About Gan Aliyah Preschool

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Gan Aliyah Preschool is our early childhood program at Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA, which opened in 2014 with an inaugural class of 8 students with 2 certified early childhood teachers in its Toddler program.   Now including classrooms for 3s and 4s as well, Gan Aliyah Preschool engages students in creative and inspiring experiences designed to foster their curiosity and exploration.  Our curriculum is created by our highly qualified and experienced teachers to reflect the interests of our children, with a seamlessly integrated Jewish and secular curriculum.  Classrooms are designed to inspire exploration and discovery by the children.  Our program includes the best practices of social learning, and develops your child's sense of self and others, and the world around him or her.    Learning and playing in our warm, nurturing atmosphere and beautiful communal spaces, your child can grow and explore, surrounded by music, creativity and Jewish values  Children and parents feel right at home, surrounded by caring educators and a supportive staff. We offer Music with Margie during the school day on a regular basis, and have included yoga occasionally as well. During our 2017-18 school year we added weekly music and movement enrichment through Jammin' With You music classes.

Our program is fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  Gan Aliyah Preschool meets or exceeds all standards set by EEC. 

Gan Aliyah Preschool and the Temple Aliyah family thrive under the enthusiastic leader­ship of Rabbi Carl Perkins, Cantor Jamie Gloth and Debbi Fendell, our Director of  Early Childhood Education.  Rabbi Perkins and Debbi are frequent visitors to the classroom where they  engage with students and families in music and learning, Shabbat and holiday celebrations. Debbi is a daily presence in the school, working with staff, students and families. Gan Aliyah is welcoming and open to families of all faiths and ethnic groups who wish to attend.

See photos of our beautiful classrooms and outdoor spaces! 


2018 - 2019 Classes


New beginning in November!

18 months to 2 1/2 years (Blue Room)

9am - 12 pm

2-day program: Tuesday and Thursday

Two's and almost-Two's as of 9/1/18 (Purple Room)

9 am - 12 pm

  • 3-day program:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  NEW! 4 day option: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

  • Additional Hours:  Early Drop Off and Lunch Bunch available


Threes and Fours (Green Room)

  • 9 am - 12 pm

  • 5-day program:  Monday through Friday

  • Additional Hours:  Early Drop Off (8:30 AM), Lunch Bunch (1 PM) and Extended Day/Stay & Play (3 PM) available 


  • Fours and Fives (Yellow Room)  

  • 9 am - 12 pm

  • 5-day program:  Monday through Friday

  • Additional Hours:  Early Drop Off (8:30 AM), Lunch Bunch (1 PM) and Extended Day/Stay & Play (3 PM) available Tuesday and Thursday


Calendar:  Gan Aliyah Preschool is in session from early September through mid-June.  We are closed for all Needham Public Schools and Jewish Holidays.  


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.    

Not a member?  We invite your family to join our family!

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Did you know...?

In our Adult Ed programs, you can learn from a professional actor, a neuropyschologist or the great grandson of Sholom Aleichem right here at Temple Aliyah for free? They are among the 27 Adult Education lecturers offering a variety of learning opportunities at the synagogue. Find out more about Adult Ed at Temple Aliyah by visiting the Adult Ed page.

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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.