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.

Summer service time, 10:00, begins in May. 


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Enjoy a  walk through the woods or by the water, interspersed with prayer, meditation, and Torah discussion. Dress for the weather and conditions, and protect against ticks with bug spray and long pants.

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


An Open and Welcoming Passover Seder 

in an Interfaith Setting

Friday, April 19, 6:30 PM
Edwards Hall, Open Spirit

39 Edwards Street, Framingham
Suggested donation: $10-25/adult and $5/child,

more if you can, less if you can’t


Come for a welcoming vegan/vegetarian Kosher for Passover seder and meal, complete with blessings, songs, interactive activities, meditations, and stories. People of all faith traditions and ages as we share the sponsorship of this with Open Spirit.


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.


Shabbat Afternoon by the Water

Sat, May 3, 6:00 PM 

Pod Meadow Conservation Area, Wayland

The parking area is at 418 Old Connecticut Path,

on the west side of the road.

Enjoy an early evening springtime walk beside the pond with stops for prayer, meditation, and discussion as we enjoy the Shabbat afternoon service.


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 here to indicate what you will bring.


Bird Song Shabbat

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 AM**

**Note Switch to Summer Hours

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.


Food for Mind, Body, and Soul

Sunday, May 19, 10:30 AM

Click here for more information.


Unveiled - A One Woman Show

Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm

Congregation Or Atid

97 Concord Road, Wayland

Racism.  Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show. Contact Rabbi Katy at rabbi @ for more information about attending this together.


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. 


Saturday Evening, June 8

Community-Wide Shavuot Celebration

for all ages

Temple Israel, Natick

Watch for more information


Early Summer Gardens Shabbat

Saturday, June 15, 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 harvests of the summer.


First Official Summer Shabbat 

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 AM

Hamlen Woods Conservation Area

80 Rice Road, Wayland  

Watch for red fire hydrant on right when coming from the north. 

The parking lot is on West side

between Mainstone and Woodridge Roads

On the first official summer Shabbat we'll walk through the woods and beside the water and appreciate the turning of the seasons, with stops along the way. The weather will determine if we take a longer or shorter walk.

Summer Rail Trail Shabbat

Saturday, June 29, 10:00 AM

Mass Central Rail Trail

140 Plain Road, Wayland, MA

The rail trail crosses Plain Road between Joels Way and Coolidge Road about ½ mile from Rte: 20.

Parking is available for several cars on either side of the road.

We'll walk a short way along the rail trail and then enter the woods in Weston. 



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


Passover Seder 

Fri, April 19, 6:30 

Open Spirit



Blue Heron Shabbat

Sat, Apr 27, 10:30 

Lyons Cutler Res.



Shabbat Afternoon

Sat, May 3, 6:00 PM 

Pod Meadow



Shabbat Dinner 

Friday, May 10, 6:30 

Private home, Wayland


Bird Song Shabbat

Sat, May 18, 10:00 

Pine Brook Cons. 



Food for Mind, Body, and Soul

Sun, May 19, 10:30

Rabbi Katy & Gabi's Home, Wayland


Unveiled - A One Woman Show

Tue, May 21, 7 PM

Cong. Or Atid



Walden Shabbat

Sat, June 1, 10:00 

Hapgood Wright Forest, Concord


Sat. Evening June 8

Community-Wide Metrowest Shavuot 

Temple Israel



Gardens Shabbat

Sat, June 15, 10:00 

Cow Commons 



1st Summer Shabbat 

Sat, June 22, 10:00 

Hamlen Woods 



Rail Trail Shabbat

Sat, June 29, 10:00 

Rail Trail




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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