The construction of a new eruv in the main part of
Jerusalem's Kiryat Yovel neighborhood is now complete.
The need for the eruv, funded by R' Refoel Halperin,
arose when more than 100 bnei Torah families,
especially young couples, moved into a central section of
Kiryat Yovel, where Torah activity is growing. The new
eruv will connect to the Bayit Vegan eruv.
R' Halperin was asked to provide assistance in covering the
construction costs for the eruv, which were high due
to the many halachic hiddurim and difficult field
conditions. R' Halperin agreed to pay all of the expenses and
oversaw the progress to insure that the project was completed
by the end of winter. He also donated a modern loudspeaker
system to announce candlelighting times in Kiryat Yovel.
The eruv construction was overseen by rabbonim from
Bayit Vegan and will be maintained by the Eida Chareidis of
Jerusalem. The upper portion of central Kiryat Yovel is also
included in the eruv. In routing the eruv
planners took into account other parts of Kiryat Yovel that
are becoming more and more chareidi.
The new eruv will connect to the Bayit Vegan
eruv via Rechov Torah Ve'avodah and will extend the
section of the eruv running along Sderot Herzl.
Rabbonim issued instructions to build this section as a
separate addition, since the possibility Sderot Herzl
constitutes a reshus horabim deOraisa is greater than
in the case of the streets inside Bayit Vegan and Kiryat