First Session


(starting in September and extending through January)

Jewish Conceptions of the AfterLife
Tuesday, October 16 — From 7:45 to 9:15 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins
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What awaits us when we die? Many religious traditions, including Judaism, have pondered this question. Come to this class to review various Jewish approaches to this perennial inquiry. This class is presented by popular demand as a follow-up to previous Death and Dying classes.

The Essence of Jewish Belief
Tuesdays, October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27; and December 4 — From 7:45 to 9:15 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins
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Is there an essence to Jewish belief? Must – or should – all Jews believe in God, or believe that the Torah is divinely inspired or, for that matter, believe that the mitzvot (Jewish religious obligations) are incumbent upon all of us to obey? What does the word “God” in sentences such as these even mean? And what is the meaning of the word “belief”? In any event, which is more important: proper belief or proper practice? Come to this seven part class to explore different traditional and modern approaches to the nature and essence of Jewish belief.

Caring for the Older Adults in our Lives
Wednesday, October 24 — From 7:45 to 9:15 pm

Karen Wasserman, LICSW

Whether you do it as an act of loving kindness, out of a sense of duty, as an exercise in futility, or as a chance for a positive closure, caring for aging parents is complicated! Please join Karen Wasserman for an informative and interactive discussion regarding the complicated world of caring for our aging parents. As a care manager for families dealing with both the emotional and pragmatic issues that arise with aging, Karen will address the often complicated family dynamics that arise as families attempt to make the best decisions for their loved ones. While Karen is well versed in issues such as housing options, her presentation will focus more on managing the frequently complex emotions of caregivers/family members as they navigate difficult conversations, challenging decisions, and the impact of relationship history at this stage. There will be time for questions at the end of Karen’s presentation.

For further information, please contact TA’s Mental Health Initiative at [email protected].

Unpacking the Shema (part of  *NEW* Learning in the Daytime series)
Thursdays, October 25, November 1, November 8, from 10:30am - 12 noon

Rabbi Carl Perkins
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“Hear, O Israel!” How many times have you recited or heard the Shema? It is probably the most familiar verse from our entire liturgy. Have you ever thought about what those words mean? Why are they so important that we recite them at least twice a day? What is the Shema: A prayer? A statement? A meditation? A pledge of allegiance? What has been the impact on you of reciting it? Please join this three-part mid-morning course as we explore this fundamental Jewish text and spiritual practice.


The Violent God in Jewish Tradition and Prayer
Sunday, October 28, from 9:30 to 11 am

David Bernat, Ph.D.
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The Torah, our core texts, liturgy, and prayer services are replete with images of
a violent, vengeful, and zealous God. Given our emphasis as Jews on peace and compassion, and on our community theme this year, Ohev Shalom v’Rodef Shalom (Love Peace and Seek Peace), how do we reconcile the prominence of a violent God in Jewish tradition? In this session, we will wrestle with this important, and troubling, question.

The American Jewish Experience in Song
Thursdays, November 1, 15, and 29, from 7:45 to 9 pm

Cantor Jamie Gloth
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Music and song are integral part of our Jewish religious and cultural identity. Come to this three part series to explore how, as new immigrants to this country, we used song to express our hardships and determination, and how song later conveyed our experience as full-fledged Americans. Learn about how both Jewish song and the mainstream American culture influenced one another. This class will Include listening to and watching Yiddish theater, the Golden Age of Hazzanut, and much more.

Women of the Wall
Monday, November 5, from 7:45 to 9:15 pm

Lesley Sacks
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Women of the Wall (WOW) is an organization whose stated mission is to attain social and legal recognition of the right of women - collectively and out loud - to wear a tallit (prayer shawl), pray, and chant from the Torah at the Western Wall. WOW attempts to achieve its goals through social advocacy, education, and empowerment. Come hear from Lesley Sacks, executive director of WOW, about this organization, its mission and successes and challenges. Sponsored by TA Kesher Committee.


A Parent’s Guide to Common Mental Health Concerns for Children
Sunday, November 18, from 10 to 11:30 am Dr. Sandra DeJong

Dr. Sandra DeJong, child and adolescent psychiatrist, will lead an interactive presentation about common issues facing our children from elementary school
age through early adolescence like managing stress, anxiety, and depression. The presentation will explore what we should expect with this age group, when to be concerned, and whether social media and screen time cause depression and anxiety. Dr. DeJong will both present information and provide ample time for questions and answers. Co-sponsored by Mercaz Aliyah and TA’s Mental Health Initiative.


Tell Me More About the Truth of Immigration Issues: A Panel Discussion
Sunday, November 18 / From 2 to 4:30 pm Gerald C. Rovner, J.D. and other panelists

Immigration continues to be one of the hottest topics facing our country today. Come to this panel discussion, led by immigration attorney Gerry Rovner, and
learn about how foreign nationals may lawfully enter this country, file lawfully for asylum, “Zero Tolerance,” and about the effects of the present immigration policies on families whose children were taken from their parents. Presenters on this panel will include lawyers and individuals who have had hands-on experience in detention centers and in the court system. Sponsored by Immigration Subcommittee of Temple Aliyah Social Committee.

Reading from the Torah 101: You Can Do It!

Cantor Jamie Gloth
Contact Cantor Gloth to schedule your learning times by calling him at the Temple office or by emailing him at [email protected].

Did you learn to read from the Torah for your bar or bat mitzvah and forget how to do it? Maybe you never got a chance to learn? Here’s your opportunity! In a supportive, nonjudgmental environment, Cantor 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.

Sunday, December 2, from 9 am to 5 pm Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington Street, Newton

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At LimmudBoston “Everyone is a Learner.” Join hundreds of other Jews from the greater Boston area at nearly one hundred lectures, workshops, and hands-on sessions exploring Torah, Jewish texts, life-cycle events, spirituality, meditation, movement, music, food, and much more. Temple Aliyah is particularly proud of LimmudBoston because many of our members present at, and attend, LimmudBoston. Additionally, our very own Alan Teperow, Temple Aliyah Director of Engagement, is a past chair of Limmud Boston and presently sits on the advisory board.

Please click here to see the biographies of all of the instructors in this year's Adult Ed programs.



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...?

Did you know that Gan Aliyah Preschool is a fabulous place for young children and families? Do you or someone you know have a young child between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old?  Gan Aliyah seamlessly integrates secular and Judaic early childhood learning in deeply meaningful ways that support a love of Judaism, family and community. To set up a time to visit, email or call Director of Early Childhood Education Debbi Fendell at 781-444-8522.

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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.