Local San Diego Electrician Company Makes a Difference for Jewish Community

Green Electric Solutions continues to serve the whole San Diego neighborhood including the Jewish Community in the county. Green Electric Solutions has been providing electrician contractor services for more than 20 years in San Diego.

Apart from routine electrical repairs, Green Electric Solutions has been providing electrical installation work for both residential and commercial properties in the area. It has also been advocating electrical safety inspections to keep households safe from the dangers of electrical fires.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published in its official website staggering statistics about fire damage that is due to electrical fires and malfunction.

“Between 2010 and 2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an average of 45,210 home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. These fires caused annual averages of 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in direct property damage. Non-home structure fires involving some type of electrical failure or malfunction accounted for an estimated annual average of 12 civilian deaths, 210 civilian injuries, and $614 million in direct property damage during this same period.”

Check out more information from the NFPA website here.

Green Electric Solutions offers free safety inspections with corresponding cost estimates that are free of charge. These is a big help in the community, especially for households who are thinking twice about having their home electrical fixtures checked due to possible costs. Even Jewish Communities appreciate this effort from Green Electric Solutions. And this is why the local San Diego Electrician Company Makes a Difference For Jewish Community.

“We are glad that there is a free electrical inspection service that come with cost quotation. This helps us map out possible expenses for electrical repairs that are critical to everyone’s safety. This gesture from Green Electric Solution is highly appreciated by the Jewish Community,” says Paul who resides in the Jewish Neighborhood in La Jolla. Green Electric Solutions – Book Appointment

Another service appreciated by the Jewish community in San Diego is the Electrical Contractor’s 24/7 Emergency Electrician Services. For over two decades, Green Electric Solutions has been providing emergency electrical repair service anytime of the day, any day of the week including weekends and holidays. “We do not have to worry about electrical emergencies even on holidays and wee hours of the morning, because we know that there is a trustworthy electrician service in the neighborhood who can come by as soon as we call,” Paul adds.

Green Electric Solutions’ Emergency Electrician Team arrives in the location within 60 minutes from the time or call. Well-informed operators provide the caller advice on how to safely deal with the electrical emergency situation while waiting for the electrician to arrive. Such concern, and brand of customer care has been appreciated by the Jewish Community in San Diego.

Moreover, its credentials as a Electrician Service provider is also a magnet for more clients. Green Electric Solutions is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, has all the state and government licenses to operate, and continues to receive stellar ratings from third party service ratings agencies. It also provides a one-full year warranty for all services rendered.

Flood Damaged Jewish Schools

Jewish educational institutions also saw the wrath of catastrophic hurricanes and storms that have brought about flooding to their schools and campuses. Jewish schools in Houston, Texas for instance suffered a lot of flood-damage that classes have been suspended to give way to flood restoration and remediation.

Times of Israel for instance published an article saying that it will take time for the Jewish Community in Houston to rebuild their community following the flood damage brought about by Hurricane Harvey.

Flood Damaged Jewish Schools
Flood damage can affect all types of buildings and structures, including schools. (Photo Credits)

The Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, the city’s only JCC, was flooded with 10 feet of water, and Jewish schools remain closed, with some experiencing major flooding. ‘I’ll be completely transparent, it’s devastating,’ Baranowski said. ‘This is a flood that no one could have anticipated it getting as bad as it did; it was a worst-case scenario. We live in a community that is densely populated in an area that got severely impacted by the weather.’ Kosher food is another issue.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Flooded Jewish Schools in Australia

In Melbourne, two Jewish schools have closed down due to flood damage following a massive flooding incident that inundated some of Melbourne’s suburbs.

The Jerusalem Post published the report which mentioned the closure of a synagogue during Sabbath, and the closure of the said educational institutions.

“At least two Jewish schools were also flooded, with Bialik College – one of the largest Jewish schools in the country – reportedly closing for two days this week due to damage. The offices of the Australian Jewish News were also partially flooded, according to Yossi Aron, the newspaper’s religious affairs editor. ‘The streets were like rivers,’ Aron told JTA. He said one house in a low-lying area of his street was completely flooded. ‘The water was waist high.’ Driving rain and wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour battered Victoria, ripping roofs from buildings, felling trees and closing roads, schools and other premises.”

The full news report can be read here.

