Kiddush Conversations



Shabbatot, October 20, November 17, December 1, December 15, January 5, February 9, March 23, April 13, and June 15
After Kiddush
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Conversations led by members of Temple Aliyah

Join the conversation!  At Kiddush Conversations, a member of the Temple Aliyah community draws upon his or her areas of expertise and leads a Conversation on a topic of his or her choosing.  These Conversations provide an opportunity for our community to explore topics beyond the standard Shabbat fare in a casual environment.  And, we get to savor Shabbat together just a little bit more!  Come learn and join the conversation!

Shabbat, October 20 (Alisa Levine, Presenter)
Love Peace and Pursue Peace.

Shalom is a Hebrew word so commonly used that it has practically made its way into the English language. Our rabbis’ teachings implore us: Ohev Shalom v’Rodef Shalom , “Love Peace and Pursue Peace.” While it is easy, of course, to love peace, it seems to be much more difficult to keep peace. Why is keeping peace so hard? This year’s synagogue-wide theme, and the theme for the Mercaz Aliyah community, focuses on this important teaching. Many of the synagogue’s and religious school’s programs will focus on grappling with the concept of how we as individuals, and as a community, can do our best to find ways not just to love peace, but also to pursue it. Come to this Kiddush Conversation for a discussion about this important concept.

Shabbat, November 17 (Ronald Waife, Presenter)
Beyond “Fiddler”: A More Complete Sholom Aleichem

The world has loved the musical Fiddler on the Roof for 50 years, and for most people who have heard of the Yiddish writer on whose stories it is based – Sholom Aleichem – that is all they know of him. This Conversation will be a chance to hear his great-grandson present a mix of information and insights on his short but eventful life, his large family, the great variety of subjects he covered in works other than the Tevye stories, and more. Participants can share questions as well as personal stories of the impact Sholom Aleichem had on their families. By the end, perhaps a more complete picture of this complicated, gentle and all-too-human genius will emerge.

Shabbat, December 1 (David Lintz, Presenter)
The Fourth Book of the Maccabees.

Do you remember the story of Chanah and her seven sons? Summoned before Antiochus and given the choice between abandoning the Torah and martyrdom, the sons chose martyrdom. In this Kiddush Conversation, David will lead a discussion about this story as told in the Fourth Book of the Maccabees. Although not canonical to Jews, this book provides insights into how Jews living in a world infused with Hellenistic thought understood fidelity to their faith and what it meant to live their lives with integrity.

Shabbat, December 15 (Harvey Greenberg, Presenter)
Difficult Conversations: What makes them so difficult?

There are some conversations we know we should have with someone with whom we have a relationship; yet, at the same time, we work hard to avoid having those conversations. Perhaps we shy away from these conversations because it feels safer and less stressful not to have them. The result of that avoidance, however, can take a large toll on us personally and the very relationships we seek to protect. In this Kiddush Conversation, Harvey will help us explore a framework for tackling tough discussions, along with offering a few hints about how to shift our mindset towards a confident approach to talking through challenging issues in our relationships.

Shabbat, January 5 (Karen Feldscher, Presenter)
What, exactly, is public health?

We all know that public health is important—but just what is it? Is it about making sure people get vaccines? Making sure our water is clean? Stopping malaria or HIV? The answers are yes, yes, and yes—and more. Come to this Kiddush Conversation where Karen will share insights she gained through her investigation into a variety of public health issues in her work in communications at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She will also discuss challenges that public health experts face and how the field of public health serves the goal of Tikkun Olam.

Shabbat, February 9 (Gerald Rovner, J.D., Presenter)
Immigration: Should we - and if so how can we - be engaged in this issue?

Over the past year and a half, immigration has become a hot button topic. Policies and regulations have changed and treatment of foreign nationals seeking asylum has been dramatically altered. What are the issues? What is “lawful” and what is not? Learn about these issues from Gerry Rovner, an immigration attorney, and discuss whether and how you can be engaged.

Shabbat, March 23 (Rachael Rosner, Ph.D., Presenter)
The Life and Times of Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Father of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.

Have you ever wondered what Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is? Is it different from psychotherapy? Whether you are familiar with psychotherapy or are just curious about this ubiquitous yet esoteric practice we call psychotherapy, come join Rachael Rosner, author of an upcoming biography of Dr. Aaron T. Beck—father- figure of Cognitive Behavior Therapy—as she shares her expertise with us about the fascinating history of psychotherapy. She will focus especially on her foray over the last six years into Dr. Beck’s personal collection of papers, the culmination of which will appear in her book tentatively titled America’s Freud: A Biography of Aaron T. Beck.

Shabbat, April 13 (Ken Baltin, Presenter)
Acts of Innocence and Experience.

Acting, for some, is a lifelong quest for spiritual freedom through self-revelation. It is driven by the powerful unmet needs of the child and the incorporation of passionate points of view drawn from life experience. In communion with an audience, these come together in a character portrayal that is re-explored performance to performance, always manifesting as the character seeking spiritual freedom through self-revelation. Come join us for a fascinating Conversation as Ken Baltin shares his points of view on acting as an art and as a path through life.

Shabbat, June 15 (Rabbi William Kaufman, Presenter)
Martin Buber’s Philosophy of Personalism and its Relevance to Society.

What did Martin Buber mean by an I-Thou relationship? How does it compare to an I-It relationship? An I-thou relationship embodies a philosophy of personalism built on the infinite uniqueness of each person. Come join Rabbi Kaufman as he teaches and leads us in conversation about these concepts and how our society might be enriched by the philosophy of personalism. Rabbi Kaufman will also touch upon the meaning of “personalism."

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


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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 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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