Second Session


(starting end of January and extending through June)


Immigration and Refugees

January 7

From 7:00 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.  This two-part class addresses the complex and emotional issues relating to immigration and refugees, and allows for open and honest conversation.  During the first session, we explored the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in addressing these important and sensitive subjects.  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.


A Conversation about Intermarriage

February 1

7:45 pm after minyan. 

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Please join Rabbi Perkins for a conversation about intermarriage in an effort to seek better to understand it.  Intermarriage is a fact of life for just about all of us. Many members of our families, and many members of our congregation are in interfaith relationships. We should try to understand the sociological, psychological and religious aspects and implications of intermarriage. We should also try to understand and appreciate various perspectives toward officiation. 


Jewish Identity, White Privilege, and Black Lives Matter: Time for an Internal Conversation

Sundays, January 21 and February 4

From 10 am to 12 noon

Melissa Patrick

Registration required and slots filled on a first come first served basis.  There will be a wait list if necessary. Cl;ick here to register.

Come and explore the intersection of race and Jewish Identity.  In this intensive four-hour workshop, Melissa Patrick, founder and senior consultant of Equity and Expectations, will guide participants to self reflect on their attitudes and ideas of how race matters in our daily lives.  Through sharing of personal stories, participants will have the opportunity to develop a vocabulary for, and an understanding of, the concepts involved in talking about race relations.  The class will place particular emphasis on the concept and incidents of micro-aggression, which is an indirect or unintended verbal or physical act of discrimination against members of marginalized groups.  Participants will also explore ways of talking about race in a respectful and forthright manner. 

This workshop is delivered in two, 2-hour workshops. Reading and homework will be assigned before the first and second sessions.  Attendance is required at both sessions.  Co-Sponsored with social action committee.


Jews and Tattoos

Sunday, February 11

From 9:45 - 11:15 am

David Bernat, Ph.D.

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Tattooing has long been a cultural taboo among Jews, owing mainly to the traditional understanding that the Torah has a blanket prohibition on the practice.  Nevertheless, with the growing acceptance of the practice across society, many Jews, especially our youth, have been getting "inked."  This phenomenon has provoked emotional responses on both sides of the issue, and has resulted in some inter-generational tension.  This session will offer a clear-eyed examination of the relevant sources of Jewish law and practice concerning tattooing.  The goal of the program will be to examine the arguments surrounding tattooing in Judaism and not to promote a particular viewpoint.  Using this knowledge base, the program will help participants engage in civil discourse and respectful dialogue.  Co-Sponsored with Youth Committee.


A Brief Introduction to the Book of Job

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, and 27

From 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins

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For anyone who imagines that the Bible provides easy answers to difficult questions, the Book of Job will be eye opening.  This difficult and perplexing book tells the story of a blameless, upright person who, nevertheless, suffers greatly with God standing by.  Why does this happen to him?  What did he do wrong? Did he even do anything wrong?  Join us as we discuss these questions and also explore what this apparently unprovoked suffering says about God and about human beings.  We will also talk about whether Job and his situation are unique or typical.  Texts and discussion will be in English. 


Talmudic Learning

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, and 20

From 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins

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The Talmud consists of sixty-three tractates, containing the teachings of thousands of rabbis on a plethora of subjects, including Halacha (law), Jewish ethics, customs, and history.  There are some who devote their entire lives to studying this rich and interesting part of our sacred Jewish texts.  In this class, Rabbi Perkins will engage participants in study of several classic Talmudic passages. Texts and discussion will be in English.  No prior exposure to Talmud necessary!   


Third Annual Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat

Sunday and Monday, March 11 and 12

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA

For questions, contact Alan Teperow, Temple Aliyah Director of Engagement, at [email protected].

Registration required and limited spaces filled on a first come first served basis.   There will be a charge for this retreat.  

Plan to join your fellow congregants for an event you will be talking about—and feeling the benefits of—long after you leave! Choose from a variety of group activities, yoga, and movement classes at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires.  Join Rabbi Perkins, Alan Teperow, and members of the Temple Aliyah community for a two day retreat that includes great yoga and thought-provoking lectures and events. Come for self-care, and enjoy gentle or advanced yoga classes, introspective workshops, a hike around Kripalu’s magnificent grounds, a visit to the sauna, a soothing massage – or just some solo time.  Space is limited for this popular retreat and slots fill quickly so register now if you hope to attend!  Sponsored by Engagement Committee.


