Rabbi Perkins' Adult Education Courses

For the past several years, Rabbi Perkins has been recording his Adult Education classes, and these are posted below.

With the exception of the Megillah files (at the bottom of the page), these are mp3 sound files.
Cick on any link below to listen to all, or part of, any course. It will open in a new window or tab, depending on your browser settings.
Or you can right-click on a link to save the mp3 file, which you can listen to on your cell phone or other portable device.

Unpacking the Shema (Oct-Nov 2018)

October 25, 2018

The Essence of Jewish Belief (Oct-Dec 2018)

October 23, 2018

October 30, 2018

November 6, 2018

     Study Sheet: Suffering- Why Does God Allow It?

Jewish Conceptions of the Afterlife (October 16, 2018)

October 16, 2018

Introduction to the Talmud - Tractacte Pesachim (March 2018)

March 6, 2018 - An Introduction to Talmud: The Evolution of Passover from the Bible to the Mishnah and Beyond.

March 20, 2018

The Book of Job (February 2018)

February 6, 2018 - Introduction

February 13, 2018 - Job and the problem of Suffering

February 27, 2018 - What did God say — and what did God mean — when God spoke to Job out of the whirlwind?

MIlestones in the History of Zionism and Israel (November 2017)

November 7, 2017

November 14, 2017

November 28, 2017

December 12, 2017

December 19, 2017

January 9, 2018

January 30, 2018

Program on Immigration and Refugees (October 28, 2017)

Opening Remarks

Jewish Customs from Around the World (March 2017)

March 28, 2017- Passover

March 21, 2017- JD Eisenstein

March 7, 2017- Purim

The Ethical Life (Nov 2016-Feb 2017)

February 7, 2017- Lying

January 31, 2017- Immigration

January 24, 2017- Surrogacy

January 17, 2017- Disabilities

January 10, 2017- End of Life Care

December 20, 2016- Modern Slavery

December 13, 2016- Mass Incarceration

December 6, 2016- Fracking

November 29, 2016- Food Production

Conservative Judaism (Nov-Dec 2015)

November 24, 2015

December 1, 2015

December 8, 2015- Part 1

December 8, 2015- Part 2

December 15, 2015- Part 1

December 15, 2015- Part 2

An Introduction to Talmud study: Selections from Tractate Megillah (Nov-Dec 2014)

November 11, 2014

November 18, 2014

November 25, 2014 

December 2, 2014

December 9, 2014

December 16, 2014

The following files are pdfs (not sound files):

 Selections from Daf Shevui, "The Weekly Page" from the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, by Dr. Joshua Kulp: 

 Megillah 15-1

 Megillah 15-2

 Megillah 15-3

 Megillah 15-4

 Megillah 15-5

 Megillah 15-6

 Megillah 16-1

 Megillah 16-2

 Megillah 16-3

 Megillah 16-4

 Megillah 16-5

 Megillah 16-6


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, we encourage our members to enrich their Jewish lives, to enhance their Jewish identities, and to engage in lifelong learning.

Join us for Shabbat services and schmooze during kiddush following services. Check out the exciting Temple Tots programming for our youngest members. Attend the Rabbi's Adult Education classes. Participate in one of our many Social Action projects. Become a member of our Sisterhood or Men's Club.    

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Did you know...?

Did you know that Temple Aliyah is a member of Mayyim Hayyim, a beautiful mikveh in Newton? Did you know this entitles a limited number of congregants to a free immersion gift certificate? To learn more about the benefits and reasons behind an immersion, please visit the Mayyim Hayyim website. To schedule an immersion 1) request your immersion appointment online  2) wait 24 hours for a response, 3) show up at the designated time, and 4) let them know you are a member of Temple Aliyah.

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Shabbat and Weekday Services


Shabbat Morning Services  9:15 am
Sunday Morning Minyan* 9:00 am
Monday Morning Minyan   7:00 am
Weekday Evening Minyan 7:30 pm

* During the summer, minyan meets on Monday morning and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


Under the direction of our Adult Education Committee and as part of our commitment to lifelong learning, Temple Aliyah offers a wide range of opportunities for our members and others to enrich their Jewish lives throughout education.  Click here to see all of our current Adult Education offerings.

Sisterhood welcomes all women of our community, sharing our passion for Judaism, our families and ourselves. We invite you to learn more about becoming part of our amazing community. Whether you're looking for camaraderie, spiritual connection, social action, or the opportunity to get involved, Sisterhood is here for you.