Greater Boston Eruv Corporation
Celebrating 31 years of community service (1993-2024)

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Weekly status phone number : 781-446-9797

July 20 - Shabbat Balak - To be inspected..


Message from the President: Our 2024 fundraising campaign began in early December 2023. Please respond in a timely manner. You can donate online (Credit Card, PayPal, Venmo, Donor Advised Funds, Check, ApplePay, GooglePay) using the GiveButter link below:

For more information about the campaign, please view our campaign letter.

Our Mission: We operate and maintain the Greater Boston Eruv, one of the largest Eruvim in the world. The Eruv allows people within its borders to carry objects with them 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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  Eruv Chatzeiros

April 17, 2024 - Dr. Jesse Hefter and Rabbi Meilich Horowitz perform the Eruv Chatzeros for the upcoming year just prior to Pesach.


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

Fundraising for our 2024 campaign (our 31st year) is in full swing; our 2024 letter was sent out in late-2023 (via eMail if we have your eMail address or via paper mail if we don't).

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 2024 fund raising letter is available. (Requires Adobe Reader, do you need it?: Get it here).

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   June 5, 2024 - Tree Lechi Repairs Completed

Eruv      Our Eruv has three locations where our overhead twines pass along trees rather than along utility poles. In each of these areas (there are seven (7) trees in three (3) locations), we requested permission from the Town Of Brookline Tree Warden to attach a length of string to the tree starting at the attachment point of the aerial twine and extending down the outside of the tree to the ground. In order to keep the string taut, we received permission to staple the string to the bark. Over a period of years, the tree grows and the staples are "swallowed" by the expanding girth of the trunk. Now, our vertical strings have been partially consumed by the tree. This week, with the professional services of Gold's Landscaping Service, we climbed the trees and removed the old strings and installed fresh strings. This time around, we received permission from the Tree Warden to install small screw eye-hooks into the tree to gain more longevity until the tree swallows the string again. We have been assured from the Town that the careful installation of this hardware will in no way compromise the health of the tree.

   May 9, 2024 - Upcoming Expansion to Malden Eruv

Eruv      The Malden community is once again preparing to extend the existing Eruv to accommodate families who have moved into homes outside the Eruv. With our license permit from Verizon in-hand and other related permits, we are ready to enter the construction phase. Rabbi Yitzchak Rabinowitz and Synagogue Administrator Matthew Garland of Congregation Beth Israel, Dan Strom (our Eruv contractor), and Dr. Jesse Hefter (President of the Greater Boston Eruv) met today to walk the new route and review installation requirements for the Eruv attachments. (The image to the left shows Rabbi Rabinowitz (L) and Dr. Hefter (R))

   April 12, 2024 - Eruv Chatzerot at Brandeis University

Eruv      It was once again a pleasure to meet with students at the Minyan at Brandeis together with Rabbi Ariel Cohen and Rabbi Seth Winberg to perform an Eruv Chatzerot for the upcoming year. Dr. Hefter provided a context for the ceremony pointing out that, in addition to requiring that the mechitzot that form the local Eruv are in acceptable status, it is also required that some food be placed in a common area that is accessible to anyone who might need it (especially for the Shabbat). This requirement represents a physical aspect of the ceremony. Further, the Rabbis instituted that we overlay this setting aside of the food with a Bracha and a statement to elevate the ceremony to one of the spirit.

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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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