Maple Syrup Festival, Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot Street, Natick Sunday, March 10, 10:00 AM
Celebrate the sap rising in the trees and the start of spring! Meet at the Natick Community Organic Farm and learn about tapping maple trees to make maple syrup, both the modern and ancient Native American methods. Visit the animals, do an art project, take a meditative walk in the woods, and explore the Jewish values related to all these activities. We’ll end with a potluck vegetarian lunch complete with pancakes and fresh maple syrup. All ages and spiritual traditions are invited.
This event is supported by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Havdalah Campfire Saturday, March 16, 5:30 PM, Sudbury
Take a short evening hike to a cabin in the woods and gather around the campfire. As darkness falls, share stories, sing songs, do wildcrafting, and mark the end of Shabbat. Break bread together and enjoy a potluck vegetarian dinner by the fire. In case of bad weather, we’ll meet in the cabin for a cozy evening together. Aki Yonekawa will lead the evening event.
Supported by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Full Moon Walk, Friday March 22, 6:45 PM, Wayland
Experience the woods, fields, and river by the light of the full Sap Moon for a unique and peaceful experience of welcoming Shabbat. With the sun setting in one direction and the full moon rising in the other, we’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in the evening on a leisurely walk across the meadow to the Sudbury River led by Rabbi Katy Allen. Children and adults of all ages and spiritual traditions are welcome, and you are invited to bring a poem, story or song about the moon, spring, the river or Shabbat. This is a great opportunity to get outside, share the joys of nature in the evening, and have your spirit revived. The walk will last about an hour and a quarter.
RSVP coming at https://svtprograms.funraise.org/.
Purim Outdoors, Sunday, March 24, 10 AM - 12:30 PM, Sudbury
Enjoy a unique and fun celebration of Purim and the story of Esther. All ages and faith traditions are invited to join in filling mishloach manot gift bags for the elderly, taking a springtime hike, enjoying a Purim spiel and more, all while being among the springtime woods. Click here to RSVP.
This program is supported by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the National Center for Encouraging Judaism.
Shabbat Afternoon Hike, Sudbury, Saturday, March 30, 2:00pm
Enjoy a Shabbat afternoon hike through the springtime woods to the lookout at Tipling Rock, punctuated with stops to share themes of Shabbat. The hike will be led by R. Josh Breindel & Cantor Vera Broekhuysen and will be over easy to moderate trails at a moderate pace. All ages are welcome. Click here to RSVP.
This program is supported by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln Sunday, April 6th, 9:30 AM
Calling all young children! Bring a caregiver and come to Drumlin Farm for a morning of animal fun! Visit the baby lambs and pigs, sing Shabbat songs, do an art project and have a snack. This program will be led by Rabbi Rebecca Weinstein and is supported by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the National Center for Encouraging Judaism. Click here to RSVP.
The Messiah Hasn't Come...Yet: Opening Our Pathways to Spiritual Resilience | Six-week online course | March 7 - April 11, 7:00pm (EST)
Join Rabbi Katy Allen on a six-week journey through concepts such as free will, descent and ascent, hope and faith, and living with uncertainty. Each session will provide time for exploration of Jewish and secular texts, discussion, and experiential exercises, all designed to help us find and refine our personal emotional and spiritual pathway forward in the face of all that threatens to numb our hearts. Co-sponsored by Ma'yan Tikvah and the Jewish Climate Action Network - MA. Click here to register.
As a Falling Leaf: Letting Go and Slowing Down | Friday, March 8th & 15th, 6:00pm
Join Rabbi Katy on Zoom for 30 minutes of ancient and modern wisdom, guided meditation, and reflection. Click here to RSVP and get the Zoom link.