Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope
Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope

Shabbat and  Holidays

Outdoor Services in Nature 


Celebrate Shabbat with a walk through woods and fields and 1 - 1 1/2 hours of prayer, meditation, and Torah discussion. Dress for the weather, bring water and bug spray, and if you wish, a reading, song, meditation, or snack to share.



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High Holiday Services.

Upcoming Services and Programs


Outdoor Shabbat and Other Services


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Enjoy a  walk through the woods or by the water, interspersed with prayer, meditation, and Torah discussion. Dress for the weather!

RSVP to rabbi @ by 5:00 PM Friday

is appreciated.


Yizkor and Simchat Torah

Thursday, Oct 12 7:30 PM

Rabbi Katy and Gabi's home, Wayland

We'll begin with a brief service of remembrance of our loved ones who are no longer with us and then we'll light candles to begin Simchat Torah, the time of celebrating the Torah. We'll read the last few verses and then roll the scroll back to the beginning and read the first few verses. It will be an up close and personal experience of the Torah.


Saturday, October 14, 10:30

Pod Meadow Conservation Area 

About 420 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland,

between Simpson Road and Hawthorn Road

Friday, October 20, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Shabbat Dinner with Multi-Faith Voices

Edwards Hall, Open Spirit

39 Edwards Street, Framingham

Please RSVP in advance! Click here to register.


Welcome Shabbat with candle-lighting, blessings, singing, storytelling and a potluck vegetarian dinner as part of Open Spirit’s Weekend of Spirit 2017: “Circles of Healing: Our Selves, Our Communities, Our World”  Voices of healing from Jewish, Christian, Ba’hai and unaffiliated traditions will lead us all into the sacred time of Shabbat. Speakers and singers include: Rabbi Katy Allen, David Blais, Dorene Nemeth, Francis Pollitt, Jo Miller and Lois Francello of the Blue Dove duo, and Gabi Mezger. This event is supported by a grant from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Jewish Community Grant Fund. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Saturday, October 21, 9:30 AM

Note different time start!

Temple Beth Sholom and Aqueduct

50 Pamela Road, Framigham

This week's service is part of Temple Beth Sholom's

innovative SholomPlex. All are welcome! 



Saturday, October 28, 10:30 AM

Rain Date November 4

Wachusett Reservoir, 1 Cross St., Boylston

Meet at Gate 8 at the intersection of Route 70 & Cross Street.


Cranberry Shabbat is a time to intermix songs and prayers with cranberry picking beside Wachusett Reservoir and to share a late fall potluck picnic lunch. Bring something to share for lunch and your own drinks and utensils. (Warm soup sounds good for a picnic in October!) You will also need containers for the cranberries, most of which will be given to a homeless shelter for Thanksgiving dinner. There may be muddy spots and it could be windy and chilly along the water, so be prepared. Please RSVP



High Holiday Serivces 


2017 / 5778



We are wandering Jews!

Every service is in a different location.


Rosh HaShanah Morning Service

Thursday, September 21, 9:30 AM

Cedar Hill Camp, 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA

(accessible by MBTA bus)


Rosh HaShanah Potluck Dinner & more

Co-sponsored by Open Spirit, Shillman House, and

Framingham Friends Meeting (Quaker)

Thursday, September 21, 6:30 PM

Shillman House

49 Edmands Road, Framingham

This event is supported by a grant from the

Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Jewish Community Grant Fund. 


Kol Nidre Service

Friday, September 29, 6:30 PM

Congregational Church of Weston

130 Newton St., Weston


Yom Kippur Morning Service

Saturday, September 30, 9:30 AM

Camp Chickami

139 Boston Post Road, Wayland


Neilah Service & Potluck Break-fast

Co-sponsored by Common Street Spiritual Center

Saturday, September 30, 5:30 PM
(In case of rain, start time will be 6:00 PM.)

Common Street Spiritual Center

13 Common St., Natick

and Coolidge Hill

Corner of Coolidge St. and School St. Ext., Natick





Ma'yan Tikvah's services are a combination of traditional and nontraditional; they are informal with opportunities for participation.


Morning services on both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are held outside, or if the weather requires it, under an outdoor pavilion. There is time to sing, to appreciate the natural world around us, to meditate and pray, to read and discuss the Torah portion, to hear the sound of the Sofar on Rosh HaShanah, and to remember our loved ones during Yizkor on Yom Kippur.


Rosh HaShanah services are followed by a pot-luck lunch and tashlich.


Dinner on the second night of Rosh HaShanah will be co-sponsored by Open Spirit, but we are still searching for a location nearby.


Kol Nidre services are mostly indoors, but partially outdoors if weather permits.


Late Yom Kippur afternoon, Common Street Spiritual Center will host a family friendly, but adult appropriate activity, followed by a short hike to Coolidge Hill for Neilah and havdalah, and then a return to the center for a pot-luck break-fast. 


Further details for all services will be sent upon registration. All are welcome, including families with children. The sites for the first day of Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah Dinner, Yom Kippur morning, and Kol Nidre are handicap accessible.


Please bring packaged foods for a food drive to benefit the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center. See the file below for suggestions of what to bring.


Suggested donation amounts are listed below.


Dress for the weather for outdoor services!


Ma'yan Tikvah has no dues or specific fees - the amounts listed below are suggested donations only. We invite you to give more if you can and less if you can't. For more information, email Ma'yan Tikvah or call 508-358-5996. You may pay by Paypal or send a check to Ma'yan Tikvah - c/o Marianne Doernis-Goldman, 309 Bishops Forest Drive, Waltham, MA, 02452.

Suggested Donations

(more if you can, less if you can't)



Annual Donation

Donation for 

High Holidays Only



$125 for all / $36 for one



$180 for all / $65 for one

Family of up to four $460 $275 for all / $108 for one

Each additional person 

over bar/bat mitzvah age



Food List for Food Drive
Food list for food drive.doc
Microsoft Word document [26.0 KB]

Upcoming Events


Yizkor and

Simchat Torah

Thursday, Oct 12 7:30 PM

Rabbi Katy and Gabi's home, Wayland 


Outdoor Services:


Shabbat Serivce 

Sat, Oct 14

10:30 AM

Pod Meadow Conservation Area, Wayland


Fri, Oct 20, 6:00 PM

Shabbat Dinner with Multi-Faith Voices

Open Spirit, Framingham


Outdoor Shabbat Service

Sat, Oct 21, 9:30 AM

Temple Beth Sholom and Aqueduct




Saturday, October 28, 10:30 AM

Rain Date Nov 4

Wachusett Reservoir



Tidbits of Talmud

Sunday, October 29

7:00-8:30 PM

Rabbi Katy and Gabi's Home, Wayland

Where to Find Us


Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope

237 Old Connecticut Path
Wayland, MA 01778

Phone: 1 508.358.5996




Blog: www.mayantikvah.

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