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 children from 18 months to 5 years old as well, Gan Aliyah Preschool engages students in creative and inspiring experiences designed to foster their curiosity and exploration.  

Our program is fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  Gan Aliyah Preschool exceeds staffing ratios required by our licensing agency with intimate classroom size and two teachers in each classroom. 

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.  All three 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.


Are you considering giving your child the gift of time with another pre-kindergarten year? Would you like him or her to try a different program? Then we are ready to welcome him or her! Our experienced staff are skilled at accommodating individualized curriculum goals for children who are ready for more but not quite ready for kindergarten. Your child will thrive during an extra year as s/he gains skills in the foundational areas of social/emotional development as well as all cognitive learning domains. 



2019-2020 Classes


18 months to 2 years as of 9/1/19 (Blue Room)

9am - 12 pm

2-day program: Tuesday and Thursday

Two's and almost-Two's as of 9/1/19 (Purple Room)


9 am - 12 pm

  • 3-day program:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  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 (8:00 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 (8:00 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...?

Donations made to Temple Aliyah are now listed every month, on a special donations received page. This replaces the prior listing in the "Shofar," which for the past few years has only come out annually. There you can find donations for December, 2018-August, 2019 and for the month of September, 2019, and they will be added to that page on a monthly basis.

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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.