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:

Sandra Swartz
February 16, 2017 (20 Shevat, 5777)
Mother of Laurie Swartz and Michael Swartz

Richard Isenberg
February 11, 2017 (15 Shevat, 5777)
Son of Shirlee Isenberg
Brother of Caryl Isenberg and Abby Sorrell

Stanley Shiffman
February 3, 2017 (7 Shevat, 5777)
Brother of Carl Shiffman (Joan)

Morton Backer
January 31, 2017 (6 Shevat, 5777)
Husband of Rae Backer
Father of Jimmy Backer, Louise Backer and Claire Backer

Arlene Davidson
January 26, 2017 (28 Tevet, 5777)
Wife of Kenneth Davidson
Sister of Helene Bailen (David)
Mother of Eric Davidson (Kelly) and Laurie Davidson Medvinsky (Larry)
Grandmother of Emma and Henry Davidson and Zachary and Samantha Medvinsky
Aunt of Laurence Bailen (Jen Weber) and Mark Bailen

Amiram Porat
January 21, 2017 (23 Tevet, 5777)
Nephew of Amy Parsons
Cousin of Michelle Parsons (Alex Bloom)

Alan Klein
January 21, 2017 (23 Tevet, 5777)
Husband of Sally Klein
Father of Andrew Klein (Amy Branger)
Grandfather of Georgia Branger-Klein

We celebrate the birth of:

Olivia Caskie Stinnett
February 2, 2017
Melanie and Nathaniel Stinnett (parents)
Abigail (big sister)

Leo Goeller Drucker
January 15, 2017
Lonn Drucker and Adrienne Goeller Drucker (parents)

Iris Matilda Zia Zimman
December 17, 2016
Daniel and Randi Zimman (parents)
Wren (sister)
Michael Zimman and Ellen Rovner (grandparents)
Sarah, Marc, Abigail and Elizabeth Zimman (cousins)

Spencer Noah Olesh
October 17, 2016
Stacy and Evan Olesh (parents)

Maya Lillian Rosenberg
October 5, 2016
Ben and Jen Rosenberg (parents)

Michael Armando, Francesco Nicola, and Lucca Prudenza Maiorano
September 13, 2016
Ariadne Mueller and Tina Maiorano (parents)
Adele and Vito (siblings)
Gunthram and Em Mueller (grandparents)

Penelope Ruth Hanman
September 3, 2016
Samantha and Jonathan Hanman (parents)
Linda and Daniel Waintrup (grandparents)
Carl Shapiro (great-grandfather)

Luke Benjamin Bralower
August 9, 2016
Jaclyn and Rob Bralower (parents)
Jake (big brother)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Samuel Israel Stolper and Kathryn Rae Mulvey
October 30, 2016