Holidays/High Holidays

Young Families High Holiday Services & Preschool Programming



Young Family High Holiday Services - Ages 0-5 with Adults


Join us for our much-loved,  fun-filled Young Families High Holiday Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! Come celebrate this special time of year with your children in our series of professionally-led, family-friendly services.  Our Shabbat Educator, Devora Rohr, will lead us in family-friendly programs that include singing, movement, stories, and puppet play, just right for our youngest friends!  Services are followed by snack and social time to meet other families in our warm and welcoming community space.

Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 21,  9:00 am
Friday, September 22, 9:00 am

Young Families Pre-Tashlich Gathering and "Walk to Walker Pond"

Thursday, September 21, 3:30pm  

All families with young children are invited to rev up their strollers, and join us for our annual ‘Walk to Walker Pond’. We'll meet at 3:30 for stories, songs and shmoozing, then join rest of the community as we walk to the pond and engage in Tashlich together.  Please bring bread for the children to throw into the pond, as we symbolically get rid of our 'sins' to begin the Jewish New Year!   

Yom Kippur

Saturday, September 30, 9:00 am

Register your family for services here.

Pre-registration is required by September 14 for ALL families. 


Babysitting - crawling babies through age 2, drop off (NEW!)

High Holidays Preschool Programming - Ages 2 - 4, drop off


Parents can now enjoy services in the main sanctuary while their little ones stay with qualified caregivers. Babies who are crawling through age 2 can stay with qualified caregivers in the synagogue library. Preschoolers (ages 2-4) can participate in our preschool-style high holidays experience, in our beautiful Gan Aliyah Preschool classrooms, taught by preschool teachers, and structured like a preschool classroom day.  

These extremely popular drop-off program has limited spaces and will fill up very quickly.  A wait list will be kept when spaces are filled.  Parents must arrive 10-15 minutes before the program start time to ensure time to orient their child and communicate with teachers.  Children must be at least 2 years of age for Preschool Programming.  Each time slot below has space for up to 20 children.

  • Rosh Hashanah: September 21, 10 am - 12 pm 
  • Rosh Hashanah: September 22, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Kol Nidre: September 29, 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
  • Yom Kippur: September 30, 10 am - 12 pm
  • Ne'ilah:  September 30, 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Members and Gan Aliyah Preschool families are welcome free of charge.  New families are warmly invited to purchase discounted seats in the main sanctuary on the registration link (coming soon).

Register your child(ren) for Babysitting here.

Register your child(ren) for Preschool Programming here.

Pre-registration is required by September 14 for ALL families.


NEW! - The Temple Aliyah High Holidays Family Space and Nursing Room


Children are ALWAYS welcome in the main service. Please keep your children close and encourage respectful synagogue behavior. We have drop off options for children from crawlers and older. In addition, all families are welcome to use Temple Aliyah's NEW Family Space, located in teh Kehillah Room. Here, children may move, play and make a little more noise. A live feed of the main sanctuary service will be available there.

Mothers are welcome to nurse in any space, anywhere in the synagogue. If you prefer a quieter or more private space, please use Temple Aliyah's High Holidays Nursing Room, located in Debbi Fendell's office in the school wing.

More Holidays with Temple Tots at Temple Aliyah!

Join us for holiday celebrations with the entire Temple Aliyah, Gan Aliyah Preschool, and Temple Tots communities!  

Information on programs for these holidays will be sent via email, and posted on our Temple Tots Facebook page.  Join our email list by clicking here.


Sukkot – October 5
Simchat Torah – October 13
Hanukkah – December 12
Purim - March 1 (Purim Carnival March 4)

Pesach – March 30
Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) – April 19
Shavuot – May 19



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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.

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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.

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