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:

Jerry Zimmerman
February 6, 2020
Father of Roger Zimmerman (Susan) and Sharon Salwen (Jon)
Grandfather of Amanda, Lila, and Kira Zimmerman; Ben and Alli Salwen
Thelma Soiffer
February 4, 2020
Mother of Robert Soiffer (Stacy Sperling)
Grandmother of Molly and Jenny Soiffer
Margery Starr Myers
February 2, 2020
Sister of Carole (Kelly) Starr Schein and
Barbara Starr Wolf
Jane R. Moss
January 30, 2020
Sister of Judi Rotenberg Ross Zuker (Edward) and Jon Rotenberg (Bonnie)
Aunt of Abigail Goodman (Mark), Allison Ross (Ian Benton), Franklin Ross (Rachel Kay), Lee Rotenberg (Zach Tcheyan), and Fay Rotenberg (Jonathan Bush)
Great-Aunt of Rebecca, Hannah, Esme, Richard, Madeline, Eloise and Willa
Jeffrey Saunders
January 27, 2020
Son of Roger Saunders and Norma Saunders
Husband of Debra Saunders
Father of Stephanie Saunders and Alexander Saunders (Anni Witt)
Brother of Tedd, Gary, and Todd Saunders
Charlene Sharp
January 25, 2020
Sister of Sandra Wixted
Norman Hollenberg
January 15, 2020
Husband of Deborah Hollenberg
Father of Ilana and David Hollenberg
Helen Alexander
December 31, 2019
Mother of Nicolas Alexander (Ilisa Hurowitz)
Grandmother of Rachel Alexander
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

We celebrate the birth of:

Zoë Weiss Lipworth
February 14, 2020
Daughter of Annie Weiss and Adam Lipworth
Sister of Miles and Jacob
Benjamin Arthur Jacobstein
February 6, 2020
Son of Emily Anne and Jeffery Matthew Jacobstein
Abigail Maya Anter
January 24, 2020
Daughter of Elizabeth and Elad Anter
Eliana Feldman Macosko
January 22, 2020
Daughter of Candace Feldman and Evan Macosko
Sister of Zachary and Nathaniel Macosko
Arinze Botsford
January 11, 2020
Son of Sam Botsford and Ugonma Chukwueke

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