We hope this letter finds everyone well! We are grateful that the eruv has continued to help support the Jewish community of Cambridge and Somerville this past year.
We are thankful that we continue to have Rabbi Chaim Jachter act as our Rav HaMakhshir. He recently performed his annual eruv check and was very happy with the condition of the eruv. Rabbi David Roth is our veteran boots on the ground rabbinic advisor. His dedication to helping find solutions to problems with the eurv is appreciated. Rachel Spiller continues to take the lead in implementing these fixes and Rabbi David and Rachel’s combined efforts have prevented the eruv from being down on several occasions over the course of this past year. Rabbi Dani Passow has also been available as a back-up advisor should the need arise.
We also want to thank our volunteers who do the weekly checks to ensure that the eruv remains up each Shabbat. Their dedication and efforts are greatly appreciated! We would encourage everyone to consider becoming a checker. This generally involves a commitment to check once every 3-4 weeks. It is a good way to explore the geography of our community and to do a mitzvah at the same time! Please contact Amy Robert (email@example.com) for more information on the logistics of what volunteering would entail.
This year we were able to expand the eruv in east Cambridge to now include the Royal Sonesta Hotel. We are exploring a further expansion which would increase the size of the eruv in east Cambridge while making the weekly checking easier (we are currently awaiting permitting for this).
Our finances continue to remain stable and as such we have not recommended any increase in dues this year. We rely on members of the community to support the eruv financially and we encourage everyone to do so to the best of their ability.
Suggested membership contributions are:
Families with Children
Families with two incomes
Families with one income
Members without Children
Per working adult
Per student or non-working adult
2-4 hours / month
Checking eruv one or two Wednesdays or
Thursdays each month
I would like to thank our board members- Meyer Potashman, Amy Robert, Avi Klausner and Rebecca Boiarsky- who continue to work hard to ensure that the eruv runs smoothly. We are also pleased that our eruv board family has expanded with three new family babies welcomed into the world this past year! Mazal tov!
We would again encourage people to become members of the eruv by supporting it financially and/or by volunteering to help with checking. Contributions can be made online at www.nceruv.org or can be mailed to the address above. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 5783! Shana tova,
President, North Charles Community Eruv, Inc.