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.

Connect with Us

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Amy Sherr

Executive Coordinator to the Senior Rabbi


We mourn the loss of:

Sylvia Medalie
November 14, 2019
Former wife of Jerome Medalie
Mother of Cynthia, David, and Seth (Leslie) Medalie
Sister of Jack (Sandra) and Ernest (Amy) Fleishman
Grandmother of Ben, Daniel, Ryan, and Caitlin
Great-grandmother of Isabel
Robert Mayer
November 4, 2019
Husband of Carol Mayer
Father of Judy Kaufman (Stephen), Donald (Roxanne), Steven (Carol), Charles (Timothy Dwyer) Mayer
Grandfather of Katherine, Suzanne, Jennifer, Jaime, Samantha, Arnav, Stephanie, Cameron, Cristina, and Geoffrey
Great-grandfather of Mohan
Carl Shiffman
November 5, 2019
Husband of Joan Shiffman
Father of Janet O’Connor and David Shiffman
Cousin of Don Putnoi (Fran)
Grandfather of Sean, Julianne, Brady and Catherine O’Connor. Nicholas O’Connor (z”l)
Karen Needle
November 7, 2019
Wife of David Needle
Father of Jarrod Needle (Jordana Shief Needle)
Grandfather of Berel, Eva, and Ari
Sam Starobin
November 6, 2019
Husband of Ina Friedman Starobin
Father of Debra Pullen and Nancy Starobin
Stepfather of Rabbi Ronne Friedman (Irene), Loren (Patricia Rodriques), Susan and Lynn Friedman
Grandfather of Phelan Pullen, Zachary, Jesse (z”l), Rachel, Amelia, and Joaquin
Brother of Aaron (Caryln) Starobin
Malcolm Sampliner
November 7, 2019
Grandfather of Allison Hertz

We celebrate the birth of:

Raz Tsion Gerassy
October 10, 2019
Nephew of Rabbi Dan Slipakoff and Alison Petok
Grandson of Bob and Claudia Slipakoff
Annie Jacoby Grey
October 25, 2019
Daughter of Erica and Eric Grey
Sister of Max
Aya Liora Rothenberg
October 3, 2019
Daughter of Allyson and Scott Rothenberg

We celebrate the marriage of:

Rebecca Hersher and Samuel Novey
November 2, 2019
Daughter of Anne Licciardello