Gan Aliyah Preschool

              A Jewish Preschool at

                Temple Aliyah, Needham



Rabbi Perkins and Debbi Fendell (Director of Early Childhood Education) teach the children how to kiss the Torah on Shavuot

Are you new to Needham?  Do you have a young child between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old? We are the place for you! From our young toddler (18-24 months) class to our Preschool (3s and 4s) we have it all. Limited spaces for the 2019 school year, so please call soon!   


Registration for our 2020-2021 school year begins in November. Call now to arrange for a tour of our beautiful classrooms!

-Young Toddlers 18-22 months as of 9/1/20

-Older Toddlers 23 months to 2 years 8 months as of 9/1/20

-3's and 4's/Preschool

-4's and 5's/Pre-K

Flexible Extended Day until 1 or 3 PM & Early Drop-Off Hours from 8-9 AM


Our program grows from a child-centered, teacher-guided curriculum that emphasizes social and emotional growth, as well as early language, math and science skill development through art, literature, and time to explore and discover.  We seamlessly integrate secular and Judaic early childhood learning in deeply meaningful ways that support a love of Judaism, family and community.  We offer low student-to-teacher ratios in order to maintain our nurturing, personal, intimate and supportive environment, where every student and her family is warmly welcomed to our community.  We welcome families to meet our exceptional staff, observe our toddler and preschool classes, and enjoy a personal tour of our beautiful spaces.  Email us to set up a time to visit at [email protected], or call our Director Debbi Fendell at 781-444-8522.


Children in our Purple Room Older Toddler class using their motor skills to spray colors onto 

matza in advance of Passover.



                                                                                                                                                                                                    When it's time for Hanukkah that means potato latkes! Our Green Room preschoolers cut lots of potatoes to make them. YUM!







News & Schmooze


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Gan Aliyah Preschool and Temple Tots:   Temple Aliyah's youngest children are part of "Temple Tots," with fabulous family-friendly programming throughout the year. Join us for parent-only social events, our annual Pajama Havdalah party, and free events throughout the year, too. Families new to Temple Aliyah are always warmly welcomed, so please invite friends and grandparents!


Our popular Sunday Brunch Learning Series is a wonderful family activity for parents and children up to age 5. These brunches run from 10-11:30 AM. REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THESE EVENTS


During the 2019-20 programming year we will be offering the following themes:

October 20 - Sukkot 

January 12 - Mitzvah Project with the Chesed Committee

February 9th - Tu B'Shevat

April 26th - Celebrate Israel's Birthday

Meet other families with young children, and then participate in the hands-on Jewish learning, crafting and musical fun, side-by-side with your child and staff from Gan Aliyah. 


Pajama Havdallah Party 

Come one, come all to our annual Pajama Havdallah event on Saturday, November 16th from 5:15-6:45. We will be serving a light dinner to the tots, doing a special project with Gan Aliyah staff, having a Havdallah ceremony with Devora Rohr, our Shabbat Educator, and welcoming a special guest entertainer. RSVPs are needed so that we have enough food and materials for all; please see details on the Temple website as we get closer to this date.


Our Friday night Sha-la-lom Shabbat services and dinners are a relaxing and interactive way to welcome Shabbat with your children. On the first Saturday of each month we run a morning Shabbat Yeladim service after which we join the congregation for Kiddush. Contact our Director of Early Childhood Education, Debbi Fendell, at 781-444-8522 or see our calendar of events at  


All are welcome! We encourage you to invite friends who are new to the community, or who have preschool-age children. Please share this invitation with friends and neighbors. We would love to introduce them to Temple Tots programming and to Gan Aliyah Preschool with a warm welcome!









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.