In the News

August 28, 2012: News from the Ritual Committee
The Temple Am David Ritual Committee unanimously accepted a motion to allow clergy to perform same sex unions (or weddings, if permitted by law) and to use the facilities of the congregation to do so.

July 10, 2012: Samuel J. Chester
Sam Chester left behind a legacy of science, music and love. The Cranston resident died Friday, July 6 at home, at the age of 99. The Warwick Beacon and Cranston Herald had a fond relationship with Chester, who provided many fascinating and inspiring stories. Read the full story.

June 22, 2012: Temple Am David is site of adult b’nei mitzvah
Four adults – Carrie Gardiner, Ellen Gourse, Ellen Nessen and Edward Spater – will celebrate becoming b’nei mitzvah at Temple Am David on June 23, Shabbat Korach. Read the full story.

June 8, 2012: Celebrating teens’ accomplishments at Am David
High school graduates across the state were honored during the Harry Elkin Midrasha Community High School (Midrasha) graduation ceremonies at Temple Am David in Warwick on Sunday, May 20. Read the full story.

April 19, 2012: Eclectic musical groups to celebrate Esther Chester’s legacy
Esther Chester left a legacy of music, love and art. Her musical instrument series of paintings garnered the attention of Bill Clinton, who was given her painting of a saxophone for his Manhattan penthouse. On Feb. 16, at the age of 94, Esther Chester left behind her husband, Sam, and her lasting legacy. On Tuesday, April 24, she will be remembered and celebrated with a memorial concert at Toll Gate High School. Read the full story.


February 21, 2012: Song of Esther is eternal
The light was blinking. I knew there was at least one voice message. “I have some sad news,” the strong voice said after I dialed in my code. There was barely a pause and then the words, “Esther is gone.” I knew immediately who had left the message. It was Sam Chester. Then he identified himself and left a number. Read the full story.

February 14, 2012: Temple Am-David shines as pioneer for solar energy use in city
Temple Am-David is headed in an eco-friendly direction thanks to some help from Klinkman Solar Design and Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light (RIIPL). The temple will soon be the recipient of a “Solar Saver” heating and hot water system courtesy of Paul Klinkman, owner of KSD, RIIPL, volunteers and an environmental grant. Am-David’s Rabbi Richard Perlman, who is also on the board for RIIPL, is looking forward to being able to practice what he preaches about green energy. Read the full story.