Rabbi Dies in Plane Crash in Orange County

The pilot of a small plane was killed and his passenger injured in a crash after taking off from Randall Airport in Orange County Saturday morning. Published reports said the pilot was 53 year-old Rabbi Aaron Panken, the president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute, who got his start as a rabbinical intern at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale. The seminary called him “a dedicated teacher and exemplary leader of the Reform Movement for nearly three decades.” He was the 12th President in the institute’s 143-year history. The FAA and NTSB are investigating. The accident comes days after another small plane went down in West Milford, NJ. The pilot in that crash died, as well.

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