When we were looking for a synagogue many years ago we came to
A Friday Night Service. We found Kerry's voice so inspiring and beautiful that we knew that SSTT would be the right place for us and our children. He was always welcoming and supportive.
He will be missed.
Kerry ushered our son, Greg, through his Bar Mitzvah and 2 years later he ushered me through my Bat Mitzvah. As a female not having had this opportunity during childhood Kerry's beautiful tenor voice on the practice recording rang in my head as I chanted Torah. Kerry was so supportive and encouraging of everyone under his tutelage. His expansiveness and voice will resonate into perpetuity.
Dear Batya, Shira and Adam,
Thinking about this for a while and it has finally come into focus.
The service honoring Kerry represented so much of what Kerry and each of you brought to Scarsdale Synagogue through the years. Wonderful musical ability, caring, love, and an irrepressible, offbeat humor, joyfully enriching us all.
With appreciation, gratitude and love.
How can it be that indestructible, irrepressible, joyful Kerry is no longer with us. When we met some 30 years there was an instant rapport between us. True, we had our Irish heritage in common but Kerry felt like a brother to me. I like to think that he thought of me as a sister. He and Batyah embraced me as family welcoming me into their home many times..
My memories of Kerry are many, preparing me for my Bat Mitzvah, mourning with me when my husband and celebrating with me at my son's wedding. Apart from life cycle events Kerry often did small meaningful acts of kindness. Not long after my husband died of cancer our golden retriever, Patrick was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Kerry and Batyah invited me to bring Patrick to a local house of worship, near their home where a Blessing of the Animals was held. That gesture meant so much to me
I remember the fun and laughter shared while planning the hebrew school "Chicken in the Basket" Friday night dinners. Maybe Kerry was a caterer at heart., but it was always all about the music. He shared that wonderful voice of his while always encouraging us to sing along. Choir practices were chaotic, noisy and wonderful. Somehow he managed to lead us cheerfully, confident that it would turn out well..
Kerry may be gone physically but he will always be in my heart and thoughts.
Batyah, Adam, Sheera, Steven, Baxter and Shadow.
thank you for sharing this treasure of a man with us,
Friendship is based on shared experiences and nurtured by respect and love.
We experienced moments of great celebration like the B’nai Mitzvot of my three children, and the performances of Shira in the Oak Room.
We experienced times of sadness at the numerous houses of mourning we attended together.
We shared festivals and holidays, and the Joy of Shabbat on a Friday night or Saturday Morning.
We talked of the love of our wives, and how well we had done with choice of our brides.
We shared the love and great pride and joy our children brought us.
We could always make each other laugh, and find the bright side of any situation.
We confided our concerns and worries to one another, and always ended with a note that the future would always be brighter and better.
I would marvel at Kerry’s voice, and treasure the times I would be fortunate to share the Bimah with him.
I miss my friend, and think of him often. I am sad that he is gone, but am strengthened by the wonderful gift he gave me. When I pray each day, the voice I hear is the voice of Kerry singing the prayers. He will always be with me, and continue to be Bless me with the memories we shared, the music we loved, and friendship and bond between us.
Kerry Ben-David left us too soon, but he left us with fond, fond memories of his voice, his knowledge and, most of all, his ebullient spirit. He brought all those qualities and more to our Synagogue, and with them also came the wonderful Batya, Shira and Adam. Their well-deserved tribute to Kerry at his Memorial Service was so touching. We will never forget that extraordinary morning, nor forget the very special Kerry Ben-David.
The song is ended, but the melody lingers on ----
To have been in Kerry Ben-David's presence was to feel that life was good, that whatever troubles or hardships you encountered could be endured and overcome. His ever-present, infectious smile, his twinkling eyes and his cheerful demeanor made the world seem a better place. And that warm, beautiful voice moved you and lifted your spirits even in times of stress and sorrow.
We will cherish our memories of being with Kerry and sharing a warm and wonderful friendship.