Temple Aliyah Tribute Funds

You can acknowledge life cycle events by making tribute donations that help meet needs that might not otherwise be adequately met. Tribute donations may be made to honor a birthday, anniversary or special occasion; to express sympathy; to honor the memory of a loved one, or simple to say “thank you” to a teacher or a friend. There are a variety of ways this can be done at Temple Aliyah. We regret we cannot process credit card payments at this time. 

Please review the list below of our funds, then click here to make a donation online,  call the synagogue office at (781) 444-8522, or stop by the office and complete a donor envelope. Your generous contributions are greatly appreciated by Temple Aliyah. 

General Fund (unrestricted) 

Donations support the ongoing religious, educational, and social action work of our Congregation.

Community Caring (Hesed) Fund

This fund provides a variety of support activities for our synagogue community, as overseen by our Hesed Committee, including, for example, assistance for bereaved families such as food deliveries during shiva; home and hospital visits; assistance to the elderly and/or infirm, rides to religious services, doctors' appointments or shopping.

Gan Aliyah Preschool Fund

Donations to the Gan Aliyah Preschool Fund support and enhance our educational program for our youngest children at Temple Aliyah.

Mercaz Aliyah Fund

Funds are used to supplement the Mercaz Aliyah budget to provide educational speakers, programs, and materials to enhanc our children's Jewish education.

Temple Tots Fund

Donations to Temple Tots at Temple Aliyah support family programming and outreach to new families with children up to age 5. Temple Tots engages families with young children in a wide range of activities: Tot-friendly services, Music with Margie toddler classes, Kabbalat Shabbat services & dinners, our Sunday Brunch Learning Series, and special social and holiday events throughout the year.

TA-K26 Fund

Donations to TA-K26 at Temple Aliyah support family programming specifically designed to connect kids in grades K-6—whether in public schools, Jewish day schools or independent schools—and their parents in a variety of Shabbat, holiday, and social events.

Israel Kesher Fund

Donations are used to educate members of our synagogue on the many issues that Israel and Israelis face today, and to provide financial support for a variety of projects in Israel.

Security Fund

This fund will ensure that the Temple continues to maintain and improve security systems, training and capabilities in order to best protect the membership, clergy and staff.

Passport to Israel Fund

Passport to Israel is a savings incentive program that encourages families to start saving early for a child's educational Israel experience, which is vital in forming their adult Jewish identity. Contributions to this fund help the Temple match parents' contributions.

Synagogue Enhancement Fund

This fund contributes to maintaining and improving the appearance and beauty of our building and grounds.

Chet Feldman Jewish Youth Programming Fund 

The fund assists youth in our community pursuing Jewish youth programs in the summer and throughout the year, making it possible for children who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend or participate.

Marcia Levin Scholarship Fund 

An annual scholarship award given to given to one outstanding member of the 7th grade class at Mercaz Aliyah who will be pursuing continued Jewish education at Hebrew College's Prozdor or a comparable Jewish academic program.

Barbara Stein Garden Fund  

This fund maintains and enhances the garden in front of the main entrance to our synagogue.

Edna Gelman Library Fund 

Named in memory of Edna Gelman to revitalize and maintain Temple Aliyah’s library.

Robert Freeman Scholarship Fund 

A $500 per year renewable (up to 4 years) scholarship to support a qualified and deserving Mercaz Aliyah student who wishes to pursue further studies at Hebrew College's Prozdor.

Book Funds

These funds support the purchase of Siddurim (prayerbooks), Humashim (Bibles), and other liturgical materials, based on the needs of the community.

Prayer Book Fund ($36.00 minimum)

Provides funds for the purchase, as needed, of Siddurim (prayerbooks) for our community. Contibuted volumes may be inscribed with a bookplate in honor or memory of a loved one.

Chumash Fund ($72.00 minimum)

Provides funds for the purchase, as needed, of Chumashim (Bibles) for our community. Contributed volumes may be inscribed with a bookplate in honor or memory of a loved one.

Special/Discretionary Funds 

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

There are many instances during the year when Rabbi Perkins recognizes a particular need within our Jewish community. The fund allows him to provide confidential assistance at his discretion. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please contact Marie, the Rabbi’s administrative assistant, in the synagogue office, either at 781-444-8522 or by email.

Cantor’s Discretionary Fund

There are many instances during the year when Cantor Gloth recognizes a particular need within our Jewish community. The fund allows him to provide confidential assistance at his discretion. If you are interested in contributing to that fund, please contact Marie in the synagogue office, either at 781-444-8522 or by email.

Yahrzeit Plaques

Yahrzeit plaques memorializing a loved one are mounted on special yahrzeit boards in the Sanctuary, and these are lit around the time of the anniversary of the beloved’s death—and all are also lit on days on which Yizkor is recited. Download an order form or contact Dawn Ringel for more information about ordering a plaque.

Tree of Life ($118 minimum)

Inscribe a leaf for any of life’s celebrations. These are intended to honor special milestones in your family’s life or in the life of a fellow Temple member.  When a contribution is made, a leaf will be added to the Tree of Life outside the Chapel. The funds will be used for general operating purposes.

How to establish a Memorial Fund at Temple Aliyah   

We welcome you to add to the list of Temple Aliyah Funds. Several opportunities exist for new funds to provide programs to support needs of Temple Aliyah that might not otherwise be possible. You may obtain naming rights for a fund provided that the fund is established with a beginning principal amount as determined by the Board of Trustees from time to time. Various creative methods exist for initial funding. Contact either the President, Treasurer or Endowment Committee Chair for more information and to discuss potential new funds. The establishment of all new funds are subject to approval by the Temple Aliyah Board of Trustees. 


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 Gan Aliyah Preschool is a fabulous place for young children and families? Do you or someone you know have a young child between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old?  Gan Aliyah seamlessly integrates secular and Judaic early childhood learning in deeply meaningful ways that support a love of Judaism, family and community. To set up a time to visit, email or call Director of Early Childhood Education Debbi Fendell at 781-444-8522.

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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.