The Ohel bus will be offering extended hours for Yud Alef Nissan, starting from Thursday, 6 Nissan, through the night after Yud Alef Nissan.
If you are on a WhatsApp group that has at least 5 members in Crown Heights, chances are that the message, “Is anyone going to the Ohel tomorrow?” has come up a few times.
With the Rebbe’s 120th birthday fast approaching on Yud Aleph Nissan, hundreds of chassidim are in the same boat, wondering how they will get to the Ohel on this important yom dipagra.
Luckily, the Ohel Bus has the answer. For just $5 round trip and with a convenient pickup spot on the corner of Kingston and Eastern Parkway, in front of the Jewish Children’s Museum, the daily Ohel Bus is a simple solution.
For the special day, there is an extended schedule in anticipation of the many that come in to visit the Rebbe. From Thursday, Vav Nissan, to Monday, Yud Nissan, there are buses that leave Crown Heights at 5:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM.
On Monday night and Tuesday, Yud Aleph Nissan, buses will be departing every half hour from 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, and from 5:30 AM – 12:AM. There will also be rides available on Friday and Motzei Shabbos by reservation only.
Throughout the rest of the year, the bus follows a regular schedule with buses leaving Crown Heights daily at 7 PM. There are additional times for Sunday afternoons, Thursday mornings, and winter Motzei Shabbosim. During peak seasons, specifically around yomei dipagra throughout the year, extra trips are scheduled to accommodate the growing demand.
“The Ohel Bus fills an obvious need,” says Yaakov Isaacson. “Many people in Crown Heights don’t have cars and are looking for inexpensive solutions at times that fit their schedules.”
“I have started making a kviyus to go to the Ohel,” commented Leibel Katz, a regular commuter. “The Ohel Bus has made it easy, convenient, comfortable, and affordable to visit the Ohel as often as I can.”
The organization is subsidized and sponsored by generous donors, including the Katz, Laine, Minsky, Drizin families, Beis Shmuel, and many others who have been instrumental in funding the venture, subsidizing the bulk of the cost to enable low, affordable fares.