Staff Directory

Temple Aliyah is proud of its dedicated and talented professional staff. Any of our staff can be reached through the Temple office at 781-444-8522 or by e-mail (below). To learn more about our staff members, click on one of the links below:


Rabbi Carl Perkins  [email protected] 
Cantor Jamie Gloth [email protected]
Rabbi in Residence Leslie Gordon [email protected]
Executive Director Melissa Rudman [email protected]
Director of Education Alisa Levine [email protected]
Director of Early Childhood Education Debbi Fendell [email protected]
B'nai Mitzvah Tutor Cantor Linda Sue Sohn [email protected] 
Shabbat Educator Devora Rohr [email protected]
Director of Youth Engagement Eitan Bloostein [email protected]
Senior USY Advisor Eitan Bloostein  
Junior USY Advisor David Solkowitz [email protected]
Kadima and Kochavim Advisor Wilma Sack-Poyser [email protected]
Administrative Assistant to Rabbi Marie Savrides [email protected],com 
Mercaz Aliyah Administrative Assistant  Caroline Nudelman   [email protected] 
Bookkeeper  Rufina Kotlyar   [email protected] 


Information about our officers, Board of Directors, and other lay leadership can be found on our Leadership Directory page.


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...?

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.