Jubilee at Temple Aliyah - 2014-15

In 2014-2015, Temple Aliyah celebrated its 50th anniversary - 50 years of creating Jewish community and celebrating Jewish tradition.  Fifty years after it got its start, Temple Aliyah is a thriving community of 430 families hailing from Needham, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Southboro, Newton, Sudbury, Waltham, Wellesley, Westwood and other nearby communities.  We have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate.  We hope you will join us in this year-long celebration.  This page includes a list of the major events and activities scheduled for our Jubilee celebration year.    

Click here for a brochure with many of the Jubilee Year highlights. Below is a schedule of the many, wonderful events we enjoyed together throughout the year. 


On The Same Page - A Temple Aliyah Jubilee Year Community Read:  

Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation By Yossi Klein Halevi

This Jubilee year program is a wonderful opportunity to bring members of our community together through the reading and discussion of a common book.  Contact Sharon in the synagogue office to determine availability of copies of the book. 

Made possible by a Ma’alot Grant for Israel Education and Advocacy, a partnership of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Nefesh B’Nefesh.  

Click here for the

"Like Dreamers"

Readers' Page 

“Shabbat in the Home” Friday Night Dinners - September 5, November 21, March 20, May 1



Learn to cook some traditional Jewish treats with the Jubilee Chefs!  

September 7  Round challah for Rosh Hashanah (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS) 

November 9   Matzo Balls and Potato Kugel (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS)

January 11    Challah for Shabbat 

March 1          Hamentashen for Purim (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS)


Hebrew for Travelers - Sundays in January (4, 11, 18, 25) 11:15 am-12:30 pm

Are you traveling to Israel on the congregational trip in February? Are you planning a trip to Israel? In just four weeks, learn some key words and phrases. These classes will be taught by Erela Yahalom. The course is FREE, thanks to an Israel education grant from USCJ and Nefesh B'Nefesh.



Boston Duck Tour - Sunday, September 14, 4:30 pm

Start the year off with a free DuckTour of Boston, including a ride on the Charles River, with ConDucktor Mallard Storm!  For all Temple Aliyah youth in grades 6-12.

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from the Duck Tour. 

Temple Aliyah Community Barbecue - Sunday, September 21, 4-7 pm.  

Great food, music and family fun at DeFazio Field Tot Lot, Needham. If it rains, the Barbecue will be held at Temple Aliyah at 5 pm.   


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from the Barbecue.


Rosh Hashanah Get Together - Sunday, September 28, 5 -7:30 pm 

Help us honor our Founders, past Synagogue, Sisterhood and Men's Club Presidents and Board Chairs.  Program begins at 5:00 pm, followed by light refreshments.  Click here to view the slideshow that was on display during the Get Together.  Click here to view videos of the Get Together.  

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from the Get Together. 

Sisterhood Wine Series -  October 6, February 5 and April 30

Celebrate Sisterhood friendships and learn about wines in the comfort of different members' homes. 

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In the Sukkah - Second Annual Maariv and Dinner in our expanded Sukkah - Friday October 10, Early (geared to younger kids): 5:30 pm service and 6:15 PM dinner; Later: 6:15pm  service and 7:00pm dinner

A special Maariv service for the younger kids and their families, followed by dinner in the Sukkah while other families daven Maariv and then enjoy dinner in the Sukkah.

In the Sukkah - Klezmer and Israeli Folk Dancing in our expanded Sukkah - Sunday October 12, 4-6 pm

Come listen to the Shpilkes Klezmer Band, learn to dance Israeli folk dances, and enjoy a dance performance by Temple Aliyah's own Israeli folk dancers.

Click here for photos of the Sukkah being built. 


Click here for photos from Klezmer and Israeli Folk Dancing In The Sukkah.  


Sisterhood Women's Dinner - October 22, 6:00 pm

All women in the Temple Aliyah community are invited to our first dinner of the year! Special guest Lora Brody, well known for her cookbooks and iconic photography, will share with us her latest project, Then I Was/Now I Am. She has been interviewing and photographing groups of senior women as they reflect on how they felt about themselves as teenagers, and how they feel about themselves today. Please join us as she presents highlights from this illuminating and provocative project. 


Shabbat Guest - Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Israel to New England - November 1, 9:15 am

Yehuda Yaakov brings to the position of Consul General of Israel to New England more than two decades of experience in public diplomacy and strategic affairs. He has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 1989, previously serving outside of Israel in New York and New Zealand.​  For more than a decade, Yaakov has played an important role in formulating and implementing Israel's diplomatic approach to managing strategic challenges. Since 2008 he has focused on the public-diplomacy aspects of the Iranian crisis, work for which he received the Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General's award for excellence in 2012. Yaakov grew up in Queens, New York, and received a BA in journalism and international relations from Syracuse University in 1982. The following year he immigrated to Israel where he served in the Israel Defense Forces. He and his wife Ofra of 27 years have two adult-age daughters.  Despite his New York background, we are told that Yaakov is totally committed to Red Sox nation.


