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.

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Upcoming Services and Programs

Outdoor Shabbat and Other Services

Winter services begin at 10:30 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 and conditions!

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


Winter Shabbat walks can be beautiful. Just dress warmly, and if there is snow or ice on the ground use yak traks or snow shoes to help stabilize you, and be prepared for changes due to conditions.


Saturday, February 16, 10:30 AM

Water Views Walk and Potluck Lunch

Pod Meadow Conservation Area, Wayland

We'll meet in a different spot, by 10 Wallace Road

We'll have a shorter walk and then return to Rabbi Katy and Gabi's home for Torah discussion and a potluck lunch. Come for one or both. Please let us know here what you'll bring. 


Saturday, February 23, 10:30 AM

Rail Trail and Woods Trail

Plain Road and Mass Central Rail Trail

Approximately 140 Plain Rd., Wayland, between Joels Way and Coolidge Road, about ½ mile from Rt. 20. There is room for parking for several cars on either side of the street.

We'll start off on the new rail trail and then enter the woods in Weston. We'll have fewer and shorter stops to keep walking and stay warm.


Woodland and Wetland Shabbat

Saturday, March 9, 10:30 AM

Hamlen Woods Conservation Area

80 Rice Road, Wayland

Watch for the Red hydrant on the right when coming from the North. The parking lot is on the west side of the road between Mainstone and Woodridge Roads

On this walk beside the water and through the woods, we'll watch for early signs of spring as we celebrate Shabbat with prayer, meditation, and a discussion of the Torah portion. Come prepared for muddy spots along the trail.


Shabbat Dinner and Discussion

Friday, March 15, 6:30 PM

Home of Steve and Lynne, Wayland

Enjoy Shabbat with candles, blessings, songs, and discussion, along with a potluck vegetarian dinner. Please RSVP here, so we can make sure to have a good mixture of dinner items.


Celebrate Purim!

Sunday, March 17, 3:00-5:00 PM

Location TBD

Join Ma'yan Tikvah for an intergenerational celebration of Purim. We'll put together baskets for shalach manot for seniors, make music, and enjoy family, children, and adult activities. Wear a hat or a costume, and we'll vote to see which ones are the most fun!


Esker Walk Shabbat

Saturday, March 23, 10:30 AM

Pine Brook Conservation Area

90 Forty Acres Drive, Wayland

We’ll meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of the road

We'll walk through the woods along the esker with views of a red maple swamp to the bridge over the marsh and watch for redwing blackbirds and other signs of spring.


Spring Migration Shabbat

Saturday, March 30, 10:30 AM

Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge

Weir Road, Sudbury, off Lincoln Road

Join a springtime walk along the trails beside the Sudbury River to watch for migrating ducks and birds, interspersed with prayers, meditation, and Torah discussion.


Food for Mind, Body, and Soul

Sunday, March 31, 10:30 AM

Click here for more information.


Meadow Marsh Shabbat

Saturday, April 6, 10:30 AM

Pod Meadow Conservation Area, Wayland

The parking area is at 418 Old Connecticut Path,

on the west side of the road.

We'll search for aquatic and bird life in the pond and surrounding marshes as we walk the trails at Pod Meadow and stop for prayer, meditation, and Torah discussion.


Considering Freedom Walk and Picnic

Saturday, April 13, 10:30 AM

Hop Brook Conservation Area

325 Dutton Road · Sudbury

All are welcome to join Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger of Ma’yan Tikvah as we traverse the bridges, wetlands and meadows of Hop Brook Conservation Area and work our way to the frog pond. Along the way we’ll pause to sing, meditate, pray and consider what it means to go out of bondage and into freedom. If it is a warm spring day, bring your lunch and a blanket and we'll picnic by the pond.


Blue Heron Rookery Shabbat

Saturday, April 27, 10:30 AM

Lyons Cutler Reservation

201 Landham Road · Sudbury

The parking lot is on Landham Street

between Stage Coach Drive and Brookside Farm Lane.

Enjoy a walk through the woods to the marsh for a visit to a blue heron rookery, hopefully catching sight of little open beaks eager for lunch, with stops for prayer, meditation, and discussion.


Springtime Shabbat Potluck Dinner and Discussion

Friday, May 10, 6:30 PM

Private home, Wayland

Bring your favorite vegetarian dish and enjoy and evening of good food and discussion. Please RSVP. Link to come.


Bird Song Shabbat

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 AM

Pine Brook Conservation Area

90 Forty Acres Drive · Wayland

We’ll meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of the road

We'll walk through the woods to the boardwalk over the marsh and watch for redwing blackbirds and other signs of spring.


Walden Shabbat

Saturday, June 1, 10:00 AM

Hapgood Wright Town Forest

Walden Street, Concord

About 451 Walden St. Park on the left side of the parking lot,

Walk in the footsteps of Thoreau at this Shabbat service. This walk features an interpretive trail called Thoreau’s Path on Brister’s Hill, where Thoreau’s own words, chiseled in granite, interpret the landscape and illustrate the powerful observations and insights of Thoreau. We’ll incorporate the quotes into the service, along with prayer, meditation and singing, and will stop at the reflection circle for a Torah discussion. 


Early Summer Gardens Shabbat

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM

Cow Commons Conservation Area

52-64 Old Sudbury Rd, Wayland

We'll walk through the meadow, watching for spring flowers and birds, enter the woods, and then return through the community gardens to see the first plantings of spring.



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, Feb 16, 10:30 

Water Views & Potluck Lunch

Pod Meadow, Wayland


Sat, Feb 23, 10:30 

Rail & Woods Trails

Mass Central Rail Trail, Wayland


Shabbat Dinner & Discussion

Fri, Mar 15, 6:30 

Private Home, Wayland


Purim Celebration

Sun. Mar. 17, 3:00 

Location TBD


Esker Shabbat

Sat., Mar. 23, 10:30 

Pine Brook Cons. 



Migration Shabbat

Sat., Mar. 30, 10:30 

Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge




Food for Mind, Body, and Soul

Sun, Mar 31, 10:30

More information


Marsh Shabbat

Sat, Apr 6, 10:30 

Pod Meadow Cons. 



Freedom and Picnic

Sat, Apr 13, 10:30 

Hop Brook Cons. 



Blue Heron Shabbat

Sat, Apr 27, 10:30 

Lyons Cutler Res.



Gardens Shabbat

Sat, May 11, 10:00 

Cow Commons 



Bird Song Shabbat

Sat, May 18, 10:00 

Pine Brook Cons. 



Walden Shabbat

Sat, June 1, 10:00 

Hapgood Wright Forest, Concord

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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