The Center City Eruv is maintained by the Center City Eruv Corporation, a non-profit corporation created by volunteers for the sole purpose of maintaining the Eruv in Center City, Philadelphia. Our members come from the entire Philadelphia Jewish community; we are not associated with any specific synagogue or organization.
Each week, the Eruv is maintained by community volunteers who have been trained to recognize structural problems with the Eruv that may have come about during the course of the week. If the Eruv is found in an acceptable state, we inform the community through this website and our electronic mailing list that the Eruv is up and that carrying is acceptable within its boundaries on the Sabbath of that week. If the Eruv is found to be in an unacceptable state, and repairs cannot be finished before the beginning of the Sabbath on Friday at sundown, then we inform the community that the Eruv is down and that carrying must be avoided that week on the Sabbath. Any potential problems with the Eruv are reported to rabbinical supervisors.
The Rav HaMachshir (rabbinical supervisor) of the Center City Eruv is Rabbi Dov Aaron Brisman. Rabbi Brisman is the Av Beit Din of the Beit Din of Philadelphia and an associate Av Beit Din of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He is the rabbi of Congregation Young Israel of Elkins Park, PA. The Eruv is built and maintained according to the standards and guidance set forth by Rabbi Brisman, and he is consulted for all improvement projects. A full biography of Rabbi Brisman can be found here.
The Eruv is repaired and regularly maintained by Rabbi Raphael Szmerla. Rabbi Szmerla has extensive knowledge of the laws of Eruv, and has years of experience checking, repairing, and maintaining Eruvim. He also maintains the Cherry Hill East Eruv, the Elkins Park Eruv, the Eruv of the Main Line, as well as many others in communities within a few hours' drive of his home near Lakewood, NJ.
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Center City Eruv Corporation
c/o Mekor Habracha
PO Box 2028
Philadelphia, PA 19103