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.



Upcoming Services and Programs

Outdoor Shabbat 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!

PLEASE RSVP to rabbi @ by 5:00 PM Friday.

If services will be cancelled due to weather or insufficient registrations, all those who've registered will be notified.


Friday, June 2, 8:00 PM

Greenways Conservation Area

Green Way, Wayland

Meet in the parking lot at the cul-de-sac, about 75 Green Way.


Saturday, June 10, 10:00 AM

293 Boston Post Road, Weston

Co-sponsored by Hineni

Park on the street beyond the driveway or in the church lot ahead on the left.  

As good neighbors, please DO NOT PARK across the street from Greg and Cathy's, or on the next side street (Hemlock Road).


Saturday, June 17, 10:00 AM

Bicycle Shabbat!!

We'll bike a total of about 7-8 miles,

with stops for prayer and Torah discussion.

Meet at Alpine Field, Alpine Road, Wayland


Saturday, June 24, 10:00 MA

Pod Meadow Conservation Area

(about) 420 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland

Celebrate Passover: A Seder in an Interfaith Setting

Tuesday, April 11, from 6:30-9:00 PM

Open Spirit, Edwards Hall

39 Edwards St., Framingham

Suggested donation: $10-40 per person


Registration by March 31 is helpful!


Come for a Passover seder in an interfaith setting. Open Spirit will once again host the meal and rituals of Passover at an interactive second night seder. Rabbi Katy will lead the evening, assisted by Gabi, who will lead the singing. The meal will be partially catered Kosher for Passover and partially a directed potluck, and you can indicate your preferences when you register. RSVPs by March 31 will help us know how much food to order. This program co-sponsored by Open Spirit and is generously funded by a Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Community Grant. 


High Holiday Serivces 2016 / 5777 

Rosh HaShanah Morning Service, Monday, October 3, 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

Monday, October 3, 6:30 PM

Open Spirit, 39 Edwards Road, Framingham

This event is supported by a grant from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Jewish Community Grant Fund. 

Information and RSVP at Open Spirit TK.


Kol Nidre Service, Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 PM

Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston


Yom Kippur Morning Service, Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 AM

Cedar Hill Camp, 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA

(accessible by MBTA bus)


Neilah Service & Potluck Break-fast, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Common Street Spiritual Center

Common Street Spiritual Center, 13 Common St., Natick

and Coolidge Hill, Natick


Ma'yan Tikvah celebrates the High Holidays outdoors!


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.


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 discussion, followed by a short hike up Coolidge Hill for Neilah and havdalah, and then a return to the center for a pot-luck break-fast.


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, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning are handicap accessible.


Please bring packaged foods for a food drive to benefit the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center.


Dress for the weather for outdoor services!


Scroll down for registration information and form.

To register for High Holiday services, please fill out the registration form below. 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 your donation to Ma'yan Tikvah - c/o Marianne Doernis-Goldman, 309 Bishops Forest Drive, Waltham, MA, 02452.


PLEASE NOTE: Last  year Ma'yan Tikvah had a new machzor for Rosh HaShanah and this year there will be one for Yom Kippur, especially designed for Ma'yan Tikvah. Please consider adding an extra $6-15 to your donation to cover the cost of the machzor you will use. Thank you so much.

Suggested Donations

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



Annual Donation

Donation for 

High Holidays Only



$100 for all / $36 for one



$175 for all / $70 for one

Family of up to four $460 $275 for all / $126 for one

Each additional person 

over bar/bat mitzvah age





Please help with our services! When you register, please indicate how you would like to help:

  • English reading
  • Potluck lunch committee
  • Carpooling committee
  • Set-up & cleanup committee
  • Arts and crafts projects committee
  • Welcoming committee
  • Food Drive Committee

Checks should be mailed to to Ma'yan Tikvah, c/o Marianne Doernis-Goldman, 309 Bishop's Forest Drive, Waltham, MA 02452. 


Note: If you do not receive an email within a few days of registering, we may not have received your registration. In this case, please contact us at

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Upcoming Events


Outdoor Services:


Fri., June 2, 8 PM




Sat., June 10, 10 AM

with Hineni



Sat. June 17, 10 AM

Bicycle Shabbat

Alpine Field



Sat., June 24, 10 AM

Pod Meadow 


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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