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 Rosh Hashanah: 5783
by Rabbi Katy Allen The Eternal came down in a cloud. וַיֵּרֶד ה’ בֶּֽעָנָן (Ex. 34:5) Clouds, you change,  from minute to minute, from day to day, from season to season, from year to year, growing, shrinking, even sometimes seeming to disappear,&nbs...

Earth Etude for Elul 6: Ode to a Woodchuck
by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen Woodchuck— you who make your home in my yard, I see you wandering, and eating, always eating— eating the grass (which is fine), or the flowers I so carefully planted, or the vegetable plants I’d thought would be safe— this year you seem to especially enjoy zucchini, having devoured ...

Earth Etudes are Coming Soon
by Katy Z. Allen Soon the shofar will be heard each weekday morning, attempting to awaken us to engage in heshbon hanefesh, soul accounting, deep reflection as a pathway to teshuvah, return to G!d, to our best selves, to all that we really can be. What is the connection between teshuvah and climate change?What do ...

Shanah Tovah
by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen STOP! Such we are commanded each week. ~ Stop taking from the land! Such we are commanded each seventh year. ~ Why bother stopping? Perhaps to see. Perhaps to notice. Perhaps to discover if we care. Stopping draws us in. Opens us to new life. Deepens us to ...

Earth Etude for Elul 18: Perfection
by Rabbi Katy Allen Perfection. I've been thinking about it a lot. Intellectually, I know I can't be perfect. Inside me, in hidden spaces, I feel like I'm not supposed to make mistakes. Which would, of course, mean seeking perfection. Perfection is supposed to belong only to G!d, though I'm not sure I know what that means. ...

Elul is Coming and So Are the Etudes by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen We are rolling around to Elul now on the Jewish calendar. It feels too soon, and yet, it also feels right on time. Too soon, because Elul always comes too soon. I'm never really ready. And right on time, because it's impossible to be ready.  The clock ticks, the ...

Earth Etude for Elul 1: Elul is here
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 ...

Chanukkah Chesed Challenge: Acts of Kindness
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. Chesed ...