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CANTOR IVAN E. PERLMAN (זצ״ל) began his journey through life as a Cantor on March 14, 1948. He completed his Cantorial studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1950. Cantor Perlman has served congregations in Lyndhurst and Fairlawn, New Jersey; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Des Moines, Iowa; Providence, Rhode Island; Stockholm, Sweden; Sarasota; Boca Raton; and Tamarac, Florida.

At age 76 Cantor Perlman accepted the Cantorial position at Temple Beth Kodesh in Boynton Beach, Florida. This was followed by being elected their Ritual Leader at age 78 in the fall of 2003. On February 5, 2005, Cantor Perlman conducted his last Service and is looking forward to moving back to his beloved Rhode Island with his wife, Muriel.

Cantor Perlman served in the Marine Corps during WWII and was a recipient of the Bronze Star for Heroism on Iwo Jima. Ivan Perlman is a Life Member of the Marine Corps League, the Jewish War Veterans, and the Knights of Pythias. He has been the JWV Post Commander in New York City, the Department chaplain in Iowa, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Florida. He was the first National Cantor of the Jewish War Veterans. Currently, Ivan Perlman serves the Jewish War Veterans as its National Cantor, the Post 459 Chaplain, and is a Past Department Chaplain for Florida.

Ivan Perlman has been active in many organizations over the years and was instrumental in organizing the Friends of the Rhode Island School for the Deaf serving as its first chairman.

As a member of the Cantors Assembly of America, he served in many capacities and was its President from 1983 to 1985. Cantor Perlman and Muriel, his wife since August 16, 1947, have four grown sons (all Cantors!) and enjoy many wonderful grandchildren.

Cantor Ivan Perlman returned to G-d on February 25, 2015 (Adar 6). May his memory be for a blessing for all of us.

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