Rabbi Perkins' Sermons

Rabbi Perkins' most recent Shabbat sermons will be posted here.  Other sermons can be found in High Holiday Sermons or Sermon Archives (1998-2010).

In addition, sermons by guest speakers can be found here.


March 17, 2018 Parashat Vayikra Let My People Come  
March 10, 2018 Parashat Vayekhel-Pekudei Completing Creation  


November 18, 2017 Parashat Toldot Study Sheet - A Gendered Look at Looking Through a Window  
October 28, 2017 Parashat Lech Lecha Who Was Abraham?  
July 1, 2017 Parashat Hukkat The Politics of Anger  
June 24, 2017 Parashat Korach Korach the Demagogue - Source Sheet  
June 10, 2017 Parashat Beha'alotcha "Things Fall Apart"
June 3, 2017 Parashat Naso Heroes Then and Now  
May 20, 2017 Parashat Behar Behukkotai "Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land, Unto All Its Inhabitants Thereof"  
May 13, 2017 Parashat Emor Expressing True Love Toward the Living and the Dead  
January 28, 2017 Parashat Va'era "Liar, Liar"  
January 21, 2017 Parashat Shemot The Duty, Opportunity and Challenge of Praying for the Government


December 24, 2016 Parashat Vayeshev What Does the Joseph Story Have to Teach Us About Chanukah and Christmas?  
November 26, 2016 Parashat Hayei Sarah The Importance of Gratitude  
November 12, 2016 Parashat Lech Lecha Lessons for Our New President Elect from Abraham
April 9, 2016 Shabbat HaHodesh

Who Owns the Exodus?  Who Owns the Seder?  Who Owns the Haggadah? Who Owns the Hebrew language?

March 12, 2016 Parashat Pekudei Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohein Kook  
March 5, 2016 Parashat Vayakhel Vayakhel: "And he Assembled."  For Constructive or Destructive Ends?  



November 28, 2015  

Parashat Vayishlach

Being Grateful Before, During and After Thanksgiving 


November 21, 2015 Parashat Vayetze Jacob the Refugee  
November 14, 2015 Parashat Toldot Sibling Rivalry and Religious Violence   
November 7, 2015 Parashat Hayei Sarah               How and How Not to Read the Bible  
October 24, 2015         Parashat Lech Lecha            It Isn't Easy  
October 17, 2015 Parashat Noach  
May 29, 2015 Parashat Naso When Paying Attention is Hard To Do  
May 9, 2015 Parashat Emor  
February 28, 2015 Parashat Tetzaveh Part 1
  Parashat Tetzaveh Part 2
February 7, 2015 Parashat Yitro Part 1
  Parashat Yitro Part 2
January 24, 2015 Parashat Bo  
January 3, 2015 Parashat Vayechi Study sheet for Parashat Vayechi- Jacob's Blessings  


December 6 Parashat Vayishlach Part 1
  Parashat Vayishlach Part 2
November 29 Parashat Vayetze Lessons from Ferguson, For Us and For Israel  

November 22

Parashat Toldot


October 25

Parashat Noach


October 18

Parashat Bereshit

Are Curiosity and Religiosity Compatible?

September 6

Parashat Ki Tetzei

Labor Day and the Jews


June 21

Parashat Korach

Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reasons


June 14

Parashat Shelach Lecha

Are We Part of the "Evil Congregation"?


May 16

Parashat Behukkotai

"Que Sera, Sera!" v. "Do the Right Thing!"


April 12

Shabbat HaGadol

"Notes for Shabbat HaGadol drashah"


April 5

Parashat Mitzorah

"Maintaining Pure Homes"

March 29

Parashat Tazria

"Why Do We Eat Matzah?"

March 8

Parashat Vayikra

"Let's Celebrate"

March 1

Parashat Pekudei

"Looking Back and Looking Forward"

February 15

Parashat Ki Tissa

"The Importance of Character"

February 8  

Parashat Titsaveh

"The Importance of Doing It All the Time, Every Day"

January 18

Parashat Yitro

"What Would Yitro Say?"


January 4

Parshat Bo

"Taking the Initiative: Reflections on Ariel Sharon"




December 14

Parashat Vayechi

"What's So Special About the Number 17?"


December 6

Parashat Vayiggash

"A Tribute to Nelson Mandela"


November 2

World Series Reflections

"What They Said -- And What They Didn't Say"


October 12

Parashat Lech L'cha

"What Do Janet Yellen and Scarlett Johansson Have in Common?"



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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.

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Did you know that on average Temple Aliyah collects 270 cans of soup and 340 boxes of raisins per year for Jewish Family & Children’s Service's Family Table? Temple Aliyah is committed to 40 cans of soup and 40 boxes of raisins per month. Please continue to bring cans and boxes to the synagogue, as the need is great! JF&CS is always looking for drivers on distribution days. Here is a link for more information:  http://www.jfcsboston.org/ Volunteer/Volunteering-at-JF- CS

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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 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. Click here to see our full calendar of events for 2017-18.