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.



“May your gates be open always.”

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:

Judith Weintraub
October 3, 2017 (13 Tishri, 5778)
Mother of Robert Weintraub and Ellen Weintraub

Cole Roland Paquette
September 26, 2017 (7 Tishri, 5778)
Nephew of Yaakov Morse

Marianne Schwartz
September 20, 2017 (29 Elul, 5777)
Mother of Ruthanne Fuller (Joseph)

Madelyn Schreider
September 18, 2017 (27 Elul, 5777)
Mother of Wendy Bronstein (Jay)

Judith Arond
September 14, 2017 (23 Elul, 5777)
Sister of David Arond

Jerry Gottesman
September 10, 2017 (19 Elul, 5777)
Cousin of Joan Rachlin (Seymour Small) and Amy Richman (Jim Caron)

Judge Herbert Abrams
September 9, 2017 (18 Elul, 5777)
Husband of Joan Miller Abrams
Father of Richard Abrams

Robert Segel
September 6, 2017 (15 Elul, 5777)
Husband of Janice Sherman
Father of Julia & Michael
Cousin of Jim Segel (Mimi) and Arthur Segel (Patti Saris)

Rebecca Stone
September 4, 2017 (13 Elul, 5777)
Mother of William Stone (Jeane Ungerleider)

Rae Oxenhorn
September 4, 2017 (13 Elul, 5777)
Mother of Phyllis Tobin (Robert) and Joan Forman

We celebrate the birth of:

Alexandria June Samuels
September 14, 2017
Charles Samuels and Beth Richard (parents)
Linda Samuels (grandmother)
Marilyn Samuels Sommers (aunt)

Eva Rose Shief Needle
August 30, 2017
Jarrod and Jordana Shief Needle (parents)
Susan Shief (grandmother)
Berel (big brother)

Susannah Florence Pong
August 23, 2017
Mallory Bram and Clinton Pong (parents)

Zachary Joseph Gregorian
August 22, 2017
Sarah Lipsitt and Oshin Gregorian (parents)
Brooke and Paul Lipsitt (grandparents)

Brooke Morgan Leeds
August 13, 2017
Matt and Erin Leeds (parents)

Reva Jeannette and Hannah Louise Weber
August 2, 2017
Kristen and Harlan Weber (parents)

Declan Michael Bender
August 1, 2017
Alexander and Adrienne Bender (parents)
Anita Bender (great-grandmother)

Nathaniel Joseph Danford
July 7, 2017
Sarah Burg and Andrew Danford (parents)
Benjamin (big brother)

Esme Josephine Fishman
June 27, 2017
Peter Fishman and Ariel Nierenberg (parents)
Glenda Fishman (grandmother)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Stephanie Mayer and Arnav Shah
September 22, 2017

Rachel Davidson and Benjamin Tornatore
August 26, 2017

Stephen Davis and Isabelle Rubin
June 17, 2017

Jonathan Goodman and Nicole Walsh
June 3, 2017