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Temple Aliyah Welcomes You!

Temple Aliyah is an egalitarian Conservative congregation in Needham, Massachusetts, with a warm and inviting atmosphere. We are a dynamic and diverse community that embraces people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. With the guidance of Rabbi Carl Perkins and Cantor Jamie Gloth, we encourage our members to enrich their Jewish lives, to enhance their Jewish identities, and to engage in lifelong learning.

Not a member? We invite your family to join our family! Join Us!


Rabbi Perkins' 2020 Annual Report
The Rabbi's report, which was delivered on Monday, May 18, at the annual Congregational meeting (conducted via Zoom, attended by over 75 "screens"), can be found here (pdf file).


Coming Up This Week: May 24-30

  Blintz Making Class for Shavuot
  Wednesday, May 27, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
  Join Sara Shapiro as she teaches us how to make homemade blintzes
  with berry sauce just in time for Shavuot. Please RSVP to Melissa for
  your shopping list and Zoom link.

Celebrate Shavuot with Temple Aliyah!

Shavuot Sermon Slam, Ma'ariv and More
Thursday, May 28, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
7:30 pm - Slams begin & BYOD (bring your own dessert)
8:00 pm - Ma'ariv
8:15 - 9 pm - More slams
Wonder what thoughts are on your fellow TA members' minds? Especially during these times? Come hear from members as they give pithy, brief, spiritual, brief, interesting, brief, sometimes personal, brief (3 - 4 minutes!) sermons on Erev Shavuot! Spiritual teachings by and for our TA community! Interested in participating as a “slammer” or a “receiver”? Please contact Naomi Litrownik.
Meeting ID: 292 538 091 (Same link/Meeting ID as Minyan)
Shavuot - 1st Day Services
Friday, May 29, 10:00 am
Hallel, Reading of the Ten Commandments 
Meeting ID: 814 5897 1678
Haftarah, chanted by Lori Resnick
Shavuot Day 1 - Akdamut
Akdamut is a special piyyut (liturgical poem) celebrating the delivery of Torah, traditionally recited on Shavuot. This is a special presentation presented by 46 cantors from across the globe (including Cantor Gloth), representing 17 American states and 5 countries, chanting the entirety of this liturgical poem in its simple but elegant melody. Fully captioned with translations.
Shavuot - 2nd Day Services
Saturday, May 30, 9:15 am
Hallel, Reading of Megillat Ruth
Yizkor Service
Meeting ID: 997 7815 4162 (Same link as Shabbat)
Shavuot Children’s Service with Eitan Bloostein
Saturday, May 30
9:00 - 9:30 am: Geared to tots and their parents through children in Grade 2 - Join Eitan for a fun holiday service which will include stories, songs, virtual games and movement.
9:30 - 10:00 am: Geared for children in Grades 3 - 5 - Join Eitan for a fun holiday service which will include Shavuot prayers, songs, stories and games.
Meeting ID: 899 0064 1489
Saturday, May 30, 9:00 pm (please note new time!)
To conclude Shabbat, please join us at 9:00 pm, hosted by Gil and Margie Brodsky, for a brief Zoom Havdalah service. You can follow along in your siddur or download a pdf file of the service to end Shabbat here.


Coming Up Next Week: May 31-June 5

***Summer Weekday Evening Minyans Begin June 1st:
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings only***
Shavua Tov Schmooze!
From Strength to Strength: Temple Aliyah, Then and Now
with Margie Brodsky and Gil Brodsky, M.D.
Sunday, May 31, 11:00 - 11:45 am (approx.)
Let your mind wander back to a time before iPhones, social media, and Google Maps to the Temple Aliyah of almost 20 years ago. What did our community look like, and what were its hopes and dreams for the future? Join Margie and Gil, co-presidents of Temple Aliyah from 2001-2003, as they review their first High Holiday appeal speech, dreams past and (then) present. That speech was given in the immediate wake of another time of crisis, the September 11 attacks. Peer into the past to learn about how the synagogue navigated through challenges, changes and growth under their leadership, and reflect on how far our synagogue community has come.
My Dear Children, Documentary and Discussion, with LeeAnn Dance
Sunday, May 31, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Please join us via zoom for a second showing of the first in-depth, scholarly documentary to explore the forgotten history of the pogroms following World War I. We are very fortunate to be joined by LeeAnn Dance, the film's co-producer/director and writer. This powerful documentary follows one woman's quest to learn about her beloved father's past, but also uncovers the history of tens of thousands of other families who were victims of the little known anti-Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe.
Daf Yomi (Daily Talmud page) with Rabbi Perkins
Monday, June 1 at 8:00 am
Please join us! Please click here for study sheet. Following our study, we will recite a Kaddish for the benefit of those who are in mourning or observing a Yahrzeit. All are welcome! 

Zoom Link



TA-Zoom with Us!

You can attend many classes, services, and other programs via Zoom.
here for a complete list, with links and instructions.

Please note that all services and programming Zoom sessions are password protected for our security. All members have received an email for video Zoom sessions.  If you are not a member or are dialing in by phone only (which requires a separate password) and would like to join us, please contact Marie.

Spotlight — Important Notices

Due to current public health concerns, all in-person gatherings, programs, and services, whether scheduled to take place in or outside the synagogue, are canceled. We are, however, continuing with a host of online and virtual activities:

  • Visit our Family Resources page for some helpful resources to keep your family entertained and engaged during this time at home!
  • Check out Mercaz Aliyah's website with resources, videos, and more.
  • Many of our Adult Education sessions can now also be attended virtually online. Check out our available classes and instructions on how to log on.

Questions? Please call 781-444-8522 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Wishing you continued good health. Please follow the advice of medical experts and public health officials.

L'hitraot! Be patient, and we will soon be able to meet and see each other again.

Check out our Youth Programs and Activities:

Kids 0-5 and
their families

Kids 0-5 and their families

Jewish Education

K-12 Jewish Education

Youth & USY


Temple Aliyah  • 1664 Central Avenue  •  Needham, MA 02492  •  781-444-8522   


Thursday, May 28 2020 5 Sivan 5780