Outpouring of help

And though educational institutions may have been paralyzed by flood damage, efforts to aid in the restoration through relief and assistance pour on the flood damaged Jewish communities. In Houston, for instance, the flooded schools received aid from their counterpart Jewish schools in other parts of the country. This was chronicled by STL Jewish Light in of the news items that they published.

“Andrea Newstead, director of technology, said part of the student-driven initiative came about when a friend of hers who had a daughter at the Texas school told her its first floor had been flooded. The Mirowitz children looked around their own classroom and tried to determine what might have been damaged at their counterparts’ school. The resulting idea was a book collection with both new and used books being corralled for the drive. The Brodsky Library also gave some volumes.”

The continuation of this news article can be found here.

Schools are indeed very much affected when storm-damage hits. It is important that it be restored immediately so as to avoid further damages and issues.


Flood Clean Up in Jewish Homes

Storm Damaged Synagogues


Flood Clean Up in Jewish Homes

In the aftermath of a massive flooding, affected communities rush to get back to their feet. Some even try their best to attempt restoration even before it is safer to do so. Such is understandable especially since flood damage gets destructive by the minute.

Forward.com for instance covered the flood clean-up efforts in Jewish Communities following the Onslaught of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They mentioned the hundreds of volunteers who trooped to Houston, to help in the clean-up.

Flood Clean Up in Jewish Homes
Flood cleanup can be a gargantuan task following a massive flooding. (Photo Credits)

“Student volunteers from Chabad on Campus chapters at Tulane, the University of Colorado, Texas State University, the University of Texas, Louisiana State University and Texas A&M joined 200 volunteers from the Chabad Student Center at Rice University over the holiday weekend, bringing truckloads of supplies and assisting in the cleanup. Ten teenagers from the New Jersey region of NCSY, the youth movement of the Orthodox Union, also spent the holiday weekend in Houston helping with salvage efforts. Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on Aug. 25, destroyed nearly 800 homes in Harris County and damaged over 119,000, the Houston Chronicle reported.”

Take a look at the report here.

Immediate Flood Clean up

The website Vos Iz Neias also reported on the various flood clean-up efforts that preceded the flood inundation due to Hurricane Harvey. Jewish structures built in low-lying areas suffered much during the onslaught of Harvey.

“United Orthodox Synagogues is situated in a low lying area and has 350 member families.  Rabbi Gelman, who lives across the street from the shul, said that when he left the shul after Shavuos at approximately 9:30 PM the rain had already begun but the streets were still clear. ‘By 12:30 there was water rushing through the front door,” said Rabbi Gelman.  “Three of our five children were with us and we evacuated.  We had to wade through four feet of water as we crossed the street to shelter in the shul.’ While the Gelmans originally planned to spend the night in the shul’s beis medrash, that plan was quickly scuttled when water began seeping in.”

The continuation of this article can be found here.

Strength to Restore

Flooding restoration does not only entail physical work. It also takes a huge emotional toll on everyone affected. And in the aftermath of storms, affected communities scramble for strength. The website Jewish Action discussed this in one of the articles they have published about the Houston Jewish Community and how it tried to get back to its feet after Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.

“Houston’s Jewish community is looking at about an eighteen-month timetable for total recovery, with an estimated $3.5 million price tag on the necessary support for individual flood victims and Jewish institutions, says Lee Wunsch, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Among the 500 Jewish families in Houston whose homes were flooded, 250 need some kind of outside support, he says.”

The rest of the article can be found here.

The Haaretz has documented the many challenges that the Jewish community faced due to the storm damage that they sustained because of Hurricane Harvey. In one of their write-ups they described the magnitude of Harvey’s impact to the Houston Jewish Community.

“Close to three quarters of the 63,000 people living in Jewish households there reside in the areas hardest hit by the flooding, said Lee Wunsch, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. And while the city has faced other recent floods, this is the most extreme. ‘You can’t imagine what it’s like living in a community that has experienced three major floods in less than two years, and this was the worst one. It is almost unbelievable,’ Wunsch said. ‘We have received half our total yearly rainfall in just three days and it is still raining.’”

The rest of the report can be printed from here.

Flood clean up can indeed be the most taxing part in a flood restoration work. One of the silver linings though are the unexpected help that a community gets.

Flood Damaged Jewish Schools

Hiring Jewish Electricians in the Community


Storm Damaged Synagogues

Catastrophic storms damage almost every structure on its way. Even Synagogues sustain storm damage that range from minor flood damage up to major flood damage that will require immediate and full restoration.

