If you're depending upon the eruv for carrying on Shabbat, you are responsible to check the status of the eruv before Shabbat starts. We now have four official different ways you can check the eruv's status:
- Twitter: This is what the Eruv Committee uses to notify everyone of the eruv's status. You can get a free Twitter account and follow the user @hp_eruv. When the Eruv Committee finishes checking the New Brunswick or Highland Park eruvs, they immediately send out an update via the @hp_eruv account. You can also setup Twitter to get notifications on your smartphone. Complete directions are available on the Highland Park Eruv website.
- Facebook: Follow the @hperuv Facebook group. This Facebook group echoes the Twitter account. When we update the @hp_eruv Twitter account, this Facebook group is automatically updated.
- Webpage: The Highland Park Eruv webpage displays the Twitter updates on the Home page, the Status page, and on the News page. The webpage gets updated about 20 to 45 minutes after the Twitter account is updated.
- Phone Hotline: The Phone hotline at 732-246-ERUV is updated before Shabbat.
Along with these four official ways, we also have one unofficial way to get Eruv updates:
- The Rutgers Eruv Mailing List: Whenever a Twitter update goes out, we try to send out an email from the Rutgers Eruv mailing list. Join this list by sending an empty email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't even need a subject line. You'll get a confirmation email. Reply to that, and you should get an email message on Fridays with the status of the eruv. Since this is a manual process, we cannot gaurantee the message will be sent out on time.
Text Message: If you don't have a smartphone, you can setup your basic cellphone to get text messages whenever we update the Eruv's status with Twitter. You will still need a Twitter account:
- On your computer, sign up for a Twitter account if you don't already have one. Twitter accounts are free.
- Associate your phone number with the Twitter account, you can do this under the settings.
- When you associate your phone number with the Twitter account, your phone will get a text message from 40404. This is Twitter sending you a verification code. Get this six digit number and type it into the Verification field in Twitter on your computer.
- On your phone, send the text message
40404. You can simply reply to the verification message you got in Step #3. Now, you'll get text alerts when the Eruv's Twitter account is updated.