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Fallsburg NY - New Woodbourne Eruv To Benefit Orthodox Jewish Summer Visitors

Published on: July 5, 2016 09:00 PM
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(L-R) Rabbi Mordechai Jungreis with well known Eruv expert Rabbi Avrohom Goldberger at the border line of the new constructed Eruv in Woodburne on Jul. 1, 2016 (Eli Wohl/VINnews.com)(L-R) Rabbi Mordechai Jungreis with well known Eruv expert Rabbi Avrohom Goldberger at the border line of the new constructed Eruv in Woodburne on Jul. 1, 2016 (Eli Wohl/VINnews.com)

Fallsburg, NY - Summer visitors to the Catskills will find themselves enjoying a new addition to the Woodbourne landscape this season, with the completion of an eruv that encompasses a significant part of the Sullivan County village.

There was a big need for an eruv in the area according to Rabbi Mordechai Jungreis, the Nikolsburger Rebbe of Borough Park who serves as the rov of Congregation Bnai Israel, more commonly known as the Woodbourne Shul, which offers round the clock minyanim during the summer months.

“It happened many times that I saw people were carrying on Shabbos not realizing that there was no eruv,” Rabbi Jungreis told VIN News.  “This one was carrying a shtreimel. This one was carrying a hat.  This one was carrying a towel from the mikvah. This one was carrying a coffee.  People kept asking for an eruv and after I kept seeing it myself I decided to put it up.”

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Work on the eruv, which was constructed by well known Eruv expert Rabbi Avrohom Goldberger, took place over several months and was done in conjunction with local authorities, explained Rabbi Jungreis. The project was sponsored by Yitzy Stark in memory of his brother Menachem Stark who was murdered in January 2014.

“I saw a lot of people coming to Woodbourne and mistakenly carrying there on Shabbos,” said Stark, whose father has a bungalow in the village.  “It is a big thing now for people to know that they can carry there now with no problem.”

The eruv circles part of the village, extending south until the end of the Citgo gas station on Route 42, north until after the Golden Hill driveway on Hasbrouck Drive, west until the beginning of Woodbourne Hills on Route 52 and east until the beginning of the Route 42 bridge.  The Eruv also extends partially into Maria’s Park but does not go all the way until the water and includes the village’s mikvah, the Woodbourne Shul, and the Tristar, Golden Hill and Holiday Park bungalow colonies.

The eruv, which is under Rabbi Goldberger’s hechsher, will be checked every Friday during the summer season.  Rabbi Jungreis acknowledged that while there are those who prefer not to use an eruv on Shabbos, it is a widely accepted concept that is brought down in halacha.

“We say every week V’shamru, that we watch the Shabbos,” said Rabbi Jungreis.  “An eruv is not about making Shabbos hefker but rather about helping yidden watch the Shabbos.  It is made to keep the Shabbos.”


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 Jul 05, 2016 at 10:11 PM hmmmm Says:

א זיס יודל הרב יונגרייז מקרב יודן מיט א שמיכל אין א גיט ווארט. געוואלדיג

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 Jul 05, 2016 at 11:00 PM Expert? Says:

The lechi in the picture is not straight. Just sayin'....

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 05:45 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

I do not understand how construction such a thing is so difficult. But, as you know there is much I do not understand about Judaism.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 09:39 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

and yet in Brooklyn there is no eruv acceptable to the non-modern Orthodox.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 10:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

and yet in Brooklyn there is no eruv acceptable to the non-modern Orthodox.

Simple, they have one set of rules and laws for the "country" and another for Brooklyn. I assure you one simple thing, if the MO had constructed this eruv, they would rule it non-kosher and boycott it.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 12:12 PM Anonymous Says:

4&5,

You have just shown your am hoaratzus. How you know not even the basics of halacha regarding hilchos eruvin, if you con compare Brooklyn to any town in the mountains.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 01:14 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

4&5,

You have just shown your am hoaratzus. How you know not even the basics of halacha regarding hilchos eruvin, if you con compare Brooklyn to any town in the mountains.

Classic you people call others am hoaratzus when they disagree with you. That's why your opinion counts for nothing with everyone outside of your daled amos.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 01:23 PM Yussi Says:

I believe there is a P'Sak R Moshe that an Eruv cannot be constructed in Brooklyn, as it is Reshus Harabim. The mountains do not have that issue.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 02:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Ok, so keep all the thousands of mothers with small children in Brooklyn, housebound, and climbing the walls on Shabbos.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 02:55 PM jack-l Says:

perhaps someone should look at the comment rashi makes regarding an eruv.

No eruv in Brooklyn was the psak of R Moishe ZTL ... good enough.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 03:33 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

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jack-l Says:

perhaps someone should look at the comment rashi makes regarding an eruv.

No eruv in Brooklyn was the psak of R Moishe ZTL ... good enough.

in Boro Park they have an eruv.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 03:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
jack-l Says:

perhaps someone should look at the comment rashi makes regarding an eruv.

No eruv in Brooklyn was the psak of R Moishe ZTL ... good enough.

Fine for you. However, many prominent rabbonim paskened otherwise. You can't force or threaten others that want to use an eruv in Brooklyn, some tried before and only found themselves in jail.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Classic you people call others am hoaratzus when they disagree with you. That's why your opinion counts for nothing with everyone outside of your daled amos.

You, too, are an ignorant fool if that is your response. It has nothing to do with disagreeing, it has to do with not knowing that there is major difference between Brooklyn and the small towns in the mountains.

Not understanding the relationship of a reshus horabim to eruv is gross am hoaratzus.

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 06:04 AM kapakahi Says:

Except for the problem that Main Street is mefoolash and greater than 16 amos, and besides the fact that there is a sizable karfeef many times a bais sassayeem, and besides for the fact that the s'keras reshus is questionable, and not available to the public, perhaps it might be a good eruv. There is only one Shomer Shabbos family in Woodbourne all year and they are not within the "Woodbourne Eruv." All the mommas and papas that want to free themselves from the hardship of being confines to the walls of their homes is misleading. Those bungalows are all within bungalow colonies that have their own eruv. There is plenty of socializing within the colonies. Unfortunately, there is more Shabbos desecration now than in the last 17 years. Even with the signs that were finally installed, people still wheeled their carriages and babies and belongings out of the eruv to visit the local farm animals.
This is a sad state of affairs for the Woodbourne community.

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 06:12 AM kapakahi Says:

I was just looking at the "Woodbourne Eruv Map" and I realized that the map is not to scale so it looks so simple to describe the borders, however, it could be a lot better and then the eruv rav would be better informed as to the extent of the eruv.

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