Rabbi Perkins' E-Letters

Periodically, Rabbi Perkins sends out Congregational letters about matters of seasonal and contemporary importance.

Click on the links below to view Rabbi Perkins' e-letters (in reverse chronological order).

Looking Forward, With Sadness and Hope (May 1, 2019)
From Exodus to Genesis -- And Back Again (April 8, 2019)
Reflections on the First Chapter (February 26, 2019)
A Message from Rabbi Perkins (December 28, 2018)
Pittsburgh, One Week Later (November 8, 2018)
Today's Grievous Losses (October 27, 2018)
Civil Rights on the Line (October 18, 2018)
The First Chinese Food? (September 28, 2018)
No Need To Wait (September 14, 2018)
A High Holiday Mashup (September 5, 2018)
Three Jewish Reflections on Senator John McCain (August 29, 2018)
The State of the Shul (May 14, 2018)
A Time Not To Be Silent (June 20, 2018)
A Life Saving Organization You May Never Have Heard Of (June 7, 2018)
A Time to Celebrate (April 17, 2018)
Yom Ha-Shoah, Here and in Israel (April 13, 2018)
Would It Have Been Enough For Us? (April 5, 2018)
Pursuing Liberty, Then and Now (March 29, 2018)
Uncomfortable Truths (February 9, 2018)
Intermarriage Conversation with Rabbi Perkins (January 18, 2018)
MLK Day: As Important As Ever (January 12, 2018)
A City of Great Promise (December 8, 2017)
67 Words That Changed the Jewish World (November 2, 2017)
#MeToo (October 20, 2017)
To Begin Again (October 11, 2017)
Shelter in Place (October 4, 2017)
Suspended Over the Void (September 28, 2017)
Always Look for the Helpers (August 15, 2017)
What's in a Name? (June 21, 2017)
The State of the Shul (May 24, 2017)
Especially This Year, There's More to Passover (April 14, 2017)
Four More Questions for the Passover Seder (March 31, 2017)
What do Night and The Color Purple have in common? (March 8, 2017)
It's Hard to Acknowledge the Truth (March 1, 2017)
The Spirit of St. Louis (February 23, 2017)
The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothng But the Truth? (February 6, 2017)
Rabbi's Message on Immigration (January 30, 2017)
The First 100 Days (January 20, 2017)
Opening the Eyes of the Blind (December 28, 2016)
Act Like Marlon Brando (December 16, 2016)
The Ethics of Mass Incarceration (December 9, 2016)
Three Wonderful Melodies (December 6, 2016)
Now That The Fires Are Out... (December 1, 2016)
Lessons for our President-Elect (November 14, 2016)
The Day After (November 9, 2016)
What's God got to do with it? (November 4, 2016)
Are you grinding your teeth? (October 27, 2016)
Shimon Peres, z"l (September 28, 2016)
On the Ballot in November... (September 14, 2016)
A Message from Rabbi Perkins (July 11, 2016)
In Memory of Elie Wiesel (July 3, 2016)
"Go Down, Moses!" and When Does 7 Equal 8? (April 28, 2016)
In Memory of a Special Teacher (April 21, 2016)
Seder Ideas from Rabbi Perkins (April 19, 2016)
‘Tis the Season! (March 18, 2016)
Let's Unplug Ourselves! (March 2, 2016)
Can Generosity be Commanded? (February 12, 2016)
Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of "Hineini" (December 10, 2015)
A Few Fun Hanukkah Curiosities (December 4, 2015)

One Rabbi's Shabbat in Paris (November 17, 2015)

What makes a "successful" congregation? (November 13, 2015)

On the Eve of a Shabbat of Solidarity (October 16, 2015)

From One Melody to the Next (September 25, 2015)

Israel On My Mind (September 21, 2015)

Ten Tips to a Meaningful Yom Kippur (September 18, 2015)

Have a Good Day! (September 10, 2015)

Who Will Be at Rest, and Who Will Wander? (September 8, 2015)

Preparing for the Days of Awe (September 3, 2015)

Deal or No Deal (August 26, 2015)

A Disturbing Trend in Israeli Society (June 23, 2015)

A letter regarding the Charleston, N.C. shootings (June 21, 2015)

The Meaning of #4 (May 21, 2015)

The Neo-Catechumenal Way (May 6, 2015)

Passover 2015

Troubling Times (February 10, 2015)

A Letter from Mijal Bitton (January 29, 2015)

The 86th Casualty (January 23, 2015)

A letter from Paris (January 16, 2015)

A message regarding the attacks in Paris (January 11, 2015)

"Al Eileh Ani Bochiya" -- "For These Do I Weep"  (November 20, 2014)

Sukkot (2) 5775

Sukkot (1) 5775

Yom Kippur 5775

Rosh Hashanah 5775

An Aggravating Headline - Israel Braces for War Crimes Inquiries on Gaza

I Am Not Resigned - A Reaction to Newtown

Hanerot Halalu and The Mitzvah to Bask in the 
Light of the Hanukkah Candles 

Cautious Optimism - The Israel-Hamas Ceasefire 

Elections 2012 

Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Care 

Bulgaria Bus Attack 

An Inspiring Rendition of Hatikva 

Turkey and India - What Do They Have in Common? 

Reflections on Release of Gilad Shalit 


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.    

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

Join Us

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.

Want to learn more fun facts about Aliyah? Click here!

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.