Meet Our Dedicated Educators

Susan Sugerman, School Director

Susan Sugerman has a long career as a dedicated educator in the Rhode Island Jewish community. Her resume features over 30 years as a religious school educator, first at Temple Torat Yisrael and later at Temple Am David. For several years at Temple Am David, she also served as assistant education director and school principal. 

For the past three years she was the director of education and an educator at West Bay Community Jewish Center. In addition, she has taught physical education simultaneously at the Providence Hebrew Day School (PHDS), 30 years, and at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island (JCDSRI), 15 years. At JCDSRI she is also the school scheduler and substitute teacher coordinator. She also serves on the JCDSRI yearbook committee.

Susan will tell you as a religious school educator, she believes, “it’s always about how a student best learns.” Lessons are designed to stimulate them and make their learning a memorable experience. Her focus is to give students what they need to know about being Jewish so that they may live “Jewishly.” Through the years she has successfully accomplished this goal by using a variety of games, classroom activities, hands-on lessons, and most important, making each child feel connected and engaged.

Susan and her husband, Michael, reside in Cranston, Rhode Island. They have two sons and a grandson. In her free time Susan enjoys cooking, swimming and relaxing on the beach with family and friends. She also loves rooting for the all the New England professional sports teams, especially the Red Sox.


Alyssa Pessaroff Kischel

Alyssa has been a part of the Temple Ner Tamid family her entire life. She has been working in Education for 20 years, in formal and informal educational settings. Alyssa worked in an after school program in Lincoln, MA for 10 years, was the Peabody Senior USY Advisor for 5 years, was a Paraprofessional at the Lincoln Preschool for 3 years, and was a private nanny for 2.5 years.

For the last 3 years, Alyssa has been an Infant and Toddler teacher at the North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody, MA. This past year, she had also been teaching 4 th grade Hebrew and 8th/9th grade Pre-Confirmation at The Temple Ner Tamid/Temple Tiferet Shalom Religious School. Additionally, Alyssa is a Youth Coordinator for the North Shore Youth Group.

Growing up as the daughter of Cantor Sam Pessaroff (z”l), his passion for the Jewish religion and teaching the youth left a long lasting impression. With her own passion for Judaism and teaching, Alyssa loves to share her knowledge and experiences with today’s youth. She has a great understanding of children of all ages and needs. With her creativity and energy, Alyssa likes to bring fun and games to her teaching, as well as making learning meaningful.

In her free time, which is very rare, Alyssa enjoys relaxing while watching TV and movies (good or bad), Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream, and watching the Celtics and Patriots! Alyssa lives with her husband, Mike, and their 2 Cockapoos, Rafi and Wylie.


Rabbi Richard E. Perlman

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

Rabbi Perlman serves as the Co-President of the North Shore Rabbis and Cantors Association, (NSRCA) and is an active member of The Peabody Clergy Ministerial Association, (PCMA). 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. 

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

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Rabbi Bernie Horowitz

Bernie was ordained as a Rabbi in July 2015 by the “Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute” of “The Rabbinical Seminary of Congregation Sim Shalom”, New York, NY. Although Rabbi Bernie chooses not to be a pulpit rabbi with a congregation at this time, he has and still performs rabbinic duties such as baby namings, b’nai mitzvoth, weddings and funerals to name a few. He also served as interim rabbi in 2015-2016 right here at TNT.

Prior to being a rabbi, he served as Spiritual Leader and Ritual Director from 2000-2013 at Congregation Sons of Israel in Peabody square where he conducted all the Shabbat, Yom Tovim and High Holiday services. He was Baal Shacharit as well for the high holidays. In addition to that he has accompanied the Y2I teenagers to Israel on an educational tour every July as senior counselor for eight of the last ten years. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Lappin Foundation and the North Suburban Jewish Community Center.

Rabbi Bernie also partners with his wife Anita as real estate brokers at Remax Advantage in Peabody. And for the last seven years he has served as chairman of the Peabody Board of Health.



