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:

Milton “Mickey” Gussow
March 27, 2018 (11 Nisan, 5778)
Grandfather of Nicole Vengrove Soffer (Rabbi Matt Soffer)
Great-grandfather of Caleb and Carmel

Frances (Fay) Canter
March 25, 2018 (10 Nisan, 5778)
Mother of Arthur Canter (Gary Brissette), Phyllis Brown (Leonard), and Ilene Levin (Ron Poffick)

Carol Sege
March 22, 2018 (6 Nisan, 5778)
Mother of Robert Sege (Karen Victor) and Irene Sege
Grandmother of Rachel, Adam, and Aaron

Glenn Morris Shriberg
March 20, 2018 (4 Nisan, 5778)
Husband of Leslie Shriberg
Father of Ali Shriberg Freedman (Ezra) and Dana Shriberg (Randy Austgen)
Grandfather of Zev and Talia

Sylvia Levine
March 20, 2018 (4 Nisan, 5778)
Mother of Richard, Peter, and Jerry Levine and Barbara Levine (z ’l)
Cousin of Nancy Sandman (Michael)

Thomas Bonfiglio
March 17, 2018 (1 Nisan, 5778)
Father of Suzanne Baumann (Elizabeth)
Grandfather of Ruth

Dean Witten
March 16, 2018 (29 Adar, 5778)
Husband of Susan Witten
Son-in-law of Florence Steinberg (Joe)

Elizabeth Sarah Ommen
March 15, 2018 (28 Adar, 5778)
Daughter of Judy Herman

Donald Brightman
March 11, 2018 (24 Adar, 5778)
Husband of Louise Brightman
Father of Jill Brightman, Heath Brightman, and Ross Brightman

Marc Gozlan
March 10, 2018 (23 Adar, 5778)
Husband of Jennifer Lanes Gozlan
Son-in-law of Fred Lanes

Iris Feldman
March 6, 2018 (19 Adar, 5778)
Cousin of Stacey and Bruce Gore

We celebrate the birth of:

Nicolás Angel Sicairos McCarthy
March 10, 2018
Ariana Sicairos-McCarthy and David McCarthy (parents)

Bennett Weener
March 4, 2018
Jamie and Seth Weener (parents)
Pat and David Squire (great-grandparents)

Lev James Balto
March 2, 2018
Sam and Kayci Balto (parents)

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)

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