Gala Dedication Ad Book

March 10, 2015

Dear Community Member:

We want to ask for your support as Congregation Am David, on the weekend of May 15-17, 2015, celebrates our congregation and honors one of our congregants, Alice Goldstein, who, along with her family, escaped from Nazi Germany 75 years ago. Our Gala Dedication Sponsorship Book will be distributed to almost 500 families participating in the congregation’s weekend events, including our gala celebration on that Saturday evening. The book will also be given to new members who join Am David throughout 2015.

The weekend will include a Friday night installation dinner, installing our Board of Director officers for the upcoming year. Saturday night will be the Gala celebration honoring Alice Goldstein.  Sunday afternoon will be the “Cantor Ivan E. Perlman z’l Memorial Concert”, with Am David’s Rabbi Perlman and his three brothers (all cantors) to be joined by the choir from Cranston’s Temple Sinai for a very special afternoon concert.

Sponsorship purchases are 100% tax-deductible, and funds raised will be used to support the Alice Goldstein Educational Scholarship Fund.

The Gala Dedication Sponsorship Book will be a commemorative keepsake for our members and an excellent resource for you to promote your business to our member families and Gala Guests, who will be coming from Warwick, Cranston, Providence and other surrounding suburbs. Many of our members may seek goods and services from area businesses for forthcoming celebrations, including bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, baby-namings and more.

The Gala Dedication Sponsorship Book also serves as a nice channel for members of Am David as well as any individuals in the RI community and beyond to congratulate Alice’s lifetime achievements and honor the Perlman brothers in memory of their father.

Please review the order form describing available sponsorship opportunities, from a 2 line Greeting to full page sponsorships. You may complete the sponsorship agreement and return it along with your payment and artwork to Congregation Am David (see address above). Also, please feel free to pass a copy along to others in the community who you believe would like to support our special weekend.

Click here for an Ad Commitment Form which includes pricing for the ads. All sponsorship commitment forms, payment and artwork must be received by April 6, 2015.  If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to call Aaron Weintraub at (401) 286-4614. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

Sincerely yours,

Aaron Weintraub, Gala Book Fundraising Chairman
Paula Olivieri, Gala Chairperson


Religious School News

March 5, 2015

Sunday, March 8: Religious School.
Tuesday, March 10: Religious School.
Friday, March 13: Shabbat Across America



Winter Wonderland Walk

March 5, 2015

Winter Wonderland Walk 3, Sunday, March 22, 1:30-3:15 pm

The weather is moderating; walk off your late winter blues in Warwick City Park!  The 2.8 mile paved trail winds through the woods and past coves, fields, and a beach.  Appropriate for all ages! Dress for the weather and bring water.  Meet directly at the Park entrance parking lot at 1:20.  Walk is limited to 15 people.  Contact Mark at 401 248-5010 to register, for more information, and last minute cancellation.


Theater Event

March 5, 2015

Theater Event at Ocean State Theater

Join our Temple family for a fun afternoon of theater, light fare and libations. Come enjoy the humorous and romantic musical The Last Five Years at the Ocean State Theater on Jefferson Blvd. in Warwick. This play chronicles the five year life relationship between a writer and an actress. One of Time Magazine’s top 10 shows of 2001.The show is on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Following the play we will meet at the Temple for wine and cheese.

Please send $45.00 per person to the Herb Singer Office at Congregation Am David, attention: Ellen Shaw.
Call or write Ellen Shaw at or at 401-821-2908 for more information.


Planetarium at URI

March 5, 2015

Afternoon under a Planetarium Dome, Sunday, March 8, 2:00-3:15 pm

The little known Planetarium on URI’s Kingston campus is the second smallest free standing planetarium in the world!  Seating 21 people with a comfortable carpet for the younger set, it is both quaint and modern.  Noted Rhode Island astronomer Francine Jackson has graciously agreed to offer us a private showing of a dynamic, visually stunning program, along with a tour of the nighttime sky over Rhode Island!!  This will certainly appeal to kids, and the kid in all of us, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this special opportunity.  Admission is only $5.00, payable at the door!!  Call Mark at 401 248-5010 to register, and for more information.


Winter Wonderland Walk

January 13, 2015

Please join the Congregational Chavurah for an invigorating winter walk in Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick on Sunday, January 25.

