Milder, an accomplished guitarist himself, performed with Nelson for a few songs. Then Nelson filled the room with music for the next 75 minutes with Beth Emek packed with congregants rocking and rolling well into the evening.
Milder, a native of St. Louis, took the Beth Emek post last July. Known for his exceptional pastoral and teaching skills, he had served congregations in Indianapolis, Bangor, Maine, and Westborough, Mass. He also served as an assistant professor at the University of Maine, a lecturer at the Bangor Theological Seminary, and for two years was on the faculty at the Hebrew Academy where he served as its reform rabbi.
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