Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Life Cycle Events

Our clergy, professional staff, and lay leadership can help provide you with the support, information, and resources for life cycle events including births, B’nei Mitzvah, conversation, weddings, and funerals.


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Mazal tov on your new addition! We love to celebrate with you and are thrilled to welcome the newest members of our Temple Israel family. In addition to sending out birth announcements to our community, our clergy are available to perform baby namings during Qabbalat Shabbat services.

B'nei Mitzvah

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From selecting a B’nei Mitzvah date to standing on the bima, all of us look forward to guiding you through this special time in the life of your family. Our goal is to have each of you look back on the process with a deep sense of pride and accomplishment.



All of our rabbis are available to meet with individuals and couples who are interested in the conversion process.  In addition to one-on-one meetings for study and reflection, we ask our conversion students to take the Introduction to Judaism course offered by URJ.



Mazal tov to you and your life partner! Our clergy are available to meet with couples who are interested in spiritual counseling before the big day.

Funeral & Cemetery


“May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”

The clergy at Temple Israel are here to support when you experience a loss. Please notify us so that we can help guide you through the process.

The Temple Israel Cemetery in Wakefield plays an important role in the life cycle of the congregation’s members. It is a place of history, contemplation, and spiritual renewal.

Remembrance (Yizkor)


We offer a special Yizkor service, dedicated to the memory of our family members and loved ones who have died and for those who consider themselves mourners. This service is held on Yom Kippur and the eves of Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, Pesach, and Shavuot.

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Rachel Daniels

Executive Coordinator to Senior Rabbi Elaine Zecher


We mourn the loss of:

Arlene Rachins
June 15, 2018 (2 Tammuz, 5778)
Mother of Nanci Sharon (Doug)

Gerald Kates
June 8, 2018 (25 Sivan, 5778)
Brother of Richard Kates (Leslie)

Manfred Hummel
June 3, 2018 (20 Sivan, 5778)
Father of Paul Hummel (Jessica Greenfield)
Grandfather of Hannah and Theo Hummel

Lois Goldstein Coff
May 27, 2018 (13 Sivan, 5778)
Mother of Jill Janows (Joshua Rubenstein)
Grandmother of Ben Rubenstein

Peter Rabinowitz
May 27, 2018 (13 Sivan, 5778)
Son of Joy Rabinowitz
Partner of Judith Gelber
Father of Jason Rabinowitz and Lauren Singer (Daniel)
Brother of Wendy Gralnek (Maurice) and Michael Rabinowitz

Clara “Scrappy” Yallum
May 24, 2018 (10 Sivan, 5778)
Cousin of Sue Misselbeck (Mark)

Lorraine Zimmerman
May 19, 2018 (5 Sivan, 5778)
Wife of Jerry Zimmerman
Mother of Roger Zimmerman (Susan) and Sharon Salwen (Jon)

We celebrate the birth of:

Henry Joseph Resolved Fuller
June 15, 2018
David and Roey Fuller (parents)
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and Joe Fuller (grandparents)

Eliya Sunshine
June 14, 2018
Alex and Nora Sunshine (parents)
Anne Sunshine (grandmother)

Miley Starr Davis
May 27, 2018
Glenda & Bob Fishman (grandparents)

Simone Jacqueline Benson
May 21, 2018
Aviva and Ross Benson (parents)

Ella Greenberg Kehoe
May 5, 2018
Josh & Renana Kehoe (parents)

Nathan Harrison Bloom
April 28, 2018
Michelle Parsons Bloom and Alex Bloom (parents)
Amy Parsons and Nathan Parsons (z”l) (grandparents)
Ann Abrams, Deb Filler, and Leah and Ari Filler (cousins)

Micah Gil Krentzman
April 4, 2018
Sophie and John Krentzman (parents)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Michael Tackeff and Samantha Beik

Amelia Selma Levitan and Joe Edward Bayley
November 10, 2017

Stephanie Mayer and Arnav Shah
September 22, 2017

Rachel Davidson and Benjamin Tornatore
August 26, 2017