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:

Laurence Noble
August 11, 2018 (30 Av, 5778)
Father of Lisa Noble (Jeffrey Arnold), Robin Noble, and Paula Noble

Joseph Gertner
August 10, 2018 (29 Av, 5778)
Husband of Nancy Gertner
Father of Abigail Gertner (Christopher Lee), Matthew Gertner (Lucie), and Ben Gertner (Maria Isabel Martinez-Gertner)
Grandfather of Alan, Isaac, Hannah, Juliana and Elizabeth

Jacqueline Feinberg
August 6, 2018 (25 Av, 5778)
Wife of Steven Feinberg
Mother of Mark Feinberg, David Feinberg, and James Feinberg

Marcia Kaufman
August 2, 2018 (21 Av, 5778)
Mother of Mark Kaufman
Sister of Neil (Susan) Glazer and Doris Light

Orlando Maytin
August 2, 2018 (21 Av, 5778)
Father of Melanie Maytin (Michael Minkoff)
Grandfather of Liev and Harry Minkoff

Renee Sallen
July 26, 2018 (14 Av, 5778)
Wife of Michael Sallen

Carol Greenberg Sokoloff
July 25, 2018 (13 Av, 5778)
Wife of Larry Novick
Mother of Rob Sokoloff (Jodi), Michael (Tonya) Sokoloff, and Garrett (Amy) Sokoloff
Grandmother of Jared, Eli, and Andrew

Carl Sapers
July 19, 2018 (7 Av, 5778)
Uncle of Aviva Sapers (Judith Sydney)
Great uncle of Ari and Jonah Sapers-Sydney

Estelle Dine
July 19, 2018 (7 Av, 5778)
Mother of Laura Aronson

June Schofield
July 18, 2018 (6 Av, 5778)
Mother of Fran Godine (John)
Grandmother of Josh (Karen) Godine and Laura Godine

Robert Lurie
July 16, 2018 (4 Av, 5778)
Husband of Syrul Lurie
Father of Howard Lurie (Teresa Betit) and Ellen Lurie Hoffman (Matthew)

Doris F. Clegg
July 15, 2018 (3 Av, 5778)
Mother of Ellen Clegg (Ellen Zucker)
Grandmother of Jacob Zucker

We celebrate the birth of:

Reuben Bard Paquette
June 19, 2018
Johanna Bard Richlin & Gabriel B. Paquette (parents)
Antonia (big sister)
Pamela & Dean Richlin (grandparents)

Henry Joseph Resolved Fuller
June 15, 2018
David and Roey Fuller (parents)
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and Joe Fuller (grandparents)

Eli Samuel Coleman
June 14, 2018
Ben & Rachel Coleman (parents)
Alex Coleman (grandparent)
Debbie and Jay Arlick (grandparents)

Micah Ronen Meagher
June 14, 2018
Rachel & Dan Meagher (parents)
Joyce & Stephen Antler (grandparents)

Eliya Sunshine
June 14, 2018
Alex and Nora Sunshine (parents)
Anne Sunshine (grandmother)

Miley Starr Davis
May 27, 2018
Glenda & Bob Fishman (grandparents)

Simone Jacqueline Benson
May 21, 2018
Aviva and Ross Benson (parents)

Ella Greenberg Kehoe
May 5, 2018
Josh & Renana Kehoe (parents)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Kayla Rachlin Small and Gunnar Bohlin
July 12, 2018

Melisa Noriega and Daniel Granoff

Adina Jick and Noah Pardo

Michael Tackeff and Samantha Beik