The Times of Israel published a report on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and its impact on the Jewish community. The report mentioned that after being hit by Hurricane Harvey, the Jewish Community there has voted to demolish one of the synagogues in their area that have been inundated in seven feet of flood water.

Storm Damaged Synagogues
Synagogues can be affected by storm-damage too. (Photo Credits)

“United Orthodox Synagogues, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Houston that was inundated with seven feet of water during Hurricane Harvey, will demolish the sanctuary, offices and school wing of its building. The congregation’s elevated reception hall will be used as a temporary sanctuary space for the immediate future.”

Take a look at the rest of the news article here.

Heart-wrenching sight

The Houston Chronicle also reported on the state of some synagogues in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They particularly featured what had happened to Houston’s United Orthodox Synagogues.

“On Thursday he stared quietly over his temple’s scattered, warped pews, and noted the high-water mark near the top of his lectern on the stage above. For now, the podium will go unused, he said, as he focuses on the physical, rather than spiritual, safety of his shaken community. That, too, has been difficult. The congregation’s rigid orthodoxy, he said, has created a close-knit community whose members are particularly reliant on one another. Gelman said his people have weathered previous storms almost entirely on their own, with those affected taking refuge in the dry homes of Jewish neighbors. But Harvey was different, displacing at least three times as many congregants than in previous floods.”

Check out the continuation of the story here.

Pouring of Aid from Unaffected Synagogues

Moment Mag for its part posted a feature write-up on a Synagogue in California that has sent aid and relief to synagogues in Houston that has been severely affected by storm damage during hurricane Harvey.

“Before the hurricane, the synagogues had no previous connection, despite sharing the same parent organization. The community in Beverly Hills wanted to help those affected in Houston, which prompted Dunner to reach out to Young Israel in Houston. The synagogue serves between 300 and 400 families. Most of them have been able to stay in their homes, and only a handful have water damage, though the damage caused a few to move out, Wender says.”

The original article can be found here.

Storm damage can indeed threaten any type of structure, and should immediately be addressed by professionals once it is safe to do so.

Mold Damage in Synagogues

Flood Damaged Jewish Schools


Mold Damage in Synagogues

As they say, molds are insidious and very damaging. It is just the aftermath of a bigger damage that may have taken place like a storm or flood damage, but it can be as destructive once it is left unaddressed

The Website Vos Iz Neias for instance shared how synagogues in Houston, Texas dealt with the flood damage that may bring about mold infestation into their respective synagogues.

Mold Damage in Synagogues
Even synagogues can sustain mold damage. (Photo Credits)

“Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director of the Orthodox Union, was in Texas this week, and spent part of Wednesday touring the devastation in Houston’s Jewish communities. ‘They are racing against the clock, getting the drywall and sheetrock ripped out because of the potential of mold,” said Rabbi Weil. “There was no way they could have prepared for this.  Seeing this really brings you back to Hurricane Sandy.’ Despite all the damage brought by the deluge, Rabbi Weil said that the silver lining to this storm is easy to see.”

The whole article can be found here.

Molds and Synagogues

Sacred Sites International Foundation, meantime featured the Synagogue in Eldridge Street, New York which has been infested with molds and sustained water damage during its pre-restoration stage.

Sacred Sites is a foundation advocating the preservation of sacred places that are both man-made and those that emanated from the environment. They published the feature in their official website.

“There were prayer shawls strewn about, and ceramic spittoons on the floor…In the ark were thirty Torahs, in various stages of decomposition. The main sanctuary had been boarded up for almost forty years. Stairways collapsed, rain leaked through the roof and damaged walls and fixtures. Stained glass windows were broken and their leading had softened causing the glass to fall out. The interiors had been painted over, the plaster was delaminating and it was infested with mold.”

The whole feature write-up can be found here.

Mold Damage Remediation

The Miami Herald meanwhile reported on the case filed by two synagogues in Florida against the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Synagogues are reportedly asking for assistance following the storm and mold damage that hit their synagogues following the onslaught Hurricane Irma in 2017.

“Founded in 1995, Chabad of Key West has about 200 members. Hurricane Irma left Chabad with roof damage and interior water damage that now requires permanent repairs plus mold remediation, the lawsuit reads. Both synagogues have applied for Small Business Administration loans, the lawsuit states, but nothing guarantees they will receive them or that the loans will be enough to cover all the damage.”

The original article can be found here.

Mold infestation can be very damaging. It is important to seek professional remediation help to restore the structure.

