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With much gratitude and appreciation


December 13, 2018                                                                                                                     5 Teves 5779


Dear Friend,

On Shabbos Parshas Vayera, I spoke about the tremendous efforts that were made for over ten years to get an Eruv up in San Jose. All that hard work came to fruition in September 2017, when the Eruv that took thousands of hours of planning and arranging became, thank G-d, a reality.

Over the past year, bs’d, the Eruv has been up every single Shabbos. Most Shomer Shabbos residents no longer think twice about pushing a stroller, or carrying a siddur, key or bottle of wine, but without the San Jose Community Eruv, none of this would be possible.

There are a handful of individuals who are largely responsible for the weekly, monthly and annual upkeep of our area's Eruv. We owe each of them a huge debt of gratitude. A big yashar koach goes to our weekly Eruv checkers: Shiran Koriat, Asaf Bar-Tzvi, Yehuda Werdesheim, Yoni Greenblum, Menashe Taban and Miriam Shecter. They dedicate their time, often several hours a month, to checking the Eruv in all weather situations. If the situation calls for it, they travel to Home Depot for new supplies to fix the Eruv, sometimes even paying for the supplies out of their own pockets! All of this is done voluntarily.

Nevertheless, the eruv still has a yearly upkeep of approximately $15,000 for insurance and permits. In addition, to maintain the Eruv for long-term use, we need to spend several thousand dollars every few years to refurbish the wires and lechis of the Eruv.

This is the collective responsibility of each one of us.

Consequently, we are asking that all individuals and families that rely on the Eruv every Shabbos give an annual donation towards covering these costs. At a minimum, we request an annual contribution of $101, which is less than $2 a Shabbos, for a family to be an Eruv member.  

Other donation options are:

  • $180 Eruv Supporter

  • $260 Eruv Patron

  • $540 Silver Eruv Sponsor

  • $720 Gold Eruv Sponsor

  • $1000 Platinum Eruv Sponsor  


Thank you to the following individuals and families who donated:


The following individuals and families each donated at least $1,000-Platinum Eruv Sponsor.

Greg and Adeline Bron

Kevin and Tamara Fagan

Heshy and Chaya Miriam Fried

Ephraim and Lara Lindenbaum

Dovid and Malka Reeder l’zecher nishmas Smadar Lerner a’h

Turk and Balter Families:

l’zecher nishmas Herbert V. Turk (Chaim Avigdor ben Aharon Tvzi) on his second yahrzeit- the 3rd of Kislev.

Google, Inc.


The following individuals and families each donated at least $720-Gold Eruv Sponsor.

Dr. Marvin Kirsch

The following individuals and families each donated at least $260- Eruv Patron.


Shmuel and Fabienne Adler

Chana Bellon

Stephane and Sorah Kahloun

Raphael and Julie Londner

Chaim and Jimmi Roberts

The following individuals and families each donated at least $180- Eruv Supporter.

Marvin and Arlene Glazer

Ronnie and Ryna Greenblum

Jonathan and Leah Kaye

Gidon and Nathanaelle Klein

Michel and Sima Rynderman

Alex and Rachel Sidorovsky

Leonid and Sarah Sokolovsky

The following individuals and families each donated at least $101-Membership Level.


Inna Kerzhner

Adina Levine

Avrohom Aharon and Leah Miriam Milrod

Brenton and Carolyn Rogozen

Daniel and Shira Slate

With Much Appreciation on behalf of the S. Jose Community,

Rabbi Menachem Levine

Rav, Kehillas Am Echad

Vice President and Rabbinical Authority SJCE

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