My wonderful memories of Rabbi Miller start way back when the Temple Emanu-El preschool, “Temple Tots” was just beginning and needed another teacher. I was lucky enough to be asked to join the staff of two others already working there. Rabbi Miller was so welcoming and gracious that it made me feel so at home. I loved my involvement with Temple staff and, of course, the children. I was there for 10 wonderful years and he was very involved on Fridays with the children for Shabbat. I really got to know him well and enjoyed my time there.
Soon after, I joined Emanu-El and was absolutely amazed at how special and spiritual the services made me feel — something I had not experienced in many years. I always left with this wonderful feeling of fulfillment and spirituality. Rabbi Miller brought such meaning to the service — heartwarming things which joined the congregation together.
Years later, Rabbi Miller was there to comfort me when my beloved husband, Alfred, got sick. He was there for Alfred all the time, and they began a wonderful friendship that lasted until the day he passed away. After that Rabbi Miller, in his own special way, kept in very close touch with me making sure that I was able to deal with this terrible loss, and helping me to feel grateful for having someone wonderful to love for so many years.
To this very day I have the strongest admiration for Rabbi Miller and his comforting ways he handles things. Caring, thoughtful, genuine and special are just a few words that come to mind. I will miss Rabbi Miller greatly – along with my family, the congregation, the community and all of those whose lives he has touched. I wish for Rabbi Miller and his family a wonderful retirement. Enjoy spending time with family while you are still a young and vibrant man with more great things to achieve.
With the fondest of memories and love,