Temple Aliyah is proud to be part of CJP’s One Happy Camper initiative. Thanks to the generosity of CJP we are able to offer $1000.00 grants to families of religious school students who are attending Jewish overnight camp for the first time. Each year we give students a taste of Jewish summer camp through our Yom Camp program. Students in grades K-7 come together at the same time (9:30 am-12:30 pm) on a Sunday for a morning of camp-like fun.
On Monday afternoons grades K-5 join Cantor Bogomolni for “Musical Mincha”, a musical tefilah experience in the Chapel. All students in grades Bet and Zayin also participate in an on-site workshop where they make ritual objects to use and treasure.
Swing, Sway, Dance & Pray Family Shabbat Experience (Room 16)
Betsy White leads an active Shabbat experience for students in the primary grades, accompanied by an adult. This service engages the imaginative minds and active bodies of young daveners through multi-sensory prayer experiences, songs, stories and activities. The service concludes with a mini-Kiddush.
Davening through Storytelling, Drama and Discussion (Room 18)
Mr. Lichtman leads a service that features a new siddur, Siddur Kol Ha-Noar (Voices of Children), and combines prayer, storytelling, creative dramatics and discussion. In this service the emerging curiosity, developing ability to engage in conceptual conversations, and expanding attention span of elementary students allow for a more in-depth exploration of the Shabbat morning liturgy.
Mature Student Daveners (Chapel)
This service combines the ruach of Shabbat at Jewish overnight camp with dynamic discussions based on the parasha hashavuah (weekly Torah portion) and interactive games. Led by Emily Farbman, this service engages maturing students in developing prayer leadership skills, in thinking critically about ethical questions and in creating their own davening community.
Parents are welcome to join their children at any of these services. Whether or not a youth service is scheduled, children are warmly invited to come to synagogue on Shabbat mornings with their parents and to participate and sing along in our dynamic and energetic regular worship service.
Meeting Individual Needs
Temple Aliyah’s Religious School is an inclusive environment, where students with a variety of abilities, learning styles and needs can access a dynamic and engaging Jewish educational experience in an environment that is respectful and supportive of individual differences. If a student has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or receives any accommodation in public school we ask that you share this information with the Director of Education so that we can work with you and the classroom teacher to make any necessary accommodations for your child.
Needham educator Marion Green taught Hebrew reading in our school for many years. All of our educators are trained in Marion Green’s mnemonic system for teaching Hebrew reading. Although originally designed specifically for students with reading challenges, we believe that all students benefit from Marion’s program. Additionally, our educators are trained in The Responsive Classroom Behavior Management Program, the same program used in the Needham Public Schools. This is helpful to students as behavioral expectations, classroom routines and norms of social interactions at public school and religious school share a common language.
All of our classrooms have a Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher, Teaching Aide or Madrich (teen assistant). Having two teachers in a classroom allows for individualization of assignments, small group instruction and more personal attention for each student. In addition, this means that students do not need to be taken out of their classroom to receive academic or social support. Instead, our goal is to meet the needs of each student within the classroom environment. For further information, please send an e-mail to Jennifer Rudin or contact her through the Temple office at (781) 444-8522.
Day School Students
Our congregation has over 60 students at area Jewish day schools. We invite these students and their families to participate in our many family and holiday offerings. Of special interest are: Family Education programs, the bar/bat mitzvah preparation program, the 7th grade mitzvah curriculum, Shabbat Youth Services, youth groups, and community offerings.