Adult Education at Temple Aliyah

adult-education.jpg“Who is wise? One who learns from every person,” Ben Zoma, Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors). 

Our Adult Ed Booklet (pdf file with active links) is now online! Please click here to see it. There you can find descriptions for all of the programs, and you can click to pages to register, when approrpiate.

It is part of our mission at Temple Aliyah to encourage our members to engage in lifelong learning. To that end, the Temple Aliyah Adult Education Committee and others within the Temple Aliyah community, including our clergy and professional staff, offer a variety of educational opportunitiers for adults, covering a vast array of topics, including explanations of prayer services, Jewish values, wise aging, raising Jewish “tweens,” the Jewishness of meditation, Islam, and much more. We are fortunate to have a highly educated community enabling us to offer lecturers with both depth and breadth in their fields. To serve our multi-generational and diverse congregation, we offer classes during the day and at night, on weekdays and on weekend days, as well as classes that span the entire year, last several sessions, or are single day workshops. All classes will take place at Temple Aliyah. Unless otherwise indicated, they are free of charge and do not require registration.

Our adult education offerings are described on the pages that can be accessed from the sidebar on the left. (Please note that the information on some of those pages is in the process of being updated for 2018-19/5779. Please bear with us as we plan to update those pages as soon as possible.) We have divided our offerings into several categories: Discovering the High Holidays and Alternative Services, Shabbat Explorations and Alternative Shabba Services, Full Year Courses, First and Second Session Offerings, and an Intersession Class. We hope that you will find a subject matter that whets your appetite and motivates you to join in the life long learning opportunities at Temple Aliyah!

You also can check the Temple Aliyah Calendar or the Adult Education calendar below for upcoming Adult Education programs. Changes ot scheduled programs and new programs may become available throughout the year, so check back regularly and watch for announcements in [email protected]

We hope that you will partake in one or more of our rich course offerings this year, giving you new perspectives on your Jewish identity and enriching your Jewish life. Perhaps by doing so, we can each follow the precept of Ben Zoma and become a little wiser by learning from every person.


Aviva Jezer and Judi Greenberg











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...?

Major League Baseball season opens this week, the earliest in history! Did you know that Temple Aliyah’s B’nai Mitzvah Tutor, Hazzan Linda Sue Sohn, had the honor of singing the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park on Mother’s day in 2009? And listed among his most exciting moments as a sports fan, Temple Aliyah President David Farbman savors the memory of being at Fenway Park for Jon Lester’s no-hitter on May 19, 2008. And, if that's not enough Jewish baseball trivia, Rabbi Gordon’s favorite way to unwind after a busy day is to watch the Red Sox. Why not share your favorite baseball moments today?

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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.