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Original post made by Eruv is up on Sep 10, 2007

Just two weeks in, it's clear that the Eruv is a benefit to many many people.
Over time, the effect wil be profound. We thank Hashem that we were able to
reach this milestone.

Now we need to pay off the debt that was incurred to speed up construction. The
total for the Eruv, which included a whopping $20K in one-time permit fees, was
over $150,000. The debt we still owe involves just under $100,000.

There are five people who have indicated a willingness to give even $10,000 each
but they have asked that their contributions be matched by smaller contributions
from a wide distribution throughout the community. One such $10,000 contribution
has already been matched. Now we must cover the rest.

The levels of giving are the following:

Builder: $10,000 -- there are three donors in this category already, and four
more who have pledged at this level.

Pillar (pole sponsor): $2,500 -- there are already seven donors who contributed
at this level. There are, of course, 44 poles.

Stepping-up: $1,000 -- there have been six contributions at this level

Friend: $500 -- there have been 37 contributions at this level, and another 26
Friends who came in at levels up to $500.

The goal from the beginning has been to have 100 Friends of the Eruv. Because of
the wide benefit, we are looking for wide participation.

Contributions should be sent to the Palo Alto Community Eruv (PACE), a separate
501(c)3.

PACE
POBox 60675
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Comments (8)

Posted by ??, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2007 at 8:37 pm

Are you posting here to ask for money or are you starting a new thread for discussion?

The money for this should be raised through the various synagogues, not in a public forum.

However, it is good to know the cost of this. I hope you manage to raise the money. I have a question, is the new JCC part of the Eruv?
If so, Lucas Light & Magic may help out because they are backing the JCC.


Posted by Curious, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2007 at 7:49 pm

I'd like to start using the new e-ruv. Do I need a login? What kind of bandwidth can I get?


Posted by logical, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2007 at 8:02 pm

Glad to hear the Eruv is up. Sad to hear that fact in Town Square. It will only accelerate the inevitable. It will be vandalized.

In other Eruv threads posters have boasted they will vandalize it..... Remember, this is Liberal Secular Palo Alto.

Hope ?? is right and ILM can provide some funding. Sad truth, you are going to need the $$$ for maintenance.....




Posted by joe, a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 12, 2007 at 4:15 am

This should never have been allowed, it is a clear violation of the separation of church and state, particularly an intrusion when this is allowed, but Chistmas decorations are not.

I would not be surprised to see this vandalized in protest, so you are certainly going to need to check it every week, both before each Sabbath and afterwards to see if it was vandalized during that.


Posted by Religious Zealot, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2007 at 10:18 am

We should put a huge statue of Buddha in the middle of California Avenue


Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 22, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Joe, interesting and sad to hear that you think that militant citizens of PA would vandalize something like an eruv. Any idea who the odious zealots would be? I'm sure the community does check it regularly (I know that is true for other eruvs).

RZ, the difference between an eruv and Christmas decorations or a Buddha is pretty evident. An eruv is nearly invisible; moreover, my understanding is that it does not represent any sacred object or concept - it represents a wall (creeks and cliffs also commonly serve the purpose), so that certain tasks can be performed "indoors." It is practical, not holy. If other religious groups have un-obtrusive, practical requirements, I believe they should be accommodated as well.

I am glad to hear the eruv is up!


Posted by R Wray, a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 22, 2007 at 1:34 pm

As Ayn Rand wrote when discussing a cultural-philosophical movement, "It is earlier than you think."


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Some of the most beautiful buildings and art in the world are of a religious theme or practice. These are to be cherished much more than some of the so called art in Palo Alto.


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