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:

Josh Rose
January 15, 2020
Cousin of Andy Lesser-Gonzalez (Meredith)
Gavi, Isa, and Mateo Gonzalez
Husband of Jen Rose
Father of Aiden Rose
Son of Jeanille Rose

Dr. Stephen Dretler

January 9, 2020
Father of Dan Dretler (Astrid), Jeffrey Dretler (Janie), and Tom Dretler (Corrie)
Brother of John Dretler (Bobbie), Joan Rubenstein (Bob)
Grandfather of Katie, Hallie, Jack, Ryan, Sydni, Jessi, Jacob, and Benjamin
Marilyn Hirsch
January 5, 2020
Wife of Carl Hirsch
Mother of Bryan Hirsch (Sonia Chang-Diaz) and Louis Hirsch (Molly)
Sister of Mindy Marantz, Steve Marantz, and Susie Katz
Grandmother of Mila Chang-Diaz and Aaron Hirsch
Dr. Sidney Koretsky
January 4, 2020
Father of Donna Koretsky (David Reina), David Koretsky (Anastasia), and Peter Koretsky
Grandfather of James, Monel, Alex, Brenna, Liam, Maria, and Polina
Alan Green
December 25, 2019
Husband of Betty Green
Father of Dan Green (Jamie Scarborough), Tony Green (Deborah), and Lisa Woodward (Scott)
Brother of Shirley Marvin
Grandfather of Alexa, Caroline, Aaron, Adrienne, Sam, Ben, Matt, Zach, and Josh
Dr. Ralph Aserkoff
December 27, 2019
Husband of Jean Aserkoff
Father of Stephen Aserkoff (Katie) and Lisa Kanter (Jonathan)
Brother of Nancy Sherr
Grandfather of Abigail and Benjamin
Cousin of Dr. Bernard Aserkoff (Janet)
Cheryl Puterman
December 30, 2019
Daughter of Dennis and Nesta Shorkend
Wife of Allan Puterman
Mother of Tali Puterman (Jessica Rondon) and Jessi Puterman (Alberto Moscana)
Sister of Sylvia Lewison and Michelle Koton
Blanche Randall
December 17, 2019
Mother of Robin Fintel (Dan), Melinda Randall (Joel Chodos), Pamela Randall

We celebrate the birth of:

Isabel Hannah Mattingly
December 3, 2019
Daughter of Amy Flaster and Elliot Mattingly
Granddaughter of Wendy Litwin and Morris Presser, Moti Flaster, Jill Force and Patrick Mattingly
Maddox Joseph Bender
Great-grandson of Anita Bender
Ruby Wynne Smith
November 8, 2019
Daughter of Richard and Alexandra Einhorn Smith
Granddaughter of Suzanne Salamon and Alan Einhorn
Great-granddaughter of Lily Salcman

We celebrate the marriage of:

Matthew Kerstein and Gosia Jankuc
November 25, 2019
Matthew is the son of Maureen and Michael Kerstein
Gosia is the daughter of Halina and Jan Jankuc