Y’ladim BaTeva is a unique, alternative Jewish-learning program for elementary school-aged children with a significant outdoor component. Located in the Metrowest Boston area, the school, a program of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long, is now entering its second year.
Children who attend Y’ladim BaTeva learn Jewish values and selected prayers, study the Bible, sing songs and learn basic Hebrew words and letters. Connections to Judaism are experienced through innovative and non-traditional outdoor activities. The school holds monthly weekend outdoor classes, weekday online classes and family Shabbat and holiday programs.
Students and their families become part of a small informal Jewish community. In the outdoors, children can be nurtured and awakened by the natural world at the same time that they are experiencing and internalizing Jewish values and concepts. The outdoor component is a big key to the success of Y’ladim BaTeva; it provides opportunities for exploring and experiencing a sense of wonder and spirituality for both the children and their families that is simply not possible sitting indoors.
Ma’yan Tikvah is hosting a summer open house for Y’ladim BaTeva on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The open house will provide a sneak peak at what parents and students can experience in this unique approach to Jewish learning, as Rabbi Katy Allen of Ma’yan Tikvah leads a sample educational walk at Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area. Afterward, the group will move indoors for light refreshments and further discussion.
Y’ladim BaTeva is now accepting new students for 2019, and parents can register their child(ren) for the program at the open house or simply attend to learn more. Interfaith families are also warmly welcome. Those interested can RSVP here for the open house or click here for more information.