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?  Is your child turning 2?

Did you know that Gan Aliyah Preschool enrolls students during the school year if we have space? Click to schedule a tour!

Registration for 2018 is now open, with limited spaces available. 

-2's & almost 2's

-3's and 4's/Preschool

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

Flexible Extended Day & Early Drop-Off Hours



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, free play and exploration.  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 Debbi Fendell at 781-444-8522.



Watch us Now!


Watch our video of Shabbat in the Purple Room!


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.  Our popular Sunday Brunch Learning Series is a wonderful family activity for parents and children up to age 5.  During the 2017-2018 programming year the following themes were used: October 22nd - Bring in the Light, January 28th - The Joy of Trees, March 18 - Chagigah!, and April 29th - Little Hands, Big Mitzvot. 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. Our Friday night Sha-la-lom Shabbat services and dinners are a relaxing and interactive way to welcome Shabbat with your children.  Join us for parent-only social events, our annual PJ Havdalah party, and free events throughout the year, too. Families new to Temple Aliyah are always warmly welcome, so please invite friends and grandparents! Contact our Director of Early Childhood Education, Debbi Fendell, at 781-444-8522 or see our calendar of events at  Stay tuned for information about next year's events.


Celebrate Spring Geaturing a Musical Performance by Stacey Peasley: Join us on June 3, 2018 at 4 PM for this fun dance party. Register at We hope to see you there!


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...?

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.