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Lou Fryman

Have Torah, will travel: When Philadelphia lawyer Lou Fryman gets that holiday feeling while spending weekends with his family at their Eastern Shore outpost by the Chesapeake in Maryland, he gets a little help from his friends at Har Zion Temple. Fryman is one of a band of merry men -- and women -- who have built a havurah from a handful of residents and acquaintances into a year-long gang of more than 100 in Chestertown, Md., with services for the High Holidays conducted annually at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Friendly faces abound for Fryman at his home away from home, as he found Cantor Gary Schiff, former president of Philadelphia's Gratz College and now a full-time resident of the region, among the crowd of early havurah activists. As Fryman heads down south for the upcoming holidays, the partner in Philly's Conrad O'Brien law firm brings his own present: Each year, Fryman provides the Torah for services, courtesy of fellow congregants and officials at his hometown Har Zion, for use by what has become known as the Chestertown Havurah. ...

Here's an honoree to flip over: U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team captain -- and Gold Medal winner -- Aly Raisman will be saluted with the Outstanding Achievement Award when the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, N.J., digs into its Sports Award Dinner on Sept. 11. If there's any dancing involved that evening, maybe Raisman will take to the floor to the tune of -- "Hava Nagilah"! (She certainly knows the steps.) ...

Who's going to replace Stu Bykofsky if he ever decides to abandon his roles organizing/producing/hosting the annual Candidate's Comedy Night he founded? Ryan Seacrest? Chances are that won't be happening anytime soon, and good thing for Variety Club: Byko's boffo programs -- this last one just held at Finnegan's Wake -- have raised close to half-a-mil for the charitable group over the past 22 years. Long may the award-winning Daily News columnist kibitz! ...

Honor for your Honor: Much admired Judge Arlin M. Adams, retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, received an honorary degree from the Drexel U. Law School at its commencement exercises. ...

A few blocks away, Kara Cohen of the U of P nursing school was named a Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellow, enabling her to help the homeless deal with any podiatric issues. ...

With justice for all: Ernest Kahn, the indefatigable longtime force for good in the local Jewish community, has been chosen as JSPAN's 2012 Social Justice Award recipient. ...

With justice for all, the sequel: Stewart Eisenberg, a founder as well as senior partner at those legal eagles of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg, & Jeck P.C., has been named for a three-year term to the board of governors of the American Association for Justice. His post is as a rep for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on this org comprised of trial lawyers from around the nation. ...

No business like shul business: Leonard Abrams and Bruce Tomarhave the ticket to ride as co-chairs of the first "Tour de Shuls PA/NJ Ride" to benefit Camp Ramah, scheduled Sept. 23. Stop the bike -- you want to get off? The tour starts at Temple Sinai in Dresher, with stops at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park and Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell. And, no, Lance, no testing will be required.

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