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Hidden Gem Outdoor Shabbat Service

Enjoy a brisk outdoor walk and late winter’s beauty at this Shabbat service lead by Rabbi Katy and Gabi Mezger both of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope. All ages are welcome as the service connects attendees to nature through song, prayers, meditation and passage from the Torah.

Note: if the weather is too bitter and cold, we’ll hold the Torah discussion and end the service at a nearby home.

Ma’yan Tikvah holds outdoor Shabbat services on most Saturdays. Please visit or their Facebook page for additional information and dates

Where: Pod Meadow Conservation Area, Wayland
Meet by the Aqueduct at 10 Wallace Road (off of Old Connecticut Path), Wayland

When: 10:30am – 12:00pm, February 29, 2020

Winter Pond Walk Shabbat

January 18, 10:30am – 12:30pm at Hamlen Woods Conservation Area 80 Rice Road, Wayland

Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger will lead this woodland and wetland walk and Torah discussion as the group enjoys the winter scenery in Hamlen Woods. We’ll also stop to sing, meditate, pray, and reflect on the beauty of nature around us in this outdoor Shabbat service. Come prepared for muddy and/or icy spots along the trail. Dress warmly and you may want to bring Yaktrax if you have them.
All ages are welcome to attend and we think you may enjoy finding a deep connection to Shabbat and the world around you.

The parking lot is on the west side of Rice Road between Mainstone Road and 80 Rice Road. Watch for the red fire hydrant on right when coming from the North.

Ma’yan Tikvah holds outdoor Shabbat services on most Saturdays. Please visit or their Facebook page for additional information and dates

Pine Brook Shabbat

All ages are welcome to join Rabbi Katy and Gabi Mezger of Ma’yan Tikvah for a walk along the esker and over the bridge in the marsh while looking for migrating birds in this outdoor Shabbat service.

Experience a new way to observe Shabbat through an appreciation and connection to the world around us through songs, prayers, and meditation. Katy and Gabi will also lead a discussion using a passage from the Torah.

The weather may be brisk and trails may be muddy. Please dress accordingly.
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Pine Brook Conservation Area Forty Acres Road, Wayland, MA

Ma’yan Tikvah holds outdoor Shabbat services on most Saturdays. Please visit www.mayantikvah. org or our Facebook ( page for additional information and dates

Note: this event has been rescheduled from November due to illness

Shabbat on the Beach

Congregation B’Nai Torah, of Sudbury, invites the community to Friday night “Shabbat on the Beach,” on July 12 and 26 and August 9 and 23, at the Wayland Town Beach, 25 Parkland Drive, Wayland. All services take place at 6:30 p.m.

Led by Rabbi Lisa Eiduson, with cantorial soloist Jodi Blankstein and guitarist Adam Dehner, Shabbat on the Beach is open to the entire community.

Bring your beach chairs and a picnic dinner and B’nai Torah will provide the makings for s’mores! In case of inclement weather, services will be held at B’nai Torah, 225 Boston Post Road, Sudbury. See

Islamic Center Of Boston In Wayland To Hold Open Mosque Day

The Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland is welcoming all neighbors into its mosque this week for Open Mosque day. The event will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday April 28.

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Y’ladim BaTeva Winter Open House

Looking for an alternative Jewish learning program?

Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope is hosting a winter Open House for its Y’ladim BaTeva outdoor Jewish learning program and all are welcome to attend.

Join us to learn more about this an innovative, outdoor Jewish learning program, as Rabbi Katy Allen leads a sample educational walk at Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area. Afterwards, we’ll reconvene indoors for hot chocolate and light refreshments, as we share more about the school and answer questions. We’ll close the day with a Havdalah ceremony.

Please RSVP for the Open House at:

Rabbi Allen is accepting new students for 2019 and you may register your child(ren) for the program at the open house or simply attend to learn more. Interfaith families are warmly welcome.

Y’ladim BaTeva, run by Rabbi Katy Allen of Ma’yan Tikvah, is an elementary-aged, Jewish learning program developed around a significant outdoor component. Rabbi Allen holds weekend outdoor classes, weekday online classes, and family Shabbat programs. Children learn Jewish values, selected prayers, study the Bible, sing songs, and learn basic Hebrew words and letters. Other benefits:

  • Students and their families become part of a small informal Jewish community
  • Jewish values are explored in a welcoming and nurturing environment
  • Connections to Judaism are experienced through innovative and non-traditional, outdoor activities

Full Moon Shabbat with Potluck Dinner, December 21

Calm your mind, spirit and connect with nature in this evening Shabbat under the rays of the full moon.

Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger will lead attendees across the fields and along the Sudbury River. Along the way, we’ll stop to pray, meditate and enjoy the beauty of the full moon.

A vegetarian potluck will follow this Shabbat service at Rabbi Katy’s and Gabi’s home nearby (and all registered guests will receive the address.)

NOTE: This event takes place in 2 locations. All are welcome to attend just the walk, only the dinner, or both of them.

PLEASE RSVP to and let us know if you’d like to attend one or both and what vegetarian dish (vegan is even better) you will bring if attending the potluck.


  • Walk: 6:00pm – 7:00pm (Greenways Conservation Area) We’ll meet in the parking lot at the bottom of Green Way
  • Potluck: 7:15 – 9:00pm (Private Home in Wayland – address shared with all registered attendees)