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Rabbi Richard E. Perlman was appointed as Cantor, Spiritual Leader and Director of Education at Temple Am David, a United Synagogue Conservative Synagogue in Warwick, Rhode Island on December 1, 2000. He was honored by the congregation in 2008 with a “lifetime” commitment to serve as the Spiritual Leader of the congregation.

Rabbi Perlman received his rabbinic ordination in January 2012 and is a member in good standing of the Vaad HaRabbonim D’America, (the American Board of Rabbis). Rabbi Perlman not only received his Yoreh Yoreh S’micha (Rabbinic Ordination), he also has earned a T’udat Mashgiach (Kashrut Supervisor Certification) from the Vaad.

Under Rabbi Perlman’s leadership, Temple Am David has been steadily growing. Perlman has been acknowledged as a respected community leader. Rabbi Perlman has helped Temple Am David to develop a reputation in the community as being a caring, safe, warm, friendly, and, “a haimisha” congregation.

Rabbi Perlman, also a Cantor (Hazzan), has been a soloist and a member of duets, quartets, and quintets including “The Cantors Perlman” in several cantorial concerts and worship services throughout the United States and Israel. He has led services at Congregation Beth Israel in Bath, Maine and at Temple Beth David in Narragansett, Rhode Island. He has taught Jewish studies in the South County Hebrew School and has been a visiting lecturer at many senior social organizations as well as the Leisure Club at Temple Emanu-El in Providence. He has served as a guest Judaism lecturer at URI, RIC, New England Technical Institute, as well as various other institutions of learning around the state. Furthermore, Rabbi Perlman has been instrumental in planning and leading several highly respected and well attended interfaith services with area churches.

Rabbi Perlman serves on the staff of the Rhode Island Harry Elkin Midrasha, Temple Am David Adult Education Program, and the Rhode Island Gerim Institute. He sits on the board of directors of the Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island, and is a member of the Touro Fraternal Association and the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis (RIBR). Rabbi Perlman also sits on the board of directors of the Lincoln Park Cemetery Chesed Shel Emes Association.

He is the past long time serving, Chairman of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Rhode Island’s Principals Council. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of RI the Rhode Island Bureau of Jewish Education, the RI Holocaust Memorial Museum and the JCC of RI.

Rabbi Richard Perlman and his wife, Catherine “Kit” Perlman, are the parents of Jessica, Michael, Owen and Kristina. 

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