First Session


(starting in September and extending through January)


What Do We Do Now?

Tuesday, October 24

From 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins and Julie Berger

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“What do we do now?”  That’s not an uncommon question after a funeral.  At one time it was obvious what Jews did after a funeral:  mourners would mourn and everyone else would offer comfort.  But for many of us the practices of “shiva” and “shloshim” (the seven and thirty day periods after a funeral, respectively) may seem obscure.  We don’t know what to do if we are a mourner and we don’t know what to do if we aren’t. And although some aspects of Jewish mourning may seem compatible with American cultural norms, others may not.  Our own Rabbi Perkins, who also teaches the laws and customs of mourning at Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and Julie Berger, congregant and funeral director, who will share their perspectives and experiences.   Co-Sponsored with Hesed and Staying Connected Committees.


Reading from the Torah 101:  You Can Do It!

At dates and times convenient to registrants

Cantor Jamie Gloth

For questions and to register, contact Cantor Gloth at [email protected] or call him at 781-444-8522

Did you learn to read from the Torah for your bar or bat mitzvah and forget how to do it?  Did you never get a chance to learn?  Here’s your opportunity!  In a supportive, nonjudgmental environment, Cantor Jamie Gloth will teach you the Torah trope and how to read from the Torah.   Don’t be shy and don't miss this opportunity to become a member of the Temple Aliyah Torah reading community! This eight session class will culminate with a Shabbat Torah reading that you schedule.  Basic Hebrew reading skills a prerequisite.   


Immigration and Refugees

October 29 and January 7

From 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins, Gerry Rovner, J.D., and additional panelists

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Immigration and refugees have become some of the hottest topics in our country today.  What are the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in addressing these important and sensitive subjects?‎  Should we - and if so how can we - become engaged on these issues?  Offered by popular demand, this two-part class addresses the complex and emotional issues relating to immigration and refugees, and allows for open and honest conversation.  At the first session, Rabbi Perkins will present the ethical Jewish perspective and fellow congregant and immigration attorney Gerry Rovner will brief us on the law.  Additional panelists will offer perspectives on working with refugees and what is involved in sponsoring refugee families.  The second session will focus on the questions of whether we should become engaged on these issues and if so, how?  Sponsored by Social Action Committee.  


Shabbat Bimah Basics

November 2, 9, 16, December 7

From 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Cantor Jamie Gloth

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Do you ever come to Shabbat morning services and feel a little lost? Have you ever wondered why we do what we do when we do it? Get your Shabbat services roadmap in a nonjudgmental and relaxed environment. Join us as we learn the basic outline and structure of the Shabbat liturgy, its main components and some basic congregational tunes. All are welcome, regardless of level of knowledge or experience.


Key Milestones in the History of Zionism

Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, January 9, 16, 23 and 30

From 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins

There will be a $25 charge for course booklet, materials and on-line video files and articles.  Registration required.  Click here to register.

This year marks the celebration of four key milestones in the creation and evolution of the State of Israel:  the First Zionist Congress, 1897, the Balfour Declaration, 1947, the United Nations vote to partition Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state, and the Six Day War, 1967.   This class captures the significance of this time by offering us the opportunity to reflect on these momentous milestones and to explore the concerns, visions, and values that led to the creation and development of the State of Israel.  In light of our learning, this class will present participants with the chance to reflect in an informed manner on the challenges of the present and the future.

Based on the Hartman Institute curriculum entitled, “Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings: The Legacy of the Past and the Challenge of the Future,” this iEngage course seeks to “engage Jews in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics, and theology, as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation and moral redlines.”  (Sounds simple, right?).  

 Come learn about this important part of our, and Israel’s, history and challenge yourself to think about the challenges of the present and future!  The Institute course fee is subsidized by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.


The Last Days of Stalin, by Joshua Rubenstein

Joshua Rubenstein

Sunday, December 3

9:45 am

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Come hear the renowned Joshua Rubenstein discuss his new book, The Last Days of Stalin, which takes us back to the second half of 1952 when no one could foresee an end to Joseph Stalin’s murderous regime.  At that time, Stalin was poised to challenge the newly elected President Dwight Eisenhower with armed force, and was broadening a vicious campaign against Soviet Jews.  Rubenstein will discuss this history and why Stalin’s sudden collapse and death in March 1953 was as dramatic and mysterious as his life.  Rubenstein will explain why it is no overstatement to say that Stalin’s passing marked a major turning point in the twentieth century.  But after Stalin’s death, the overly cautious response by the Eisenhower administration to the Kremlin’s conciliatory gestures missed an opportunity to significantly reduce the tensions of the Cold War.  Do not miss out on this chance to learn about an important part of history.  (Rubenstein’s book - now available in paperback - will be available for purchase after this talk). 


Limmud Boston

December 3, from 9 am to 5:30 pm

Temple Reyim

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Limmud Boston is a happening, a Jewish learning festival of art culture. From “storytelling, music and meditation, to Torah and Talmud, Limmud Boston offers inspiration and education – engaging beginners and scholars alike.”  Temple Aliyah is proud of LimmudBoston, not only for our high level of participation, but also because Alan Teperow, our Director of Engagement, serves as this year’s co-chair of the Advisory Team, having served as its Board Chair last year. 


Hanukkah Shabbaton with Mark Sokoll, Guest Speaker

“Predicting Is Difficult Especially When It Comes To The Future!”

Shabbat, December 16

Mark Sokoll, Guest Speaker

No registration required

Have you ever wondered what the holiday of Chanukah, the music of the Grateful Dead, and Fiddler on the Roof have in common? And what do all three have to do with the future of the American Jewish community? (Which is really difficult to predict!) On Shabbat Miketz, the Fourth day of Chanukah 5778, these and other questions will be answered with the help of our guest, Mark Sokoll, President and CEO of JCC Greater Boston.


Temple Aliyah Welcomes You!

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.

Join us for Shabbat services and schmooze during kiddush following services. Check out the exciting Temple Tots programming for our youngest members.  Attend the Rabbi's Adult Education classes. Participate in one of our many Social Action projects. Become a member of our Sisterhood or Men's Club.    

Not a member?  We invite your family to join our family!

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Did you know...?

In our Adult Ed programs, you can learn from a professional actor, a neuropyschologist or the great grandson of Sholom Aleichem right here at Temple Aliyah for free? They are among the 27 Adult Education lecturers offering a variety of learning opportunities at the synagogue. Find out more about Adult Ed at Temple Aliyah by visiting the Adult Ed page.

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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.

Sisterhood welcomes all women of our community, sharing our passion for Judaism, our families and ourselves. We invite you to learn more about becoming part of our amazing community. Whether you're looking for camaraderie, spiritual connection, social action, or the opportunity to get involved, Sisterhood is here for you. Click here to see our full calendar of events for 2018-19.