St. Louis Community Eruv to Celebrate 24th Anniversary

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December 2018

St. Louis Community Eruv to Celebrate 24th Anniversary

On Friday, December 9, 1994, at 11:45 AM, the St. Louis Community Eruv was first completed and inspected. On Friday evening, December 7, 2018, the Jewish Community celebrates the 24th Anniversary of the Eruv. On that Shabbat and every Shabbat, except 4 times, during the past 24 years, the Eruv has been available for use by members of this Community. The Eruv remains a constant source of pride and accomplishment for our community.

The Eruv’s 20 mile perimeter is inspected every week by two very qualified and dedicated inspectors. Often, repairs are required to keep the Eruv functional. In the spring and summer, cutting and trimming are required almost every week to prevent trees and shrubs from interfering with the Eruv. In the winter, cold temperatures cause breaks in the Eruv when plastic moldings and monofilament strings become brittle and crack. The costs to operate the Eruv include all costs of insurance, weekly inspections, the Eruv hotline and email alert system, repairs, maintenance and boundary changes. Repairs often require the assistance of a qualified lineman.

In the past five years, there have also been major expenses to reroute the Eruv to avoid new construction of the MetroLink extension, The Boulevard Development on Brentwood Boulevard, the improvements along I-64 and I-170, the Woodson Road bridge replacement north of Olive Street Road and the current installation of the new bicycle path and sidewalk across Forest Park Parkway, and the other ongoing major construction projects near Skinker Blvd at Washington University.

These changes and others have expanded the Eruv boundary to include Washington University Student Housing and Hillel, and the Parkview Neighborhood south of Delmar and west of Skinker Boulevard. Such expansions increase Shabbat hospitality and synagogue attendance. They help those requiring assistance to get out on Shabbat, to attend synagogue, and to share all that is available in celebration and in learning. The Eruv is a service to all individuals and families within its boundaries to enhance their celebration of Shabbat.

Much of the repair and maintenance work on the Eruv was done for many years by a few dedicated volunteers. Those volunteers, now twenty-four years older, continue to work when needed. New younger volunteers are needed to insure the long-term viability of our community Eruv.

The Eruv has incurred, and will incur, costs and expenses for its repair and maintenance. On this 24th anniversary celebration of the St. Louis Community Eruv, we are soliciting financial support for the Eruv from those who live within it. The St. Louis Community Eruv is requesting that each resident within the Eruv consider a contribution to the Eruv of $200 or more. To make an online contribution by credit card or PayPal account, please go to the Eruv website, and select the DONATE button. Contributions by check should be made payable to St. Louis Community Eruv, Inc. and mailed to:

St. Louis Community Eruv, Inc.
c/o Joel Garbow, Ph.D., Treasurer
7947 Cornell Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Please respond quickly and generously. St Louis Community Eruv Inc is a not-for-profit and is tax exempt. Contributions are deductible from US and State income taxes.