Mercaz Aliyah (K-7 Education)

Mission Statement

 At  Mercaz Aliyah we strive  to make Jewish education a joyful experience that provides meaningful academic experiences while building community and fostering a love of Jewish living and learning. Our positive, inclusive, and creative environment encourages students to explore a wide variety of Jewish topics within the framework of Conservative Judaism. At Mercaz Aliyah we believe that we all share the responsibility for transmitting Jewish traditions and values to our children so that they become active participants in all aspects of Jewish life.  We strive to create a next generation of life-long learners who are eager to remain connected to their synagogue, their community, Israel and Jews throughout the world. 

We strive to meet the educational needs of each student at every grade level while remaining responsive to the busy lives of parents and families.

Choose your own schedule:

Mercaz Aliyah will be open on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.  On weekday afternoons, we will offer transportation for students in Needham Public Schools for an additional fee.  Click here to see the daily schedules.

Students in grades 2-7 are expected to attend 4 hours of CORE classes per week: 2 hours on Sunday mornings and 2 hours on a weekday afternoon, Monday or Thursday - your choice!  CORE classes are offered by grade level.

In addition, Mercaz Aliyah will offer CHUG add on options that provide exciting Jewish themed enrichment as a companion to our CORE religious school programming.

CHUG (optional/additional) companion hours to our CORE program, allow students to enhance their Jewish Education through enrichment classes and activities.  CHUG classes are designed to reach a wide level of interests through advanced Jewish students, Hebrew reading groups, Judaic arts, cooking, youth activities, Hebrew through movement and games, Jewish social skill building and supervised lounge time.  CHUG offerings may include students at multi-grade levels and all will be carefully designed to support the interests and goals of all participants.

On Sundays, CHUG classes all begin with a light bagel lunch at 11:45 and abbreviated Birkat MaMazon.

Weekday CHUG classes are organized as follows:

Grade K/1 NEW Kindergarten After School at TA Needham or KATAN offers an exciting alternative for parents seeking childcare until 5:45 p.m.  Bus transportation will be provided for Needham Public School students.  Students will receive a warm welcome and healthy snack upon arrival.  On Monday afternoons the focus of our program will be all about holidays and on Thursdays, the focus will be all about Shabbat.  KATAN staff members will also gently introduce students to Hebrew through movement and active games.

Grades 2-5 students may choose to add CHUG hours on the opposite weekday of their elected CORE afternoon (meaning CHUG option on Mondays for those taking CORE classes on Thursdays and CHUG option on Thursdays for those taking CORE classes on Mondays.)  Weekday CHUG will include reading support, Jewish social skills, Hebrew through movement and other media as well as homework help.  This offering too provides an exciting alternative for parents seeking a warm safe place for their elementary school schildren until 5:45 p.m.

Grade 6-7 students enrolled in CORE courses on Monday afternoons (2:50-4:45 p.m.)may stay an additional CHUG hour (4:45-5:45)which will consist of supervised time in the Youth Lounge.  This CHUG hour offers a real convenience for tose with elementary aged siblings as well as parent needing a later pickup time.  On Thursday afternoons, we will offer an early CHUG hour of Advanced Jewish Studies (2:50-3:45).  CORE hours on Thursdays will be held later that afternoon from 3:45-4:45.  This offering too is designed for parents' convenience.

Ready to enroll?

Please click here to register.

Interested in Contacting our Director?

Please contact our Interim Director of Education, Alisa Levine, at (781) 444-8522.