About Us


Rabbi Richard E. Perlman

Senior Rabbi/Hazzan 

Rabbi Richard E. Perlman was appointed as the Rabbi/Spiritual Leader of Temple Ner Tamid on September 1, 2016. On March 1, 2019, he assumed Senior Rabbi and the Cantorial responsibilities. 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. He served as the Rabbi at West Bay Community Jewish Center (WBCJC) in Warwick.

Rabbi Richard 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 earned a T’udat Mashgiach (Kashrut Supervisor Certification) from the Vaad.

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 many highly respected and well attended interfaith services with neighboring faith communities.

Rabbi Perlman is a Past President of the North Shore Rabbis and Cantors Association, (NSRCA) and is an active leader and member of The Peabody Clergy Ministerial Association, (PCMA). He is a member of the Board of Rabbis of Greater RI and served as the Mashgiach liaison for the Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living and a faculty member of JSLI (Spiritual Leaders Institute).

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 led Shabbat evening services monthly for the residents at Brooksby Village. Rabbi Perlman visits and teaches at nursing facilities around the North Shore.

Perlman attended the Peabody Police Citizens Academy in 2017 and serves on the The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team of the North Shore - Rabbi Perlman serves as a Chaplain on the Peabody Police Department and is a Chaplain Member IACP  (International Association of Chiefs of Police)

Rabbi Perlman serves as  a Chaplain (one of 2 rabbis state wide) with the Massachusetts State Police Chaplain Corps.

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

Contact Rabbi Perlman at [email protected]

Associate Rabbi

by Henry Kaplan z'l 


in Founders Hall
This Torah from Kladno, Czechoslovakia is number 1264 of 1564 scrolls taken by the Nazis during World War II for their “Museum of an Extinct Race”

It was late summer of 1959, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were approaching, and a major development of the area west of downtown Peabody was taking place, especially in the area now known as West Peabody. The exodus from the Jewish ghettos around Boston brought many Jewish families into these new housing developments.

One of these families was Janet and Al Cohen, who recently moved from Kansas city. Following a yahrzeit minyan at their home for Janet’s father, they suggested to those present that a ‘Temple should be formed’. Present and interested were the Zeltzers (Hy and Jean), the Steiffs (Charlotte and Leon) and others.

What would they do for the holidays? Many, if not most, had come from orthodox Shuls but they weren’t inclined toward the orthodox any longer. This was a shift taking place not only in Boston, but around the country. A group of these people came together to plan for the coming high holidays. They rented Cy Tenney Hall in West Peabody for the services. Somehow, they came up with a torah and the services were conducted by Leon Steiff and others.

Many new friendships were formed at these services and this group was the beginning of a new Jewish movement in the city. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there were a number of meetings held in people’s homes. Temple Ner Tamid had begun! Shortly thereafter, a Sunday school was started at the Cy Tenney hall.

Much work needed to be done. If there were to be services
on Shabbat, where would they be held? Would we need a Rabbi right away? And what else would be needed?

Many people joined. These founding members established dues initially at $18.00.

The Temple’s first home was Anshe Sfard, a small Shul on Littles Lane in Peabody square.

Although there was a Hebrew School at the Community Center, the Temple membership felt that Ner Tamid should have its own Hebrew School. Where to hold it? There wasn’t enough room at Anshe Sfard. The location chosen was the building owned and used by the Sephardic congregation on Pierpont Street. This had been a multi-story home that now housed the Sephardic congregation. With the help of city school officials, old used desks and chairs that the city no longer needed were obtained and the school was started. A number of temple congregants who were teachers had an important hand in starting the school and forming its early curriculum.

The year following the formation of the Temple, the high holidays were approaching. Where to hold high holiday services? The North Shore Shopping center, an open mall, had been built 6 years earlier and they had an auditorium in the lower level. This was to be the location for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services  until the Temple was completed in 1965.

At this time, the Temple membership was in the range of 120 to 150 families. If a building was to be built then a piece of land would have to be obtained and funds raised.

A plot of land was obtained. The land, on which now stands the pilgrim nursing home, was to be the home of Temple Ner Tamid.

A fundraiser was hired and a campaign initiated to raise the necessary funds for a new building. While this was going on, the land upon which the temple now sits became available.

Through the efforts of the late Judge Abraham Ankeles the land parcels were swapped somehow and the Temple Ner Tamid building program was off the ground. The architectural firm of Bedar and Alpers was hired to design a building. Once the design was approved, a contractor was engaged. The groundbreaking ceremony was a gala event attended by a large throng including many city officials. At the time, there was no road and people had to climb through the woods to get to the top of the hill where the ceremonies were to take place.

Message from our TNT President, 

Jeff Feinberg 

Welcome to TNT, we look forward to meeting you.




Executive Board

Vice Presidents:


Asst. Treasurer:
Financial Secretary:
Recording Secretary:
Corresponding Secretary:
Immediate Past President:
Men’s Club President:
Sisterhood President:

Jeff Feinberg
Ed Gustat
Jason Stark
Rachel Leibowitz
Richard Strauss
Mimi Levy
Barry Falkoff
Gary Coltin
Paula Dollin
Adele Lubarsky
Alan Titelbaum
Loretta Band and Karen Westerman

Professional Staff

Associate Rabbi:
Synagogue Administrator:
Religious School Director:
Rabbi Emeritus:
Cantor Emeritus:

Richard Perlman
Kris Mullen
Linda Swears
Alyssa Kischel
Abraham Morhaim z'l
Sam Pessaroff z'l


TNT Hebrew School Graduation