Professional Staff

Executive Director

Melissa Rudman

As our Executive Director, Melissa is responsible for managing the synagogue budget and its physical plant, supervising our administrative personnel, and managing the day-to-day operations of the synagogue. She works in partnership with the Rabbi, the Cantor, and other professional and lay leadership. Melissa comes to Temple Aliyah after serving as Executive Director/Director of Congregational Learning at B’nai Tikvah in Canton, where she worked for the past 15 years. Melissa can be reached through the synagogue office at (781) 444-8522.

Director of Gan Aliyah Preschool and Young Family Engagement

Aileen Landau

Aileen recently relocated to the Boston area from Chicago. She holds a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern University and a second Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis on Leadership and Advocacy, from Erikison Institute. Aileen has worked in the field of early childhood for over 20 years, as a teacher and as a director. She has 3 children, Bess, Skye, and Henry – and one cat (Alice). They are happy to be a part of the Temple Aliyah community.

Director of Congregational Learning and Engagement

Joan Perlman

Joan has been in the field of Jewish education for over twenty years and has served as Education Director at several local synagogue schools before coming to Temple Aliyah. Joan is delighted to be working at the Mercaz Aliyah School as well as with the adult population in the community. She has both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Simmons University in Boston. Joan lives in Marlborough with her husband, Walter, her daughters, Ruth and
Samantha, and her two pups!


Youth and Teen Engagement Coordinator

Elaine Sultana Berger (Lanie)


Elaine (Lanie), a Hornstein MA/EdM student at Brandeis, is Temple Aliyah’s Youth and Teen Engagement Coordinator. Originally from Atlanta, Elaine was actively involved in USY. She found her passion for Jewish youth engagement while working at Jewish summer programs, including USY on Wheels, and while Bnai Mitzvah tutoring. For 2 years, Elaine led the Conservative minyan on campus at UMD, where she received a dual-degree in Jewish Studies and Management. Elaine enjoys Israeli dance and playing guitar whenever she has the chance.

Administrative Staff

Have a question? Need to reach the Rabbi, the Cantor, or other members of our professional staff? Then call the synagogue Office at (781) 444-8522, stop by, or send us a note. We’ll either have the answer for you or get you to the person who does.

Click on the names below to send an email to members of our staff.

Administrative Assistant

Elissa Gordon

Elissa provides valuable assistance to congregants and staff.

Administrative Assistant for Mercaz Aliyah and Gan Aliyah

Caroline Nudelman

Caroline is usually in the synagogue office when Mercaz Aliyah is in session and can assist you with  questions you may have about the school and your students.


Elisa Blando

Contact Elisa if you have any questions about your account, getting reimbursed for Temple-related expenses, or keeping track of funds for a synagogue project or event.


Steve Boyd