By COLlive reporter
The ‘Shabbos alarm’ which alerts residents of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn that it’s candle lighting time each Friday evening, is back in service after being out of order for a month.
The alarm was out after many underground electrical cables failed due to snowstorms in New York City’s second-snowiest winter on record, and heavy use of salt to melt snow and ice on the roads.
This week, new electrical cables have been installed by Con Edison under Kingston Avenue and Montgomery Steet roadways.
The alarm is set by an astronomical timer which runs according the sun’s position through all seasons.
The first signal rings 15 minutes prior to candle lighting and the 2nd signal 2 minutes before candle lighting.
“Crown Heights community members should always remember to check calendars for actual times,” said Rabbi Sholom Ber Goldstein, one of the volunteers who coordinate the Shabbos alarm.
“The Shabbos alarm accuracy is reliant on sensitive highly calibrated digital timers that can malfunction at any time, unpredictable weather conditions such as thunderstorms with lightning can affect alarm operation.”