Volunteer Opportunities at Temple Aliyah


Enhance your connection to Temple Aliyah. Below are just some of the many volunteer opportunities at Temple Aliyah. To get involved in any of our programming committtees, contact the Committee Chairs or call the Temple office at 781-444-8522.

Adult Education - The Adult Education Committee offers courses, lectures, Shabbat meditation, a weekend Shabbaton and a variety of adult learning opportunities throughout the year on all aspects of Jewish life.   Contacts:  Carol Kotler and Aviva Jezer

Community Caring/Hesed - The Hesed Committee relies on a group of dedicated and compassionate volunteers to prepare and deliver meals to families dealing with illness or injury, provide rides for those unable to drive themselves, help with shopping and other chores, and lend a caring ear to those who just need someone to listen.  We also delight in community simchas.   Contacts:  Lois Madeson and Bari Popkin

Inreach/Kehilla – While outreach brings people into Temple Aliyah, inreach keeps them involved by helping members engage with our community, grow spiritually, enhance their Jewish lives, and form and maintain Jewish social connections.  The new Kehilla Committee will strive to build these engagement opportunities for all members.   Contact:  Peter Krupp

Interfaith/Keruv – The Keruv team (“keruv” is the Hebrew word for “drawing near”) works with synagogue committees and the broader congregational community to explore ways to invite and welcome a diverse population into our kehilla, including LGBT and interfaith families, as well as people of other faiths interested in learning more about Judaism and its values, practices and traditions.   Contacts:  Lynn Baum and Susan Maxwell

Israel Kesher – The Israel Kesher Committee (“kesher” is the Hebrew word for “connection”) Committee strengthens our congregation’s connection with Israel through educational lectures, book discussions, and current movies.  Kesher also raises funds for a variety of organizations, including Masorti, Ahava Youth Village, FIDF, victims of terror, Leket, Schechter Institute, and more.   Contacts:  Howard Furman and Ron Sadok

Men’s Club – The Men’s Club supports the temple community in a variety of ways through programming and events throughout the year.  Involvement in the Men’s Club is also a great way to make new friends and keep in touch with old ones.   Contact:  Harold Dubin

Mercaz Aliyah – The religious school for grades K-7, Mercaz Aliyah makes Jewish education a joyful experience that provides meaningful learning while building community and fostering a love of Judaism.  At Mercaz Aliyah everyone helps transmit Jewish traditions and values to our children so that they become active participants in all aspects of Jewish life.   Contacts:  Bruce Berns and Dan Winograd

Membership Recruitment – The Membership Committee assists with outreach to new families seeking to join the Temple Aliyah community.  It also encourages members to volunteer with the shul’s extensive inreach efforts to new and current members through programming, hesed and personal communications.   Contact:  Reva Winston

Ritual - The Ritual Committee serves to direct and maintain the ritual life of Temple Aliyah, including the policies and practices surrounding services, informal observances, and lifecycle events.  Under the guidance of Rabbi Perkins, the Ritual Committee continually reexamines our practices through an evolving interpretation of Jewish tradition within the framework of Conservative Judaism.   Contact:  Howard Kaufman

Shul Management – Temple Aliyah has a variety of opportunities and needs for people who want to be involved in the operation of the shul, including managing finances, endowment, and donations; management of the physical plant; and assisting with website management, publicity and technology.   Contact:  Fred Borgenicht

Sisterhood - The women of Temple Aliyah connect through Sisterhood.  Whether we are sharing our passion for Judaism, a good book, or wine, we value Sisterhood for creating opportunities for camaraderie, Jewish learning, spiritual connection, social action, and more.   Contacts:  Laurie Spitz, Karen Feldscher, Penny Gordon and Judy Lee

Social Action - Inspired by the Jewish tradition of engaging in mitzvot dedicated to tikkun olam, the Social Action Committee offers opportunities to learn, and inspire action, in response to Jewish issues of social justice.   Contacts:  Janet Besser and Rachel Weinstock

Staying Connected - Staying Connected is a social group at Temple Aliyah for members who are 55+.  Staying Connected sponsors activities throughout the year that focus on maintaining our connection to the shul as well as welcoming new Temple members in our age cohort.   Contacts:  Harvey and Helene Greenberg

TA-K26 - TA-K26 offers programming designed to connect all of Temple Aliyah’s families with children in kindergarten (the “K”) through grade 6 (the “6”):  Day School families, Mercaz Aliyah families, and those new to our community.  Our parent volunteers and Temple Aliyah staff host programs to celebrate Shabbat and holidays together as families and as a community.  We also organize several parent-only programs for schmoozing and socializing.   Contact:  Karen Kajmo

Temple Tots - Temple Tots has dozens of exciting, fun, educational and age-appropriate programs for Jewish babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.  Our interactive activities offer a welcoming and educational environment for families with young children up to age 5.   Contacts:  Rachel Achituv and Sarah Burns

Youth Activities – Temple Aliyah’s Youth Programs offer exciting social, religious and educational programming for children of all ages.  Our goal is to provide a milieu for learning, community and prayer in an informal setting, so that our kids will have fun and experience life through a Jewish lens.   Contacts:  Melissa Patz and Bess Weiskopf




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.    

Not a member?  We invite your family to join our family!

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Did you know...?

In celebration of Rabbi Perkins’ more than 25 years at Temple Aliyah, here is this week's question: Did you know that 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.

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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 2017-18.