Rabbi in Residence

Rabbi Leslie Ann Gordon

Temple Aliyah is fortunate to count Rabbi Leslie Ann Gordon both as a member and as our Rabbi in Residence, formally serving as our Interim Rabbi through June 2023. Rabbi Gordon has been a member of our community since 1997, teaching Adult Education courses on Zionism, Parshat Hashavua, and Talmud. She has also organized and led our Shabbat morning learners’ minyan, and has led sessions for new member orientation. She regularly participates in our Shabbat and Monday morning services, where she often reads Torah and delivers Divrei Torah, as well as attending many of our congregation’s educational and social events. Rabbi Gordon helped organize and lead our Passover Women’s seders and was the key educational contributor to our Torah writing campaign of 2007-2008. She served in the past as our Interim Rabbi during Rabbi Perkins’ sabbaticals.

Born and raised in Tuscon, AZ, Rabbi Gordon received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Psychology from Brandeis University in 1984. In 1991, she received Rabbinic Ordination and was awarded a Master of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was the recipient of both the Lamport Prize in Talmud and the Lowenthal Prize in Practical Theology. During her time at the JTS, she served as Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, New Jersey and later as Rabbi at the West Clarkstown Jewish Center in Spring Valley, New York.

Since 2001, Rabbi Gordon has been an instructor for the Jewish Discovery institute, the Boston area Conservative conversion class. Rabbi Gordon has also served as Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Lowell, Massachusetts and Assistant Rabbi at Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, Virginia. Additionally, Rabbi Gordon held the position of Chaplain of Jewish Students at Babson College in Wellesley, where she provided programming and spiritual guidance for Jewish students, led Shabbat evening services, taught the Parshat Hashavua class for faculty and staff, and participated in multi-faith programs.

Most recently, Rabbi Gordon has twice served as Interim Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Sharon and since 2014, she has taught a number of classes designed for new (and not-so-new) Jews by Choice at Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikvah and Education Center. Rabbi Gordon lives in Needham with her husband, David Goodtree.

To contact Rabbi Gordon, please call the synagogue office (781-444-8522) or send an email message.

To read Rabbi Gordon’s past sermons, click here


Cantor Jamie Gloth

Whether he’s leading the congregation in prayer, teaching a student how to read Torah or singing with the Gan Aliyah preschoolers, Cantor Jamie Gloth conveys the message that being a Cantor is the world’s most rewarding work. He feels privileged to be invited into people’s lives at their happiest and most challenging moments, sharing his love of Jewish tradition and music.

Cantor Gloth joined Temple Aliyah in 2017 after serving as cantor in Conservative congregations in New Jersey, California, Ohio and New York. Cantor Gloth was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where he began singing in his synagogue’s Junior Choir at age ten, and later sang in the Adult Choir through college. Active in both Kadima and U.S.Y., Cantor Gloth served as president of both groups and later served as staff member, counselor, teacher, and advisor for many regional and national youth group events.

Cantor Gloth attended the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in Judaic Studies and was extremely active in the Hillel Jewish Student Center, starring in two stage productions there. After graduation, he attended the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary, in New York. While studying at JTS, he and his classmates starred in and toured with the well-received cabaret show Cantors on Broadway. He received his Master of Sacred Music degree and ordination as Hazzan from the Seminary in 1997.

Cantor Gloth has also served as a hospital chaplain intern at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the New York Hospital. He is active in the Needham Interfaith Clergy Association, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly, the largest body of cantors in the world. He is married to Bina Carr and is father to Avi, Micah, Jacob and Naomi.

When Cantor Gloth is not teaching, leading the congregation in prayer or singing his favorite Broadway showtunes, he is usually relaxing with his family while rooting on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Guardians, and yes, even the Browns.

Please stop by Temple Aliyah to sing, pray or learn, and introduce yourself to Cantor Jamie Gloth. To contact him, please send an email message or call the synagogue office (781-444-8522). He is always happy to hear from you.

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Carl M. Perkins

Rabbi Carl M. Perkins became the spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah in 1991, and assumed emeritus status on July 1, 2022. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Rabbi Perkins earned his A.B., summa cum laude, at Haverford College. He taught for several years at the Commonwealth School in Boston as a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow. Before pursuing the rabbinate, he earned his J.D., cum laude, at Harvard Law School, and practiced law for several years in Boston. Rabbi Perkins was awarded a Wexner Fellowship to pursue rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, where he was ordained and awarded a masters degree in Talmud and Rabbinics.

