Second Session



Jewish Music Coffeehouse with Joey Baron.

Saturday January 21, 8:00 pm

Cost:  $10 if purchased on or before noon, January 20;  $15 at the door.  To purchase tickets, go to

Ethiopian Israeli Funk?  Yiddish punk cabaret?  Hebrew Qaawli music?   Klezmer and chazzanot and more? 

There’s a whole world off wild and wonderful Jewish music. Enjoy desserts and all you can drink coffee delights from Espresso Dave during this one of a kind coffeehouse:  an evening filled with great music, videos, anecdotes, stories, laughter, and fun. Learn about the power and ubiquitousness of Jewish music along with  from the unique perspective of Temple Aliyah’s home grown musical maven. 


Afternoon Study of Women In Exodus

Thursdays, March 2, 9 and 23, April 6

From 1:20-2:30 pm

Hebrew College

Jevin Eagle

Registration required.  To register, please click here

This four part series will examine the central role that women play in the account of Exodus, refocusing the often male centered recounting of this story.  Exploring four key female protagonists at the beginning of the book of Exodus - Miriam, Pharaoh's daughter, and the two midwives Shifrah and Puah - the class will present a new outlook on the story. Come study and seek answers to the question of what is special about these women?  Learn what this says about the Torah more broadly.  The syllabus for this class will include the Torah text as well as the Talmud and medieval and modern commentators on Torah, all of which will be provided.


Jewish Migration and a Lens to Growing Up Jewish in Far Off Places

Sunday, March 26, 9:30 am (Refreshments will be served)

David Bernat, Ph.D.

To register (not required), click here.

Did you ever wonder why Jews live in all parts of the world?  This workshop will focus on how, when, and why Jews are dispersed throughout the entire world.  We will then have the opportunity to hear from congregants about the experience of growing up Jewish in different parts of the world.

Click here to watch the video of this class:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI


Jewish Customs from Around the World

Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28

From 7:45 pm

Rabbi Carl Perkins

Registration required. To register, please click here.

Celebrating the centenary of the publication of the fascinating and inviting encyclopedic work, Otzar Dinim u'Minhagim (translated: “A Treasury of Jewish Law and Lore"), by J.D. Einstein, Rabbi Perkins will teach about a variety of Jewish laws and customs and how they are presented in the work.  We will also learn about the amazing life of the immensely learned and prolific author of this intriguing work:  traditional in practice, yet also refreshingly open to the modern world, Eisenstein was born before the Civil War and died after the creation of the State of Israel!  There is much to learn about -- and from -- his life.


Muhammad, the Qur’an, and Islam

Tuesdays, May 16 and 23, June 6

8:00-9:30 pm

Keith Lewinstein

Registration required.  To register, click here.

This workshop will introduce you to two fundamental pieces of the Islamic religious tradition - prophet and scripture - through reading and discussion of selected texts.  We’ll try to understand how each emerged historically and in dialogue with Jewish and Christian teachings, and how each fits within the broader Islamic tradition.  Time permitting, we’ll also consider modern Muslim readings of the Qur’an and interpretations of Muhammad’s career.


This class has been postponed indefinitely.

Jewish Grandparents of Children in Interfaith Families -

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 22, and 29

Elana Kling Perkins

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.                                                                                                                                                          


Mindfulness Meditation from a Jewish Perspective

Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, and 29

From 6:30-7:30 pm

Naomi Litrownik

For further information and to register, contact Naomi Litrownik at [email protected]

What is so Jewish about Mindfulness and Meditation?  Mindfulness and Meditation workshops, exercises, and centers are plentiful in our secular culture.  Discover what is so Jewish about these phenomena in this four-session course, and begin a practice of your own.


Second Annual Adult Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat

Sunday and Monday, March 19 and 20

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Registration required; There will be a fee for this program.  For further information and to register, contact Alan Teperow, Director of Planning and Engagement, at [email protected]

“You have nothing to do, no place to go….”  That’s the mantra of the faculty and yoga instructors at the Kripalu Center.  Imagine yourself in an idyllic environment, without the disturbance of a cell phone ring, the noise of a television, the burden of work.  In short, imagine yourself immersed in a world with no worries.

This program allows you “to get away from it all” for two whole days through soul-searching, celebrating, or simply remembering who you are when not absorbed by the commotion and pressures of family, work, and life.  Come for self-care classes, gentle or advanced yoga classes, introspective workshops, a sauna experience, a soothing massage, or just for some solo time hiking.  Join other Temple Aliyah members to “explore the power of you.”  Return home renewed from the inside out.  This program is sold out quickly and back by popular demand.  Don’t miss out!

Sunday, April 2

Rabbi Carl Perkins, Alisa Levine

The Talmud teaches us that we should review the laws and traditions of Passover during the month prior to the holiday to enable us to enjoy and experience the holiday to the utmost.  In that spirit, "Passover University" offers a variety of topics relating to Passover, including sessions exploring themes of the holiday such as Passover melodies and recipes, leading kid and family friendly seders, and making a kosher for Passover home without going overboard.  Join this fun filled and enlightening day and enhance your Passover holiday.