Family, friends say goodbye to rabbi who died in plane crash

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Family and friends said their final goodbyes to a rabbi who died in an Orange County plane crash over the weekend.

Authorities say Rabbi Aaron Panken was piloting a small plane when it crashed Saturday morning near Middletown.

Westchester’s Reform Temple in Scarsdale filled with mourners Tuesday to remember the 53-year-old as a man who made a huge impact on their community.

Panken was president of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion and a leading figure in Reform Judaism.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Panken is survived by his wife and two children.

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