In 2003, Rabbi Perkins received the CJP Rabbinic Award at the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities in Jerusalem. Subsequently, he participated in a three-year program of study at the Shalom Hartman Institute, at the conclusion of which he was named a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Institute. In 2009, and 2015, he co-led trips to Israel sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) for Christian clergy from the Boston area.

Rabbi Perkins’ academic and professional interests include Talmud and Midrash, Jewish education, and keruv (outreach to interfaith families). He has taught and lectured widely in the Boston area, including at Boston College Law School, where he taught Jewish law. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in Jewish Law at Hebrew College Rabbinical School.

Rabbi Perkins has published articles in Conservative Judaism, Judaism, The American Rabbi,, Sh’ma, and Jewish Values Online. He is the author of the revised edition of Embracing Judaism, an introduction to Judaism for prospective Jews by Choice, originally written by his late father-in-law, Rabbi Simcha Kling.  He wrote an article exploring his work as a darshan (interpreter of Jewish text in synagogue) entitled, “Serendipity and Pedagogy:  Presenting the Weekly Parashah Through Rabbinic Eyes,” which was published in Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts, edited by Jon A. Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick (Academic Studies Press: 2013).

The Rabbi is also actively involved with many community-wide organizations. He has served on the Keruv and Publications committees of the Rabbinical Assembly, and on the Boards of Trustees of the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston,  and Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center. He is a past president of the Needham Clergy Association and a past vice president of the New England Rabbinical Assembly.

Several years ago, Rabbi Perkins participated in a research fellowship program at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania as the Rabbi Samuel T. Lachs Fellow in the 2015 cohort of LEAP, a program developed by CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Coincidentally, Rabbi Perkins had been a student of Rabbi Lachs, z”l,  at Gratz College and Bryn Mawr College in the 1970s.

To watch or read Rabbi Perkins’ sermons, click here

B'nai Mitzvah Tutor

Cantor Linda Sue Sohn

Cantor Linda Sue Sohn, our B’nai Mitzvah Tutor, helps our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students prepare to chant their Torah and Haftarah portions.

Cantor Sohn brings many years of experience within several local synagogues working with children and adults of various learning styles and abilities.
She was ordained as a Hazzan at Hebrew College in June 2011, while also earning a Master of Jewish Education with a specialization in Jewish Special Education. Her studies concentrated on developing teaching techniques and innovative Hebrew text formatting methods for individuals of all learning styles.

Her website combines her expertise as a software usability engineer with her work as a cantor and Jewish special educator. This website is visited by colleagues and other visitors from around the world and focuses on providing free innovative chanting tools, recordings, and Hebrew sacred texts formatted for novice Hebrew readers (and for those who teach them) both in print and on-line. 

Cantor Emeritus

Cantor Harry Gelman z”l

Cantor Harry Gelman z”l was our Cantor Emeritus. He passed away on April 6, 2012.

Cantor Gelman led his first service at Temple Aliyah on Shabbat Hanukkah of 1971. Born and raised in New York City, Cantor Gelman studied Physics and Mathematics at City College of New York where he earned a B.S. degree, and at New York University where he earned his Ph.D. He then pursued simultaneous careers in both physics and as a Cantor. His passion for Jewish music developed as a member of choirs in the Bronx, and he studied under Cantors Phillip Pfeffer, Gregor Shelkan, and Earl Lefkowitz. Before coming to Temple Aliyah, he also served at Temple Emmanuel in Wakefield, MA.

As a physicist, Cantor Gelman worked for fourteen years at GTE as the Manager of the Electromagnetic Effects Branch and Director of the High Voltage Lab. For eight years he also taught Physics at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, including the first year introductory course, upper level undergraduate courses, and graduate courses. He also supervised Masters degree candidates.

As our hazzan, Cantor Gelman led our services with great gusto. His greatest pride, however, came from passing on his skills to others. Over his thirty years, he patiently instructed hundreds of Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, teaching them the trope, their Torah and haftarah portions, and the davening of the service. He also taught these skills to countless adult members of the congregation. On a lighter side, his performances have been the highlight of many Temple Cabarets and shows.