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This Week on Shabbat...
Friday Night Service: "Jewish &"
Celebrating Our Multifaith, Multicultural & Multiracial Families
May 14 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Copeland and Adam Pollack. D'rash by Rachel Nilson Ralston. Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning:
Maelis Perlman Bat Mitzvah
May 15 at 10 am

Join the Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 365 434 855 and Passcode: 068575.

To join by phone for either service, dial +1 669 900 9128 or find your local number.

Shavuot Begins on Sunday!
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
(Night Torah Study for Shavuot)

This Sunday, May 16
From 6:45 pm Until Midnight

Join us in a much-of-the-night fest of learning, each choosing our own Torah adventure from a wide variety of sessions taught by our in-house Sha’ar Zahav lay leaders and mavens, plus special guest antiquities expert Lenny Wolfe. View the complete schedule of topics and instructors.

Feeling Pride
Order Your Sha'ar Zahav 2021 Pride T-shirt and Get Ready to Celebrate

While SF Pride is forgoing the traditional parade due to the pandemic, we are expressing our longing to gather and share our pride, as Jews, together!

This t-shirt will be vintage in 2022, so get yours now and get ready for Pride! We have regular and fitted options available.

Mobilizing the Jewish Community for the Equality Act with Jon Cohen from Keshet

Learn with Jon Cohen, Director of Community Mobilization at Keshet, about the Equality Act. The bill is rapidly approaching the Senate, and would amend existing civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.  
Your senators need to hear from you as a Jew who is motivated by our tradition and history to demand justice, so we will spend time at the end of our meeting emailing, tweeting, calling, and writing to our elected officials. If you can’t attend the session, click here to learn more and take action.

Join on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00 pm. Register here.

More Pride: Events Coming Up!
Where You Go I Will Go: Same-Sex Marriage & Jewish Law by Rabbi Irwin Keller

Join on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm. Register here.

Community Pride Seder, A Virtual Celebration of Queer Freedom

Join on Sunday, June 13 at 5:00 pm.

Transgender Celebration Shabbat

Join on Friday, June 18 at 7:30 pm.

Pride Shabbat Service

Join on Friday, June 25 at 7:30 pm.
Special Sha'ar Zahav Member Events
Presentation of Our 2021 Member Survey Results
Today, Wednesday, May 12
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Today's Va'ad (board) meeting will focus on the results of our recent member survey. Come to learn what is the make up of our community right now, how our online pivot due to COVID-19 impacted our Jewish practice and cohesion as a community, and how we may move forward!

We will meet again on Wednesday, May 19 for our regular monthly meeting. All Sha'ar Zahav members are welcome to attend to all Va'ad meetings.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
2021 Virtual Annual Members' Meeting
Monday, June 7
6:45 pm

"All of Israel is responsible for one another." This Talmudic verse defines the mitzvah of Jewish communal engagement. We invite you to fulfill this mitzvah by joining our 2021 members' meeting. There will be time for camaraderie, reports from leadership, highlights from the latest member survey, plus discussion and approval of the budget for 2021-2022. We will also vote on renewing board members and welcoming new ones!

Sha’ar Zahav’s Hiking Chavurah is Back!
Saturday, May 22
9:45 am

Join other Sha’ar Zahavniks on monthly urban hikes – mostly in SF but we sometimes venture farther afield. This is a great way to get to know other Sha'ar Zahav members while exploring the city.

The hikes usually last about two hours. We are following all Sha'ar Zahav pandemic guidelines, which currently includes masks and physical distancing. Want more information?

Contact Karen Schiller and Ellen Murland at HikingChavurah@gmail.com.
Chesa Boudin in Conversation with Sha’ar Zahav Member Susan Leff

Sunday, May 23
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Nationally renowned pathbreaking SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin in conversation with Sha’ar Zahav Member and Nevada County public defender, Susan Leff, discussing problems and solutions in criminal justice, hate crimes, gun violence, drug addiction, racism, and more. We will end with a Q&A. Join us!

This event is co-sponsored by Sha'ar Zahav's Social Action Committee and Racial Equity Group.

The Sha'ar Zahav Theater & Movies Chavurah Discusses the Play "Mosquitoes"
Wednesday, June 2
6:00 pm

Allocate some time in your calendar to watch the play "Mosquitoes" by Lucy Kirkwood and let's gather to discuss it on Zoom. You will find the play on National Theater at Home.

