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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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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.

Event flyer online here:

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)

Ma’yan Tikvah announces High Holiday services

Registration for events below is online here.

Rosh HaShanah – Morning Service Accessible by MBTA 554 Bus. Monday 9/10 9:30am – 1:00 pm, followed by lunch and tashlich. Location: Cedar Hill Camp, 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA

Celebrate the Rosh HaShanah holiday in an outdoor morning service lead by Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger. All are welcome to attend this traditional and nontraditional service that allows all registrants to participate if they choose to share their voice. We also invite you to bring your children as we have a kid-friendly activity planned which will take place during part of the service.

Connect to the world around you through singing, meditation, prayer, a Torah reading and discussion, and an opportunity to hear the shofar. You may find a deeper connection to the holiday than you have in the past.

A vegetarian potluck lunch and tashlich will follow the service. (All registrants will receive additional details and are asked to bring a vegetarian dish to share.) Please register online here by 5pm on 9/9.

The service will be outside so please dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and bug spray. In the event of inclement weather, we will move under an outdoor pavilion. This location is handicap accessible and can be reached using the 554 MBTA bus.

Kol Nidre, Tuesday, 9/18 6:45pm-8:15 pm, Location: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton Street, Weston

All are welcome to join Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger of Ma’yan Tikvah as they lead an informal service that combines both traditional and nontraditional rituals, and allows attendees to participate if they choose to share their voice.

The service will be held primarily indoors, but we will go outdoors if weather permits. Hear the haunting Kol Nidre melody, sing, meditate, and join in on a discussion related to the meaning of Yom Kippur. This event is handicap accessible.

Kindly RSVP online here

We ask that you RSVP by Noon on by 9/18 if you plan on attending.

Ma’yan Tikvah to Launch Y’ladim BaTeva – A Children’s Outdoor Jewish Education Program This Fall

Y’ladim BaTeva – Children’s Outdoor Jewish Education Program to Launch This Fall

Wayland, Mass (June 1, 2018) This September, Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope is launching an alternative Jewish education program called Y’ladim BaTeva. It will be targeted at elementary school-aged children and will include a significant outdoor component. The ten-month program will be open to all families seeking a Jewish education program for their children, and will be comprised of weekend outdoor classes, weekday online classes, and family Shabbat programs. Children will learn Jewish values and selected prayers, study the Bible, sing songs, and learn basic Hebrew words and letters. An optional, more traditional Hebrew decoding and prayer program will also be made available.

Rabbi Katy Z. Allen has been a dedicated educator of Jewish studies for almost 25 years. She is the founder Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope, where she leads outdoor Shabbat and High Holiday services for individuals and families throughout MetroWest’s conservation areas and outdoor reservations, hosts interfaith holiday celebrations, and runs a summer camp for children in grades 2 – 5 through another organization she founded, One Earth Collaborative. Rabbi Allen has found that connecting the natural world with prayer and Jewish teachings can be both calming and quite powerful. It has long been her dream to establish a formal Jewish education program for children that incorporates her love of nature.

Rabbi Allen enjoys working with children and believes that imparting Jewish values into their lives can be accomplished in an informal setting. She shares, “In the outdoors, children can be nurtured and awakened by the natural world at the same time that they are experiencing and internalizing Jewish values and concepts.” Rabbi Allen adds, “The Jewish texts and prayers enrich their experience of nature and their experience of nature gives their understanding of Jewish tradition a new twist.”

Rabbi Allen looks to impart an appreciation of nature with Jewish values and concepts into her students, while simultaneously creating a strong, but informal community for the families and students who participate. She believes that she can achieve this through the outdoor classes, online instruction and family Shabbat programs. She adds, “The outdoor component is a big key to our success. It provides opportunities for exploring and experiencing a sense of wonder and spirituality, for both the children and their families that is simply not possible sitting indoors.”

About Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope
Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope is an independent congregation literally without walls, which provides a home for those seeking an alternative way of exploring Judaism through outdoor services and intimate learning opportunities. It strives to provide a place of hope and trust for those seeking a meaningful connection to Judaism through sacred ritual, study, prayer and a connection to the natural world and environment around us. Ma’yan Tikvah holds weekly informal outdoor Shabbat services, observance all high holidays, interfaith gatherings, and offers more intensive study in its Talmud learning group. Learn more at

About Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
Rabbi Katy Z. Allen is the founder and spiritual leader of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope. She received her M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, Mass, her rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY, and became a board certified chaplain through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. She is passionate about providing a unique connection to Judaism through appreciation of nature and the world around us.
Rabbi Allen is also the facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a project of Open Spirit in Framingham, Mass.

Upcoming Outdoor Shabbat Services

Shabbat with Hilltop Views, April 7

Experience a new way to observe Shabbat through an appreciation and a connection to the world around you.

All ages are welcome to join Rabbi Katy and Gabi Mezger of Ma’yan Tikvah, as they lead participants with singing, meditation, prayers and a Torah discussion at Nobscot Scout Reservation. You will get closer to nature and meet other participants as we hike up to Tippling Rock. We will also include Yizkor prayers for the loved ones we have lost over the years.

You may find a connection to Judaism you haven’t found at a more traditional service.

Registration is requested at
Location: Nobscot Scout Reservation, 1 Nobscot Road, Sudbury, MA
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm


Marsh Marigold Shabbat, May 5:

Experience a new way to observe Shabbat through an appreciation and a connection to the world around us.

All ages are welcome to join Rabbi Katy and Gabi Mezger of Ma’yan Tikvah and connect with nature and other members of the group through singing, meditation, prayers and a Torah discussion. We will also walk around Upper Mill Brook’s ponds and steams and search for marsh marigolds in this delightful spring event. You may find a peace and connection with Shabbat you haven’t found at a more traditional service.

Please RSVP at:

Location: Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area, 107 Concord Road, Wayland
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

The trail to the marshy area can be muddy, so sturdy footwear is encouraged, and if it is at all damp out, bring a plastic bag or something similar to sit on.
*We’ll meet in the back of the parking lot by Peace Lutheran Church.


Blue Heron Rookery Visit and Shabbat Service, May 28

Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger of Ma’yan Tikvah will lead an outdoor Shabbat service at the Lyons Cutler Reservation.

Connect with nature and other members of the group through singing, meditation, prayers and a Torah discussion. You may find a peace and connection with Shabbat you haven’t found in traditional services.
A special trip up to the blue heron rookery is also planned.

Please RSVP at:

Date/Time: April 28th 10:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Lyons Cutler Reservation, 201 Landham Road, Sudbury, MA 01776 (The trailhead and parking lot are on Landham Road between Stage Coach Drive and Brookside Farm Lane)