Temple Emmanuel of Wakefield will mark its 75th Anniversary as a congregation this month with a weekend of activities beginning on Friday, Sept. 9 with a musical Shabbat featuring Bashert and the dedication of the Selma Pomeranz Memorial Library at 7:30 pm. The Saturday morning Shabbat service on Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by a special kiddush. Both events will be hybrid. Masks are recommended for those who attend in person.
A Gala Celebration with an anniversary program highlighting special historic events and honoring well-deserving Temple members will be held under a tent on Sunday, Sept. 11 at noon. Reservations are required for the Sunday luncheon. The featured speakers will be Reverend Glenn Mortimer, Methodist Association Clergy Chair and Rabbi Marc Baker, president and chief executive officer of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.
The Wakefield temple has a distinguished history. Temple Emmanuel’s building was built around 1918 and was owned by the Robert Yeuell family before the temple purchased the building. Its charter was signed in 1947. Rosamond Leavitt’s election as the first female president of a Conservative temple in the 1950s made national news. At the temple’s front door, visitors will notice a Four Chaplains monument to veterans.
Temple Emmanuel in 2022 is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. Its spiritual leader is Rabbi Gregory Hersh.
Temple Emmanuel is located at 120 Chestnut St. Wakefield. For more information call 781-245-1886 or visit www.WakefieldTemple.org