Holidays/High Holidays

Young Families High Holiday Services & Preschool Programming 2018/5779

We are thrilled to offer our popular High Holiday programming for young families, ages 0-5 years! See details for programming and registration below. 

*Please note, space is limited. All families are required to register for programming by August 31st. 

  • Young Family High Holiday Services (Ages 0-5 years, with Adult)
  • High Holiday Preschool Programming (Ages 2-5 years, Drop-Off)
  • Babysitting (Ages crawlers - 24 months, Drop Off)
  • Extended Care (Ages crawlers - 5 years, Drop Off)
  • Family Space (Ages 0-5, with Adult)
  • Nursing Room (Nursing Mothers and their Babies) 

Young Family High Holiday Services: Ages 0-5 with Adult


Join us for our much-loved, fun-filled Young Families High Holiday Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! Come celebrate this special time of year with your children in our series of professionally-led, family-friendly services. Our Shabbat Educator, Devora Rohr, will lead us in family-friendly programs that include singing, movement, stories, and puppet play, just right for our youngest friends! Families interested in Jewish family programming throughout the year should be sure to join us, to meet other young families and learn more about our fun-filled year ahead! Services are followed by snack and social time to meet other families in our warm and welcoming community space.

These family-friendly services are free for all Temple Aliyah members and Gan Aliyah Preschool families, as well as families with tickets to services in the main sanctuary. Prospective member families or guests of Temple Aliyah members are warmly welcomed to attend at the nominal cost of $54/family for all 3 services and Tashlich. All families must pre-register for these services.

Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 10,  9:00-9:45 am
Tuesday, September 11, 11:00-11:45 am

Young Families Pre-Tashlich Gathering and "Walk to Walker Pond"

Monday, September 10, 3:30-4:15 pm

All families with young children are invited to rev up their strollers, and join us for our annual ‘Walk to Walker Pond’. We'll meet at 3:30 for stories, songs and shmoozing, then join rest of the community as we walk to the pond and engage in Tashlich together.  Please bring bread for the children to throw into the pond, as we symbolically get rid of our 'sins' to begin the Jewish New Year!   

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 19, 9:00-9:45 am

Register your family for services here.

Pre-registration is required by August 31 for ALL families.

Babysitting: Crawling Babies through Age 24 months, Drop Off 

High Holiday Preschool Programming: Ages 2 - 5 years, Drop Off


Parents can enjoy services in the main sanctuary while their little ones stay with qualified caregivers. Babies who are crawling through age 24 months can stay with qualified caregivers in the synagogue library. Preschoolers (ages 2-5) can participate in our preschool-style high holidays experience, in our beautiful Gan Aliyah Preschool classrooms, taught by preschool teachers, and structured like a preschool classroom day.  

These extremely popular drop-off programs have limited spaces and will fill up very quickly.  A wait list will be kept when spaces are filled.  Parents must arrive 10-15 minutes before the program start time to ensure time to orient their child and communicate with teachers.  Children must be at least 2 years of age for Preschool Programming.  Babysitting space is limited to 12 children. Preschool Programming space is limited to 18 children.

These programs are free of charge to all adults with tickets for services in our sanctuary: Temple Aliyah members and Gan Aliyah Preschool Families. New families are warmly invited to purchase discounted seats in the main sanctuary through this registration link.

  • Rosh Hashanah: September 10, 10 am - 12 pm 
  • Rosh Hashanah: September 11, 9 am - 11 am
  • Kol Nidre: September 18, 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm (Preschoolers only, No babysitting)
  • Yom Kippur: September 19, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Ne'ilah:  September 19, 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm (Preschoolers only, No babysitting)


Register your child(ren) for Babysitting here.

Register your child(ren) for Preschool Programming here.

Pre-registration is required by August 31 for ALL families. Walk-ins will not be admitted for these programs.

NEW! Extended Care: Ages crawlers - 5 years, Drop Off


Parents can continue to enjoy services in the main sanctuary while their little ones stay with qualified caregivers. Children from crawlers through age 5 can stay on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur from 12 noon until the completion of the main service. Space is limited.

  • Rosh Hashanah: September 10, 12 pm until completion of services
  • Yom Kippur: September 19, 12 pm until completion of services

Register your child(ren) for Extended Care under Babysitting or Preschool pages above.

Pre-registration is required by August 31 for ALL families. Walk-ins will not be admitted for these programs.

The Temple Aliyah High Holidays Family Space and Nursing Room


Children are ALWAYS welcome in the main service. Please keep your children close and encourage respectful synagogue behavior. We have drop off options for children from crawlers and older. In addition, all families are welcome to use Temple Aliyah's Family Space, located in the Library. Here, children may move, play and make a little more noise. A live feed of the main sanctuary service will be available there.

Mothers are welcome to nurse in any space, anywhere in the synagogue. If you prefer a quieter or more private space, please use Temple Aliyah's High Holidays Nursing Room, located in the Learning Center.

There are also High Holiday programs for your school-age children (K-12)

For more information about these programs, click here.

More Holidays with Temple Tots at Temple Aliyah!

Join us for holiday celebrations with the entire Temple Aliyah, Gan Aliyah Preschool, and Temple Tots communities!  

Information on programs for these holidays will be sent via email, and posted on our Temple Tots Facebook page.  Join our email list by clicking here




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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.

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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.