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Eruv Membership Letter

Dear Friends,

Shana tova! We hope everyone has had a good year.

The eruv has had an exciting year. We survived a major renovation as well as several smaller “downages” to the eruv. The numerous weeks that required repairs to the eruv which were successfully completed speaks to the dedication and hard work of our volunteers. It also highlights some of the financial challenges we are facing (more below).

We were able to complete the revision to the eruv along Memorial Drive- although it required two Shabbatot without an eruv (and the need for an arborist!). We also had a couple of additional Shabbatot where the eruv was down due to weather. We would like to extend hakarat hatov (gratitude) to Rachel Spiller who worked tirelessly to keep the eruv up as much as possible this year. As always, we are very appreciative of her efforts!

Rabbi Chaim Jachter continues as our Rav HaMakhshir and will be coming for his annual visit to examine the eruv this month. Rabbis David Roth and Dani Passow provide local rabbinic support and we appreciate their efforts in this important community endeavor.

We continue to have a dedicated and hard working group of eruv checkers. We are still in need of additional eruv checkers to help ease the responsibilities of those who are currently checking. Such a commitment translates into checking about once every 3 weeks.

Regarding finances, it was a tough year. This included the major repair on Memorial Drive and numerous weeks when bad weather required repairs of the eruv. In addition, we have not raised dues in 5 years. Wanting to make sure we stay in good financial standing we find it necessary to increase dues this upcoming year. The suggested membership contributions are:

Suggested Membership Contribution Levels

 Families with Children
$650 Families with two incomes
$360 Families with one income
 Members without Children
$200 Per working adult
$54 Per student or non-working adult
 Volunteer Alternative
2-4 hours  
/ month
Checking eruv one or two Wednesdays or Thursdays each month

Given the expenses this past year we have held off on the expansion of the eruv across the BU Bridge for now. Stay tuned- we still have this on our radar screen as an improvement to the eruv which would be helpful for the community.

Thanks as always to our dedicated Board members, Meyer Potashman, Amy Robert, Jon Roth and Avi Klausner. As mentioned above Rachel Spiller continues as a checker, coordinator of repairs and manager of community relations.

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 email us with questions: info_eruv@nceruv.org.

We hope this year is a happy and healthy one for everyone. Shana Tova,


Oren Weisberg
President, North Charles Community Eruv, Inc.