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
I turned inward with the lockdown. I didn't want to go anywhere.
My garden saved me. I worked outside almost every day.
In early summer, I started again to lead outdoor services with small groups. But no walks on my own, in nature.
After the depths of despair of Tisha B'Av, as the weeks of ...
The evening of November 8 was the first of the month of Kislev, which means Chanukkah (there are many English spellings!) isn't far away - it begins on the 25th of Kislev and ends on the 2nd of the month of Tevet.
During these days, from today until the end of Chanukkah, I invite you to be part of the Chanukkah Chesed Challenge.
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, ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...