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