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Gan Aliyah Preschool


Rabbi Perkins helps 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 2020 school year, so please call soon!  

Registration for our 2020-2021 school year is now open. Please call to arrange for a tour of our beautiful classrooms.

Monday through Friday 9 AM - 12:45 including bring your own lunch!

  • Toddlers almost 2's  and  2's as of 9/1/20: flexible daily schedule available

  • 3's and 4's/Preschool

  • 4's and 5's/Pre-K

Flexible Extended Day until 2:30 (Monday - Thursday)

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, or call our Director Aileen Landau  at 781-444-8522.


Children in our Purple Room Older Toddler class using their motor skills to spray colors onto matzah in advance of Passover.





Temple Tots

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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:

  • 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.

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 /TempleTots 

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!

Friday, January 22 2021 9 Shevat 5781