President 2017-2019

David Farbman 


David Farbman is proud to serve as Temple Aliyah's president, 2017 - 2019. David has been on the board of Temple Aliyah since 2012, serving in the roles of head of the Strategic Planning committee and Vice President of Jewish Life. In addition to his board service for Temple Aliyah, David serves on the boards of Yad Chessed and Camp Ramah and the advisory board of the Jewish Teen Funders Network of Greater Boston. Professionally, David is the director of the Center for Professional Learning at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, the central agency for Jewish special education in Boston. He earned his B.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in American History from Brown University. He is married to Karen, a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s Hospital, and has three children  - Emily, Shira and Jonathan - ranging in age from 21 to 13.  They have been proud members of Temple Aliyah since 2006.

Click here to read David's remarks upon his installation as President of Temple Aliyah on June 11, 2017.

Click here to read David's High Holiday Appeal on September 21, 2017.


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!

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Did you know...?

Major League Baseball season opens this week, the earliest in history! Did you know that Temple Aliyah’s B’nai Mitzvah Tutor, Hazzan Linda Sue Sohn, had the honor of singing the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park on Mother’s day in 2009? And listed among his most exciting moments as a sports fan, Temple Aliyah President David Farbman savors the memory of being at Fenway Park for Jon Lester’s no-hitter on May 19, 2008. And, if that's not enough Jewish baseball trivia, Rabbi Gordon’s favorite way to unwind after a busy day is to watch the Red Sox. Why not share your favorite baseball moments today?

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

If you have a fun fact about Temple Aliyah you’d like to share with our community, please email [email protected].

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 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 2018-19.