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Serving Up Kosher on July 4th

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The Independence Day festivities in Bala Cynwyd include a kosher hot dog stand, courtesy of the volunteer Union Fire Association in Bala Cynwyd.

Rain didn't dampen the 4th of July festivities in Bala Cynwyd on Friday, where an annual parade and carnival took place.

The carnival, full of music, rides and games, also for the past several years has included a kosher hot dog and refreshment stand, courtesy of the town's Union Fire Association.

Jake Colman, a volunteer firefighter, says serving kosher hot dogs not only acts as a fundraiser for the fire station, where some five volunteers are observant, but also serves the large number of Orthodox families that come to the carnival. 

And who doesn't like kosher hot dogs?

"It's just one of the ways we serve the community," Colman said.

Firefighting is a family affair for the Colmans. Son Yossi, a graduate of Kohelet Yeshiva High School and now a student at Touro College in New York, has volunteered as a firefighter since his high school days and is back on call while he's home for the summer.   

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