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:

Eric Seegel
June 17, 2017 (23 Sivan 5777)
Son of Richard and Virginia Seegel
Father of Benjamin and Nathaniel Seegel
Brother of Elizabeth Hartman (Russ) and Leslie Seegel Altman (David)

Frances Stolper
June 13, 2017 (19 Sivan, 5777)
Mother of David Stolper (Jamie)

Morris “Murray” Abramoff
June 13, 2017 (19 Sivan 5777)
Husband of Ethel Abramoff
Father of Barbara Abramoff Levy

Nancy Kaplan
June 9, 2017 (15 Sivan, 5777)
Wife of David Kaplan

Frances Zelin
May 31, 2017 (6 Sivan, 5777)
Mother of Susan Shief
Grandmother of Jordana Shief Needle (Jarrod)
Great-grandmother of Berrill Needle

Ernest Francis Giraldi, Jr.
May 30, 2017 (5 Sivan, 5777)
Father of Daniella Prussia (Kevin)
Grandfather of Gigi and Bella Prussia

We celebrate the birth of:

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)

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)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Jonathan Goodman and Nicole Walsh
June 3, 2017