High Holiday Young Family Programs & Youth Services

High Holidays 2017 (5778)

Young Family Programs & Youth Services


Temple Aliyah offers age-specific programming for children from tots through teens for the High Holidays:  

Babysitting (Young Families (0-5 years), Preschool (2-5 years--not yet in Kindergarten), Youth (K - 7th grade), and Teens (8th - 12th grade)

Please register in advance for all programming for your children  by clicking on one of the links below. High Holidays programs are free for all Temple Aliyah members and Gan Aliyah Preschool families.  

Families new to Temple Aliyah, who are interested in learning more about our community, may purchase High Holiday seats in the sanctuary here.

Babysitting (crawlers through 23 months):

Grown ups, you can enjoy Temple Aliyah's High Holiday Services in the main sanctuary while your baby is cared for in a safe and engaging environment!

Space is limited to 18 children. Adults must be in the building attending services in the main sanctuary.

This program is free of charge to all adults with tickets for services in our sanctuary.

Each family is required to register their children for each day of programming, so that we can ensure staffing, space, and safety for everyone! Space is limited!

  • Rosh Hashanah Day 1: September 21, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Rosh Hashanah Day 2: September 22, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Yom Kippur: September 30, 10 am - 12 pm


Click here to reserve your space.

Young Family High Holiday Services: For Families accompanying children up to age 5  


Come celebrate the High Holidays with Temple Tots! Our programming is fun-filled, engaging, and ideal for kids up to age 5 and their families. Temple Aliyah's Shabbat Educator, Devora Rohr, will be leading our innovative and interactive celebrations with children and their grown ups.  There will be music, movement, stories and snacks. Families interested in Jewish family programming throughout the year should be sure to join us, to meet other young families and learn more about our fun-filled year ahead!

  • Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21 at 9 AM
  • Pre-Tashlich Gathering: Thursday, September 21 at 3:30 PM. All families with young children are invited to rev up their strollers, and join us for our annual ‘Walk to Walker Pond’. We'll meet at 3:30 for stories, songs and shmoozing, then join rest of the community at 5PM as we walk to the pond and engage in Tashlich together.  Please bring bread for the children to throw into the pond, as we symbolically get rid of our 'sins' to begin the Jewish New Year! (click the link for more info on Tashlich)
  • Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 22 at 9 AM
  • Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30 at 9 AM


Register for all 3 services and Tashlich for only $54 per family!  There is no charge for Temple Aliyah members and Gan Aliyah Preschool families,  however, all families must register so we can plan for a welcoming space!  

Register here for Young Family High Holiday Services

High Holidays Preschool Programming


Enjoy Temple Aliyah's High Holiday Services in the main sanctuary, while your toddlers ages 2-5 (not yet in Kindergarten) participate in our preschool-style activities! We continue to offer our extremely popular preschool-style programming, so parents can enjoy services in our Main Sanctuary. This classroom-style programming will be led by early childhood educators in our beautiful Gan Aliyah Preschool spaces, and structured like a preschool classroom day.  Spaces filled very quickly last year, so we urge families to register early!  

Special notes about this drop-off program:

  • High Holidays Preschool Programming is free of charge to all families with tickets for Temple Aliyah's services in the sanctuary:  Temple Aliyah members and Gan Aliyah Preschool Families.
  • Families new to Temple Aliyah are warmly welcomed to purchase tickets in the Main Sanctuary when registering their children for High Holidays Preschool Programming.
  • Each family is required to register their children for each of the days, so that we can ensure staffing, space and safety for everyone.
  • There are 18 spots for each time slot noted below; a wait list will be available when all spots are filled for each time slot.
  • Walk-ins will not be admitted for this popular program.
  • Children must be at least 2 years of age to attend.


  • Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 22, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Kol Nidre: Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Yom Kippur: Friday, September 29, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Ne'ilah: Saturday, September 30,  5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Register here for High Holidays Preschool Programming

Youth and Teen Services: For Children in Grades K-12/No Registration Necessary

Youth Services
Temple Aliyah welcomes children and teens in Grades K-7 to our High Holiday Youth Services!  We have designed unique and engaging programs to help kids get the most out of their High Holidays experience. Please see the schedule below. As a time of year when everyone is reconnecting with friends and community, we welcome all children and teens of member families to accompany their parents in the Sanctuary at any time.  When children and teens are not in Youth Services or in the Sanctuary, please ensure their safety and supervision in the synagogue School Wing, where there will be snacks and hang-out spaces. 

Teen Services
All teens in Grades 8-12 are welcome to attend our innovative Teen Services, held “Under the Tents” on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Teen Services incorporate both traditional tefillot and non-traditional group activities, with everyone having the opportunity to experience each style. Services begin at 10:00 am. Teens interested in reciting a reading, leading a prayer, reading Torah, blowing the shofar, or participating in any way should email Alisa Levine or call her at 781-444-8522.





Rosh Hashanah 9/21

10 am – conclusion of Adult services

Grades K-7 Rotations

Teens  Grades 8-12



Rosh Hashanah 9/22

10 am-conclusion of Adult services

Grades K-7 Rotations

Teens Grades 8-12



Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur 9/29

Following the recitation of Kol Nidre in the Sanctuary (6:30 pm)-Conclusion of Adult Services




Teens Grades 8-12 remain in sanctuary




Yom Kippur 9/30

10 am – 1pm

K-7 Rotations

Teens Grades 8-12



 Ne'ilah 9/30

Followed by Havdalah and Shofar blowing in the Sanctuary


5:30-6:45 pm 



Grades K-7

Teens Grades 8-12 remain in sanctuary




Children and teens are warmly welcomed to join their parents at services in the Sanctuary until the Youth and Teen services begin at 10:00 am.





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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.

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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.

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