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

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Rabbi and Nature Chaplain Katy Z. Allen            

Rabbi Katy Z. Allen is the founder and spiritual leader of Ma'yan Tikvah. She began her career as a biology teacher and later became a writer and editor of educational materials. Prior to her conversion to Judaism in 1989, she began to study, and has never stopped. She started teaching Hebrew school, then became involved in family and adult education, and for a number of years performed professionally as a storyteller.


Rabbi Katy received a Masters of Arts in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, MA, in 1999, and rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY, in 2005. She served as the rabbi of Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop before founding Ma'yan Tikvah in 2007. For ten years, Rabbi Katy served as a chaplain at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She writes about matters of the spirit and the world and is a member of the Advisory Boards of, The Jewish Vegetarians of North America, and Shomrei Bereshit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth. She is a co-convener and the President of the Boston-area Jewish Climate Action Network.


In 2015, Rabbi Katy founded the One Earth Collaborative, a project of Open Spirit in Framingham, MA, where she engages with the community as a nature chaplain. She blogs at

Rabbi Katy can be reached at

Molly Bajgot - Intern


Molly Bajgot is a Jewish young adult who was most recently living at the Moishe Kavod Jewish Social Justice House in Brookline (now Jamaica Plain), MA. She is committed to social justice and sustainability work as it pertains to shifting power structures and tikkun olam. She has a backing in agriculture and community organizing, and believes that song and spirituality are some of the best medicine for recharging from this work. She is a singer/songwriter, and excited to engage in prayer with Ma'yan Tikvah. 

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Board of Directors

President  Robyn Bernstein               

Treasurer Marianne Doernis-Goldman

Clerk  Rabbi Katy Allen                                    

Board member Gabi Mezger           

Board member Peter Engel

Board member Glen Weisbrod

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Upcoming Events


Outdoor Services:


Fri. August 25

6:30 PM

Greenways Conservation Area, 



Sat. Sept. 16

10:00 AM

Heard Conservation Area,



Rosh HaShanah 

Thur, Sept 21,

9:30 AM

Cedar Hill Camp,

Waltham, MA

(accessible by MBTA bus)


Rosh HaShanah Potluck Dinner

Thur, Sept 21,

6:30 PM

Shillman House



Kol Nidre Service

Fri, September 29,

6:30 PM

Congregational Church of Weston



Yom Kippur 

Sat, September 30, 9:30 AM

Camp Chickami



Neilah Service & Potluck Break-fast

Sat, September 30, 5:30 PM

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

Common Street Spiritual Center


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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