Drop-in or join the chavurah by contacting Yvette Adida or Liliana Peliks. We will watch something new every month, and will decide together on dates, genres, etc.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Let's Talk About "Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death"
A Sha'ar Zahav Book Discussion for Pride Month
Tuesday, June 29
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Think you know all about Harvey Milk, the pioneering gay SF supervisor, member of Sha'ar Zahav, who was assassinated over 40 years ago? Lillian Faderman, a leading historian of LGBTQ lives, has written a fascinating and eloquent account of the many sides -- the many lives -- of Harvey Milk, sides that many may not know, including his early life and how his deeply held Jewish values helped motivate his activism. 

Read the book (let us know if you need help sourcing it), then come discuss both Harvey's contradictions and contributions and how they continue to influence us today.The book was chosen by Sha'ar Zahav's Book Club as a great way to end Pride month. Questions? Want to join the Book Club? Contact Ami Zusman.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Social Action: Get Involved
Racial Equity Group Meeting
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 13
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Interested in working toward racial justice in and outside Sha’ar Zahav? Come to our meeting and let's talk! We have a lot to discuss and work towards together. Questions? You may contact Larry Best.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Social Action Committee
New Meeting Date Next Month
Monday, June 14
6:00 - 7:30 pm

On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more!

The Social Action Committee is working on advancing the “Equality Act” (federal LGBT rights) and the “For the People Act” (assuring national fair elections). Want to join us? Contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

New postcard campaign and phonebank. HR1/S1 For The People Act. We’ll join the Center for Common Ground in sending postcards to underrepresented voters of color in Arizona urging them to raise their voices to protect their vote, Contact Tirtza Pearl if you would like to participate. We’ll also call Arizona voters asking them to do the same. Please contact Ruth Schoenbach to join our phone banking Havurah.

On immigration. Be part of a Sha'ar Zahav's Accompaniment team with a newly arrived gay Russian asylum-seeking couple. This is a great opportunity to learn first hand about the immigrant experience while you provide safety, and turn them on to resources for housing, food, legal and the LGBT community. For information, contact Nancy Wecker or Neil Young at (415) 649-4494. Also, seeking a Russian speaker to translate.

Calling all small landlords. Do you know about the COVID Tenant Relief Act which can provide delinquent rent benefiting landlords and tenants for stable communities? For information see Faith in Action Bay Area Small Landlords Website or contact abby@faithinactionba.org.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Learning: Keep Growing
Judaism 101 Summer Class
Tuesdays, from June 15 Until August 24
6:30 - 8:30 PM

An introduction to Judaism for people who are new or returning to Judaism and are looking for a starting point to dive into Jewish learning and/or Jewish practice. Anyone from any background is welcome. We will be covering everything from Torah to Israel, spirituality to ethics, through a queer-positive, progressive, inclusive Jewish lens with plenty of room for questions.

The class fee is $149. Partial scholarships available for those who need it. Please contact Liliana Peliks to learn more.

Weekly Mussar Group
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 13
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Mussar is a very practical and flexible spiritual discipline to help you balance soul-traits (Middah/Middot) such as Humility, Loving-Kindness, Generosity, and Silence. Drop-ins are always welcome! For more information, contact Mark Pressler.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Weekly Torah Study Group
Wednesday, May 19
8:30 - 9:30 am

Study the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Copeland and lay leaders. For the first half hour, we’ll talk, learn and share thoughts about the portion. In the second half, we will practice our Hebrew reading skills in a compassionate environment! Join for either or both parts of the study.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link

Adult B’Mitzvah Program
Begins Soon on Zoom

Many of us did not become B’Mitzvah as children and feel like it might be time to make that connection. Our Adult B’mitzvah Program (ABP) is a monthly group educational program, which runs for approximately 8 – 12 months. In the ABP you will learn about the history of the ritual and explore what it means to become an adult B’mitzvah. You will have practical classes in giving a D’var Torah, reading/chanting from the Torah, leading services, and learning the prayer service.

There will also be sessions on the who, what, and why of prayer, different perspectives of G-d, everyday spirituality and much more. The process culminates in either an individual or group B’mitzvah on a Saturday morning at Sha’ar Zahav.