Needham Clergy Association - November 8, 9:15 am

As we mark 50 years of creating Jewish community, help us celebrate the religious diversity in Needham, and the work of members of the Needham Clergy Association, who we have invited  to join us at Shabbat services on November 8 and to participate in an informal Q&A following Kiddush. Please join us in welcoming our local religious leaders and taking part in this unique program.

The Needham Clergy Association brings clergy and representatives from many Needham religious communities together to discuss the common mission of promoting “community unity and fellowship” through spirituality. The Needham Clergy Association also works with the Town of Needham on a number of community events including Thanksgiving services and the celebration of Martin Luther King Day.


Men's Club Annual Sports Dinner - November 18, 6:30 pm

Special Guest: Tommy Heinsohn Tommy Heinsohn played for the Boston Celtics during their dynasty years in the 1950s and 1960s and later coached the Celtics to two NBA championships. Chosen as NBA Rookie of the Year in 1957, he helped the Celtics win eight NBA titles during his nine-year tenure, was named to the All-NBA Second Team for four years, and was an All-Star for six.  During Heinsohn's eight full seasons as coach, Boston won five Eastern Division titles in a row, took two NBA championships and compiled a 416-240 record. At the start of the 1977-78 season, with the Celtics at 11-23, Heinsohn stepped down. Since retiring from the NBA, Heinsohn has done basketball commentary for television, has run a life insurance company and has indulged his lifelong passion for fine-arts painting. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986. 

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from the Annual Sports Dinner.


Jubilee Shabbaton Weekend - December 12-14

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson - Rabbi Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, which has grown under his leadership from approximately 45 students to almost 80 students, from across North America, Brazil, Australia, England, and Uganda. He is also Vice President of American Jewish University, and teaches courses in Ancient & Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Modern & Contemporary Jewish Theology, as well as Homiletics. He received his Doctorate in Philosophy and Theology from Hebrew Union College/Institute of Religion, focusing on the integration of science and religion advocating Process Theology.  His scholarly fields are Jewish philosophy and theology, particularly a process approach integrating contemporary scientific insights from cosmology, quantum physics, evolutionary theory and neuroscience to a dynamic view of God, Torah, Mitzvot and ethics.

Click here to read a biography of Rabbi Artson.  Click here to purchase Rabbi Artson's books on Amazon.com.  Click here to view podcasts by Rabbi Artson.


Friday evening: Kabbalat Shabbat service (6:15 pm), Community Dinner (7:00 pm) and dessert and remarks by Rabbi Artson (7:45 pm): "The Conservative Shul Past to Present: Reflection and Celebration" 

Shabbat morning: Shabbat service (9:15 am), with remarks by Rabbi Artson: "The Future of Our Shul: Challenges and Opportunities" and Q&A during Kiddush - Special youth programming will be available for all ages

Saturday evening: Intimate Havdallah, dessert, discussion and book signing with Rabbi Artson (8:00 pm) at the home of Beth and Michael Moskowitz: "Almighty? No Way! A New Way to Embrace God"

Sunday morning: Bagels and coffee, discussion and book signing with Rabbi Artson (9:45 am): "A House of Prayer for All: Life Lessons from My Autistic Son" (free babysitting available)


Click here for photos of Rabbi Artson speaking at our Jubilee Shabbaton.  


Community Dinner, sponsored by Sisterhood - Friday January 9, 6:15 PM

Join us for Kaballat Shabbat at 6:15 PM followed by a community dinner at 7:00 pm with Guest Speaker Rabbi Abby Sosland, sponsored by Sisterhood, the Women of Temple Aliyah.  Rabbi Sosland is the Morah Ruchanit (Spiritual Advisor) of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, where she teaches Talmud, Bible, prayer and the philosophy of the Messianic Idea in Judaism.  She has taught around the country as well as in Israel, Poland, and Russia. Her teaching aims to integrate a wide perspective on sacred text and practice, combining serious study with personal spiritual experience.  Rabbi Sosland will speak about "Economic Justice in the Jubilee Year:  An Evolving Ideal."  

Clcik on the video to view a message from Rabbi Sosland to the Temple Aliyah community.  Click on the button on the right to RSVP for dinner.  The cost is $18 per adult and $10 per child 13 and under, with a family maximum of $50.

Sisterhood Shabbat - Saturday January 10, 9:15 AM

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Abby Sosland - Rabbi Sosland will discuss "Gender and Influence:  Models of Leadership in the Book of Exodus."

Click here to read a d'var for Parashat Nasso by Rabbi Sosland.  Click here to read a d'var for Parashat Shoftim by Rabbi Sosland.  




