Second Session


(Early winter and spring classes)


Temple Aliyah Shabbaton
Shabbat, January 12

Celebrate Shabbat with your Temple Aliyah community and enjoy a day of learning and participation. Mark your calendar for Temple Aliyah’s annual, much-anticipated Shabbaton, where a scholar-in-residence will deliver a dvar torah and congregants lead services. For more details stay tuned to ComingUp.

Evening with the Clergy with TAK26
Saturday, January 12 / Beginning at 7:30 pm At the home of a congregant

Calling all parents of kids in preschool through sixth grade! Come to a gathering with other parents for a kid free night of socializing and learning. The evening, based on last year’s highly successful night, will feature dessert, good company, good conversation, capped with a clergy-led discussion on topics relating to raising Jewish children. Keep an eye on ComingUp for details and how to rsvp. Sponsored by TA- K26.

Civil Discourse in Stressful Times
Sunday, January 27 / From 9:30 to 11 am

David Bernat, Ph.D.
Registration preferred.  Go to

Wherever you stand on the political and ideological spectrum, it is hard not to recognize the polarizing and divisive nature of our public discourse. We seem to have forgotten how to debate and dissent with both vigor and respect. In our learning sessions, we will tackle this issue by examining rabbinic norms of argumentation and civil discourse, and study some dramatic tales highlighting the consequences of Jews behaving at their best and worst.

Sisterhood Shabbat
Shabbat, February 2

Join us on this special Shabbat as the women of Temple Aliyah lead the congregation in prayers, English and Hebrew readings, and chanting from the Torah. A guest speaker will deliver a dvar torah, and a festive Kiddush will follow the service. More details to come in ComingUp.

Current Concepts in Aging, Memory, and Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, March 7; Tuesday, April 2; and Tuesday, May 7 / From 7 to 9 pm

Staff from the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Rebecca Amariglio, PhD; Seth Gale, MD; Lenore Jackson- Pope, RN; Leah Levine; and Hope Schwartz
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As life expectancy increases in the U.S. and globally, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is on the rise. Please join us for a fascinating and informative three-part series presented by clinicians, researchers and other staff from the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (CART). Each session will feature a one-hour presentation with an opportunity for questions in the second hour. The first session will address the fundamentals of normal aging, memory and Alzheimer’s disease, and will include information for caregivers of people living with dementia. In the second session, we will show the compelling NOVA documentary “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” and explore this disease which strikes at the core of what makes us human: our capacity to think, to love and to remember. The documentary also includes what researchers, including those at CART, are doing to find a cure and the role people play in participating in clinical trials. In the final session, we review healthy behaviors which significant evidence shows can decrease the chance of developing new or worsening cognitive problems. This session will focus on modifiable risk factors for dementia, and review current research in diet, mindfulness, sleep, exercise, and social and cognitive activities, as well as lifestyle changes you can make today to maximize your brain health for the future.

Men’s Club Shabbat
Shabbat, March 16

Come celebrate Shabbat at services arranged and led by men of the congregation. At this highly regarded service, Men’s Club brings in a speaker to deliver the dvar torah on a topic relevant to today’s world. Men’s Club Shabbat services are capped with an elaborate Kiddush. Keep an eye out for ComingUp for more details!

Fourth Annual Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat
Sunday and Monday, March 24 and 25

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
There is a charge for this event and spaces are limited. To sign up and for more information, contact Alan Teperow, Director of Engagement, at [email protected].

Find calmness, compassion, and clarity at Kripalu. Plan NOW to join TA’s Adult Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat at the world renowned Kripalu Center. Come for self-care, enjoy gentle or advanced yoga classes, or participate in introspective workshops. Enjoy some solo time - take a hike around Kripalu’s magnificent grounds, visit  the sauna, or treat yourself to a soothing massage. Whatever you choose to do at Kripalu, you are certain to return home refreshed! Sponsored by TA Kehillah Committee.

From Bimah to Broadway: How Jewish Music Influenced Broadway
Thursdays, March 28, April 4, and April 11 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm

Cantor Jamie Gloth
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What do Kurt Weill, Jacques Offenbach, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Al Jolson, George Burns and Steve Lawrence all have in common? They were all sons of cantors. Perhaps that is why Jewish music has left its indelible mark on Broadway. Explore how a minority culture infused and enriched the Broadway musical stage with its music, transforming the popular music of mid-twentieth-century America. Listen to famous Broadway standards in a whole new way!

Passover University

Sunday, April 7 / From 10 am to 1 pm
Cantor Jamie Gloth, Alisa Levine, and other speakers

Make your Passover even more meaningful! In this synagogue-wide program, there will be educational offerings for congregants of all ages - adult and children - to learn about customs, traditions, and observances relating to Passover. Attend this program as part of your Passover preparations and add depth to your own Passover observance. Keep an eye on ComingUp and the temple website for more information. Co-Sponsored with Mercaz Aliyah.

Jewish Perspectives on Mental Health

Sundays, April 28 and May 5 / From 4:30 to 6 pm

Lynn Dennis, LICSW
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Most of us, regardless of our religious, cultural and ethnic background, face challenges in maintaining our mental health. However, our belief systems may affect how we interpret our problems, how we define wellness, and how we develop confidence in our ability to heal. In this two-session class we will consider these ideas through a Jewish perspective considering concepts such as sin, forgiveness and acceptance, free will, gender roles and hierarchies, minority vs. assimilation status, and more.

Islamic Sects and Movements
Tuesday, May 14 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm

Keith Lewinstein, Ph.D.
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This workshop will introduce the main sectarian identities in Islam, focusing on their historical origins and on their expression in modern religious and political movements. If you have heard of Sunnism and Shi‘ism but would like to know more, then this workshop is for you. If you have not heard of them at all, then it is also for you. Come learn about these sects as well as the meaning of terms like Salafism, Kharijism, and Tablighi Jama’at.

Coming to America: Jews of New England and Rhode Island — A Tour of Touro Synagogue In Newport
Sunday, June 2

There is a charge for this event and spaces may be limited. Registration preferred. Go to

”[H]appily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance . . . ” George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregations of Newport, Rhode Island, 1790. Come see this letter and learn about the Touro Synagogue and the history of the Jews of New England and Rhode Island. Dedicated in December 1763, this National Historic Site served as the center of Jewish life in Newport from the height of Newport’s prosperity, to the lows of the city’s near destruction during the Revolutionary War, to the present - almost 250 years later - where it continues to act as a vital part of Newport’s Jewish life. On this trip, we will take a guided tour of the synagogue and visit its extensive exhibits. Keep an eye out for more information in ComingUp. Co-Sponsored with TA Kehillah Committee.

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.    

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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.