Mental Health Initiative

Temple Aliyah’s Mental Health Initiative (MHI) is comprised primarily of passionate mental health professionals. Formed in May 2017, our goal is to lessen the stigma around any kind of mental or behavioral health issues or social-emotional challenges 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, 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.

Please know that our clergy are eager to be supportive of anyone who needs help or guidance.  If you would like to be contacted by either Rabbi Carl Perkins, Rabbi Leslie Gordon, or Cantor Jamie Gloth, please call the synagogue office at 781-444-8522.

We are proud to present our online Resource Guide (pdf file, updated 8/21/19, 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 as to where to turn.

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 Program Dates:

A Congregant’s Journey: A View from Within
Thursday, November 14 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm

Michael Jay
Registration preferred.

What is it like to live with mental health struggles as a young adult? Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear from Michael Jay, who grew up at Temple Aliyah, as he shares his experience of discovering and learning to live and cope with his neurodivergence. Michael will take us from the time he began to sense something was “not quite right,” to learning his diagnosis and, ultimately, to determining his needs to live a full life. Temple congregant Rebecca Kotkin, LICSW, will facilitate Michael’s talk followed by a question and answer session. Rabbi Leslie Gordon will help anchor Michael’s journey in a context of Jewish responses to illness and healing. Come welcome Michael as he shares his personal story.


Become a Dementia Friend at Temple Aliyah
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm
Beth Soltzberg, MSW, MBA
Registration preferred.

Dementia Friends is a global movement, with over 17 million participants, that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Come join the movement as Beth Soltzberg, Director, Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program at Jewish Family & Children's Service, leads this 1-hour interactive workshop. Participants will learn what it’s like to live with dementia, how we can each make a difference in our community, and each will become an official “Dementia Friend”! This workshop is appropriate for adults and high school students. Students in the TACOS program or who do community service through Temple Aliyah will receive credit. For more information, visit

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.    

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Did you know...?

Did you know that Temple Aliyah is a member of Mayyim Hayyim, a beautiful mikveh in Newton? Did you know this entitles a limited number of congregants to a free immersion gift certificate? To learn more about the benefits and reasons behind an immersion, please visit the Mayyim Hayyim website. To schedule an immersion 1) request your immersion appointment online  2) wait 24 hours for a response, 3) show up at the designated time, and 4) let them know you are a member of Temple Aliyah.

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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 on 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.