Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope

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.


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Earth Etude for Elul 11 – The Shemittah Cycle
by Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin~ Do you know where this new year falls in the shemittah (seven-year) count? Or when the next shemittah year will be? Even those of us who were deeply engaged in celebrating the last shemittah year may have difficulty remembering if it was 2 or 3 years ago. (It was 3 years ago – 5775, 2014-2015.) Yet shemittah, ...

Earth Etude for Elul 10 – I Can Do Something
by Joan Rachlin~ I recently retired and have since been immersed in climate change related activities. I once heard it said that most working folk are "denatured," so one of my post-retirement goals has been to “renature.” With this kavannah in heart and mind, I have been trying to more actively appreciate the boundless gifts nature offers ...

Earth Etude for Elul 9 -Natural Awe and Artistic Representations
by Rabbi Steve Altarescu~ When we stood at Mt. Sinai, the mountain was described as ablaze with fire and the people heard the sound of God from out of the fire but did not see any form or shape. We learn that since we experienced God without a form or shape it would be wrong for us to make a likeness, a resemblance of anything in nature. ...

Earth Etude for Elul 8 – Where Are We Now?
by Rabbi Dorit Edut~ These narrow, dark  cobblestone streets still echo with the click-click  of  many shoes, sandals, boots…. of the modern tourists, flamenco dancers and local yuppies who now populate  these gentrifying neighborhoods  where  once there stood a Jewish ghetto – Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Granada… Small tiles with the ...

Earth Etude for Elul 5 – Where Are We Going
  by Thea Iberall, Ph.D. A while ago, I started writing a book that contained everything I had learned about love, life, Jewish ethics, and about making peace with the past. And I made up a science fiction world of bad things happening. And one day, my sister Norrie said, “You don’t have to make it up. There’s bad things happening ...

Earth Etude for Elul 7 – Our Last Elul?
by Judith Felsen, Ph.D.   ~If this were our last Elul might we see a different world? On the verge of our demise would each spark of nature sent by You remind us of Your light we are? In these days of hidden peace do we know we are Your kin together in the field? In darkest times does not the moon ...

Earth Etude for Elul 6 – Looking to the Sky, Remembering Our Ideals
by Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D. ~Recently, I read an article in the New York Times Magazine that talked about the way that people do or say things, say, supporting a good cause or political opinion, not because they really believe in it, but because they want to signal to their social network that they are virtuous.  Apparently, there is a ...

Earth Etude for Elul 5 – Where Are We Going?
by Thea Iberall, Ph.D. ~A while ago, I started writing a book that contained everything I had learned about love, life, Jewish ethics, and about making peace with the past. And I made up a science fiction world of bad things happening. And one day, my sister Norrie said, “You don’t have to make it up. There’s bad things happening alread...