With much gratitude and appreciation
December 13, 2018 5 Teves 5779
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.
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
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.
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