Catastrophic Flood Damage that Hit Jewish Communities

Storm Damaged Synagogues


Catastrophic Flood Damage that Hit Jewish Communities

Hurricane Harvey may be one of the most unforgettable recent disaster for the Jewish Community in Houston, Texas. The community was among the hardest hit, and the flood damage was catastrophic.

Chabad.org published news reports on how the Jewish community had been affected by the Category 4 Hurricane, and how relief efforts have been pouring in on the flood-damaged community.

Catastrophic Flood Damage that Hit Jewish Communities
Flood damage brought about by Hurricane Harvey. (Photo Credits)

“As the waters continue to rise, families have taken to putting life jackets on their children to ensure that they will stay safe in an evacuation. At least one Jewish community member was reportedly stuck in his car overnight. In the Bellaire neighborhood of Houston, Rabbi Yossi Zaklikofsky, co-director of The Shul of Bellaire with his wife, Esty, reports that many homes are now flooded, including those that have never flooded before. The rabbi says his first floor is covered with nearly three inches of water, and that he and his family, including five children under the age of 10, have moved to the second floor of their home.”

Check out the rest of the report here.

Pouring Rains, Pouring Help

Along with the pouring rains came outpouring relief and support from the non-affected Jewish Communities. The Times of Israel chronicled the relief effort that took place, even as the hurricane continued to ravage the Jewish communities.

“The Union for Reform Judaism’s Green Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas, announced Monday in a Facebook post that it would be opening up to accept former campers, congregants and friends affected by the storm. The post said the camp could provide housing, food, air conditioning, internet and electricity “for a limited time. Meanwhile, Chabad-Lubavitch of Texas is coordinating truckloads of kosher food to be sent to the area and will set up a kosher food pantry available to the Jewish community as supplies reach the area.”

The rest of the report can be found here.

Flood-Damaged Homes, Flood-Displaced Families

International aid from Jewish Organizations all over the world also came in. This as Jewish families in Houston sustained the damage Hurricane Harvey caused. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency came up with a report on this.

“IsraAID, an Israeli-based humanitarian aid agency that responds to emergency crises and engages in international development around the world, said in a tweet Monday that it was coordinating with governmental and nongovernmental first responders and that  its emergency teams continue to prepare for deployment. It sent seven members to Houston on Tuesday, who were set to join three others who already were in the United States when the hurricane hit.”

The continuation of the article can be found here.

The Jewish community may be badly hit by storm damage, but aid and relief is immediately on hand.

Plumbing Courses in Jewish Educational Institutions

Mold Damage in Synagogues


Plumbing Courses in Jewish Educational Institutions

Trade Skills Service Profession has been becoming more popular than ever. Members of the Jewish Community are no exception, as some of them have pursued service professions which include professional plumbing.

The Jewish Educational Trade School for Instance now offers courses related to this. Their Joyce and Stanley Black Building is in fact dedicated for this purpose.

Plumbing Courses in Jewish Educational Institutions
Plumbing as a career and profession is slowly gaining steam within the Jewish community. (Photo Credits)

“Plumbing Workshop — From installation to repairs, irrigation to Drain, Waste and Vent, this course will train students in various aspects of the plumbing trade utilizing a wide range of tools and materials. It will also cover working with drawings and pipe-camera technology.”

Take a look at the other courses offered here.

Jewish Women in Plumbing

Jewish women are also starting to penetrate the field of plumbing. Haaretz featured the story of a housewife, who is now working as a plumber, breaking gender stereotypes. The 41-year old mother underwent 18 months of training to earn her license.

“Mutlaq, 41, speaks with a clear, strong voice and stands out for her detailed vision. She will open a storefront plumbing business, she tells the other women. From there she plans to sell pipes and other spare parts, and book house calls. She’s even picked out a name, Challenge, and a location in an up-and-coming neighborhood in this otherwise drab, impoverished city of more than 1 million people. It has been a challenge just to come this far in an ultra-conservative community where many women don’t work outside the home at all. Even Mutlaq’s children, who cheer her on from the audience today, fiercely opposed her choice at first. The coming months will determine if she can overcome the odds and turn her bold dream into a real-life business.”

Take a look at the rest of the feature here.

Jewish Plumbing History

To fully understand the Jewish Plumbing industry, it may be important to note the plumbing history.

