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:

Ann Weber Rachlin
December 11, 2017 (23 Kislev, 5778)
Mother of Joan Rachlin (Seymour Small)
Grandmother of Kayla and Micah Small

Dr. Robert Fields
December 6, 2017 (18 Kislev, 5778)
Brother-in-law of Jane Lewis (John)
Uncle of Mindy Berman (Dan Solomon)

Stephen Goldberg 
December 5, 2017 (17 Kislev, 5778)
Brother of Rochelle Ruthchild (Vicki Gabriner)

Edwin Timoner
December 4, 2017 (16 Kislev, 5778)
Husband of Marilyn Timoner
Father of Darby Kominik (Jonathan)
Grandfather of Henry and Jaden

Pauline Michaels
November 28, 2017 (10 Kislev, 5778)
Mother of Robert Michaels (Susan)
Grandmother of Sarah and Sam

Jimmy Rose
November 23, 2017 (6 Kislev, 5778)
Son of Diane Rose

Maureen Feldman Siegel
November 16, 2017 (27 Cheshvan, 5778)
Mother of Hal Feldman (Kathie), Matthew Feldman, and Joy Feldman (Allan Levy)
Grandmother of Jaclyn (Noah) and Rachel (David)
Great-grandmother of Charlotte and Maxwell

We celebrate the birth of:

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)

Julian Maleek Oliver
October 21, 2017
Ashley White-Stern and Jon Oliver (parents)
Dr. Andrea Stern and Dr. Ron White (grandparents)

Maxwell Goff Kenney
October 21, 2017
Marisa Greenwald Kenney and Keith Kenney (parents)
Barbara and Michael Greenwald (grandparents)

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