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Youth at Temple Aliyah

Our re-imagined youth programming, now known collectively as Youth At Temple Aliyah, engages the youth and teens of Temple Aliyah (Kindergarten – 12th grade) in order to enrich their Jewish identities and their connection to our congregation. Through leadership opportunities, participation in United Synagogue Youth (USY), social action initiatives, and education, we cultivate experiences that foster a sense of belonging in the greater Jewish community.

OUR AMAZING STAFF have planned an exciting year for everyone. Read on to learn about each of our programs!

Nalani Haueter

Director of Youth and Teen Engagement

To contact the chair of our Youth Activities Committee, Jason Weshler, click here.

USY Gesher

USY Gesher is our 6th-8th grade social community. At its center is a small group of committed 6th-8th graders, the Temple Aliyah Youth Leaders (TAYLs), who work together with their advisor to build community through peer engagement and planning events for the entire USY Gesher community. Keep an eye out for the TAYLs and USY Gesher events!

To become a member of USY Gesher, contact Nalani Haueter

Sr. Needham USY

Sr. Needham USY is our high school social community. Leading this community is our Sr. Needham USY Board.  The Board work with their advisor to engage with and build a thriving teen community. They do this through one-on-one conversations with their peers and by hosting Sr. Needham USY events. Keep an eye out for the Board and Sr. Needham USY events!

To become a member of Sr. Needham USY, contact Nalani Haueter

Advisor: Nalani Haueter

Yallah Aliyah - 8th - 12th Grade Courses

Our 8th-12th grade courses are informal educational experiences for teens. They include TACOS, TACOS2, Madrichim, and Teen Talk.

Yallah Aliyah is a partnership between Youth at Temple Aliyah and Mercaz Aliyah.  Our programs provide opportunities for Jewish learning in a fun social environment. They include TACOS, TACOS2, Madrichim, and Teen Tuesdays.

To register for any of our 8th-12th grade courses click here.

Teen Talk 

Each Monday, teens can meet their friends for dinner and an hour of informal course study.  This March, we will offer a course on Israel and Anti-Semitism. This course will be taught by Wilma Sack Poyser.

Israel can be a very polarizing topic — with issues of social justice sometimes conflicting with the Jewish values of building a Jewish state. Wilma's Teen Talk will offer students an opportunity to discuss the founding of the modern State of Israel and the current conflict in the region. If there is interest and time available during the course, we will also discuss the experience of antisemitism in America and how this fits within the context of the Jewish Diaspora.

Register for Teen Talk  here.

TACOS (Temple Aliyah Community Opportunities and Service)

In our TACOS program, students in grades 9-12 meet with their advisor at a service site two Sundays a month to perform volunteer work. TACOS students also help out with synagogue-wide events throughout the year, such as Hanukkah Happening and the Purim Carnival. In the past, the TACOS students have visited with the elderly residents of Coleman House and prepared dinners for both the Temple Aliyah Hesed Committee and Family Promise. This year, the TACOS students are visiting the residents of Wingate at Needham. Temple Aliyah membership is not required to participate.

Register for TACOS here.


TACOS2 is our community service program for students in grades 7-8. In addition to working with TACOS and Wingate at Needham, TACOS2 students volunteer at a variety of synagogue programs throughout the year. Temple Aliyah membership is not required to participate in TACOS2.

Register for TACOS2 here.

Tuesday, May 24 2022 23 Iyyar 5782