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

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Weekly Status Line : 781-446-9797

  October 31 - Shabbat Lech Lecha - To be checked

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Message from the President: Our 2020 fundraising effort is nearing its end. 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 5, 2020 - Rabbi Meilich Horowitz 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) began December 18, 2019; for 2020, our recommended contribution is $125.00.

If you 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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  October, 2020 - MDR Construction Helps Us Out!

The MDR Construction team, working on part of the Gateway East project in Brookline Village, reached out to us about impending changes to our aerial attachments as old light fixtures are removed and new poles are installed. They offered to make the necessary changes for us at a very busy intersection (Brookline Ave and Washington St). We met on site and reviewed the requirements. We also loaned them a spool of our Eruv twine. Within two days, they had modifed the pole finials to accept the necessary Eruv hardware attachments and removed the old aerial spans and installed the new spans. They really came through for us! You can find out more about MDR at their website.

  July, 2020 - Educational tour for high-schoolers

Rabbi Eliezer Bercuson, Judaic Studies teacher at Maimonides School, reached out to us about a field trip for a "Summer Halacha Program" the first topic of which is Eruv. We met with a group of middle and high-school students at a point in the Eruv where we could see a Tzuras HaPesach made of poles and twine. We then walked along the border where a chain link fence serves as the Mechitzah, then to a short Tzuras HaPesach bridging over a sidewalk, then to typical Lechi construction along a street. Finally, we looked at an installation where the lechi is a length of black electrical tape as our Town was not ready to allow us full-size plastic Lechi strips on expensive, decorative light poles.
The students and Rabbi Bercuson had several questions about design, maintenance, and support that we discussed. It was a great, field meeting.

  April, 2020 - Engineering planning update

A new walking/bike pathway is in the planning stages between Miner St and Overland St in the Fenway area. We met on site today to review the placement of our Tzuras HaPesach at the Miner St cross-over when the project goes into the construction stage.

  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.

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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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