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

High Holidays Outdoors 2023/5784

Ma'yan Tikvah's High Holiday services are always unique because they are primarily outdoors. We have created varied opportunities, so choose what works best for you and your family! 


Most events are held outdoors, except for the Kol Nidre service, and will take place at a conservation area in the Framingham/Sudbury area. The Kol Nidre service will be held indoors in a location TBD in either Natick or Weston. 


Registration is now open and required for all events. When you click the appropriate registration link, you will see a list of all the options and will be able to check those events you wish to attend. At the bottom of this page you will find suggested donation amounts.


Because everything is outdoors, Ma'yan Tikvah's High Holiday plans are subject to change due to extreme weather. You will be informed of our contingency plans upon registration, and will be notified of any changes.


Specifics of locations and additional details will be sent after registration. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rabbi Katy Allen.


Rosh HaShanah, Day 1       Saturday, September 16

9:30-11:00 AM  Walks 

11:30-12:45 Torah and Shofar service

1:00-2:00 Potluck lunch 


Walks will focus on connecting to the natural world and themes of Rosh HaShanah, with shofar blowing.

Some walks will be geared to families and others more toward adults. 


The outdoor service will include Torah reading, traditional prayers, discussion, and shofar blowing.

All ages are welcome.


Potluck lunch: Bring a dish to share, your own plates and utensils and drinks and we'll share a meal together outside.

Rosh HaShanah, Day 2     Sunday, September 17 

10:00-11:30 AM

Guided walk with themes of Rosh HaShanah, shofar blowing and tashlich

The walk will focus on connecting to the natural world and themes of Rosh HaShanah and will include tashlich. 

All ages are welcome.

Kol Nidre, Erev Yom Kippur Sunday, September 24           

7:30 PM

Common Street Spiritual Center, 13 Common Street, Natick
Together with HaMakom Community of Natick


This service will be indoors with lots of music and a discussion.
Led by Rabbi Katy and Rabbi Robin Sparr

Yom Kippur Day           Monday, September 25 

9:30-11:00 AM  Walks 

11:30-1:00 Outdoor service

6:45 PM Neilah service via zoom


Walks will focus on connecting to the natural world and themes of Yom Kippur. Some walks will be geared to families and others more toward adults.


The outdoor service will include Torah reading, traditional prayers, discussion, and Yizkor.

All ages are welcome.


Join Rabbi Katy for the Neilah service including prayer, meditation, reflection, and the closing call of the shofar to end Yom Kippur.

 RSVP here to get the Zoom link.

Sukkot Gathering,   Saturday September 30, 11:30 AM

Celebrate Sukkot!  
Join Rabbi Katy and Gabi in their sukkah for some Shabbat / Sukkot readings, reflections, and guided meditation, a chance to shake the lulav and etrog and to wander in their garden, and lunch in the sukkah. Bring a dish to share for a potluck vegetarian lunch. RSVP here

Sukkot Family Celebration Sunday, October 1, 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Open Spirit, Framingham

Help build and decorate the sukkah, shake the lulav and etrog, create your own place-based alternative lulav and etrog, and eat in the sukkah. Bring reusable plates and cutlery and water bottles for your family, a dish to share for a potluck vegetarian lunch, and a chair or blanket to sit on. And if you've got some plants that can be trimmed, we can use them for the schach to cover the roof.

 RSVP here so we know what you'll bring.

Sukkot Drop-In Gathering, Wednesday October 4, 12-2 PM

Open Spirit, Framingham

Take time to sit and rest and enjoy a moment of fellowship.  Drop by and sit with Rabbi Katy in the sukkah.  Shake the lulav and etrog and learn about their meaning.  Bring your lunch if you'd like.  We'll provide tea and dessert and companionship.  

Non-Member Suggested High Holiday Donations
  All events One event only
             Single person     $200      $100
             Couple     $300      $150

             Family of four



             Student        $36       $36
The amounts listed are suggested donations for attending Ma'yan Tikvah's unique outdoor High Holiday servicesWe invite you to give more if you can and understand if you need to give less. We appreciate your support; please  know that your donation helps Ma'yan Tikvah stay open all year long. 
If you decide later in the year to join, your High Holiday donation will be credited toward membership. 
You may make your donation online here (please add 3% to cover processing) or send a check to Ma'yan Tikvah,  c/o Steve Garone, 179 Lakeshore Drive, Wayland, MA 01778
For more information, email Ma'yan Tikvah or call 508-358-5996. 
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Upcoming Outdoor Services & Other Events


As a Falling Leaf: Letting Go and Slowing Down, selected Friday evenings at 6:00 PM.


Shabbat Morning Walks, selected Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM.


RSVP for locations and Zoom links. 




Where to Find Us


Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope

Wayland, MA 




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