First Session



Beginning and Intermediate Hebrew for Adults

Sundays starting November 6 for a total of 8 sessions

(This class can be extended for a full year or more depending upon student interest)

Beginner class:  Sundays 11:30 am-12:45 pm

Intermediate class: Sundays 9:45 am-11:15 pm

Erela Yahalom

Cost is $250 for members and $275 for nonmembers.   For a schedule of classes, more information, or to register, please email Erela at [email protected].

Learn conversational and prayer book Hebrew right here at Temple Aliyah!  These level-based, small and lively classes offer something for everyone.  Whether you are a total beginner, intermediate or more advanced level, there is a class for you.  Anyone with a desire to learn is welcome to join the appropriate class at any time.

The Beginner Class is designed for people with no prior knowledge of Hebrew. The curriculum will include the Alef Bet, and basic Hebrew conversation. The Intermediate Class is designed for people who already know some conversational Hebrew and want to continue learning the language as spoken in Israel, and improve their reading skills. 


Discover Parenting Your ‘Tween Through a Jewish Lens.

Sundays, October 30, November 6, November 13, November 20, and December 4

From 10:00-11:30 am

Sabrina Burger

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Join other parents of pre-teens (students in grades 5-7) for an inspiring five session program with expert facilitator Sabrina Burger.  Discuss the joys and challenges of raising “tweens” in today’s world.  Learn from both ancient and contemporary sources of wisdom that you are not alone in your journey through this special life stage. (This program is supported by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies).


Preparing for a Death: Traditional Guidance and Practical Advice

Thursday, November 10

From 8:00 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins, Julie Berger

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Sometimes a loved one becomes gravely ill and it dawns on us that we have to prepare for their death.  Sometimes a death is sudden and unexpected. Either way, there are things we can do to ease the burden of a loved one’s death.  There are things we can do to prepare for the death, which run the gamut from the practical and the logistical, to the emotional and the spiritual. 

Yet most of us do not spend a lot of time thinking about what will eventually take place.  After all, who wants to deal with these subjects until we have to?  And, after we suffer a loss, many of us just can’t wait to get back to work or to our routines.  We can’t wait for life to get back to NORMAL. 

In this one-day workshop, Rabbi Carl Perkins and Julie Berger will share their perspectives and answer your questions regarding what we might do before, during, and after a loss to help us and our loved ones to navigate this challenging journey.  They also will discuss simple spiritual practices that can help you travel on your road to recovery, your road to repair, your road back to a NEW NORMAL.

In addition to serving as the rabbi of Temple Aliyah since 1991, for many years Rabbi Perkins has taught Hilchot Aveilut—the Jewish laws and traditions of mourning—to dozens of rabbinical students at Hebrew College, and he also serves on the faculty of the Jewish Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at Hebrew Senior Life.  Last year, he presented the Jewish perspective on end of life care at a symposium entitled, “Multi-faith Clergy at the Intersection of Life and Death” held at Harvard Business School.  For his full biographical information as well as that of Julie Berger, click on Biographies of Presenters in the links to the left.

This program is co-sponored by the Staying Connected Committee of Temple Aliyah.


The Ethical Life:  Jewish Values in an Age of Choice. 

A Jewish Ethics Curriculum by JTS

Tuesdays November 15, 22, and 29; December 6 and 13; January 10, 17, 24, and 31; February 7

From 7:45 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins

Cost is $30 for materials.

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From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day. Judaism has a long history of wrestling with moral questions, responding to them in a way that considers all sides of an issue. 

Rabbi Perkins will guide us as we explore a wide range of contemporary ethical issues, such as: the ethical dimensions of food production (particularly the ethics of animal husbandry); the ethics of mass incarceration; ethical issues raised by fracking (a case study in the ethics of neighborly relations); and the ethics of warfare.

The course materials, which have been prepared by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, include video lectures with scholars and other experts, a sourcebook with primary texts and background readings, and short (3–5 minute) videos featuring individuals from the American Jewish community who, in their professions, grapple with ethical challenges on a daily basis.


Limmud Boston

December 4, all day

Temple Reyim, Newton

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Limmud Boston is a happening, a Jewish learning fest of culture and identity. From storytelling, music and meditation, to Torah and Talmud, Limmud Boston offers inspiration and education – engaging beginners and scholars alike.  Temple Aliyah is particularly proud of Limmud Boston, not only for our high level of participation, but also because Alan Teperow, our Director of Planning & Engagement, serves as its Board chair and Sharon Solomon, our Synagogue Administrator, serves as its Volunteer Coordinator. 


Wise Aging Workshop

The stage of life many of us are, or will be, entering is unprecedented. Many will reach their mid 60's or early 70's with the possibility of having 20 more years of good health ahead. In connection with Jewish Family & Children's Services and Staying Connected, we are initiating a program on Wise Aging. This group will offer social, emotional, and spiritual insights into addressing the challenges and joys of aging.

The  4-session workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Sherry Israel, a social psychologist,  who was a member of the faculty of the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University from 1991 until her retirement several years ago.  The workshop is based on the book Wise Aging: Living With Joy, Resilience and Spirit, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal.  

The meeting dates are Wednesdays, April 26 and May 3, 10 & 24  from 7:45-9:30 pm at the synagogue

Cost: $80 per person plus the cost of the Wise Aging book, which you can purchase from Amazon by clicking here.  Click here to register.