Sermons by Guest Speakers

During the summer, as well as on certain special occasions, sermons are given by guest speakers, usually lay members of Temple Aliyah. We also have guest speakers for certain events, such as Shabbaton, or Sisterhood and Men's Club Shabbat.  In addition as part of our annual Tikkun Layl Shavuot, we have a series of "Sermon Slams." These are included here.

If you would like to give a sermon, please contact Rabbi Perkins with your idea.

Recent sermons by Rabbi Perkins can be found here.


December 30, 2017 Parashat Vay'hi Deaths of the Patriarchs by Gil Brodsky  
December 16, 2017 Parashat Miketz Scholar-in-Residence Mark Sokoll  
July 31, 2017 Erev Tisha B'Av Running, juxtaposed by Becca Rausch  
July 15, 2017 Parashat Pinchas We Are All Foot Soldiers by Evie Weinstein-Park  
July 8, 2017 Parashat Balak A Drashah for Parashat Balak by Sarah Burns  
May 30, 2017 Erev Shavuot Sermon Slam- Ethan Fener  
    Sermon Slam- Laura Kaufman  
    Sermon Slam- Rabbi William Kaufman  
    Sermon Slam- Peter Krupp  
    Sermon Slam- Vicki Krupp  
    Sermon Slam- Naomi Litrownik  
April 15, 2017 Hol Hamoed Pesach Dry Bones: Ezekiel's Valley in Rwanda by Gil Brodsky  


June 11, 2016 Erev Shavuot Sermon Slam- Lynn Baum  
    Sermon Slam- Stephen Baum  
    Sermon Slam- Rabbi William Kaufman  
    Sermon Slam- Don Lassman  
    Sermon Slam- Naomi Litrownik  
    Sermon Slam- Lori Resnick  
    Sermon Slam- David Sherman  
    Sermon Slam- Cantor Linda Sue Sohn  


May 23, 2015 Erev Shavuot Sermon Slam- Lynn Baum  
    Sermon Slam- Stephen Baum  
    Sermon Slam- Fred Borgenicht  
    Sermon Slam- Rabbi William Kaufman  
    Sermon Slam- Naomi Litrownik  
    Sermon Slam- Lori Resnick  
    Sermon Slam- Dave Sherman  
January 31, 2015 Parashat Beshalach Dvar by Aliza Berger
January 10, 2015 Parashat Shemot Sisterhood Shabbat- Guest Speaker Rabbi Abby Sosland Part 1
  Parashat Shemot Sisterhood Shabbat- Guest Speaker Rabbi Abby Sosland Part 2



December 20

Parashat Miketz

A Drashah for Parashat Miketz by Stephen Baum


December 14


Shabbaton Guest Speaker- Rabbi Bradley Artson (Sunday morning, Part 1)


Shabbaton Guest Speaker- Rabbi Bradley Artson (Sunday morning, Part 2)

December 13

Parashat Vayeshev

Shabbaton Guest Speaker- Rabbi Bradley Artson

November 1

Parashat Lech L'cha

Guest speaker- Yehuda Yaakov, Counsul General of Israel to New England 

August 22

Parashat Re'eh

A Drashah for Parashat Re'eh by Stephen Baum


August 16

Parashat Eikev

A Drashah for Parashat Eikev by Susan Maxwell


August 9

Parashat V'Etchanan

A Drashah for Parashat V'Etchanan by David Farbman


August 2

Parashat D'varim

A Drashah for Parashat D'varim by Evie Weinstein-Park


July 26

Parashat Masei

A Drashah for Parashat Masei by Richard Kesner 


July 12

Parashat Pinchas

A Drashah for Parashat Pinchas by Joey Baron 


July 5

Parashat Balaak

A Drashah for Parashat Balaak by Naomi Litrownik 


January 25

Sisterhood Shabbat

"A Hand of Loving Kindness" by Guest Speaker Sarah Abramson




February 2, 2008

Parashat Mishpatim Interest by Rabbi Sonia Saltzman  
April 29, 2006 Parashat Tazria-Metzora Lashon Hara by Professor Leonard Saxe  
Pesach 2005   Tales of the Afikoman by Rabbi Leslie Gordon  
September 4, 2004 Parashat Ki Tavo The Ultimate Curse by Rabbi Leslie Gordon  


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...?

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.

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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 2017-18.