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.

Click here to join Ma'yan Tikvah.

Upcoming Services and Programs

Outdoor Shabbat and Other Services

Summer services begin at 10:00 AM. 


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, bring a water bottle, and be prepared for bugs!

RSVP to rabbi @ by 5:00 PM Friday is appreciated.


Saturday, October 13, 10:00 AM

Walden Shabbat

Hapgood-Wright Town Forest

About 451 Walden Street, Concord

Park on the left side of the parking lot.

We'll walk to Brister’s Hill, which features an elegant interpretive path called Thoreau's Path on Brister's Hill, where Thoreau’s own words, incised in granite and cast in bronze, interpret the landscape and illustrate the powerful observations and insights of Thoreau. We'll incorporate the quotes into the service and stop at the reflection circle.
Weekend of Spirit Shabbat Dinner
Friday, October 19, 6:30 PM
Open Spirit, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham

Come enjoy a potluck vegetarian Shabbat dinner, with belssings and song, as we kick off Open Spirit's Weekend of Spirit. There will be time for discussion about the theme of the weekend, Inspiring Courage, framed by stories and quotes from courageous leaders, both well known and little known. Click here to register.

Saturday, October 20, 10:30 AM
(Note later time start.)
Cranberry Shabbat
Wachusett Reservoir, Boylston
Rain date: Saturday, October 27, 10:30 AM
t(If it rains, there will be an indoor service
at Rabbi Katy and Gabi's home)
Our annual Cranberry Shabbat is everyone's favorite! It is a time to intermix songs and prayers with wild cranberry picking beside Wachusett Reservoir and then to share a late fall potluck picnic lunch. Bring something to share for lunch and your own drinks and utensils, and you may want something to sit on at lunchtime. Also please bring containers for the cranberries. You can pick some for yourself, but most of the pickings will be given to a homeless shelter for Thanksgiving dinner. There may be muddy spots as we approached the wild cranberries, so be prepared footwear-wise, and it could be windy and chilly along the water. Please RSVP to for details on the meeting place or other information, including carpooling.
Autumn Migration Shabbat
(or Cranberry Shabbat raindate)
Saturday, October 27, 10:00 AM
Pine Brook Conservation Area
90 Forty Acres Drive, Wayland

Shabbat by the Water

Saturday, November 3, 10:30 AM

Note the switch to Winter Hours!
Pod Meadow Conservation Area
Across from 421 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland
Shabbat on Turkey Hill
Saturday, November 17, 10:30 AM
Turkey Hill Conservation Area
Park in the back of the parking lot for the
Coptic Orthodox Church, 169 Rice Road, Wayland

Previous Events


High Holiday Serivces


2018 / 5779



We are wandering Jews!

Every service is in a different location.

Rosh HaShanah Morning Service

Monday, September 10, 9:30 AM

Cedar Hill Camp, 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA

(accessible by MBTA bus)


Rosh HaShanah Potluck Dinner 

Monday, September 10, 6:30 PM

Private home in Ashland near Ashland State Park. Details upon registration.


Kol Nidre Service

Tuesday, September 18, 6:45 PM

Congregational Church of Weston

130 Newton St., Weston


Yom Kippur Morning Service

Wednesday, September 19, 9:30 AM

Camp Chickami

139 Boston Post Road, Wayland


Neilah Service & Potluck Break-fast

Co-sponsored by Common Street Spiritual Center

Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 PM
(In case of rain, start time will be 6:30 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.


This year, we are offering a separate children's program during part of the two morning services.


We also have indoor backup locations for the two morning services in case of extreme heat, cold, rain, or other weather events. All those who have registered will be notified, and it will be posted on the website and Meetup if we change our location.


On the second night of Rosh HaShanah (Monday), we will have a potluck dinner at a private location in Ashland, near Ashland State Park. Details will be sent upon registration.


The Kol Nidre service is 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.


We are planning backup indoor locations in case of extreme heat, cold, or wild weather and will be in touch with those who have registered in regard to any changes.


We invite you to dress for the weather, informally and comfortably for being outdoors.


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 Sandy Hewitt, 1 Parker Court, Natick, 01760.

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, Oct 13, 10:00 

Hapgood-Wright, Concord


Sun, Oct 14, 7:00 PM

Tidbits of Talmud


 Shabbat Dinner
Fri, Oct 19, 6:30 PM
Open Spirit, 39 Edwards Framingham
Sat, Oct 20, 10:30 
Cranberry Shabbat
Wachusett Reservoir Boylston
Sat, Oct 27, 10:00 
Pine Brook Conservation Area,
Sat, Nov 3, 10:30 AM
Pod Meadow Conservation Area
Saturday, November 17, 10:30 AM
Turkey Hill Conservation Area

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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