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7 new synagogues admitted as Reform Judaism affiliates

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NEW YORK — Reform Judaism's Union of American Hebrew Congregations has admitted seven new synagogues for a total of 902, the first time U.S. and Canadian affiliates have exceeded 900.

The new member synagogues are in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington state. In all, 16 congregations have joined in the past year.

"Clearly the strength of our programs and the power of our religious philosophy are important attractions," said President Eric Yoffie.

The union, founded in 1873 by 28 liberal synagogues, reached 600 members by 1960 and passed the 800 mark in 1987.