Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope, is an independent congregation without walls, and a place of hope and trust for those seeking a meaningful connection to Judaism and personal and communal experiences of G!d through ritual and holiday observance, study, prayer, encounters with the natural world, care of the environment, tzedakah (rightous acts), and gimilut hasadim (loving kindness). As part of tikkun ha-olam (repair of the world) and in recognition of our place in the larger world, we seek sacred encounters with members of the Jewish community, with members of other faith communities, with those with no connection to faith, and with the Earth, and we envision the creation of permanent spaces of human, ecological, and spiritual sanctuary.
We have outdoor Shabbat morning services in local conservation areas most weeks.
by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
As you enter this new year
may distance bring clarity
and may the many shades of the forest
be clear to you
as separate and individual colors
each unique in its own right
may the sky be ever visible to you
between the leaves
by Rabbi Judith Kummer
~ When the world is whirling
and despair for the future begins to crowd in
I turn to growing things,
The sweet potato plant cutting I made last week,
Bereft of leaves but stuck into a vase to root anyway--
Just in case--
has now sprouted tiny purple and spring-green ...
by Dr. Mirele B. Goldsmith
~ This year, as the sun sets on Yom Kippur, our prayers will reach a pinnacle of intensity as we recite the UnetanehTokef prayer: “On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. How many shall leave this world, and how many shall be born; who shall live and who shall die, who in the fullness of ...
by Maxine Lyons
~ My perennial love relationship with the earth is expressed most explicitly in tending my flower gardens. For me it is spiritual work, a way to respect the earth while feeling more mindful of how growth and change is an ongoing process and mirrors the major themes of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The spiritual work of ...
by Ben Weilerstein
You were wrong about environmentalism, man, no that’s not what I think no, I’m not really an environmentalist because if I say I am you’ll say in your head I’m saying things you don’t think need to be said, out loud, at all so, no, I’m not an environmentalist and I don’t feel a rush of flight, of my ...
by Ruah Swennerfelt
~ The bee was busy, humming around me and traveling from flower to flower, while I was sitting and weeding. I stopped my work to take a closer look and was amazed to see that, as the bee dove deep and touched a certain spot in the flower, the flower reached its stamen up to the bee’s butt and deposited some pollen. This ...
by Steph Zabel
~ What is remembering?
As I’ve ponder this question over the past several days, the following thoughts have come to me…
Remembering is a return to wholeness and truth: a wholeness of self, of spirit, of place in the world. When we remember who we are, why we are here, and how we relate to the world around us, these ...
by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman
Biking home on Orchard Street
With the wind behind me, and Jamaica Pond
Wrinkled and clear beyond the houses,
A peregrine falcon winged down
A feathered grace, gliding on my right.
For a breath, two, we flew side ...