“[I]n six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day God ceased from work and was refreshed.”  Exodus 31:17 (translation from Etz Hayim, 2001).


Come to Temple Aliyah on Shabbat, where virtually each week there are study sessions or some sort of alternative service. All sessions and services are designed so that you may come solely to partake in them, or so that you will be able to join the main service for at least the beginning of the Torah service.


Torah On Two Feet

Rabbi Leslie Gordon and Rabbi Carl Perkins

Shabbatot, October 28, November 11, December 9, January 13, January 20, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 14, April 21, May 12, May 19, June 9, and June 16


Add some more Torah learning to your Shabbat!  Jump in with both feet and engage in an in depth study of the week's Torah portion two Shabbat mornings each month.  Rabbis Leslie Gordon and Carl Perkins will lead this study group on Shabbat mornings during the first part of Shacharit.  The study will end in time for the beginning of the Torah service.  Come to all of the study sessions or just drop in to an individual session and enhance your Shabbat.


Poses d'Zimra:  Shabbat Morning Yoga Service

(Tenative dates) Shabbatot, October 21, November 18, December 16

Jan 20, February 10, March 24, and April 28

Devora Rohr

For further information contact Devora, Temple Aliyah Shabbat Education Director, at 781-444-8522 or [email protected]


Enjoy and celebrate Shabbat in a whole new way.  This alternative service allows you to “daven with your body” using basic yoga postures, slow flowing vinyasa, selected Shabbat morning prayers, and kavannah (guiding intentions).  No prior yoga or davenning experience necessary!  This service is designed to enable you to join the main service at or before the beginning of the Torah service.  Please consult the Temple Aliyah website and ComingUp for dates.


Shabbat Meditation

Shabbatot, October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2

From 9:15-10:15 am

Naomi Litrownik

For further information contact Naomi at [email protected]


Creating Sacred Space in our lives encourages us to be more fully present (Hineni) in a meaningful and peaceful way.  What better time to engage in this creative and contemplative practice than on a Shabbat morning?  This monthly meditation is open to all, regardless of experience.  Come and let yourself enjoy the peacefulness of Shabbat in this alternative manner.  This meditation is designed to enable you to join the main service at or before the beginning of the Torah service.

Shabbat D’var Torah

Each Shabbat

Rabbi Carl Perkins


Question:  Why include the weekly D’Var Torah in an adult education booklet?  Answer:  Why not?  At Temple Aliyah, Rabbi Perkins, or an occasional guest, discusses themes from the week’s Torah portion and connects them to our daily lives.  The D’var Torah, which comes after the Torah is returned to the Ark each Shabbat, helps us to use one of our most sacred texts to approach problems and issues of our contemporary world.  Come on Shabbat morning just to hear the D’var Torah, or stay for the entire service.  Either way, you will nourish your soul and stimulate your mind.


Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Ancestors)

Shabbatot between Pesach and Shavuot, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19

From 12:15–1:30 pm (approximately)


The great Jewish sage Hillel once said, “Don’t separate yourself from the community!”  He also said, “Do not judge a fellow human being until you have stood in his or her place!”  Hillel clearly cared about people and about the role that community can play in helping them. Where do we turn to read Hillel’s words?  The answer:  the Talmudic tractate called “Avot” (“Fathers,” “Ancestors,” or “Leaders”).

Join us on the Shabbatot between Pesach and Shavuot when we will again follow the ancient custom of studying and exploring the thought-provoking ethical aphorisms of this classic work.  And, please note:  absolutely no Hebrew facility is necessary.  Although we will read the the text in Hebrew, we will also read it in English, and no Hebrew is necessary to participate in or contribute to this informal seminar.


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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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.