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This group is for those who love being outdoors and are interested in alternative Shabbat services. Celebrate Shabbat with a walk through woods and fields interspersed with prayer, meditation, and Torah discussion. Dress for the weather, bring water and bug spray, and if you wish, a reading, song, meditation, or snack to share. Services are led by Rabbi Katy Allen of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope. You can learn more about Ma'yan Tikvah here (https://www.mayantikvah.org).

Upcoming events (4)

Thoreau's Footsteps Shabbat

Hapgood Wright Forest

Walk in the footsteps of Thoreau at this Shabbat service. All are welcome to join Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger of Ma’yan Tikvah on this peaceful walk to Brister’s Hill. This walk features an elegant interpretive trail called Thoreau’s Path on Brister’s Hill, where Thoreau’s own words, chiseled in granite, interpret the landscape and illustrate the powerful observations and insights of Thoreau. We’ll incorporate the quotes into the service, along with prayer, meditation and singing, and will stop at the reflection circle for a Torah discussion. We hope you’ll join us!

Garden Shabbat

Cow Common Conservation Area

Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger will lead an outdoor Shabbat through the meadows and trails of the expansive Cow Commons conservation area. Find a connection to the world around you and other attendees through song, discussion of a Torah passage, meditation and prayer. We’ll stop to smell the flowers and foliage as the world starts its transition to summer, and we'll walk through the community gardens and see the early summer harvests. All ages are welcome. We think you’ll feel at one with nature and connect in a deeper level to Shabbat than you have in the past.

First Summer Shabbat

Hamlen Woods Conservation Area

Enjoy this first summer Shabbat with Rabbi Katy Allen and Gabi Mezger as they will lead the group through the woods and trails of Hamlen Woods. Attendees will connect with nature and others through song, prayers, mediation and find peace in a reading from the Torah. Connect with the world around you in a way you may not have in past Shabbat services.

Rail Trail Shabbat

Plain Road and Mass Central Rail Trail

Join Rabbi Katy and Gabi Mezger as they lead a Shabbat service along the new rail trail and then into the woods in Weston. You’ll connect with nature and with those around you as we celebrate with songs, prayers, and discuss the Torah. Find inspiration in the summer blooms and foliage and enjoy the tree -covered trails in this peaceful outdoor Shabbat. All ages are welcome.

Past events (93)

Alternative Jewish Education Program Open House

Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area

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