Mental Health Initiative

Temple Aliyah’s Mental Health Initiative (MHI) is comprised primarily of passionate mental health professionals, doctors, nurses and other health care providers. Newly formed in May 2017, our goal is to lessen the stigma around any kind of mental or behavioral health issues and bring community and caring to those dealing with these challenges.

If you are going through a difficult time, Temple Aliyah wants to be here to help and offer what we can:  a community of caring friends, a shoulder to lean on, a warm hug, and a hand ready to reach out to you. Whether it is spiritual support from our clergy, understanding and tips from other members who have “been there,” or a place of peace surrounded by your community, Temple Aliyah is here for you.

If you would like to be contacted by either Rabbi Carl Perkins, Rabbi Leslie Gordon, or Cantor Jamie Gloth, please call the Temple at 781-444-8522.

We are proud to present our online Resource Guide (pdf file, which will download to your computer or open in a new window or tab, depending on your browser settings). We hope you find it a compassionate and comprehensive guide, especially if you are first starting out on your journey or are simply at a loss at to where to turn.

We will send out an online questionnaire to the entire congregation in the upcoming weeks to help us develop programming that will be relevant and useful to our community. You only need fill out what you are comfortable sharing, and you may choose to identify yourself or remain anonymous.

Please note: The Mental Health Initiative was created for the purpose of building support in our Temple Aliyah community for those experiencing challenging circumstances. Any resources suggested through this website or through the Mental Health Initiative’s programming are being provided solely for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon for accuracy or completeness.  These resources are not intended to substitute for the advice, diagnosis or treatment by qualified mental health professionals or other health care providers.


MHI Upcoming Programs for 2018:

Sunday, March 18, 4:30 pm
An uplifting spiritual and musical Healing Service, followed by a nosh

Thursday, March 22, 7:45 pm

A talk on Adolescent Anxiety by Dr. Susan Swick, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Susan Swick, MD, MPH is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she is also the Director of the PACT Program (Parenting at a Challenging Time) at the hospital’s Vernon Cancer Center. Under her leadership, the division has created a new community health initiative, “The Resilience Project,” a partnership with local high schools to promote the mental health and well-being of youth and their families. She is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she directs a course on Parent Guidance for the Child Psychiatry fellows. She and her husband live in Newton, where they have four children in the public school system. 

For more information about the Mental Health Initiative or its programs, please contact [email protected].


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 celebration of Rabbi Perkins’ more than 25 years at Temple Aliyah, here is this week's question: Did you know that more than 30 adults at Temple Aliyah have participated in one of the five past Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah classes? If you are interested in becoming an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please contact Rabbi Perkins.

Want to learn more fun facts about Temple Aliyah? Click here!

If you have a fun fact about Temple Aliyah you’d like to share with our community, please email [email protected].

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 2017-18.