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

Y'ladim BaTeva

Outdoor Jewish Learning for Kids

Open House for Prospective Families

Watch for an upcoming date in late summer or contact Rabbi Katy.


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

We'll meet in the back of the parking lot.

For children and adults


We'll take a short walk through the woods and by the pond and you'll get a taste of Ma'yan Tikvah and Y'ladim BaTeva, the outdoor Jewish learning program for chidren. We'll then go indoors for hot tea, hot chocolate, and more conversation, and we'll end with Havdalah, the ceremony that ends Shabbat. Dress for the weather and bring your family and your friends. Please RSVP here.

In the fall of 2018, Ma'yan Tikvah opened an alternative Jewish education program for elementary school age children with a significant outdoor component.

Space is still available.


Registration for fall 2019 coming soon.


Click here to reach Rabbi Katy

and get your questions answered.


Y'ladim BaTeva currently has two classes:


Grades K-2

Grades 3-4


Key Features of the

Outdoor Jewish Education for Children Program


The curriculum 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 that inform Jewish values;

  • basic prayers for Shabbat; and

  • an optional and additional program individual-paced Hebrew decoding and understanding, using an online program


Meeting times:


  • One Sunday morning a 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 short weekday afternoon or early evening online video classes per month for reconnecting and reviewing;
  • One family holiday or Shabbat program per month, which may be 1) a Shabbat dinner hosted by one of the families, 2) a morning outdoor service, 3) a Saturday afternoon or early evening family program that is partially outside and partially inside, or 4) a Sunday holiday program.


Materials are provided for family or student activities to be done at home between classes, which may include suggestions for discussions at the Shabbat dinner table and ideas for family field trips.


During the regular classes, students will learn to say Hebrew words, and there will be review of some letters and words written in Hebrew.


The more traditional Hebrew decoding and prayer program will be optional and additional. It will meet 3-4 times per month as an online video class in groups of 1-3 for grades 2-4 only.


Click here to register your child. 


If you have questions or would like to learn more, please be in touch with Rabbi Katy at rabbi @

Suggested donation amounts for

Y'ladim BaTeva

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

  Main program Hebrew program

First child

$600 $250

Each additional child

$550 $225

Y'ladim BaTeva 2018-2019 Schedule

Blue - Sunday mornings, Y’ladim BaTeva - kids’ school day, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Red – Combined May'an Tikvah program and Family Program for Y'ladim BaTeva

Purple - Family program for Y'ladim BaTeva 

Green - Holiday program or service with Children's program

Turquoise - Metrowest Community-wide event with children's program

Black - Additional special programs or services


Monday, September 10, Rosh HaShanah morning

Monday, September 10, Rosh HaShanah dinner

Sunday morning, September 16, Y'ladim BaTeva

Tuesday, September 18, Kol Nidre

Wednesday, September 19, Yom Kippur morning

Wednesday, September 19, Closing service and break-fast

Sunday September 23, Sukkah-decorating and Dinner, Erev Sukkot 

Saturday, September 29, Shabbat service and kiddush in the Sukkah

Sunday evening, October 7, Movie and discussion

Sunday morning, October 14, Y'ladim BaTeva

Saturday, October 20, Raindate, October 27, Cranberry Shabbat

Sunday morning, November 4, Y'ladim BaTeva 

Sunday afternoon, November 4, Vilna Shul

Friday evening, November 16, Shabbat Dinner 

Sunday, December 9, (candle 8) Hanukkah party 

Sunday morning, December 16 (with indoor location), Y'ladim BaTeva

Friday evening, January 4, Shabbat dinner

Sunday morning, January 13 (with indoor location), Y'ladim BaTeva

Sunday evening, January 20, Tu BiShvat, Tentatively 5:00-7:00 PM

Sunday morning, February 10 (with indoor location), Y'ladim BaTeva

Friday evening, February 15, Shabbat dinner

Saturday, February 23, Havdalah and dinner 

Sunday morning, March 10 (with backup indoor location), Y'ladim BaTeva

Sunday afternoon, March 17, Purim party 

Sunday evening, March 31, Movie and discussion

Sunday morning, April 7, Y'ladim BaTeva

Friday evening, April 19, First night Seder 

Sunday morning, May 5, Y'ladim BaTeva

Saturday afternoon, May 11, Shabbat afternoon family hike and lunch/dinner

Sunday morning, June 2 - Service project, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday evening, June 8, Shavuot

Upcoming Outdoor Services & Other Events


Rail Trail & Woods Shabbat  

Saturday, June 29

Mass Central Rail Trail, Wayland


Shabbat by the River Saturday, July 13

Carol Getchell Nature Trail, Framingham


Hilltop Shabbat

Saturday, July 20

Round Hill, Sudbury


Shabbat with the Beavers

Saturday, July 27

Pod Meadow, Wayland


Summer Garden Shabbat Saturday, August 3 (Raindate, August 10) Private Garden, Natick

(a members-only event)


Glacial Tour Shabbat Saturday, August 10

Grey Reservation, Sudbury


Wildlife Refuge Shabbat

Saturday, August 17

Great Meadows National

Wildlife Refuge, Sudbury


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.

Affiliated with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts






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