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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!


Temple Aliyah's first K-5 socially distanced picnic took place on August 2nd! A great time was had by all, catching up with old friends, and enjoying the music of Michael Harlow.


NEW: In-Person Outdoor Evening Minyans

We are now offering an in-person outdoor evening service in the Temple Aliyah back parking lot on Mondays and Wednesdays during the summer at 7:30 p.m. These in-person services will supplement the summer Tuesday and Thursday evening services on Zoom. 

The outdoor in-person services are a test of our ability to hold in-person services safely in light of Covid-19. The in-person services will be limited to 15 people. Advance sign-up is required. No one will be permitted to join if they have not signed up in advance. Once you have signed up, please bring your own folding chair, a kippah, and a siddur if you have one. We will have extra siddurim if you need one. Everyone who attends will have to wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols at all times. The outdoor service will not be held if it is raining. The building will remain closed. To sign up, please CLICK HERE.

Temple Aliyah's First Outdoor Minyan on July 27th

Featured Wall Street Journal Article:
Face Masks and a Mohel: Parents Figure Out How to Host a Bris During Coronavirus includes mention of the Bris of Gabriel Park, grandson of TA member Evie Weinstein-Park


Coming Up This Week: August 2-August 7

In-Person Outdoor Evening Minyan
Monday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 5, 7:30 pm
See above announcement for details.


Coming Up This Shabbat: August 7-8

Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, August 7, 6:15 pm
Click Here to welcome in Shabbat with us on Zoom!
Kavanot: Shabbat in the Heart with Rabbi Perkins
Saturday, August 8, 9:00-10:00 am
Praying during a pandemic isn’t easy. Please join us for a brief (one hour) review of a few prayers that can be a source of support, solace and inspiration during this time. Our gathering may also include chanting, singing wordless melodies (nigunim), and sharing reflections on how we can better express ourselves through prayer.
Kids Shabbat Services
Saturday, August 8, 9:00-10:00 am
 Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, August 8, 9:15 am

Click Here to join us for Shabbat services.

Click here for this week's Torah and Haftarah portions.

Pirke Avot (Returns!)
Saturday, August 8, 11:30 am (approx.)
By popular demand, Rabbi Perkins is continuing our weekly Pirkei Avot class through the summer.  You need not have attended previously to participate now. In fact, no previous experience behaving ethically is required. Please join our lively weekly open discussion! Please use the same Zoom link as Shabbat morning services:
Saturday, August 8, 9:00 pm
To conclude Shabbat, please join us at 9:00 pm, hosted by Gil and Margie Brodsky, for a brief, musical Zoom Havdalah service. Mourner's Kaddish is recited after the service. You can follow along in your siddur or download a pdf file of the service to end Shabbat here.
Coming Up Next Week: August 9 - August 14
Iced Coffee Outdoors
Sisterhood Yenta "Non-Swap"
Sunday, August 9, 10:00-11:30 am
DeFazio Park, 380 Dedham Ave., Needham
(Under the pavilion next to the parking lot)
Join your Sisterhood friends for a safe outdoor event in place of the traditional Yenta Swap.
Please bring a mask, lawn chair, and any drink you wish (coffee, water, etc.). Sisterhood will have markers in place to observe safe social distancing and plenty of hand sanitizer! No RSVP required—just show up for all or part of the morning!
In case of inclement weather, sisterhood will send out an email to their mailing list Sunday morning. Any questions, please email

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   


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