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. 

Gan Aliyah Preschool Fund

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

Temple Tots Family Programming Fund

Donations to Temple Tots at Temple Aliyah support family programming and outreach to new families, whose children are 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 Family Programming Fund

Donations to TA K26 at Temple Aliyah support family programming, which is 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.

Mercaz Aliyah Fund

Funds are used to supplement the Religious School budget to provide educational tools that might not otherwise be available.

Chet Feldman Jewish Youth Program Fund 

The fund supports programs which are designed to promote Jewish continuity and participation in associated activities by our youth.

Marcia Levin Scholarship Fund 

A special award and scholarship to Prozdor given to one member of the Zayin class who has shown excellent all-around academic work and who will be pursuing continued Jewish education.

Robert Freeman Scholarship Fund 

A scholarship to cover a portion of the cost of Prozdor for a qualified and deserving student. 

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. The Jewish community believes that this type of experience is important for our youth. Contributions to this fund may offset the Temple’s matching contribution.

Cantor Harry Gelman Music Education Fund

The purpose of the Cantor Harry Gelman Music Education Fund is to honor the memory of Cantor Emeritus Harry Gelman z”l by providing funds for educational opportunities focused on teaching and enhancing our appreciation and enjoyment of Jewish music and prayer.  

Community Caring Fund

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

General Fund

Donations support the daily operations of the Temple.

Synagogue Enhancement Fund

This fund assists in the improvement of the Temple building and grounds.

Barbara Stein Garden Fund  

This fund is used to maintain the garden in front of the Temple.

Edna Gelman Library Fund 

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

Book Funds

These funds may be used at the discretion of the Rabbi, Vice President of Jewish Life, and Ritual Committee Chairperson, based on the needs of the Temple community.

  • Prayer Book Fund ($36.00 minimum)

    Provides funds for the purchase, as needed, of Siddur Sim Shalom, the traditional siddur of the Conservative Movement and other prayer books. Includes inscribed bookplate in honor or memory of a loved one.

  • Chumash Fund ($54.00 minimum)

Provides funds for the purchase, as needed, of the Etz Hayim Chumash, the Conservative Bible in use in the sanctuary, and other prayerbooks. Includes Inscribed 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 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.    

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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. Click here to see our full calendar of events for 2018-19.