Rabbanut Bet Shemesh/Ramat Bet Shemesh Eruv
Welcome to the Eruv website of Bet Shemesh!
Important update: Because of the ongoing construstion on Kvish 10, there is temporarily no eruv between Cheftziba and Machasiya and from Machasiya to the Ayzor Taasia. When the construction is finished, the eruv poles will be replaced. This does not affect the status of either the kosher or mehudar eruv around the city which is checked every Friday.
We are proud to present comprehensive information regarding the kosher and mehudar Eruv as well as all the Mikvaot of Bet Shemesh/Ramat Bet Shemesh and the surrounding areas that are included in its Eruv and under the supervision of Rabbanut Bet Shemesh.
This includes a computerized Eruv map which is the first of its kind in Israel and we thank the ShemeshPhone for their help in preparing the map in addition to hosting and updating the site. The Eruv/Mikvaot map is available at the Department of Shabbat/Eruv/Mikvaot at the Moatza Datit, as well as on this site.
The Eruv and Mikvaot that appear on the map are under the supervision of the Chief Rabbanut of Bet Shemesh headed by the Chief Rabbi, Rav Shimon Biton, Shlita, and are maintained by the Religious council (Moatza Datit) headed by Rav Chaim Ben Margi.
Rav David Avraham Spector, Shlita directs the Department of Shabbat, Eruv and Mikvaot and personally supervises the entire Eruv. Every Friday, the Eruv is examined by the Eruv inspectors, Rav Dan Alimi and Rav David Sheetrit, and any problems are corrected.
The length of the Eruv is about 50 kilometers, and it surrounds the entire populated city, but not the western industrial area.
There is a Mehudar Eruv (marked in red on the map) around most of the city, built mostly with Mechitzot as well as some Eruv posts on 3 sides of the city. The fourth side is build mostly with Eruv posts. The Eruv Mehudar was erected under the guidance and advice of the Eida Charedit Department of Eruvin.
The kosher Eruv (marked in blue on the map) includes the entire city, and was built as in every city in Israel with Eruv posts. The kosher Eruv includes route 38 and Tel Bet Shemesh, and connects Bet Shemesh to Moshav Yishi, Zanoach, and Machsiya.
There is an Eruv Chatzerot at Bet Knesset Ohel Yonah Menachem, and every year on Erev Pesach the area on the map is rented from the Mayor.
The map also includes all of the Mikvaot of the Chief Rabbinate and Religious Council (Moatza Datit) of Bet Shemesh.
Click here for additional information regarding Mikvaot.
In case of a problem with the Eruv please contact the Eruv Inspectors as soon as possible, and they will be corrected, B"H, before Shabbat:
Rav Dan Alimi: 991-1944, 052-381-5122
Rav David Shitreet: 052-4445190
Questions regarding the Eruv:
Rav David Avraham Spector
At the Rabbanut- 991-1361, ext. 2 or 6
At home- 999-4987
Email click firstname.lastname@example.org
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General Explanation of Eruv Parameters
1: Explanation on Eruv, Nofei Aviv
The Eruv on the service road underneath Nofei Aviv, goes from Gan HaPlasti to Kiryat Belz in RBS B. It is connected to the Eruv of Zanoach on two sides of the bridge. This Eruv is built like most Eruvin in Israel, with poles and string. Therefore, one can walk and carry below Nofei Aviv and to enter Kiryat Belz from the left side of the building next to the wadi through the Tzurat Hapetach and one can continue under the bridge to Moshav Zanoach. The new Eruv is built partially with barrels so that it can be moved south as the construction progresses in that area.
There also is a Mehadrin Eruv which includes the walls of the gardens in Nofei Aviv and the new supporting wall and the gates at the new project (Yesodot Tzur).
Ramat Neria is included within the Mehadrin Eruv.
2: Explanation of Eruv, Ramat Bet Shemesh A
The mehadrin Eruv of RBS A is connected to the mehadrin Eruv of RBS B. and one may walk between them. This section is now "rov mechitzot" on three sides of the city. On Nahar Hayarden at the traffic circle that intersects Nahal Kishon, a meter high wall was built which extends until Nachal Dolev, from there, there are two supporting walls in the center of the road, which are connected by means of Eruv poles and wire. Therefore, one who wishes to carry only in the mehadrin Eruv, should walk on Nahar Hayarden from Nachal Dolev to Sderot Hayarkon only on the upper level of the street, as the dividing wall in the middle of the road is the boundary of the mehadrin Eruv. The kosher Eruv includes the entire lower level of Nahar Hayarden extending to Sderot Hayarkon and the exit to Route 10.
In addition, the mehadrin Eruv has been extended in the area of Aleph to include the steps going up to the Chabad Shul (by their request), extending below the back of the Dona Medical Center (Merkaz Rakefet).
The Eruv map has been updated and reflects these changes. Click here to view pictures of the repairs in progress.
3:Bet Shemesh Environs
In answer to a question asked by many: You may walk *without carrying* from Bet Shemesh to Tzora, to Machsia, and to the beginning of Nacham, which are inside the Bet Shemesh Shabbat zone. Nacham is 850 meters from the Bet Shemesh eiruv (less than 2000 ama). Below, courtesy of the engineering department of the Bet Shemesh municipality, is an aerial photograph of the square Bet Shemesh Shabbat zone, which includes Zanoach and Yishi that are connected to the Bet Shemesh eruv. This aerial photograph (scale of 1:10000) has, in addition to the Bet Shemesh zone marking, a marking of the additional zone where one may walk without carrying, 2000 ama (960 meters). Click here to see the map of the Techum Shabbat (Shabbat Zone)
4: Eruv Moshav Zanoach
The eruv of moshav Zanoach has been fixed. The Eruv of Moshav Zanoach is connected to the municipal eruv of RBS B from both sides of the bridge that is over the Nachal Zanoach and to the municipal eruv next to the Gur grocery and Ezra V'Achva.