Contact the coordinator Mark Pressler to let us know you are interested or would like to hear more!
Other Community Events
Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 13
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Drop in for a joyful hour of free art-making and connection. Everyone is welcome! The group meets every Thursday. For more information, contact Paisha Rochlin, Barbara Cymrot or AJ Turpen Fried.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Yoga Practice
Saturday, May 15
8:45 am - 9:45 am

You are invited to a twice-a-month Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Stuart Dick and Rabbi Mychal Copeland will alternate leading the first and third Saturday of every month.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, May 15
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Everyone is welcome. And you will not regret it! A typical session includes a short and longer silent sit, with chanting, movement, and a short teaching. The group meets on the first and third Saturday of every month.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Baby Chavurah
Saturday, May 15
11:00 am - Noon

This monthly gathering of kids age 0-2 and their families is a place to share hopes and dreams plus tips and tricks, and wiggles and giggles. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 26 and we will meet in-person at Precita Park, in SF. Masks required. Questions? Please contact Sue Bojdak.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Come to Build Community with Other Single People
Sunday, May 16
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Come and meet other single people in our community. We are here, we may be queer, we may be straight, we may be trans or non binary. We are all ages.

Let’s get together to meet, to schmooze, to share our experiences of the last year during this pandemic and these intense political times. We can start to build community and look ahead to our futures. We will meet virtually this time but hopefully in the future we can meet in person.
Questions, feel free to email Tamar Gershon.

For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, May 18
8:30 - 9:00 am

Songs and prayers to set our hearts and minds! This service takes place every Tuesday morning, and is led by community lay leaders and Cantor Bernstein. For more information, contact Cantor Bernstein.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Kaddish Memory Circle
Thursday, May 20
8:30 - 9:00 am

During this time of immense loss and grief, we are holding regular Kaddish Memory Circles to support each other. Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Ora Prochovnick and Martin Tannenbaum will alternate leading these circles twice a month.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble Presents: God of Vengeance 

Back by Popular Demand
Streaming from May 2-31 (100 minutes)

An artful video adaptation of Sholem Asch’s ground-breaking 1906 play, in English! Surrounded by controversy (the first Broadway production was closed down for portraying unconventional Jewish characters and the first lesbian kiss on Broadway), this play was the inspiration for the award-winning Broadway show, Indecent.

Resources for You
COVID-19 Funeral Expenses Assistance 

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 -related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. 
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
Applications began on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
May Birthdays
Kei Micah Korthof, 5/1
Rena Frantz, 5/2
Lori Roniger, 5/2
Michael Shriver, 5/3
Nomi Jatovsky, 5/4
Jeffrey Rubin, 5/4
Beatrix Elhauge-Roniger, 5/5
Barbara Rinkoff, 5/5
Jacqueline Wong, 5/6
Mercedes Navarro, 5/6
Timothy Grant, 5/7
Adam Pollack, 5/7
Martin Fox, 5/8
Zoe Kaiser, 5/8
Elizabeth Jaroslow, 5/8
Chaltu Bernstein, 5/10
Maxine Preisch, 5/10
Qianya Vinson, 5/10
Daniel Loftus, 5/11
Sylvie Olson-Dorf, 5/12
Benjamin Malakoff, 5/12
Sophie Navarro, 5/12
Kailin Koch, 5/12
Raymond Cutino, 5/13
Zephaniah Bensaid, 5/14
Micah Ludeke, 5/14
Leah Hammond, 5/16
Charlie Shaw, 5/17
Gary Winter, 5/19
Gabriel Oliver-Polsky, 5/19
Lillian Schaechner, 5/20
Ruth Bernstein, 5/20
Richard Wilson, 5/20
Jessica Alexandra, 5/21
Barb Cymrot, 5/23
Emery Cohen-Wallach, 5/23
Jane Rice, 5/24
David Gluck, 5/24
Robert Katz, 5/26
Pierre Adida, 5/27
Grant Shreiner, 5/28
Sherie Koshover, 5/28
David Ogus Thor Langdon, 5/28
Trudi Hauptman, 5/29
Chase Tanner, 5/29
Elliott Sprehn, 5/29
Crow Martin-Fromm, 5/31

Friday Evening Service
May 14, 7:30 pm 

4 Sivan
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Adam Pollack

Maelis Perlman Bat Mitzvah
May 15, 10:00 am
Meeting ID: 365 434 855
Passcode: 068575

Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org to sponsor a Shabbat
Thank You to Our Grantors
Programs at Sha’ar Zahav are supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice of the Religious Action Center, San Francisco Humanities, and the National Center to Encourage Judaism.
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