Passover:  There’s a Lot to Learn!

Sunday, March 18

Keep an eye out for ComingUp and consult for more information when it becomes available

Make your Passover more meaningful!  In this synagogue-wide program, scheduled right before Passover, there will be separate offerings for adults and children to learn about customs, traditions, and observances relating to Passover.  Plan to attend this program as part of your Passover preparations, and add depth to your own Passover observance!  Keep an eye out in the ComingUps for more information.  Co-Sponsored with Mercaz Aliyah.


Shabbat HaGadol Speaker:  More Passover Learning

Shabbat, March 24

No registration required.

Shabbat HaGadol (the “Great" Sabbath) comes on the Shabbat immediately preceding Passover.  The explanation of the term for this day is unclear.  Some say that it refers to the lengthy sermon on a Passover theme that was customarily delivered on that day.  At Temple Aliyah, we generally invite a guest speaker to join us on Shabbat HaGadol (though, not to worry: the talk is generally no longer than a usual d’var torah!).  Keep an eye out at the ComingUp for details on this year’s Shabbat HaGadol speaker and add to your Passover learning.  Co-Sponsored with Ritual Committee.


Anti-Semitism: Origins to Today

Sunday, Match 25

2:00 - 3:30 pm

David Bernat, Ph.D.

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In recent years, we have seen an uptick in Anti-Semitism, internationally and close to home. What accounts for this disturbing phenomenon and trend? In this session, we will look at the ancient origins and dynamics of Anti-Semitism, the systemic hostility to Jews in many societies, and consider how those origins can give us perspective on the current situation.  Co-sponsored with Men’s Club.


Grieving and Coping with Loss

Thursdays, April 26, May 3, 10, and 17

From 7:45 to 9:00 pm

Cantor Jamie Gloth

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Grieving the loss of a loved one can be lonely, and doing so while trying to continue to live your life can leave one feeling lost oneself. Join us as we examine and explore our experiences through sharing, writing, and music. We will learn from one another and our tradition tools to help cope with the many issues that surround moving on, all in a confidential and safe space.  Co-Sponsored with Hesed Committee.


Jewish Grandparents of Children in Interfaith Families

Elana Kling Perkins

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, and 15

Starting at 7:45 to approximately 9:00 pm

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What is your role as a Jewish grandparent in an interfaith family?  How do you discuss religious and cultural issues with your child and his or her family?  What is appropriate to say or do?  How might you engage your grandchildren in Judaism in ways that are appropriate for your children and their families, regardless of how the grandchildren are being raised?  And,  what if that is not an option?

Come discuss the issues you face.  Challenges will be addressed and practical ideas will be offered.  Co-Sponsored with Staying Connected.


Shabbat Shizaam- A Learning Shibam!  Workshops and Activities for Congregants of All Ages, Featuring Rabbi Carl Perkins, Temple Aliyah Marah D'Atrah

Shabbat, April 28 (beginning after Shabbat Services from about 11:00 am to 1:30 pm)

Keep an eye out for ComingUp and consult for more information when it become available

Come celebrate our community's culture of learning and inquisitiveness, and honor our lead teacher Rabbi Perkins on Shabbat Shizam:  A Learning Shibam!  After a slightly shorter morning service on this Shabbat, children and adults of all ages will have the opportunity to study different aspects of one particular topic (tba!) from some of our community's most learned members at several different brief workshops (there will be age appropriate learning activities and classes for children as well!).  The Shabbat learning will culminate in the keynote address of Rabbi Perkins.  Of course, there will be plenty of time to discuss these matters during the fabled Temple Aliyah Kiddush.  Don’t miss out!  Mark your calendar now! 


Wise Aging:  New Group Forming in 2018

Group forming in Spring

For more information, contact Alan Teperow, Director of Engagement

By popular demand, Temple Aliyah proudly offers the second iteration of Wise Aging, a class designed specifically for the more mature congregant reaching his or her mid-sixties and early seventies.   This workshop specifically targets those in this age category, many of whom can look forward to two of three more decades of good health and vitality full of rich opportunities for discovery, enthusiasm, and creativity.  This workshop offers social, emotional, and spiritual insights into addressing the joys and challenges of these years.  In other words, it helps people to think about Wise Aging!  Keep a look out at ComingUp for further details and registration information.  Co-Sponsored with Staying Connected.



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.