Sisterhood - The Women of Temple Aliyah


Welcome to Sisterhood – The Women

of Temple Aliyah!


Sisterhood is a community-building resource for the women of Temple Aliyah that enables us to find camaraderie, deepen our spiritual connection to the synagogue and our connection to each other, and enjoy shared interests and events. We invite you to learn more about becoming part of our amazing community.

Sisterhood is managed by the Steering Committee (SSC): Judy Lee, Randi Levy, and Heidi Schwartz. A Core Committee of more than 30 women helps us plan events through the year.

Check out our 2019-20 calendar!


Back by popular demand:


Memory Boxes

Order a beautiful memory box! The boxes make great special occasion gifts for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, engagements, anniversaries, baby births and namings, etc. Please see this flyer for a description, pictures, and ordering information.


Previous events


Fall Dinner, September 2019


Yenta Swap, July 2019


Spring Dinner, May 2019


Paint Night, April 2019


Torah Fund Brunch, March 2019


Pizza & Bingo, January 2019


Mega Challah Bake, October 2018


Sip in the Sukkah, September 2018


View our calendar to learn more about Sisterhood events and groups for the coming year.

Want to get involved? Contact an SSC member—Judy Lee, Randi Levy, or Heidi Schwartz—or check out our Sign Up page.

We look forward to a great year with the fabulous women of Temple Aliyah!


Annual activities


Sisterhood Shabbat is our annual Shabbat morning service led entirely by Sisterhood members, typically held at the end of January. Supportive instruction enables women to take a hands-on role in all aspects of the service, even if they have never done so before. This moving event includes a relevant speaker and inspires women to feel confident and comfortable participating in Temple Aliyah's year-round egalitarian services.

Rosh Hodesh Chanukah Lighting 2013
Members of the Rosh Chodesh Study Group


Rosh Chodesh Group

Connect with other Jewish women through monthly group learning. In this participant driven study group, a different member each month chooses the area of study and leads the conversation. Study sessions can focus on a variety of topics, including Torah and Haftorah study, Jewish holidays, a Psalms selection, or any other topic of interest to the facilitator. Leading a session is not required! Discussions are in English and women with any level of Jewish knowledge are welcome. To see a list of upcoming meetings, please click here. If you have questions please contact Carol Kotler.


Book Group

The Sisterhood book group meets four times a year in the synagogue library. All are welcome to come to any or all of the meetings at which a book is discussed and warm conversations abound. Contact Ellen Baker with any questions: [email protected].

Community outreach


Social Action is an important value of Sisterhood. To volunteer, or to find out more information about any of these activities, please contact us.


Circle of Hope
This is a local Needham-based nonprofit that collects new and gently used clothing for men, women, children and infants.  Once sorted, this clothing is delivered to several Boston-area shelters serving homeless individuals and families struggling with domestic violence and substance abuse issues. Sisterhood members can drop off donations at their convenience.

College Liaison Committee
Twice a year, at Chanukkah and Passover, our committee puts together packages of holiday treats for our kids who are away at college.

Shabbat with the Elderly
This project/mitzvah involves visiting partner nursing homes on Friday afternoon pre-Shabbat and bringing Shabbat joy to the residents with prayers over wine, candles, and challah, and Shabbat songs, Hebrew songs or anything that makes the residents happy. Contact education director Alisa Levine for more information on how to support this community initiative.

We select charitable organizations for which we collect tzedakah at our Fall and Spring Dinners.

Mayyim Hayyim


Temple Aliyah is a member of Mayyim Hayyim, a beautiful, local mikveh in nearby Newton, entitling a limited number of congregants to a free immersion gift certificate. All you need to do is:

1) request an immersion at

2) wait 24 hours for a response

3) show up at the designated time

4) let them know you are a member of Temple Aliyah

There are numerous reasons for immersions, including relationships, women's cycles, birthing/creating a family, healing, blessings, holidays, and b'nai mitzvot. For a complete list, please visit To learn more about the process and its benefits, visit the website.


Donations are always welcome as we work to create fantastic events for our members and members of our community. We thank you in advance for your support. Please click on the button below to make a donation through PayPal.

Need reimbursement? If you have incurred any expenses for helping with Sisterhood activities, please download this form, fill it out, and send to Michele Wolfman, 31 Paine Rd., Needham, MA 02492.

Sisterhood Steering Committee

Judy Lee

Randy Levy

Heidi Schwartz


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!

Join Us

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.