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Reform synagogues 'adopt' U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Lt. Ramona Fastow (front left), in Jalalabad airfild, Afghanistan, was adopted by Central Synagogue in New York City. (Photo courtesy of Sue Brown)


Ed Beimel and Beth Ann Alitt-Berkowitz from Temple Solel in Cardiff, Calif., with care packages from the synagogue for U.S. soldiers (Photo courtesy of Temple Solel)


U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mike Sherman, at outpost Hider in Iraq, distributed care packages to the men of his platoon sent by the members of Temple Solel in Cardiff, Calif.


Staff Sgt. Mike Sherman and his soldiers sent this photo and others like it to Temple Solel which passed them on to the soldiers' families. (Photo courtesy of Mike Sherman)


Soldiers of Staff Sgt. Mike Sherman's platoon at outpost Hider in Iraq share a Thanksgiving meal with soldiers from the Iraqi army. (Photo courtesy of Mike Sherman)

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The Union of Reform Judaism announced its opposition to the war in Iraq, but has encouraged its members to reach out and 'adopt' U.S. soldiers. Touched by the gifts and letters of support, the soldiers sometimes reach back.