Mapping Monsey and Its Environs
Picture yourself as a Monsey resident in the 90’s. A short five or ten-minute drive in any direction took you outside of the frum “Monsey” borders and into suburban or rural Rockland County.
Fast forward a mere two decades, and you can drive endless miles away from home, and still find a concentration of yeshiva kids, an abundance of strollers, and signature Chrysler minivans. The speed at which frum Jewry has expanded within Monsey and its environs is a true blessing!
While new stores and new schools may be the more oft discussed topic of Monsey’s tremendous growth, at Vaad H’Eiruv we see things differently. We see a need for continuous expansion of the community’s eiruv. After all, we want every single frum family residing in the Monsey vicinity to enjoy the freedom of an eiruv mehudar.
As the Monsey community grows, neighboring townships too, are welcoming new frum families as their neighbors. From Pomona Heights to New City to Pearl River to Chestnut Ridge to Airmont to Suffern, new homeowners are moving in and would like to be included in the eiruv.
Needless to say, a map of the 90’s has long ceased being relevant; there’s a good reason Vaad H’Eiruv found it necessary to roll out a new one!
The map is a mere reflection, however, of a much greater role Vaad H’Eiruv plays in the community.
Meeting the need for an ever-growing eiruv means an endless amount of work. From key political relationships, to industrial ones, to neighborly ones, askanim build a rapport with the right people who can help get the job done.
City offices, town clerks, and legal advisors have come to respect Vaad H’Eiruv’s askanim, and they graciously offer their friendship and assistance to Vaad H’Eiruv’s continuous efforts on behalf of Monsey’s residents.
With Vaad H’eiruv’s collective passion to see things all the way through, we bring the eiruv wherever it’s needed. Be it around state borders, highways, or medical establishments, if a yid needs the eiruv, it’s there. The New York State Thruway, Palisade Interstate Parkway, and Garden State Parkway all contain territory within the eiruv.
Permission to include highways within the eiruv’s boundaries isn’t a simple ‘hook-it-up-and-go’ operation. It takes years of planning, permit applications, meetings, and working collaboratively with the highway commissioner’s office.
At the O&R offices too, the compliance efforts are constant and ongoing. From lengthy lists of constraints, to fine print requirements, to changing regulations (including technicalities such as: ‘In order to connect a PVC pipe to an electric pole, the area must be clear.’) the Vaad H’Eiruv is determined to make it work.
Indeed, our efforts pay off! Monsey’s eiruv is regarded as one of the most mehudar eiruvin in North America!
It is critical to note that when constructing an individual or personal eiruv, usage of the O&R pole is considered theft of property, and can lead to terrible Chillul Hashem. In fact, at a recent meeting between the Vaad H’Eiruv and O&R officials, the latter group shared numerous photos of O&R poles which had been improperly co-opted into private eiruvin with PVC pipes and other unlawful attachments. The Vaad H’Eiruv invites all residents to call them for guidance on how to construct a legally approved eiruv.
Our Gift to You
Vaad H’Eiruv shares the enclosed map in hope that Monsey residents will clearly know where carrying is permissible, and where it isn’t. But that is only the beginning…
In order for you to fully benefit from the eiruv’s presence, Vaad H’Eiruv has designed a map with all of the information pertaining to its use. However, by sharing this masterwork of a map, Vaad H’Eiruv shares a lot more than the technical boundaries of permissible Shabbos carrying; The Vaad’s map has become synonymous with a print GPS, custom designed for frum users. With battei midrashim, mikvaos, yeshivos and other establishments of note prominently marked, Vaad H’Eiruv’s map is your go-to information center when it comes to navigating Monsey’s streets.
Please share this map with your Shabbos guests as well so that they know that the Monsey eiruv doesn’t start as soon as they turn off the George Washington Bridge; they must keep track of where the eiruv begins and ends.
May the zechus of shmiras Shabbos allow us to be zoche to the geulah sheleima very soon. Please join with us and contribute to the Vaad H’Eiruv so we can continue taking care of the community.
We appreciate your support.