Director of Engagement

Alan Teperow


Alan Teperow is Temple Aliyah’s Director of Engagement, working closely with TA’s leadership on engagement strategies for member integration and retention. Alan, also known as “Tep,” served as Executive Director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts for 33 years before retiring in 2015.  He was also the Managing Director of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis for 13 years and is Co-Chair of LimmudBoston’s Advisory Team. 

Tep received his MA from the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University in 1976 and is past president of the Hornstein Alumni Association.  He served as Board Chair of the Zamir Chorale of Boston for 6 years, is a former member of the Board of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, and served as Youth Committee Chair of Temple Emanuel in Newton for 6 years. A former consultant for the Genesis Program at Brandeis University and Camps Ramah and Yavneh, he has also worked for the Institute for Informal Jewish Education (IJE) at Brandeis on a study researching informal education at Jewish overnight camps. The author of Advisor In Training: A Manual for Jewish Youth Directors and Advisors, Tep has taught and lectured widely on topics ranging from synagogue affiliation to religious pluralism.  He has also written the chapter on "Religious Pluralism" in Dr. Bernard Reisman's The New Jewish Experiential Book.

He is past chair of CJP’s Community Services Team and has been involved with CJP’s Boston-Haifa Connection and its Commission on Jewish Learning & Living. Tep is a founding member of a number of Jewish organizations, including the Zamir Chorale of Boston, Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts, Jewish Youth Directors Association of North America, Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh & Education Center, and Family Table: Boston's Jewish Food Pantry.

An active member of Temple Emanuel, Alan Teperow resides in Newton with his wife of 17 years, Dr. Suzanne Hanser. The Hanser-Teperows have five children living with their partners/spouses in Washingotn DC, New York and Boston, and are the proud saba and savta of five grandchildren.


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.