Links of the Week: Opinion pieces by SZ members! Eliana S. writes about welcoming disabled Jews in our communities, and Paul Bendix speaks about passenger trains and America's soul.
Sha'ar Zahav Members: We Need Your Input
Are you a Sha'ar Zahav member? We are looking for your opinions! Please fill out this 15 min survey to help us begin to reimagine our community together.
Your answers will be completely confidential and we will rely on them to shape our programs and operations moving forward. So please tell us what you really think!

Passover Community Seder
Second Night Seder: Sun. March 28 at 6 PM

Set your table for the holiday and let's get ready to rejoice together in our liberation!

Our community seder will take place on the second night, and it is open to members and non-members with a suggested donation amount.

Shabbat Services This Week
Friday Night Service: March 5 at 7:30 PM

Led by Cantor Bernstein and Jonathan Funk. D'rash by Ami Zusman.

Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Shabbat Morning Service: March 6 at 10 AM

Our morning services are interactive and led by Sha’ar Zahav members Ron Edelman and Alan Gordon.

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.
New Groups and Shared Spaces
Remember When...
Starts Today, Wednesday, March 3
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Hitch a ride on the wayback wagon for a trip down memory lane. Let’s reminisce about the 40’s thru the 70’s together! Different topics each month. We will gather on the first Wednesday of every month. Everyone is welcome! Questions? Please email Marv Lehrman.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Caring for the Caregivers
Monthly Meetings Until June
7:00 - 9:00 pm

There is still time to join this new group! Brought to you by the Hineni Caring Community, and led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the Family Caregiver Alliance, this group is open to members who are caring for older adults or adults with disabilities. There is a participant fee but anyone who needs assistance will be aided. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Mychal Copeland.

For Members Only. Five Monthly Meetings: $125. Learn More and Register.
Virtual Co-Working Space at the Synagogue
Wednesdays During the Month of March
10:00 am - Noon

Let's work together at Sha'ar Zahav's Gathertown, set up by Rebbetzin Kirsti Copeland. We'll be in the virtual space on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm for the month of March. Want to join? Have questions? Please email Sara Beroff.

Join Virtually: Sha'ar Zahav Gathertown
Books, Theater & Movies Together
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Would You Like to Join?

We are thinking of re-launching the theatre/movie chavurah!
As we cannot meet in person, the idea is to watch a movie or play that’s being streamed, and to engage afterwards in discussion via Zoom. Interested? Please email Yvette Adida. Once we have an initial list of names, we will meet to discuss and move forward with frequency, dates, genres etc.

We hope to hear from you soon!
Sha'ar Zahav Co-sponsors: God of Vengeance.
A Production of the Yiddish Theatre Ensemble

Streaming from March 20 at 8:30 pm until March 23 at 11:30 pm. Tickets: $18-54.

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.

We Are Reading "The Book of V." by Anna Solomon and Discussing it on April 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm

We are reading "The Book of V." by Anna Solomon as part of the One Bay One Book project of the Jewish Community Library. Let's read and discuss this new novel, rooted in the Book of Esther, where three characters’ stories in different time periods overlap and ultimately collide. Perfect to start reading during Purim!

A limited number of books will be available on loan starting on March 22. If you'd like to borrow a copy, please email Liliana Peliks.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Social Action Events Coming Up
How Does Voter Suppression Impact All of Us? What's On the Road Ahead? A Conversation with Andrea Miller

Sunday, March 14
4:00 - 5:15 pm

The election is over, so we are all finished? NO! Voter suppression hasn't ended. Join the Social Action Committee, the John Lewis Voter Engagement Group and the Racial Equity Group as we welcome Andrea Miller to speak at Sha'ar Zahav!

Andrea is one of the founding board members of the Center for Common Ground, and the driving force of its Reclaim our Vote Campaign. She will discuss new voting rights advocacy initiatives and how we may become involved. This is a unique opportunity to hear from her and ask her questions in an "intimate Zoom setting."

Open to All! Register for Free Here
Virtual Vigil for Freedom and Liberation
Friday, March 19
Noon - 1:00 pm

A Passover-themed virtual vigil with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Or Shalom and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav to stand with those directly impacted by the prison system, mass incarceration, U.S. immigration systems and laws, and U.S. foreign and domestic policies that damage people’s lives. Rabbi Copeland and other local leaders will be speaking. Join us!

For More Information, Contact Nancy Wecker
Climate Action Committee Meeting
Monday, March 8
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Zoom with us to get an update on SZ’s solar panels, discuss plans for 2021 and the upcoming federal Farm Bill. New people and new ideas welcome!

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Learning Opportunities
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!
Weekly Mussar Group
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 4
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, March 10
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

Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context by Golan Moskowitz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies

Monday, March 22
7:00 - 8:15 pm

Golan Moskowitz will share with us the evolution of Maurice Sendak’s artistic vision and its appeal for American, Jewish, and queer audiences. The talk will show how Sendak’s multiple perspectives as a gay, Holocaust-conscious, American-born son of Yiddish-speaking Polish immigrants informed his life and work, changed the face of children’s literature.

