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 PreK (4s and 5s) we have it all. Limited spaces for the 2019 school year, so please call soon!


-Young Toddlers 18-21 months as of 9/1/19

-Older Toddlers 22 months to 2 years 8 months as of 9/1/19

-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.





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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. These brunches run from 10-11:30 AM. REGISTRATION COMING SOON!


During the 2018-19 programming year we will be offering the following themes:

September 30 - Sukkot Harvest: Feed the Birds with our Friends! 

October 21st - Shabbat: Create Beauty for our Community!

January 27 - Tu B'Shevat: Plant and Grow Together! 

March 31st - Pesach: Matzah vs. Challah

June 23rd - Special Surprise Bonus Brunch! 

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. Once a month we run a Saturday morning Shabbat Yeladim service after which we join the congregation for Kiddush. 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  


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 Cantor Gloth met his wife, Bina Carr, in USY? We join in wishing Cantor Gloth and Bina a very happy 24th anniversary this year and thank USY for bringing them together! Temple Aliyah is a member of NERUSY – the New England Region of United Synagogue Youth, one of the largest regions in North America. “If you’re interested in learning more about our youth programs for grades 2-12, contact Alex Maslow, Temple Aliyah’s Director of Youth Engagement.

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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 2018-19.