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:

Norman Flax
February 21, 2021 (9 Adar, 5781)
Father of Martin Flax (Suzanne)
Grandfather of Felix and Jacob

L. Dennis Shapiro

February 16, 2021 (4 Adar, 5781)
Husband of Susan Shapiro
Father of Rabbi Zack Shapiro (Ron Galperin), Rachel Shapiro, and Aliza Shapiro
Grandfather of Eli, Maya, and Benjamin

Roberta Frischman
February 6, 2021 (24 Shevat, 5781)
Aunt of Barbara Cevallos (Carlos)
Great-Aunt of Sylvia and Izzy

Ann Marie Lewis
February 9, 2021 (27 Shevat, 5781)
Wife of Leonard Lewis
Mother of Barbara Lewis and James Lewis
Grandmother of 3, great-grandmother of 1

Allen Prince

February 5, 2021 (21 Shevat, 5781)
Husband of Gloria Prince
Jan Goeller
January 20, 2021 (7 Shevat, 5781)
Mother of Adrienne Drucker (Lonn)
Grandmother of Leo

Ruth Ephraim 

January 11, 2021 (27 Tevet, 5781)
Mother of Michelle Ephraim (Marc Rysman)
Grandmother of Maya, Amalia, Micah, and Ava

Anna Sarah Gottlieb

February 4, 2021 (22 Shevat, 5781)
Daughter of Miriam Greenspan and Roger Gottlieb
Sister of Esther Greenspan
Partner of Kerry Smith

Wendy Jacobs

February 2, 2021 (20 Shevat, 5781)
Mother of Elena and Rachel Jacobs

Don Ribatt

January 31, 2021 (12 Shevat, 5781)
Husband of Roberta Ribatt
Father of Gregg Ribatt (Polly) and Alisa Ribatt
Grandfather of Emily, Alexa, and Jason

Bea Alter

January 21, 2021 (8 Shevat, 5781)
Stepmother of Richard Kalish (Elizabeth Keller)
Grandmother of Sarah Kalish Weil (Sam) and Harrison Kalish

Richard Halpern 

January 18, 2021 (5 Shevat, 5781)
Brother-in-law of Wayne Diamond (Carole z’l)
John Lee Selman
January 17, 2021 (4 Shevat, 5781)
Husband of Alice Selman
Father of Kelly Davidson (Eric) and David Selman (Caroline)
Grandfather of Henry, Emma, Parker, and Alison

Barbara Kissin
January 15, 2021 (2 Shevat, 5781)
Cousin of Sue Misselbeck (Mark)

Rhoda Cole
January 15, 2021 (2 Shevat, 5781)
Wife of Seymour (Sy) Cole, Mother of Barbara Lee (Jonathan), Aaron Cohen (Jeffrey Greathouse), Sharon Beck (Barry) and Marcy Cole, Grandmother of Suzanna Lee and Alex Lee (Margi Dashevsky), Jason Beck (Deborah) Jodi Harold (Adam) and Stacey Beck, Great-grandmother of Jonah, Aria, Molly, Lily, and Gillian
Helene Mabel Rivlin
January 12, 2021 (28 Tevet, 5781)
Mother of Deborah Rivlin (Thom Kidrin)
Robert Kulman
January 10, 2021 (26 Tevet, 5781)
Father of Lisa Krakoff (Roger), Marcie, Rick, Caroline, and Robert
Grandfather of Justin, Alexandra, Meg, Julie, Daniel, Natalie, Katie and Sara

Patricia Goldman

January 9, 2021 (25 Tevet, 5781)
Wife of Richard Goldman
Mother of Elaine Goldman and Stephen Goldman (Heidi Klein)
Grandmother of Henry and Nathaniel

Bess Soffer

January 6, 2021 (23 Tevet, 5781)
Wife of Jim Soffer
Mother of Rabbi Matt Soffer (Nicole Vengrove Soffer) and Geoff Soffer (Joaquin Esteva)
Grandmother of Caleb and Carmel

We celebrate the birth of:

Haley Maxine Krulewich Tsaadi
February 23, 2021
Daughter of Sara Krulewich & Ohad Tsaadi
Sister of Zoe and Elai
Grandaughter of Lenny and Helen Krulewich
Hana Ruth Drouin
February 21, 2021
Daughter of Anya Potter and Matthew Drouin
Sister of Nikola Judah Drouin
Jonah Matthew Kay
February 19, 2021
Son of Joshua and Brooke Kay
Grandson of Linda and Jonathan Kay
Nephew of Rachel Kay and Franklin Ross

Oscar John Charles Katz

Son of Greg and Abbie Katz
Grandson of Ann and Howard Katz

Gabriella (Ella) Jane

December 17, 2020
Child of Aly Kidrin Coleman and Sean Coleman

Eliora Kay Simon

January 6, 2021
Daughter of Jamie Merrill and Denise Simon
Shoshana Esther Sorrell
January 20, 2021
Daughter of Benjamin Sorrell and Akina Motoyama
Granddaughter of Abby Sorrell

Rebecca Paige Sigel

January 4, 2021
Daughter of Heather and Shane Sigel
Otto Zeisha Miller
December 15, 2020
Son of Karin Freed and Joshua Miller

Eleanor Yvonne Goodman

November 14, 2020
Daughter of Jon and Nicole Goodman
Granddaughter of Alan and Pam Goodman
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

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