Jubilee Progressive Dinner - Saturday January 24, 7:00 PM  

Help us celebrate Temple Aliyah’s Jubilee Year by joining us for a groovy evening of food, friendship and fun!  It is a moving feast – you will start with appetizers at one home … then move on to another for dinner … and then we’ll all come together at the synagogue for dessert

Experience a fun, dining experience with Temple Aliyah friends! This is an all-time favorite at Temple Aliyah so please plan to join us!  Click here for the flyer. 



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Temple Aliyah Musical - January 31 and February 1   

Enjoy the classic Fiddler on the Roof performed by members of the Temple Aliyah community.  Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 1 at 1:00 PM at the Newman Elementary School in Needham.   

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Come with us to Israel!  February 11-22, 2015

Join Rabbi Perkins and other congregants (and their friends and families) on a tour of Israel.  Click here for the flyer.

Click here for a video of our group meeting to prepare for our trip.


Men’s Club Shabbat - Saturday March 7

Guest Speaker: Marc Gary - Mr. Gary is the Executive Vice Chancellor and chief operating officer of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He will speak on the topic: "What Matters ... and Why?"  After a 35-year successful career in law and business, Marc Gary decided to leave his position as executive vice president and general counsel at Fidelity Investments, one of the world's largest providers of financial services, to become the Executive Vice Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, the flagship institution of Conservative Judaism.  He will be speaking about his career and what led him to leave the for-profit world behind to dedicate the remainder of his career to helping educate the next generation of Jewish leaders. In so doing, he will ask us to consider the fundamental questions men and women face in the workplace:  How do we define success?  What constitutes a meaningful career? Can we balance our need to provide financial security for ourselves and our families with the desire to make a contribution to the welfare of our communities? Can we do well and do good at the same time?

Click here to read Mr. Gary's biography.


Gala Purim Ball - Saturday March 14, 7:30 - 11:30 PM, Social Hall

Eat, drink, dance and be merry as we celebrate Temple Aliyah's 50th Anniversary.  Come in festive attire or creative costume.  A gala celebration for the entire adult Temple Aliyah community.


Cliock here for photos of the Jubilee Purim Gala.

Special Shabbat Weekend - March 27-28 - in Honor and in Memory of Stuart Marks


Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Eliezer Diamond

Friday, March 27 - Kaballat Shabbat and Dinner

Saturday, March 28 - Shabbat Services

Rabbi Diamond is the Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Diamond teaches courses in rabbinic literature and introductory, intermediate, and advanced Talmud studies. 

Dr. Diamond is the author of many popular and scholarly articles, including a chapter on the rabbinic period in the Schocken Guide to Jewish Books and articles in the Reader's Guide to Judaism. He is the author of Holy Men and Hunger Artists: Fasting and Asceticism in Rabbinic Culture, published in 2003 by Oxford University Press. The book provides a thorough reassessment of the role that asceticism plays in rabbinic Judaism, suggesting that asceticism is more pervasive than is generally thought. 

Dr. Diamond is currently editing a commentary on Yerushalmi Pesahim written by the late Professor Louis Ginzberg, as well as a book on prayer. The prayer volume will address the problem of cognitive dissonance for the contemporary worshipper and will offer readings of traditional liturgy that use midrashic methodology to find meaning and relevance in these prayers for the modern Jew.

Dr. Diamond has taught in a variety of settings, including Stern College, the ReconstructionistRabbinical College, the 92nd Street Y, and several Ramah camps. Dr. Diamond was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and received his doctorate in Talmud from JTS.


Mitzvah Day, Sunday May 3


Hakarat HaTov, the mitzvah of acknowledging goodness, is the theme for this community morning of learning and activities.  What does this mean?  We will hear inspirational speakers who serve others in various capacities, and have activities for all ages to express our appreciation of them.  Mark your calendars for an uplifting morning of fun!



Sisterhood Donor Dinner - Wednesday, May 13 

Guest Speaker: Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant is the author of twelve books, including The Boston Girl, which was published in December 2014. She is best-known for her first novel, The Red Tent, which is based on the biblical story of Dinah and won the 2001 Booksense Book of the Year Award.  Three other novels followed: Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown and Day after Night, which is set in 1945 Palestine and tells the story of four young Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who make their way to the land of Israel.  Anita has also written six non-fiction guides to contemporary Jewish life, which have become classic reference books: The New Jewish Wedding, The Jewish Baby Book, Living a Jewish Life, Choosing a Jewish Life, How to Raise a Jewish Child and Saying Kaddish.  An award-winning journalist, Diamant's articles have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Real Simple, Parenting Magazine, Hadassah, Reform Judaism, Boston Magazine and Yankee Magazine. 



A Day of Musical Celebration - Temple Tots and Family Concerts - Sunday May 17 

Ellen Allard (below left) for the younger kids from 10-11 am, then a performance by the Maccabeats (below right) at 4 pm for everyone.   Click here for Ellen's website and here for the Maccbeats website.





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...?

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.

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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 2017-18.