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:

Joseph Hahn
December 10, 2018 (2 Tevet, 5779)
Father of Deborah Hahn (Mark Zeren)
Father of Rochelle Hahn (Kenneth Breuer)
Husband of Adele Hahn
Grandfather of Anna, Ari, and Asa Zeren, and Matthew and Emily Breuer

Karl Heinz Helmling
November 22, 2018 (14 Kislev, 5779)
Father of Steffen Helmling (Jessica Berns)
Grandfather of Lily and Oliver Helmling

Ruth Aisner
October 24, 2018 (15 Cheshvan, 5779)
Mother of Helen Alkon and Robert Aisner (Pattie)
Grandmother of Jeffrey Alkon, David Aisner, Jonathan Aisner, and Sally Aisner
Great-grandmother of Charlie Aisner, Miles Aisner, Anna Aisner, and Maggie Aisner

Gerald Schuster
October 17, 2018 (8 Cheshvan, 5779)
Husband of Elaine Schuster
Father of Scott (Heidi), Mark (Audrey), Todd (Laurie), and Jodi Labourene
Grandfather of Nikki Schuster O’Brien (Keegan), Lyz Schuster, John Schuster, Jessie Schuster, Alexandra Schuster (Alex Sloane), Carly Schuster (Marc Kalman) Lindsey Schuster, Katie Schuster, and Drew Labourene

Dr. George Fishman
October 4, 2018 (25 Tishri, 5779)
Husband of Ellen Ogintz Fishman
Father of Daniel Fishman & Rebecca Fishman Gero
Grandfather of Lucy & Jacob Gero

Yefim Zimbovsky
September 28, 2018 (19 Tishri, 5779)
Father of Elina Magitsky (Saul)
Grandfather of Leila, Isaac, & Giadora

Martin Keller
September 27, 2018 (19 Tishrei, 5779)
Father of Elisabeth Keller (Richard Kalish), Barbara Keller, & John Keller
Husband of Geraldine Keller
Grandfather of Harrison & Sarah Kalish

We celebrate the birth of:

Benjamin Jacob Kalin
December 6, 2018
Becky Lambert & Mike Kalin (parents)

Ari Leonidas Lerner
October 1, 2018
David Lerner & Monika Kompodieta (parents)

Nikola Judah Drouin
September 20, 2018
Anya Potter and Matthew Drouin (parents)

Hannah Handler Segel
September 16, 2018
Eddie and Alexandra Segel (parents)
Arthur Segel and Patti Saris (grandparents)
Ruth Saris (great grandmother)

Andre Oliver Thaler
September 14, 2018
Marisa Segel & Matt Thaler (parents)
Arthur Segel and Patti Saris (grandparents)
Ruth Saris (great grandmother)

Vienna Savoy Cocuzzo
September 9, 2018
Jenny Johnson and Robert Cocuzzo (parents)

Nolan John Gordon
September 1, 2018
Heidi Skinner and Elliott Gordon (parents)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Sarah Zink & Ethan Jaffee
December 1, 2018

Adam Maurer & David Francis
November 29, 2018

Jenna O’Neil & Mike Weiss
October 14, 2018

Rachel Akiba & Josh Sherman
October 7, 2018

Erica Quigley & Eric Dimico
October 7, 2018

Shaina Dennis & Matt Goodwin
September 29, 2018

Liz Trafton & Nate Silver
September 22, 2018

Deanna Goldner & Eric Britton
September 22, 2018

Elizabeth Gordon & Ross Thuotte
September 22, 2018