Participant Reflections

Temple Aliyah is very fortunate to have so many caring, committed families and individuals who give their time and energy within and beyond our community. The Temple Aliyah Social Action Committee, along with other groups, organize various opportunities for volunteerism and we have collected some of the reflections we have have received from participants.

Monthly play dates with Walker School residents:
"The kids seemed thrilled to see us and were very talkative while they decorated their pumpkins. When we said good bye, even though they never saw me before, I got hugs from a couple of the little girls which speaks to how much they need positive feedback and attention. I will be back!"
Pam Glass

Serving food to the homeless at the Woods Mullen or Long Island Shelter:   

"My experience serving food at Woods Mullen Shelter was quite rewarding. I was a little nervous going to the shelter alone, so I received a ride with another Temple Aliyah family. A total of 4 adults and 4 children, we worked together as a team as we helped to serve food, which had already been prepared by the shelter. During this time, I got a chance to interact with one of the beneficiaries of the shelter and get a glimpse of her life and how she is getting help to better herself; It is quite rare that we see the people who benefit from these services and understand their lives. Thank you Social Action for making this opportunity possible."
Sharon Levy

"As with the last time we did this, it was a wonderfully gratifying experience for the 4 of us to serve food at the Long Island Shelter ... and always fun when we serve with your family Judy (Lee)!"
Steve Markman 

Sorting donations at the Greater Boston Food Bank
"Working along side other TA members as well as volunteers from other groups at the Greater Boston Food Bank is fun and rewarding. It is very refreshing to see all the food that is donated by local supermarkets, which would be otherwise thrown away and it is simply amazing how many families we can help feed by sorting these donations for just a few hours."
Jeff Megar

Please share your own story of social action with the Social Action 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...?

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.