Personal Email for Members

What and Why?

We are able to offer members personal email addresses in the domain. These are free and are part of your membership.

The benefit of our email system is that it integrates accessing your mail through a browser and through a mailer program. So, regardless of whether you normally use a browser (IE, Firefox, Epiphany ...) or a mailer (Evolution, MS Outlook, XFmail, ...) to read and send mails, with an Ohel Avraham account you will see exactly the same view of your mails whether you are at home, in the office or in an internet cafe while you are away on holiday.

How to get an account

Use the Contact page of our web site to send a message to the web and email administrator.

We need to know

  • Your real name
  • The user name that you want to use. If you do not specify this we will set you up as
  • Your postal address or a phone number so that we can tell you what your initial password will be.

How to use your account

When you have been told your account name and password, open your web browser and point it at Enter your account name, (the full email address) and the password you were told, and click 'Login'. The first time you login you will be asked to change your password.

You will get an error after doing this because the system says that your current password is now different from the password you logged in with. Don't worry about this, just login again with your new password and all will be well.

Next, click 'Options' and then 'Personal information'. Enter your full email address in the appropriate box; without this you will not be able to send emails (the other items on this form do not matter very much). Then click 'Submit' at the very bottom of the form.

You are now set up to send and receive emails in your browser.

Viruses and Spam

All incoming mail is scanned for viruses with the Clam AV scanner. Any message found to be infected is discarded.

Incoming mail is also scanned with SpamAssassin. Messages that are very spammy are dropped immediately. Messages that are less certainly spammy are not dropped; they are still delivered, but they are marked as such. You can detect them by setting up a filter (Option > Message filters in your menu bar) to detect the header line X-Spam-Bar: +++++ (at least 5 plusses) and either delete affected messages or move them to a special folder.

You should also create a folder called Spam (Folders in your menu bar). To this folder you should move all spam messages that have not been automatically detected as such. Conversely, if you find messages that are being mis-categorised as spam, you can move them to a folder called Ham.

Each night a process scans all your folders and adds all the messages in them to our spam recognition patterns.

In spite of the filtering that we do, you should still have a virus checker on your own machine. No two checkers have quite the same coverage, and there are things that get past one that do not get past the other. And don't forget, there are more ways of getting viruses than just email.

Using a mailer program

Setting up various mailers

The techie stuff (for those who understand it)

Receiving mail

  • Server name:
  • Protocols: IMAP, POP3
  • Encryption: None, SSL
  • Login methods: PLAIN, LOGIN, CRAM-MD5

Sending mail

  • Server:
  • Protocol: SMTP
  • Encryption: None, SSL, TLS
  • Login methods: PLAIN, LOGIN, CRAM-MD5. Without encryption, only CRAM-MD5 login is accepted.


We are currently using self-signed certificates. The first time that you connect over an encrypted channel you should be prompted as to whether you want to accept the certificate. Just click 'accept'. If you do not get such a prompt you should give serious consideration to how secure, or otherwise, your system is.

The wording of the warning will vary a bit depending on what software you are running, but it should always be a general mumble about inability to validate the certificate.

certificate warning
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