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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Melissa Carp

Executive Assistant to Rabbi Elaine Zecher


We mourn the loss of:

Kenneth Schwartz
May 7, 2017
Father of Suzie Schwartz Jacobson, Tara Schwartz, and Matt Schwartz
Brother of Larry Schwartz and Judy Schwartz
Cheryl Schwartz (Rabbi Jacobson’s mother)

Robert Hoffman
April 28, 2017 (26 Iyar, 5777)
Husband of Phyllis Hoffman
Father of Elizabeth Hoffman (Eric Emerson) and Daniel Hoffman

Sterra Tackeff
April 22, 2017 (26 Nisan, 5777)
Mother of Roger Tackeff (Maryann) and Matthew Tackeff (Elian)
Mother-in-law of Allan Toledano

Vivian Freeman
April 17, 2017 (21 Nisan, 5777)
Mother of David Freeman and Peter Freeman

Eliot Adelstein
April 15, 2017 (19 Nisan, 5777)
Husband of Lea Hill Adelstein
Father of Nancy Gerber (Steven) and Laurie Adelstein and Mitchell Adelstein
Grandfather of Andrew, Ben and Jenny

Ted Cutler
March 30, 2017 (3 Nisan, 5777)
Father of Joel Cutler (Randi), Robert Cutler (Pam), and Ellen Calmas (Richard)
Grandfather of Mallory and Samantha

We celebrate the birth of:

Orin Matheu Dempsey Miller
April 12, 2017
Alexander Miller and Jillian Dempsey (parents)
Sarah Minden (grandmother) and Stephen Wright

Emma Talia Hayes
April 8, 2017
Amanda and Jeffrey Hayes (parents)

Poppy Mae Tatelbaum
April 12, 2017
Emily and Everett Tatelbaum (parents)

Evelyn Pearl Myers
April 11, 2017
Daniel and Christine Myers (parents)
Abigail Ruth Myers (sister)
Linda and Mitch Myers (grandparents)

Hazel Carmella Hession
April 11, 2017
Rachel Michael and Michael Hession (parents)
Evie Michael Hession (sister)
Carol Michael (grandmother)

Cimorene Roza Menn
March 17, 2017
Rhiannon and Slava Menn (parents)

Elena Hannah Miller Gill
March 14, 2017
Tamara Porter Miller and Jacob Gill (parents)
Susan Porter (grandmother)
Myron Miller (grandfather)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Samuel Israel Stolper and Kathryn Rae Mulvey
October 30, 2016