The walking is gentle on about two miles of wide trails, and is appropriate for children and their families. The leaves are down, affording long distance views of the water and landscape features, all in a very peaceful setting. Please dress for the weather, and bring water. An optional stop for coffee/hot chocolate afterward is possible.

Meet at the Temple at 12:30 pm to carpool or directly at the far end of the beach parking lot at 1:15 pm. Walk is limited to 15 people; contact leader Mark at 248-5010 to register, and for last minute cancellations.


Come one! Come All!!

Please come to the organizational meeting of Congregation Am David’s Chavuruh at the Schlesingeres on Sunday, January 11 from 4-6pm where wine and cheese will be served. Please RSVP to Mike Schlesinger at mikeschles123(at)gmail(dot)com or call him on his cell at 914-815-1002 if you can attend so that we can plan accordingly.

Some of the activities planned for the Chavuruh are listed below, but we need your input as well:

1. Attendance at sports games such as basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis matches, etc.

2. Joining Mark Sweberg for walks guided by him.

3. Attendance at plays, movies, concerts, etc.  Rhode Island has great theater whether it be Pipac, Trinity, Gamm, or community theater.  At the theaters, concerts, etc. you can obtain special rates to attend.

4. Mike Schlesinger makes wine and liqueurs; he has a friend who makes beer.  He plans to make wine and liqueurs at his house in Cranston (96 Ocean Avenue) teaching everyone how to do it.  One of his specialties is making fruit wines. He also make Limongello (this can be made in one session). His friend will also provide instruction on how to make beer.

5. Mike Schlesinger knows the news director at Channel 10: the news director wants to give us a tour of the station, meet the news people, etc.  Given the status of the world today, it will be fascinating to have a discussion with the news director about the world.

6. A knitting club. Mike Schlesinger belongs to the Rhode Island Yacht Club and every Monday night they have a knitting club meeting. Mike Schlesinger is sure that they would welcome members of our Chavarah and shul to join them.

7.  Poker night, Mah Jongg, bowling, etc.  Meeting at someone’s house, bar or the shul to watch the World Series, Super Bowl, play offs, etc. Also, have a pizza night out plus try various restaurants.  A ROMEO (“Retired Old Men Eating Out” club) can be formed.  If anyone knows a Persian restaurant, Mike Schlesinger would love to go there.  His oldest son lives in Orange County, California and because a number of Iranians have settled there, there are a number of Persian restaurants. Mike Schlesinger reports that various dishes are sumptuous.

8.  Lectures by members of our group, shul and members of our community.  There is an up and coming playwright named Kevin Broccoli and Mike believes he can have him speak to our group. Nora Ravens, a friend of Mike Schlesinger, who helped design and build the sukkah on display this past fall at Beth El has agreed to give us a lecture on the sukkah plus a guided tour of the Steel Yard where the  sukkah was built. Mike Schlesinger is into artistic welding and will gladly demonstrate how one can instantaneously create art with metal, make jewelry and for those who like to make pottery, Nora can show you how easily this is done.

9.  There are great cooks in our shul; thus, it is contemplated that various members of our congregation will teach us how to make special dishes.  Mike Schlesinger would love to learn how to cook plantains, Persian food plus make some Serphardic, Cuban and Chinese dishes.


Lunch & Learn

December 23, 2014

Our next Lunch & Learn is Thursday, January 8 at 12:00pm.

This popular noontime series includes a discussion on the Parsha Ha’Shavuah (weekly Torah portion) and is accompanied by a kosher deli lunch in our Shul. The charge for is $10.00 for each individual session. Pay per session only! Led by Rabbi Richard Perlman. Open to the community. RSVP is required one week before session and you must pay in advance.


Adult Education Program

December 16, 2014

Temple Am David’s Adult Education program is looking forward to another year filled with learning opportunities. In addition to the Rabbi’s Lunch & Learn sessions, we are offering a once-a-month course on Jewish concepts.Topics will include Remembrance, Gratefulness, Environment, Holiness, Israel, and Shavuot. Sessions will be held on Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm.

The third course will be Thursday, December 18. The topic this month is the environment. Judaism teaches us to take care of our world. We’ll look at the many ways we can help protect our environment within the Jewish context.

These programs will provide a wonderful entry into our Jewish thoughts and concepts, and provide food for thought about our daily lives. All programs are open to the community. There are no fees and pre-registration is not required. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Perlman at the Temple or Alice Goldstein at 401-463-9233.


Temple Am David Scholarships

December 11, 2014