Hesed - Caring for Our Community

“You have been told what is good and what God requires of you, namely, to act justly, to love kindness (Hesed), and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

Hesed logoAt Temple Aliyah we worship together, we learn together, we celebrate together, and we offer comfort and support to each other during life’s more challenging times. By reaching out to those in our community who are dealing with an illness or injury, bereaving the loss of a loved one or coping with an unexpected setback, we are fulfilling commandments of the Torah and insuring that our Kehillah is offering the type of support to our members that is fundamental to who we are. Gimilut Hasidim, acts of loving kindness, are expressed in sharing simchas and sorrows within our congregation and it takes a commitment from the entire community to make this happen.

The Hesed group provides help in many small ways. We prepare and deliver meals to families in mourning during shiva, provide rides for those unable to drive themselves, help with shopping and other chores, and lend a caring ear to those who just need someone to listen.

In addition, our Hesed knitters create “caring shawls” for members of the Temple Aliyah congregation who are battling serious illness or are in recovery. For those receiving these knitted creations, there is comfort in the warmth and ruach (spirit) in the shawls. Our volunteers also knit baby blankets that are contributed to Children’s Hospital and to the elderly in the Ukraine. If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of knitters, please contact Carol Pankin.

Some of life’s events are easy to share, while others are more difficult to discuss. If you know of someone in our community who could use a little extra support or assistance, please let us know by calling the synagogue office or emailing the Hesed Committee.

The Hesed Committee relies on our group of very dedicated and compassionate Hesed Volunteers. We encourage you to join our growing number of volunteers who can bring a meal, provide a ride, visit the sick, make a phone call, or in any way provide comfort to another congregant by contacting Sharon Katz or Nicole Rudolph to join the group. 

The Hesed Committee appreciates your donations to the Temple’s Community Caring Fund which supports our activities, including providing Shabbat meals for those sitting shiva and supplies for our Hesed Knitters and Hesed Chefs.


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.