Things have always operated in a "counterseasonal" manner at Congregation B'nai [Harim], a 13-year-old Reform synagogue situated at 1,800 feet above sea level in Pocono Pines in Monroe County. The congregation, "Children of the Mountains" is busiest in the summertime, when most congregations scale back their activities."They made a commitment and they followed through and that involved beginning from scratch," said Gene Schneider, a 78-year-old founding member of the congregation who was born in Jerusalem and volunteered to teach Hebrew to the group. "Age is a problem, the memory is not as acute, so it was a matter of repetition and practice."[Jim Hannan], a Cleveland native, was raised a Lutheran but considered himself without a religion for most of his adult life. While he has attended synagogues for years, it was his role in helping to start B'nai Harim that moved him in a new direction. He also said he became intrigued by the Reform movement's emphasis on both affirming and questioning "the understanding of the divine presence" of God. Several years ago, he began the actual conversion process.
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