Ellen Winokur


Ellen has been a member of Temple Ner Tamid for 39 years. In that time, Ellen has taught both Hebrew School and Confirmation classes. She has also served on as Religious School chairwoman and has been on the Sisterhood board.

Ellen graduated from both Columbia University with a BA in History and The Jewish Theological Seminary with a BHL in Bible. Ellen also holds a MA from Teacher’s College, Columbia University with a concentration in curriculum and teaching. Ellen’s teaching experience has been varied. Her career has included teaching elementary school, special education and high school. In addition, her experience has included teaching 3 years at Cohen Hillel Academy. Most recently, Ellen has been involved in the preparation of 2 adult B’nai Mitzvah groups at TNT. 

In her spare time, Ellen likes to read, cook and needlepoint. Ellen is the parent of Howard and his wife Karen and Eric and his wife Anna Leah, and the  proud grandmother of Sylvia and Ian. 


Molly Butter


Molly Butter grew up with a rich mosaic of Jewish life and experiences. She has studied, prayed and explored her Jewish Identity in myriad Jewish settings -- from the sanctuaries of synagogues world wide to the shores of lakes and mountain streams to her own backyard. She is a proud Jewish Parent who aims to inspire a love for, and a comfort with, Judaism, Israel and our traditions.

Molly has worked and volunteered in Jewish education settings for over 20 years.  She is beginning her fourth year as the Pre-school Teacher at Chabad of Peabody Hebrew School of the Arts, and looks forward to bringing an innovative approach to learning about Shabbat and Jewish Holidays to the grade 2-7 students at Temple Ner Tamid. During the day, she serves as a Literacy Tutor in the Lynnfield Public School System. By catering small group lessons to individual students, she helps young learners build confidence in literacy fundamentals that helps lay the foundation for their future academic success.

Molly has a lifelong passion for and connection to Jewish Camping, and worked for the Cohen Camps for ten years. A graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute, she served as Director of Camp Tel Noar, Assistant Director of Camp Tevya, Director of the Dor L’Dor Leadership Program and most recently, Camp Tel Noar Parent and 30+ year alumna. In addition, she has served as Youth Educator at Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA and Youth Advisor to a BBG group in Northern Virginia. Molly’s goal is to take that “special something” from informal educational settings and infuse it into all of her teaching.

Molly loves to cook and enjoys trying out new kosher recipes, especially at her Shabbat and holiday dinner table with friends and family. She lives in Lynnfield, MA with her husband and two daughters who are looking forward to joining the new Ner Tamid Hebrew School as well.


Sharon Adler

Sharon Adler has been a member at Temple Ner Tamid since 2014. She has become an active member of the Temple community and currently serves on the Board, the North Shore Youth Group Committee and is the Religious School Chairperson. Sharon also volunteers at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters as a mikveh guide, and is a volunteer lactation educator at Baby Cafe in Melrose. She has a BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a Certificate in Midwifery from Baystate Medical Center. She has previously worked as a labor and delivery nurse and as a Certified Nurse Midwife.  

Sharon is honored and excited to join the Temple Ner Tamid Religious School staff.  She is looking forward to working with our dynamic teachers and dedicated parents to provide a positive learning experience for our children.  

Sharon is passionate about living a Jewish life and also enjoys running, reading and knitting. She and her husband, Marty, live in Wenham and are parents to Ephram, Claire, Violet and Eloise.  


Beth Hoffman


Beth K. Hoffman is the Synagogue Administrator at Temple Ner Tamid for the past nine years. Beth has been involved in the Jewish Community of the North Shore for the past thirty years. She has taught Jewish Arts & Crafts to many children at Jewish organizations. Beth will be teaching Arts & Crafts to grades K and 1 with Susan Sugarman.

Beth is married to her husband, Bob and have one son, David who is engaged to Ashley Pivnick. Beth has a 10 year old grandson, Noah.


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368 Lowell Street, Peabody, Massachusetts 01960, United States

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