Learn More and Register. Reply to this email and we will waive the $15 fee for Non-members.
Upcoming Community Events
Kaddish Memory Circle
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 4 and the 18th
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
Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 4
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, March 6
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, March 6
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
Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, March 9
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
Creativity In Housing Options As We Age: A Presentation by Retirement Communities Experts

Wednesday, March 24
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Traditional models, such as CCRCs (continuing care retirement communities) are changing and becoming more expensive, rendering them out of reach for most of us Boomers. Join us to learn about innovation in housing, from intergenerational living to community housing with affinity groups. Facilitated by Paisha Rochlin. Please feel free to email her with any questions.

Open to All! Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Our History and Our Future: A Sha'ar Zahav TDOV Panel in Ray Bernstein's Memory

Wednesday, March 31
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Presented by the Trans Gender Non-Conforming Group, this panel is an accompaniment to the Trans Jews are Here conference by CBST. We will speak about inclusion in the synagogue, a guide to pronouns and how to use them, and will lead breakout rooms for discussion. Questions? Please contact Martin Rawlings-Fein.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Other Resources and Events
Nuestra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation, Presented by Claudio Lomnitz

Wednesday, March 10
6:00 pm

In "Nuestra América," Claudio Lomnitz traces his family’s experiences across Romania, Peru, Colombia, Israel, California, Mexico, Chile, and beyond. A narrative of exile and immigration that transcends genre to reveal the complex and subtle connections between South American radical movements and Jewish emancipation and exile in the early 20th century. Purchase the book from Afikomen Judaica.

Hebrew Free Loan’s
Coronavirus Impact Loan Program

Hebrew Free Loan is here for every individual, family, or small business owner in the community who needs assistance. Since March, they have disbursed roughly $8 million in interest-free loans, but they know the need is greater. Find out if you apply!

March Birthdays
Jo Ellen Kaiser, 1-Mar
Arthur Slepian, 1-Mar
Noah Friedman, 2-Mar
Robin Cohn, 3-Mar
Michael Rice, 3-Mar
Howard Herman, 3-Mar
Edward Leddy, 3-Mar
Thomas Miller, 4-Mar
Smadar Lavie, 5-Mar
Nancy Wecker, 5-Mar
Samantha Hymanson, 5-Mar
Elias Rose, 5-Mar
Stephanie Godt, 5-Mar
Chava Novogrodsky-Godt, 5-Mar
Robert Heller, 6-Mar
Miriam Meier, 6-Mar
Kevin Stein, 6-Mar
Jill Pomrantz, 7-Mar
Arlene Singer, 7-Mar
Tom Medin, 9-Mar
Sam Yelland, 9-Mar
Stephen Shotland, 10-Mar
Dana Vinicoff, 10-Mar
Jessie Ap'neva, 11-Mar
Judith Scherr, 12-Mar
Hershey Hirschkop, 12-Mar
David "Duke" Crestfield, 12-Mar
Andrew Williamson, 13-Mar
Mary Schroeder, 13-Mar
Blythe Nielsen, 14-Mar
Isa Elfers, 14-Mar
Gwendolyn A. Lochlainn, 14-Mar
Priyanka Shah Grunwald, 15-Ma
Oona Alexandra, 16-Mar
Michael Rosenberg, 16-Mar
Joel Lachter, 16-Mar
Geri Kahn, 16-Mar
Rachel Kripke-Ludwig, 17-Mar
Falyn Sokol, 17-Mar
Ann Bauman, 18-Mar
Amy Kaufman, 19-Mar
Mol Dezern, 19-Mar
Kathy McHenry, 20-Mar
Michael Abramson, 21-Mar
Paisha Rochlin-Lehrman, 21-Mar
Allison Snipes, 21-Mar
David Mishook, 22-Mar
Ellen Novogrodsky, 22-Mar
Jim Greenberg, 23-Mar
Andrew Ramer, 24-Mar
Randall Weiss, 25-Mar
Scott Kramer, 25-Mar
Victoria Gnessin, 26-Mar
Patricia Ryan, 27-Mar
Giovanni Winters Raff, 28-Mar
Marjorie Sturm, 28-Mar
Michael Hulton, 28-Mar
Robert Gutterman, 29-Mar
Daryl Smith, 29-Mar
Ira Hirschfield, 29-Mar
Tony Harris, 30-Mar
Deborah Cohler, 30-Mar
Carolina Ornelas, 31-Mar
Zachary Kaplan, 31-Mar
Zadie Whittow, 31-Mar

Friday Evening Service
March 5, 7:30 pm 

22 Adar
Ki Tissa
Shabbat haParah
Led by Cantor Bernstein and Jonathan Funk

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
March 6, 10:00 am
Meeting ID: 365 434 855
Passcode: 068575

Contact 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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