Online Plumbing Supplies Store PlumbingSupply.com shared in their website, a brief history of the plumbing in Jerusalem. The article discussed how plumbing started in the country, and where it originated – even mentioning biblical personalities at that.

“The earliest recorded sanitary laws concerning disposal of human waste also are attributed to Moses and his teachings in the Old Testament. Circa 1500 B.C, his people are instructed to dispose of their waste away from the camp, and to use a spade to turn the remains under the earth or sand. Of course, in crowded cities, more ingenuity is required. Jerusalem’s water supply and drainage developed in stages from the ancient days, even prior to the reign of King David in 1055 B.C. Drains were built for removing sewage from homes and streets, while excess waste and refuse were carted out through the appropriately-named ‘Dung Gate’ of the city.”

The continuation of the article can be found here.

Plumbing as a profession is indeed gaining steam in the Jewish community.

Finding a Jewish Plumber within the Community

Catastrophic Flood Damage that Hit Jewish Communities


Finding a Jewish Plumber within the Community

Plumbing issues prop up on almost any household. No matter how strictly a home is maintained, plumbing emergencies can still take place. And this is the reason why households should have a ready contact they can count on should plumbing emergencies arise.

Finding a Jewish Plumber within the Community
Professional plumbing services within the Jewish community. (Photo Credits)

For most Jewish families, they would of course prefer a plumbing contractor from their own Jewish community. And while the number of Jewish service providers or contractors would vary from state to state, there are a number of ways one could tap the service person they prefer for the job at hand.

Here are some ways:

  1. Ask for referrals. Call up and ask family or friends about referrals for a Jewish plumbing service within the community. Chances are they have encountered one, and they will be more than willing to make a recommendation. Another advantage of taking this route is that you will most likely end up with a great plumber because people will not recommend someone who did a lousy job in their home, or has overcharged them.
  2. Check out Jewish Online Business Directories. If there are several Jewish businesses operating within the community, there will most likely be an online directory that will list down the company names, services, and other business information of these plumbing contractors.

In Toronto, Canada for instance, there is a website that serves as a Jewish Resource Directory. The Jewish Pages has collated the many Jewish-run businesses and service providers that may be of interest to the Jewish community. The said directory is available online, and hardcopies are distributed as well in public areas.

“JewishPages is the only Jewish-Israeli Yellow Pages directory for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). We serve the local Jewish-Israeli community with referrals to services, products and information required for living in Toronto. We are proud to have been serving this special, ever-growing community since 1995. Our directory introduces businesses with services and products customized and targeted at the local Jewish-Israeli community. We publish a new updated directory every year and constantly update our website. Our directories reach over 200,000 Jewish-Israeli users across the GTA. The JewishPages directory is distributed free of charge around the GTA to Jewish neighborhoods such as Thornhill, North York, Willowdale, Richmond Hill, Concord, Forest Hill, Bathurst/Lawrence etc.”

Take a look at the directory here.

  1. Inquire from a neighborhood plumbing contractor services. Ask these contractors if they have a Jewish plumber in their employ and request that they assign that particular plumber to your home. Most contractors would not mind the request.

Seeking the services of a Jewish plumber can be easy especially in communities with a sizeable Jewish population.

The Challenges of Being a Jewish Electrician

Plumbing Courses in Jewish Educational Institutions


Jewish Women in the Electrical Industry

Members of the Jewish Community continue to shine in different fields of endeavor. The Electrical industry is no exception. In fact even Jewish women have already entered into the field.

The website Jewish Alliance for Women in Science has in fact published an article on an Orthodox female electrical engineer. In the interview, they focused on her studies, training and current career, as well as the challenges she had to deal with as a Jewish woman in the electrical industry.

Jewish Women in the Electrical Industry
Jewish Women have been excelling in the electrical industry. (Photo Credits)

“In training –the usual issues that come up when going to a secular college, having to tell professors you need to take off days and reschedule tests around yomim tovim (Jewish holidays). For the most part, the professors were very reasonable. As for being a frum (religious/orthodox) female, Engineering tends to be a very male dominated profession. It was not unusual for me to be the only female in a class, regardless of my religion. The one thing that I did notice is if I was not in class for whatever reason it would be noted more so than if a male had not been there. I had no problem being the only female in a study group or on a project team; I was always treated very respectfully by the others.“

Read the rest of the interview here.

Jewish Women in the Electrical Field

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle meanwhile featured a 40-year old female Jew who, at the time of publication, is enrolled in an electrician training program. Apart from being the lone Jew in the class, she was also the lone female in her batch.

