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): Karen Feldscher, Randi Levy, and Judy Lee. A Core Committee of more than 30 women helps us plan events through the year.


Upcoming events:


Fall Dinner

Thursday 10/4, 7-9:30 pm

Reconnect with friends and meet new ones at our annual Fall Dinner, held at Temple Aliyah. Enjoy wine and appetizers, eat a delicious catered dinner, and hear life coach and positive psychology expert Debra Levy speak on “Life is Ridiculous. Now What? Cultivating Resilience in Unsettling Times.” Debra uses humor to engage, entertain, and motivate audiences to improve their well-being and life balance. Registration link coming soon.


Previous events:


Our July 2018 Yenta Swap


TV sports reporter Trenni Kusnierek spoke about "My Story: Managing Mental Health as an On-Air Personality," at the annual Spring Dinner in May 2018. More than 90 women attended.


At the March 2018 Torah Fund Brunch, Julia Mintz discussed her documentary about Jewish partisans during World War II.


Rolling beeswax Chanukah candles, December 2018


Our November 2017 Sisterhood Retreat


Sip in the Sukkah, October 2017


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

Want to get involved? Sign up to help with one or more of our events or activities here. Need more information or wish to join our Core Committee? Contact an SSC member—Karen Feldscher, Randi Levy, or Judy Lee

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
Circle of Hope 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.

Extra Stuff

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

Randi Levy Karen Feldscher Judy Lee


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...?

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.

Want to learn more fun facts about Temple 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 2017-18.