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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)




Family Day at Trinitarian Congregational Church (TCC) in Wayland, Free and Fun for all!

Please join us for Family Day on Sunday, June 25, from 2P-5P. Family Day activities are geared to families with children, preschool – grade 5, but ALL are welcome to attend. This FREE event will feature live music, a BBQ, face painting, a bouncy house, inflatable obstacle course, lawn games, silent auction and arts and crafts. Invite your friends and neighbors and come enjoy this fun family time! This event will be held rain or shine.

Trinitarian Congregational Church is located at 53 Cochituate Rd in Wayland. For more information on any of our offerings, see our website: or call 508-358-7717.

Wayland-Weston Interfaith Action Group co-sponsors panel discussion April 27: Discrimination: Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Racism … What can be done to foster understanding of “the other” and why that understanding is crucial to a democratic society

The Weston-Wayland Interfaith Action Group and The Weston PTO Present WWIAG’s 2017 Peg Kerwin Lecture, Thursday evening, April 27, 2017, at The Weston Community Center, 20 Alphabet Lane, Weston MA.

Logistics: Program occurs: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.   Doors open at 7:00 pm, for refreshments.This event ‘free’ and open to all. Parking is available at the Center or nearby at the Weston Library.

The Program: Discrimination: Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Racism  …  What can be done to foster understanding of “the other” and why that understanding is crucial to a democratic society.

Panel Members: Andrew Tarsy, former Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League of NewEngland and a former Trial Attorney with the  Civil Rights Division at the U.S.Department of Justice. He chairs the Racial Justice Initiative at Temple Israel of Boston.

Dr. John Robbins, Executive Director of The Council on American-IslamicRelations, Massachusetts (CAIR). He sits on the board of directors of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, the greater Boston area’s oldest interfaith social justice network.

Reverend Liz Walker, Minister at Roxbury Presbyterian Church, award-winning journalist and activist for community healing and cross cultural and interfaith dialogue, is a powerful voice of healing and hope.

Diane Moore, Director of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard University, and a senior scholar at The Center for the Study of World
Religions. She works to defuse the cultural tinderbox of hate speech, Islamophobia, and discrimination increasing in our society.

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Passover Seder in an Interfaith Setting

All are welcome to come for a Passover seder in an interfaith setting. OpenSpirit will again host the meal and rituals of Passover at an interactive second night seder on Tuesday, April 11, from 6:30-9pm in Edwards Hall, 39 Edwards St., Framingham. Rabbi Katy Allen, a member of the Open Spirit Steering Committee and Rabbi of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope will lead the evening, assisted by Gabi Mezger who will lead the singing. People of all faith traditions are invited. The meal will be partially catered and partially a directed potluck, and you can indicate your preferences when you register. To register, go to the Ma’yan Tikvah website (, call 508-877-8162 or 508-358-5996, or email Donations of $10-40 per person are suggested. RSVPs by March 31 will help us know how much food to order. This program is co-sponsored by Ma’yan Tikvah and Open Spirit and is generously funded by a Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Community Grant.

Be Our Guest for the High Holidays at Congregation Or Atid

Experience our warm and welcoming community

Experience our warm and welcoming community

If you are looking for a place to celebrate the High Holidays, are new to the area, or just want to learn more about Congregation Or Atid, our community welcomes you with complimentary tickets for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Come and experience Or Atid and take part in our warm, spiritual, and highly participatory High Holiday services led by Rabbi Sally Finestone. Our prayer book, both in Hebrew and English, offers engaging and relevant commentary to help make services even more meaningful for our modern readers.

We also conduct special High Holiday services for children ages 3 to 6 with a Junior Congregation service for children ages 7 to 13 on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Childcare is available for children 3 months to 4th grade.

“Be Our Guest” for other upcoming holidays such as Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Join us for any of our adult education classes, social action activities, cultural events, social programs and weekly Shabbat services.

To request tickets, visit our website, call 508-358-9623 or email

Or Atid is located at 97 Concord Road, Wayland, MA.