“But Stern is nonetheless excelling at the trade school located out in Moon Run, where she is training to become an electrician and boasting a 4.0 GPA. She is poised to finish the 16-month program in September at the top of her class. Out of the 400 students at Rosedale, which provides training in eight different trades, including automotive, HVAC, truck driving and welding, Stern is one of just 18 women enrolled and the only female currently in the electrical program, according to Angela Stansfield, the school’s marketing coordinator. Although Rosedale does not keep records on the ethnicity of its students, Stern believes she is the only person who identifies as Jewish in her program.”

Read more about her, from the original interview here.

Jewish Women in the Industry

The Jewish Women Foundation in New York meantime featured outstanding women in their community. One of them is Dana, who is an electrical engineer by profession.

“When Dana first arrived in New York from Moscow nine years ago, she considered herself fortunate. An electrical engineer by training, Dana was able to find good work testing software. But when the economy crashed in 2008, she lost her job and fell on hard times. Unable to find work in her field, she picked up jobs here and there, but as a middle-aged woman her prospects for steady, full-time employment were bleak.”

Read the rest of her profile here.

Jewish women have indeed found their place in the electrical industry.


Hiring Jewish Electricians in the Community

The Challenges of Being a Jewish Electrician


The Challenges of Being a Jewish Electrician

Jewish people have a different set of culture and belief that set them apart from ordinary workers. For one, they do not celebrate the usual government and private industry recognized holidays, and that they have customs and traditions that may need to be observed even during working hours.

This in turn, may present a whole set of challenges for the Jewish worker and their respective employers. The Jewish Alliance for Women in Science for instance posted a write-up interview on a female Jewish electrician, who talked about the challenges at work that she had to face.

The Challenges of Being a Jewish Electrician
Observing Jewish Customs and Traditions in the Electrical Industry (Photo Credits)

“I had no problem being the only female in a study group or on a project team; I was always treated very respectfully by the others. In my work life- I work in a field where emergencies can crop up at any time and I need to be available. Before I took my current job I made a point of telling my manager that because I am frum (religious/orthodox) I need to leave earlier on some Fridays. I try not to take advantage of this, and I make up the time by coming in earlier than my usual start time Mon-Fri. As for yomim tovim, I am given the option to do overtime for comparable hours so that is what I usually use. If not, then I have to take off the days as vacation days. I do offer, however, to work on the days that my coworkers would usually want off, Jan 1, Dec 25 etc. When I work in the field I wear jeans with a denim skirt on top.”

Read the original interview transcript here.

Using Electricity

The Jewish Center for Public Affairs has explained various concepts on electrical use during Sabbath. The same article also discussed how this has evolved in the present context.

“A key characteristic of Shabbat and holidays is that the observant Jew forgoes the use of many objects. This behavior toward equipment leads, among other things, to a severe limitation of his mobility: he uses neither an automobile nor public transport. As early as the nineteenth century, rabbis decided that it was forbidden to use railways on Shabbat. For observant Jews, not using these means of transport means more walking on Shabbat than during the week. One might describe this as: refraining from the mechanical in favor of the natural and immediate. The same abstinence is observed in the use of many other important appliances and tools such as money, television, radios, computers, electric switches, telephones, faxes, elevators, electric doorbells, pens, purses, cash machines, copiers, compact discs, washing machines, and dryers.”

Check out the rest of the explanation here.

Electrical Appliances and Sabbath

The New York Times has published a news feature article on how businessmen try to fuse technology and the Jewish observance of Sabbath. The article focused on the technologies developed to help Jewish people who may need to work even during Sabbath.

“Zomet created the metal detectors used to screen worshippers at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in a manner that uses electricity in a way not prohibited on the Sabbath. It also developed pens that use ink that disappears after a few days, based on a rabbinic interpretation that only forbids permanent writing, and Sabbath phones, which are dialed in an indirect manner with special buttons and a microprocessor. According to Mr. Marans, the Israeli army bought 1,000 of these phones in 2007, so that Orthodox soldiers can take part in military operations on the Sabbath and holidays. Hospitals and medical personnel also use these technologies.”

The continuation of the whole article can be found here.

Being in the electrical industry may present some challenges for a Jewish electrician. Technology and keenness though allow them to still do their respective duties.


Jewish Women in the Electrical Industry

Finding a Jewish Plumber within the Community