Green Initiatives at TA

New Solar Panels Emphasize Our Commitment to the Environment

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 am – 12:30 pm

Help us celebrate the completion of our new solar array! On November 5, we will mark this momentous occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Guest speakers will include:

  • State Representative Denise Garlick
  • Michael Greis, Needham Green Collaborative
  • Cindy Arcate, Power Options
  • Alex Keally, Solect

After a short presentation by the Mercaz Aliyah students, we will have a ribbon cutting followed by a light lunch.

This large new solar array is expected to generate 90% of the synagogue’s electricity in the years to come, significantly reducing its carbon footprint and resulting in savings of roughly $250,000 over the next two decades.


   What: Solar Panel Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Light Lunchsage-ribbon-cutting-ta.png

   Where: Temple Aliyah

   When: Sunday, November 5, 11 am - 12:30 pm

   All are welcome to attend!




The synagogue’s new solar energy system came to fruition through a unique public-private partnership. Temple Aliyah is a member of PowerOptions, a nonprofit energy purchasing consortium that also has a solar program, offered by Solect, for small commercial customers. Solect owns the synagogue’s system, covering the costs of procuring, installing, operating, and maintaining it. Solect, a for-profit enterprise, is able to take advantage of federal solar tax credits, and in turn can sell the synagogue’s electricity at a reduced fixed rate—saving thousands of dollars each year.

“Temple Aliyah is always looking for opportunities to reduce the synagogue’s carbon footprint and to reduce operational costs,” said Fred Borgenicht, Temple Aliyah’s vice president of operations. “Installing solar panels through this public-private partnership was a no-brainer.”

“At Temple Aliyah, we are focused on making a better future for our community, both large and small,” said David Farbman, Temple Aliyah president. “We believe that by significantly reducing our carbon footprint by hosting one of the largest solar arrays of any house of worship in the state, we are helping both our synagogue and our wider world at the same time.”

Said Rabbi Carl Perkins, “Our tradition teaches us that we have a duty ‘to till and to tend’ the precious world which is our collective home. That implies that we must seek to conserve natural resources, including energy. By capturing some of the energy contained in the sunlight falling on our property, we are making progress in our quest to be faithful stewards of this precious collective home which has been entrusted to us.”


Throughout our history, the Jewish people has been mindful of our responsibility to be stewards of creation and to care for our precious environment. The Temple Aliyah Green Committee focuses on improving and enhancing the Temple community’s relationship to nature.

Our goals include educating the community about the Jewish basis of environmental stewardship, reducing waste at the Temple, and encouraging members to include conservation in other areas of their lives.

Look for signs that our temple has been “going green:" paperless bulletins, compact fluorescent bulbs, soy-based utensils, motion sensor lighting, digital thermostats, and many more.

Check out the Green Committee's Tips for keeping things Green!

If you would like to learn more about our solar project, or others like it, please get in touch with Fred Borgenicht. To learn more about Tikkun Olam at Temple Aliyah, please contact our Social Action committee chairs: Janet Besser and Rachel Weinstock.


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...?

In celebration of Rabbi Perkins’ more than 25 years at Temple Aliyah, here is this week's question: Did you know that more than 30 adults at Temple Aliyah have participated in one of the five past Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah classes? If you are interested in becoming an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please contact Rabbi Perkins.

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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 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.