Yesterday’s Eruv List post made the people over at jrants come running, so I figured I should have a post that is actually about the Eruv List and not about me.
As Baltimore people know, the whole deal with the Eruv List has been topsy turvy. First there was only the Eruv List, then the Eruv List alongside the Ner Israel Service League, then there was a tumult within the Eruv List and The Good Book came about, then the tumult was sorted out so we went back to only having the Eruv List, and finally, there was another tumult, resulting in the re-creation of The Good Book. Through both tumults the Baltimore rabbi’s supported the Eruv List exclusively, writing letters saying that advertisers should support the Eruv List.
More recently, someone put out an ad in The Preview (competition to the Advertiser?) saying that the Eruv List’s finances weren’t up to par. Of course, this caused an uproar, but the rabbi’s came through again with a very strongly worded letter saying that they personally reviewed the finances of the Eruv List, and things were OK, and that the ad was pure slander.
Don’t you love politics?
Anyway, I like Eruv List a lot. I think it is well designed, and it has an awesome Eruv map. The white pages have almost no ads, making it much easier to find the names I’m looking for. Staiman Design really came through when this new format came out several years ago. I don’t even know if there will be a Good Book this year (I think we got one last year, but threw it out), but they haven’t changed their design since the early 1990’s and frankly, looks horrible.