Did You Know...?


Every so often we publicize fun facts, esoterica, factoids, trivia, whatever you'd like to call it, about Temple Aliyah. These are posted on our home page, announced on Shabbat at the end of services, included in our [email protected] email, and posted to this page.

Here are some of the "Did you know that" facts that have been posted recently:

  • that Temple Aliyah is a member of Mayyim Hayyim, a beautiful mikveh in Newton? Did you know this entitles a limited number of congregants to a free immersion gift certificate? To learn more about the benefits and reasons behind an immersion, please visit the Mayyim Hayyim website. To schedule an immersion 1) request your immersion appointment online  2) wait 24 hours for a response, 3) show up at the designated time, and 4) let them know you are a member of Temple Aliyah.

  • ...  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?

  • … that studies have shown that volunteering has positive implications that go beyond mental health? A growing body of evidence suggests that people who give their time to others might also be rewarded with better physical health—including lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan. ALIYAH ASSIST is TA's online sign-up system that makes volunteering easy! Some are one-time tasks, while others are short-term or recurring. Pick one that fits your interests and contribute to both your and Temple Aliyah’s good health!

  • ... that Cantor Linda Sue Sohn, Temple Aliyah’s B’nai Mitzvah Tutor, has been a contributor to the Torah Stitch by Stitch, a world-wide project the goal of which is to cross stitch by hand the five books of the Torah. Among her contributions to TSBS is Exodus 15:5-8, Parshat Beshalah. You can see a picture of her work here (popup window).

  • ... that Hershey’s Kisses are certified OU Kosher and its wrappers are recyclable? Throughout our history, the Jewish people have been mindful of our responsibility to be stewards of creation and to care for our precious environment. The Temple Aliyah Green Committee focuses on improving and enhancing our synagogue’s relationship to nature. Check out all the Green Initiatives at Temple Aliyah on our website.

  • ... that Cantor Gloth met his wife, Bina Carr, in USY? We join in wishing Cantor Gloth and Bina a very happy 24th anniversary this year and thank USY for bringing them together! Temple Aliyah is a member of NERUSY – the New England Region of United Synagogue Youth, one of the largest regions in North America.  “If you’re interested in learning more about our youth programs for grades 2-12, contact Alex Maslow, Temple Aliyah’s Director of Youth Engagement.

  • ... that one of Temple Aliyah's havurot has been meeting for more than 16 years?  Three years ago Temple Aliyah established new havurot -- bringing people together in small groups for celebration, learning and fun -- one for young families, one for families with school-aged children, and three for adults in their 50's, 60's and 70's.  Looking for a meaningful activity for the coming year? Contact Alan Teperow [email protected] for information about joining a havurah.

  • ... 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.

  • ... in our vast community of professions here at TA, we have an Antique Dealer, a Yoga Instructor and a Septic Designer?  We are a wonderful and diverse community of people with many backgrounds and interests, so please introduce yourself to someone new at Kiddush, or ask someone you already know about their work or hobbies.

  • ... although both his parents were from Massachusetts, Cantor Gloth grew up in Akron, Ohio as a Browns, Indians and Cavaliers fan? The Indians and Browns can boast winning lifetime records over New England teams; however the last time the Browns won a championship (pre-Super Bowl Days) was in 1964, the same year that Temple Aliyah was formed.

  • ... all summer long we have been honored to have members of our congregation serve as guest darshanim, giving weekly divrei torah at our Shabbat services. Every dvar can be read and re-read on our web site, along with those from all prior guest speakers. Click here to see them.

  • ... more than 30 adults at Temple Aliyah have participated in one of the five past Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah classes? If you are interested in becoming an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please contact Rabbi Perkins.

  • ... in its 15 year history, Team Aliyah Israel Riders have peddled half a million miles in support of the peace and environmental initiatives of the Arava Instutute. It is too late to join the 2018 trip but not too late to cheer them on!  If you have questions about the ride, contact 2018 Captains Hal Bryer ([email protected])  or Stephen Baum ([email protected]) or Ride Vice Chair David Eisenberg ([email protected]).

  • ... how many books are in the Rabbi’s Office library at the synagogue? If you guessed 1,223 you would be correct! What would you add to your own home library to round it out Jewishly? Here are some suggested books you might want to consider.

  • on average Temple Aliyah collects 270 cans of soup and 340 boxes of raisins per year for Jewish Family & Children’s Service's Family Table? Temple Aliyah is committed to 40 cans of soup and 40 boxes of raisins per month. Please continue to bring cans and boxes to the synagogue, as the need is great! JF&CS is always looking for drivers on distribution days. Here is a link for more information:  http://www.jfcsboston.org/ Volunteer/Volunteering-at-JF- CS

  • … there are 95 member families that have been members of Temple Aliyah for 25 years or more!

  • … the most popular adult first name of Temple Aliyah members is David? If you happen to be a Deb, Debra or Debby, you have the second most popular name. The Kehillah Committee wishes to encourage each of you to always introduce yourself to other members, no matter what your name is.

  • … just about all of Rabbi Perkins' sermons over the years that he has been here are posted online on the TA web site? You can see the texts of both Shabbat sermons and High Holiday Sermons. In addition, the text of many of the Rabbi's Adult Ed courses are also available. Not only that, but many of the sermons and courses have audio files as well, so that you can listen to them on your computer or smart phone! (Just look for the little speaker icon to determine which have audio files.) Not only that, but the texts of divrei Torah given by guest speakers (both lay congregants and guest clergy) are also online! This is a fantastic resource for anyone to enjoy and learn.

  • … when Temple Aliyah's Hesed Committee puts out a call to help a congregant in need, almost 100 volunteers receive an email and are ready to help? If you are not receiving the email and would like to help too, please contact Bari Popkin or Robin Cohen.

  • … every month about $150 is collected in the minyan pushke (tzedakah box)? The funds are donated to TA’s Kesher/Israel Committee, Boston’s Yad Chessed fund supporting people in financial need, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and other area Jewish charities.


Do you have a fun fact you think we'd like to publicize? Please email us at [email protected].


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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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Did you know...?

Did you know that Temple Aliyah is a member of Mayyim Hayyim, a beautiful mikveh in Newton? Did you know this entitles a limited number of congregants to a free immersion gift certificate? To learn more about the benefits and reasons behind an immersion, please visit the Mayyim Hayyim website. To schedule an immersion 1) request your immersion appointment online  2) wait 24 hours for a response, 3) show up at the designated time, and 4) let them know you are a member of Temple Aliyah.

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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.

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