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Y’ladim BaTeva:
Outdoor Jewish Education for Kids

Y'ladim BaTeva (Children in Nature) is an alternative Jewish education program that seeks to foster an inclusive and spiritual community of children and families by cultivating a positive Jewish identity with a strong connection to nature and a sense of individual and collective responsibility.

Y’ladim BaTeva nurtures, inspires, and empowers children and their families by immersing them in joyful outdoor learning experiences, connecting them with nature and Jewish values and traditions, and engaging them in acts of justice.

Y'ladim BaTeva

What is Y'ladim BaTeva?

  • Takes place outdoors in the woods and focuses on Earth-based eco-Judaism, community service projects and acts of advocacy and justice.

  • Provides joyful, hands-on, Torah-based learning for children in grades K-8, led by passionate teachers with diverse backgrounds.

  • Focuses on the individual student by providing differentiated learning and embraces all children who can benefit from active, outdoor, experiential learning. 

  • Family-centered with regular family programs and opportunities for parents to engage in their children’s learning.

  • Includes a pathway to a b’mitzvah or an alternative coming of age ceremony.

  • An inclusive community that welcomes all families, including interfaith families, LGBTQ+ families, and Jews of Color.

What does the Y'ladim BaTeva program include?

  • One Sunday morning children's program per month for 2.5 hours, at a Metrowest Boston outdoor location;

  • Two 1/2 hour weekday online Zoom classes per month for grades 2+;

  • One outdoor family holiday or other program per month, generally on Sunday morning, but occasionally at a different time;

  • One Shabbat family program per month, which may be a Shabbat morning service, a Friday evening full moon walk, Shabbat or havdalah dinners in members' homes, or another program;

  • An optional and additional individual-paced Hebrew reading, speaking, and understanding program via Zoom for 30 minutes per week; learn more here;

  • A traditional or non-traditional b'mitzvah ceremony at age 13;  and

  • Post-b'mitzvah learning opportunities.

Financial Information

SCHOOL FEES: $900 for the first child, $850 for the second child, and $800 for the third child or kindergarten. 


HEBREW FEES: The Hebrew reading and prayer program is optional and additional. It meets 3-4 times per month online in groups of 1-3 for grades 4-7. There is an additional fee of $500 for Hebrew classes. 


MEMBERSHIP: Families must be members of Ma'yan Tikvah. First-time families are invited to become members for a suggested donation of $360. The suggested donation for returning families is $650. Learn more about membership here.


If the cost is an issue, please contact Rabbi Katy. No one will be turned away for financial issues. For questions or to learn more, contact Rabbi Katy or the treasurer, Steve Garone.

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