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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Amy Sherr

Executive Coordinator to the Senior Rabbi


We mourn the loss of:

Stephen Cutler
November 24, 2020
Husband of Alice Cutler
Father of John Cutler (Rebecca), Ellen Cutler (David Levy), Nancy Berube (Mark)
Grandfather of Henry, Molly, Benjamin, Erin, Thomas, Corrina, and Zeke
Cynthia Lutch
November 23, 2020
Grandmother of Josh Lutch (Aden Michaud)
Morris H. Passer
November 22, 2020
Husband of Patricia Passer
Father of Alice Passer (Barry Krieger)
Father-in-law of Marc Maxwell (David Passer z’l)
Grandfather of Kyam and Zivi
Yefim Magitsky
November 19, 2020
Husband of Mila Magitsky
Father of Saul Magitsky (Elina)
Grandfather of Leila, Isaac, and Giadora
Nicia Gruener
November 11, 2020
Wife of Bill Gruener
Mother of John Krentzman (Sophie) and James Gruener
Grandmother of Micah
Saul Stolper
November 14, 2020
Father of David Stolper (Jamie), Edward Stolper (Lauren), Michael Stolper (Jane), and Elisabeth Zygadlo
Gordon Gilray
November 13, 2020
Father of Becky Gilray
Grandfather of Brigid Goggin (Tyler Kirsch)
Carmen Monaco
October 10, 2020
Brother of Fred Monaco (Beth)
Uncle of Meredith Monaco, Jeffrey Monaco, and Lindsay Tateo (James)
Millard Kay
November 1, 2020
Father of Jonathan Kay (Linda), Ronna Niederman (Michael), and Terry Kay Bargar (Richard)
Grandfather of Joshua Kay (Brooke), Rachel Kay (Franklin Ross), Alex Niederman (Sarah), Eric Niederman (Andrea), Emily Bargar (Stephen Patrias), and Jillian Bargar (Sam Donovan)
Great-grandfather of Leah, Chloe and Bette

We celebrate the birth of:

Frankie Bea Pinker
October 30, 2020
Daughter of Hannah Klempner and Scott Pinker
Granddaughter of Ellie Svenson and Mark Klempner
Dylan Joseph McCarthy
November 4, 2020
Son of Emily and Kyle McCarthy
Grandson of Ann Bookman and Eric Beuhrens
Zara Bader Swartz-Moskop
October 10, 2020
Daughter of Courtney Swartz and Katherine Moskop
Ella Marley Levy
September 3, 2020
Daughter of Nicole Leavenworth and Brett Levy
Micah Richard Porter
October 29, 2020
Son of Briana and Dr. Sam Porter
Grandson of Dr. Stephen G Porter & Dr. Pamela Parkinson Kellogg

We celebrate the marriage of:

Allison Klion and Travis Lurato
Allison is the granddaughter of Anita Bender
Max Sagan-Gutherz and Mirele Mann
October 18, 2020
Zoe Jick and Michael Fertik
September 15, 2020
Zoe is the daughter of Rose Zoltek-Jick
Adam Sege and Emily Jan
August 21, 2020
Adam is the son of Karen Victor and Bob Sege
Anna Licht and Phil Tomezko 
August 9, 2020
Roberta Bergstein and Ayla Axeloons
August 9, 2020
Rabbi Jen Gubitz and Matan BenYishay
July 26, 2020