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:

Maxine Elmont
August 13, 2017 (21 Av, 5777)
Mother-in-law of Linda Schwabe

Col. Robert Golosov
August 12, 2017 (20 Av, 5777)
Father of Wayne Golosov
Companion of Rhoda Pinta

Clara Mark
August 4, 2017 ( 13 Av, 5777)
Great-aunt of Rabbi Suzie Jacobson (Jojo)

Alvin Yerkes
August 1, 2017 (9 Av, 5777)
Father of Susan Preminger

Dr. Eugene Rothenberg
July 29, 2017 (7 Av, 5777)
Brother-in-law of Judy Rothenberg

Claire Sherman
July 29, 2017 (6 Av, 5777)
Mother of Amy Sherman, Steven Sherman (Alison), and Brian Sherman (Dawn)

Barbara Shoolman
July 26, 2017 (3 Av, 5777)
Mother of Jennifer Davis, Amy Gordon, and Nina Capeles

Charlotte Lindon
July 18, 2017 (24 Tammuz, 5777)
Grandmother of Sharon Sender (Craig)
Great-grandmother of Caleb and Hannah

Doris Lewis
July 15, 2017 (21 Tammuz, 5777)
Mother of Jane Weissman

We celebrate the birth of:

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)

George Maxwell Siegel
June 17, 2017
Rebecca Spears Siegel and Adam Siegel (parents)
Benjamin Siegel (big brother)

Olivia Eve Shafrir
June 8, 2017
Michael Shafrir and Alyson Luck (parents)
Sammy (big brother)
Avi Shafrir and Roberta Steinberg (grandparents)

Olivia Rivlin Willits
June 1, 2017
Jenna and Mike Willits (parents)
Thom Kidrin and Deborah Rivlin (grandparents)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Stephen Davis and Isabelle Rubin
June 17, 2017

Jonathan Goodman and Nicole Walsh
June 3, 2017