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Pleasanton Weekly

Column - July 19, 2013

New Beth Emek rabbi also a guitar-playing leader

by Jeb Bing

Known as a flat-picking, singing, guitar-playing rabbi with a knack for off-beat Jewish tunes at the congregations he's served back East, Rabbi Laurence Milder is the ideal successor to take the reins at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton, a lively singing group of more than 200 families. Many turned out for a welcoming reception at Beth Emek's modern worship center last Sunday, including Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and his wife Sandi, among other city and civic leaders. Milder left his guitar in his office but used the occasion to introduce his wife Janet and daughter Miriam, a recent college graduate. The couple also has two sons, Avi, who is currently in college, and Alex, who will complete his senior year of high school in the coming year at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, N.C., where Milder most recently served as the Academy's Reform Rabbi.

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