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 and Other Services


Follow Outdoor Services on Meetup!


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.


Saturday, January 20, 10:30

Upper Mill Brook Conservation Areas

107 Concord Road, Wayland

We will begin with a walk and outdoor service and then go indoors to Peace Lutheran Church for our Torah discussion.


Saturday, January 27, 10:30

Pod Meadow Conservation Areas

Wallace Road, Wayland

Note: This is a different trailhead than in the past. Park on the side road near the aqueduct.

We will begin with a walk and outdoor service and if it is chilly, we'll go indoors to Rabbi Katy and Gabi's nearby home for our Torah discussion. 


Sunday, January 28, 5:30 PM

Celebrate Tu BiShvat:

A Tree Party!

Potluck Vegetarian Dinner

Home of Steve and Lynne, Wayland


to get the address

Celebrate Tu BiShvat with a Tree Party! There will be games, brain teasers, singing, and eating. Bring your appetite and a dish to share that includes either fruits or nuts from a tree or one of the seven species of Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, pomegranate, olives, figs, and dates. Just make sure it is vegetarian.


Tree Stories for Tu Bishvat 
Tuesday, January 30
6:00-8:00 Drop-in planting time
7:00-8:00 Story Space open mike
8:00-9:00 Rabbi Katy featured storyteller
Havurat Shalom
113 College Street, Somerville
$5.00 Donation


Plant carrot tops to grow greens for Passover, share stories and teachings about Tu BiShvat and peruse anthologies and resources about the holiday.

From 7 - 8 pm any and all are invited to share a story, up to eight minutes in length, on the suggested general Tu B'Shvat-inspired enviro/nature theme, or topic of your own choosing - or to just listen and enjoy. The second hour (8 - 9 pm) will feature the eco-storytelling of Rabbi Katy Allen. 

Feel free to wander back and forth from 7:00-8:00 between the planting drop-in and the Story Space activity.


Saturday, February 3, 10:30

Greenways Conservation Areas

Green Way, Wayland

Potluck lunch to follow. 

The parking lot is in the cul-de-sac

at the bottom of the hill.

We will begin with a walk and outdoor service and then indoors to Rabbi Katy and Gabi's nearby home for our Torah discussion followed by a potluck vegetarian lunch. Please bring something to share. If there is snow or ice, bring your yak tracks or snow shoes.


Friday, February 9, 6:30 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

Rabbi Katy and Gabi's home, Wayland

We will begin with candle-lighting and a brief evening service and then share a potluck vegetarian dinner.


Saturday, February 24, 10:30

Upper Mill Brook Conservation Areas

107 Concord Road, Wayland

We will begin with walk and outdoor service and then go indoors to Peace Lutheran Church for our Torah discussion. If there is snow or ice, bring your yak tracks or snow shoes.



Sending Gifts

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 PM

Rabbi Katy and Gabi's Home, Wayland

We will decorate and fill mishloach manot baskets of goodies to give to a nearby senior residence and enjoy delicious flavors of hamentashen along with some alternative Purim stories to keep us on our toes. Please bring some small treats or  gifts to add to the baskets.


Saturday, March 10, 10:30

Pine Brook Conservation Areas

Forty Acres Drive, Wayland

Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of the road.

We will walk the trail to the boardwalk over the marsh and look for signs of spring. If there is still snow or ice, bring your yak tracks or snow shoes.


Passover Seder

in an Interfaith Setting

Friday, March 31, 6:00-8:30 PM

Edwards Hall, Open Spirit

39 Edwards Street, Framingham

Suggested donation: $10-30

RSVP: (link to come) 

or 508-877-8162


Enjoy a relaxed Passover seder in an interfaith setting. Open Spirit will once again host the meal and rituals of Passover at an interactive seder on the first night of Passover. The meal will be potluck, kosher-for-Passover style, and we will provide specific options of dishes you can choose from in order to ensure that the food is appropriate for the holiday, as well as options for purchased items. People of all faiths are invited.

Please complete the registration form. RSVPs by March 25 are requested. For further information contact Rabbi Katy at

This program is co-sponsored by Ma’yan Tikvah and Open Spirit and is generously funded by a Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Community Grant. 








Past Services



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 


Outdoor Services and Other Events


Sat. Jan. 20, 10:30

Upper Mill Brook, Wayland


Sat. Jan. 27, 10:30

Pod Meadow 

Wallace Rd, Wayland


Sun. Jan. 28, 5:30 PM

Tu BiShvat:

A Tree Party

 Wayland home


Sat. Feb. 3, 10:30

Greenways, Wayland

Potluck lunch to follow. 


Fri. Feb. 9, 6:30 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat and  Dinner

 Wayland home


Sat. Feb. 24, 10:30

Upper Mill Brook, Wayland



Sending Gifts

Wed, Feb 28, 7:00 PM

 Wayland home


Sat, Mar. 10, 10:30

Pine Brook 

40 Acres Dr. 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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