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Cantor Steve’s Musical

Dvar Torah in honor of his

31st Bar Mitzvah

(Karaoke Style)

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‘You are missed.’ July 1, 1950 - October 10,2008

Rabbi Richard E. Perlman

A native of San Francisco, Steve grew up attending Congregation Beth Sholom, the largest Conservative synagogue in Northern California.  On Friday nights, the Rabbi began inviting 8-year-old Steve to lead the congregation in singing the Kiddush.  At the oneg, congregants would inform Steve, “You’re going to be a Cantor when you grow up!”  But Steve would reply, “No I’m not.  I’m going to be a sportscaster!”

After attending a Jewish Day School, Religious School, public middle and high schools, Steve went off to the University of California, San Diego to pursue a career in broadcasting.  Upon returning home to San Francisco in 1989, Steve embarked on a 14-year career as radio and television producer, guest booker, parody-song writer and reluctant stunt guy.   He even worked at a sports station, but never received the go-ahead to report on the air.  All the while, Steve taught religious school at Beth Sholom, wrote and directed PurimSpiels, led a USY group, created a “Kibbitzer” e-newsletter for 1,500 young adults, and joined a cadre of service leaders and Torah readers.  In addition, he led a communal overflow Kol Nidre service for ten years.

In 2003, Steve was laid off from a television guest booking position, and went on a soul-searching mission.  His then-fiancee (now wife), Meredith, expressed her desire to return to her native Massachusetts.   Upon meeting with a career counselor and expressing that he wanted to “leave my mark”, Steve Googled “Masters in Jewish Education + Boston” and the second listing (after Brandeis) was Hebrew College.  

Steve was accepted to the Master’s program in September 2004, and hoped to acquire a certificate in “Cantorial Arts”.  But that Summer, the Cantor-Educator program was established, and Steve was accepted anew.  While studying Jewish education and chazzanut, Steve taught at Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham, Kesher Newton, Temple Reyim in Newton, and Congregation Or Atid in Wayland.  Among his accomplishments, Steve instituted the first group B’nai Mitzvah program at Temple Reyim, and crafted his own Mitzvot/Israel/Holocaust curriculum at Or Atid.    He honed his cantorial chops leading High Holidays services at Hillel B’nai Torah in West Roxbury, as a Torah reader at Or Atid, and as a private B’nai Mitzvah tutor, visiting students from Sudbury to Chestnut Hill.  

Upon receiving his Masters and Cantorial Ordination in June 2008 (completing the five-year program in four years), Cantor Steve was hired as Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester and at Temple Beth Torah in Holliston.   He organized daily Shirah (school community singing), modern Hebrew games, special holiday programs , and erev Ivrit (an evening of Hebrew conversation, Israeli food, music and culture).   He later taught at Prozdor and MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham.  

Cantor Steve lives in Marlborough with his wife Meredith, a Speech and Language Pathologist working in the Acton public schools.  Cantor Steve and Meredith's are proud parents to 8 year old twins Ella and Gabriel, born in April 2010.  Cantor Steve's favorite pursuits include exploring many kinds of music (Jewish and secular), sports, running, cooking, mind-bending puzzles, and traveling to discover New England’s treasures.   

Cantor Steve  enjoys bringing the kahal (congregation) together in prayer, leading musical Shabbatot, giving musical sermons, and teaching melodies old and new.  He equally enjoys teaching adult Torah Trope or focusing on the musical modes of a holiday. Finally, nothing gives Cantor Steve more nachas than celebrating a simcha at Temple Ner Tamid!   

Office hours: Tuesdays for B'nai Mitzvah and religious school, or by appointment

You can catch Cantor Steve every Sunday morning on WERS 88.9 “Chagigah”, with his segments “Chagigah Connections” and “The Israeli Sound with Cantor Steve”.

Contact Cantor Steve  cantor@templenertamid.org

Rabbi Richard E. Perlman was appointed as the Rabbi /Spiritual Leader of Temple Ner Tamid on September 1, 2016. Prior to moving to Peabody, Rabbi Perlman held the pulpit and served as the Spiritual Leader, Hazzan, Director of Education and Executive Director at Temple Am David, a United Synagogue Affiliate, in Warwick Rhode Island, for 15 years he also served as the Rabbi at WBCJC in Warwick.

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

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 taught Jewish studies in the South County Hebrew School and has been a visiting lecturer at many senior social organizations. Rabbi Perlman served as a Judaism lecturer at University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, The New England Technical Institute, LaSalle Academy as well as many various other institutions of learning around the state of Rhode Island. Furthermore, Rabbi Perlman has been instrumental in planning and leading numerous highly respected and well attended interfaith services with neighboring faith communities.

Rabbi Perlman is an active member of the NSRCA (North Shore Rabbis and Cantors Association) and The Peabody Clergy Ministerial Association. He is a member of the Board of Rabbis of Greater RI and serves as the Mashgiach liaison for the Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island, served as the secretary and treasurer of the agency and is a member of the Touro Fraternal Association.  

He served for over five years as 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 Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Bureau of Jewish Education, the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial Museum and the JCC of Rhode Island.

Rabbi Perlman is quite active in the community serving on an Interfaith Community Dialogue Planning Committee, hosted by the Mayor of Peabody. He actively participates in community programming throughout the year. He attended the Peabody Police Citizens Academy in 2017 and leads Shabbat evening services monthly for the residents at Brooksby Village. Rabbi Perlman visits and teaches at nursing facilities around the North Shore. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Epstein Hillel School. https://epsteinhillel.org/about/board-of-directors/

Rabbi Richard Perlman and his wife, Kit, are the parents of Jessica, Michael, Owen and Kristina, and proud grandparents of Brady, Ezra, Bryce and Bennett.