Adult Education at Temple Aliyah


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

We have DOZENS OF PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, from single session to multiple sessions, led by a variety of wonderful and engaging teachers, both professional and lay, each sharing their knowledge with our Kehillah!

Our Adult Learning and Spiritual Practice Opportunities Booklet in its entirety (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 appropriate.

Temple Aliyah is committed to providing its members with opportunities to engage in lifelong learning. To that end, the Temple Aliyah Adult Education Committee, alongside other Temple Aliyah committees, clergy, professional staff, and individual members within our community contribute to bringing many rich learning opportunities for adults, covering a vast array of topics. To name just a few, this year we are offering opportunities to learn and explore different approaches to prayer services; Jewish values; Hebrew language; topics of debate in Jewish life; unique personal stories within and outside our community; Jewishly-inspired meditation and yoga, Jewish influences in music; book and study groups; film screenings; and more!  We are fortunate to have a highly knowledgeable and passionate 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 weekends, as well as classes that span the entire year, last several sessions, or are single day workshops. With a couple exceptions, classes will take place at Temple Aliyah. Unless otherwise indicated, they are free of charge and do not require registration.

For quick access to different categories within the booklet, click on any one of the sidebar links to see a listing of all the ways you can learn, get more information and register for those programs for which registration is required or preferred. (Please note that the information on some of those pages is in the process of being updated for 2019-2020/5780. Please bear with us as we plan to complete our update as soon as possible.)

Please check the Temple Aliyah Calendar or the Adult Education calendar below for upcoming programs.  These calendars will be updated regularly with any changes to scheduled programs and additions of new programs that may become available during the year; please check back regularly and watch for announcements in [email protected]

We hope that you will find several topics of interest in this year’s variety of learning opportunities.  Whether you have been a regular attendee of classes at Temple Aliyah or are still considering attending, please join fellow Temple Aliyah members who share your curiosity and interests.  Enjoy the experience of learning something new, gaining new perspectives on your Jewish identity, and enriching your Jewish life. 

Judi Greenberg and Sharon Breitbart, Adult Education Committee Co-Chairs











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 Temple Aliyah is a member of Mayyim Hayyim, a beautiful mikveh in Newton? Did you know this entitles a limited number of congregants to a free immersion gift certificate? To learn more about the benefits and reasons behind an immersion, please visit the Mayyim Hayyim website. To schedule an immersion 1) request your immersion appointment online  2) wait 24 hours for a response, 3) show up at the designated time, and 4) let them know you are a member of Temple Aliyah.

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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 on 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.