the Eruv. Below are some sample imaged of the beehive of activity there (night and day) and our own reconstruction work.

Sample day and night images of the extent of construction at the site (July and August)
Eruv repairs at the construction site and a happy Dr. Hefter and Dan Strom once all repairs were completed in week 2

  June 2018 - Boating on Chandler Pond

Chandler Pond, located behind the homes on Kenrick St in Brighton, has been consistently used by residents along the Pond and by Dr. Jennifer Gordon (Kadimah Toras-Moshe) on a regular basis now for many months. Accordingly, the Pond is now considered within the Eruv and the Mechitzos that are present there are no longer required to exclude that area. This mean that walking on either side of Kenrick St, Lake Ave, and Undine Rd are fully allowed. If utilization of the Pond is curtailed at some point in the future, we will notify our constituency.

  February 2018 - Boating on the Larz Anderson Pond

Although we generally use the Eruv Air (Swamp) Boat on the two pond sections at the Larz Anderson Pond in South Brookline for maintaining the Kashrus of the overall Eruv, we have experienced extended cold conditions and the pond has been frozen now for weeks. In order to use the surface of the Pond (and skating is not allowed by the Town), we have used two remote-controlled vehicles simultaneously on each side. Below are images of the Eruv "Monster" Truck [New Bright RC , More info...] and the Eruv Amphibious vehicle [Brookstone Rover Land and Sea , More Info...] out on the ice. The former is controlled via a small hand-held controller and the latter via a smartphone or tablet (using WiFi).

The Rover has come in especially handy when the Eruv boat and Monster trucks have become stuck while out on the pond - the Rover has had no problems in pushing them back to shore! It is a rugged and reliable unit. It also includes an onboard camera and we attach here a picture (far right) of Dr. Hefter operating the Rover from the shore while the vehicle is backing away from the shoreline while out on the ice. Technology in the service of humanity and the Torah!

Truck on Pond Rover on Pond Rover Picture

  July/August 2017 - Commonwealth Avenue Reconstruction Project - Boston

After two years of planning, the Commonwealth Avenue bridge replacement project (Eastbound lanes) started. The impact to the Eruv has been mitigated through months of close cooperation of the Eruv Corporation President and representatives from Walsh Construction, one of the prime contractors on the project. Our northern Eruv boundary has been maintained even as huge cranes and other heavy equipment has been positioned in the worksite, only 100-250 feet away. We are monitoring the border carefully each week to ensure that there will not be any interruption of Eruv availability.

  February 2017 - First Phase of Swampscott Eruv Completed

We have completed the first phase of the Swampscott Eruv (overseen by the Greater Boston Eruv Corporation) and it is now operational. Thanks for the terrific partnership between Daniel Turgel and Rabbi Yossi Lipsker from the Swampscott community in partnering with GBEC to see this project through to a successful completion. Thanks to the Town of Swampscott, National Grid, and Verizon for their licensing permits. The community is now enjoying a new kind of Shabbos experience! The map of the Eruv is located under the Boundaries link. Kinyan Kesef

Dr. Jesse Hefter and Gino Cresta (Town of Swampscott Department of Public Works) execute a Kinyan Kesef agreement on January 23, 2017.

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Repairs: The Eruv is repaired by Dan Strom of Strom Electric.
Follow the link to reach a reliable, friendly, and competent electrician!
Tree Services: We have been fortunate to work with the good folks at BrightView Tree Care Services when a hard-to-reach twine crossing (usually with tree branches in the way) needs to be rebuilt. If you ever need tree care services, please consider reaching out to them at

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