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

Y'ladim BaTeva

Ma'yan Tikvah's Outdoor Jewish Learning for Kids

Y'ladim BaTeva

is an alternative Jewish education program

with a significant outdoor component

leading to bar/bat mitzvah.


Two classes are available: 

Grades K-2 

Grades 3-5


 Click here to reach Rabbi Katy

   and get your questions answered.

Y'ladim BaTeva focuses on: 

  • Jewish values, such as caring for animals, honoring the elderly, caring for ourselves, our families, and our communities, and the Earth, and more;

  • Jewish values embedded in holidays;

  • basic observance of holidays;

  • some Hebrew, for reciting blessings for holidays and eating, and some key words;

  • Bible stories with an emphasis on Jewish values;

  • basic prayers for Shabbat; and

  • an optional and additional individual-paced Hebrew decoding and understanding program.

Y'ladim BaTeva time committment:

  • One Sunday morning per month for three hours, at an outdoor Metrowest location, with the option for being indoors part of the time in winter or bad weather;

  • Two 1/2 hour weekday online video classes per month; 
  • One family holiday or Shabbat program per month, which may be a:
    • Shabbat dinner hosted by one of the families,

    • morning outdoor service,

    • Shabbat afternoon Havdalah family program, or

    • Sunday holiday program.


Suggestions are provided for family or student activities at home between classes, including craft projects, suggestions for discussion, and ideas for family field trips.

SCHOOL FEE: $600 for the first child and $550 each additional child.


HEBREW FEES The Hebrew decoding and prayer program is optional and additional. It meets 3-4 times per month online in groups of 1-3 for grades 2-5 only. The cost is $25/session, divided by the number of children participating. (E.g., if there are two children in a class, it is $12.50/child.)


MEMBERSHIP: Families must be members of Ma'yan Tikvah. First-time families are invited to become members for a donation of just $36. Learn more about membership here.


Payment can be made by sending a check to Ma'yan Tikvah, c/o Sandy Hewitt, 1 Parker Ct, Natick, MA 01760. 


The 2019-2020 school schedule is coming soon.


For questions or to learn more, contact Rabbi Katy at rabbi @

Open House for Prospective Families

Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 PM


Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area and Peace Lutheran Church
107 Concord Road, Wayland

Meet in the back of the parking lot, or in the church if it is raining.


We'll take a short walk through the woods and by the pond to give you a taste of Ma'yan Tikvah and Y'ladim BaTeva, along with the opportunity to get all your questions answered about this unique program of outdoor Jewish learning for children. All are welcome. Please RSVP here.

Upcoming Outdoor Services & Other Events


Glacial Tour Shabbat Saturday, August 10

Grey Reservation, Sudbury


Wildlife Refuge Shabbat

Saturday, August 17

Great Meadows National

Wildlife Refuge, Sudbury


Open House for

Y'ladim BaTeva

Wed. Aug 29, 6:30 PM

Peace Lutheran Church


Where to Find Us


Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope

237 Old Connecticut Path
Wayland, MA 01778




Affiliated with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts






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