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:

Lee Daniels
January 17, 2019 (11 Shevat, 5779)
Husband of Joanie Daniels
Father of Wendy Daniels, Scott Daniels (Marla) Melissa Madden (Rob)

Ruth Keegan
January 13, 2019 (7 Shevat, 5779)
Mother of Christine Keegan

Robert P. Smith
January 7, 2019 (2 Shevat, 5779)
Husband of Salwa Smith
Brother of Ina Ginsberg
Father of Fiona Singer (Matthew) and Edward Smith
Grandfather of Gemma and Eliana Singer

Barbara Hyatt 
January 1, 2019 (24 Tevet, 5779)
Mother of Joshua Hyatt (Cyndy)
Grandmother of Eve, Noah, and Abraham

Eugene Myers
December 30, 2018 (22 Tevet, 5779)
Husband of Marjorie Starr Myers
Brother-in-law of Kelly Starr Schein

Shirlee Isenberg
December 29, 2018 (21 Tevet, 5779)
Mother of Caryl Isenberg (Steve Greenberg) and Abby Sorrell (Levi)
Sister of Jeanne Burmon

Ruth Saris
December 27, 2018 (19 Tevet, 5779)
Mother of Judge Patti Saris (Arthur Segel), Stephen Saris (Renee Eger), and Linda Saris
Sister of Vivian Goldberg
Grandmother of Marisa Segel (Matt Thaler), Mikey (Sarah) Segel, Eddie (Alexandra) Segel, Celia (Kate) Segel
Great-grandmother of Andre, Julian and Isaiah Thaler, Hannah Segel and Malcolm Segel

Marla Mehlman
December 19, 2018 (11 Tevet, 5779)
Wife of Jonathan Mehlman
Mother of Sarah, Jillian, and Aliza Mehlman
Daughter-in-law of Rabbi Bernard Mehlman

We celebrate the birth of:

Isabella Platten Bralower
January 8, 2018
Jaclyn & Robert Bralower (parents)
Jake & Luke (big brothers)

Raphael Erley-Hodgkin
December 16, 2018
Laura Mieka Erley & Samuel Gold Hodgkin (parents)

Emiliano Noe Arond Jimenez
December 11, 2018
Elisa Arond and William Jimenez (parents)
Dr. David and Caroly (z’l) (grandparents)

Benjamin Jacob Kalin
December 6, 2018
Becky Lambert & Mike Kalin (parents)

Emerson Joyce Young
October 26, 2018
Mark and Torrey Young (parents)

Ari Leonidas Lerner
October 1, 2018
David Lerner & Monika Kompodieta (parents)

Ari Samuel Shief Needle
September 27, 2018
Jordana Shief Needle and Jarrod Needle (parents)

Nikola Judah Drouin
September 20, 2018
Anya Potter and Matthew Drouin (parents)

Hannah Handler Segel
September 16, 2018
Eddie and Alexandra Segel (parents)
Arthur Segel and Patti Saris (grandparents)
Ruth Saris (great grandmother)

Andre Oliver Thaler
September 14, 2018
Marisa Segel & Matt Thaler (parents)
Arthur Segel and Patti Saris (grandparents)
Ruth Saris (great grandmother)

Vienna Savoy Cocuzzo
September 9, 2018
Jenny Johnson and Robert Cocuzzo (parents)

We celebrate the marriage of:

Tom Atkins and Raquel Cohen
January 12, 2019

Sarah Zink & Ethan Jaffee
December 1, 2018

Adam Maurer & David Francis
November 29, 2018

Jenna O’Neil & Mike Weiss
October 14, 2018

Rachel Akiba & Josh Sherman
October 7, 2018

Erica Quigley & Eric Dimico
October 7, 2018

Shaina Dennis & Matt Goodwin
September 29, 2018

Liz Trafton & Nate Silver
September 22, 2018

Deanna Goldner & Eric Britton
September 22, 2018

Elizabeth Gordon & Ross Thuotte
September 22, 2018