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.

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 and bring a water bottle. And bug season is starting, so be prepared!

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

Saturday, June 16, 10:00 AM

Potluck Lunch after the Service

Carol Getchell Nature Trail

Little Farms Road, Framingham

Meet at the cul-de-sac

at the end of the road by the river.

Enjoy a walk along the river with stops for prayers and discussion.


Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch at a nearby home after the service. Directions provided after RSVP to rabbi @


Hillside Shabbat 

Saturday, June 23, 10:00 AM

Trout Brook Conservation Area

Alpine Road, Wayland

Meet at the parking lot by the ball fields.

We'll cross Sherman's Bridge Road to enter the conservation area and walk the hills and woods.


Frog Pond Visit and Shabbat

Saturday, June 30, 10:00 AM

Hop Brook Conservation Area

About 345 Dutton Road, Sudbury

We'll cross many bridges on this beautiful walk beside Hop Brook and Frog Pond.


Singing Shabbat

Saturday, July 7, 10:00

Round Hill Conservation Area

180 Lincoln Road, Sudbury

The parking lot is opposite Lincoln Meadows at about half way between Water Row and Weir Hill Road.

We'll walk up the hill and sit in the shade in the meadow for our service. You may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, especially if it is hot. 


Saturday, July 14, 10:00 AM

Ashland State Park and Potluck Lunch

Location details to come.

We'll meet at Scott and Diane's house and go together to Ashland State Park for our service and walk, and then return for a potluck vegetarian lunch.


Saturday, July 21, 10:00 AM

Pod Meadow Conservation Area

About 420 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland

The parking lot entrance is just north of Alice Drive and a bit hard to spot, but there is a post with a sign.

Enjoy a walk beside the water at this hidden conservation gem.


Saturday, August 4, 10:00 AM

Turkey Hill Conservation Area

169 Rice Road, Wayland

Park in the back of the parking lot for the Coptic Church.

We'll walk up Turkey Hill and enjoy the woods together.

Saturday, August 11, 10:00 AM

Garden Shabbat and Potluck Lunch

77 W. Central St., Natick


Raindate: August 18


Park on Forest Street, the side street directly opposite the entrance to the garden, on the other side of W. Central St.


Enjoy a whimsical garden at its peak with four different "garden rooms" ranging from full sun to full shade and including water features.


If it rains on August 11, watch for information about a new location with an indoor option for the service.


Saturday, August 18, 10:00 AM

(Raindate for Garden Shabbat)

Hamlen Woods Conservation Area

Rice Road, between Mainstone Rd., and Woodridge Rd., Wayland

Coming from the North, watch for the red fire hydrant. The parking lot is just past the hydrant on the right. Coming from the South, after Woodridge Rd., watch for the driveway on the left after the pond. 


We'll enjoy the waterlilies and the reflections in the water as we walk around the pond and through the woods.


Saturday, August 25, 10:00 AM

Information to come.



Past Services



High Holiday Serivces 


2017 / 5778



We are wandering Jews!

Every service is in a different location.


Rosh HaShanah Morning Service

Thursday, September 21, 9:30 AM

Cedar Hill Camp, 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA

(accessible by MBTA bus)


Rosh HaShanah Potluck Dinner & more

Co-sponsored by Open Spirit, Shillman House, and

Framingham Friends Meeting (Quaker)

Thursday, September 21, 6:30 PM

Shillman House

49 Edmands Road, Framingham

This event is supported by a grant from the

Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Jewish Community Grant Fund. 


Kol Nidre Service

Friday, September 29, 6:30 PM

Congregational Church of Weston

130 Newton St., Weston


Yom Kippur Morning Service

Saturday, September 30, 9:30 AM

Camp Chickami

139 Boston Post Road, Wayland


Neilah Service & Potluck Break-fast

Co-sponsored by Common Street Spiritual Center

Saturday, September 30, 5:30 PM
(In case of rain, start time will be 6:00 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.


Dinner on the second night of Rosh HaShanah will be co-sponsored by Open Spirit, but we are still searching for a location nearby.


Kol Nidre services are 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.


Dress for the weather for outdoor services!


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 Marianne Doernis-Goldman, 309 Bishops Forest Drive, Waltham, MA, 02452.

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., June 2 10:00 AM

Pine Brook Wayland


Sun. June 10 10:00 AM

Trail Work Day!

Greenways, Wayland


Fri., June 8

6:30 PM

Dinner &

Pride Celebration

Open Spirit Framingham


Sat., June 16 10:00 AM

And potluck Lunch!

Carol Getchell Nature Trail



Sat. June 30

10:00 AM

Trout Brook



Sat. June 30

10:00 AM

Hop Brook Cons. Area



Saturday, July 7, 10:00

Round Hill,

Sudbury, MA


Sat. July 14

10:00 AM

Ashland State Park

And potluck Lunch!


Sat., July 21

10:00 AM

Pod Meadow



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.

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