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:

Dr. Solomon Berg
February 13, 2018 (28 Shevat, 5778)
Husband of Jean Berg

Dr. Edward Sleeper
February 11, 2018 (26 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Thomas Sleeper, James Sleeper, and Leslie Olanoff (Andy)

Eleanor Chasdi
February 7, 2018 (22 Shevat, 5778)
Mother of Richard Chasdi and David Chasdi

Dr. Edward Siegel
February 5, 2018 (20 Shevat, 5778)
Husband of Susan Siegel
Father of Adam Siegel (Rebecca) and Samantha Abato (Zane)
Grandfather of Benjamin and George

Rhoda Sapers
February 3, 2017 (18 Shevat, 5778)
Wife of Bill Sapers
Mother of Aviva Sapers (Judith Sydney) and David Sapers and Michael Sapers (Marci)
Grandmother of Ari and Jonah Sapers-Sydney

Charlotte Freedman
January 31, 2017 (15 Shevat, 5778)
Grandmother of Ezra Freedman (Alison)
Great-Grandmother of Zev and Talia

Robert Roy
January 29, 2018 (13 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Randi Roy & Joffrey Roy

Stanley Chaban
January 27, 2017 (11 Shevat, 5778)
Husband of Dolores Chaban
Father of Mamie Marcus (Jerry)

Terry Cohen
January 26, 2018 (10 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Michael Cohen, Susan Cohen, & Alan Cohen

Roy DiCicco
January 26, 2018 (10 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Britany DiCicco

Arnold Perlman Gold
January 23, 2018 (7 Shevat, 5778)
Father of Maggie Gold Seelig (Jonathan)
Grandfather of Koby, Asher, & Max

Beatrice Heckendorn
January 18, 2018 (2 Shevat, 5778)
Grandmother of Ben Poor

We celebrate the birth of:

Zachary Arnold Dildine
January 8, 2018
Drs. Elise Bender and David Dildine (parents)
Anita Bender (great-grandmother)

Nathan Isaac Schwartz Jacobson
November 28, 2017
Rabbi Suzie and JoJo Jacobson (parents)

Rex Nicolo Paternoster
November 27, 2017
Aaron and Anna Paternoster (parents)
Pam and Paul Paternoster (grandparents)

Ella Leavy Kernkraut
November 27, 2017
Ethan & Matt Kernkraut (parents)

Remington Carruthers-Grey
November 22, 2017
Aurora and Ashley Carruthers-Grey (parents)

Avery Sloane Swartz Moskop
October 22, 2017
Courtney Swartz and Katherine Moskop (parents)

We celebrate the marriage of:

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