Hello Community!

A quick follow up to correct the time of tonight's Inauguration Celebration. We will gather from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you!
Inauguration Celebration
Today, Wednesday, January 20
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Please join us tonight to celebrate the inauguration of President Joseph Biden, and the first woman of color, Vice President Kamala Harris and share our favorite moments. This celebration is hosted by the John Lewis Memorial Voter Engagement Group, and the Social Action Committee.

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Shabbat Services
Friday Night Shabbat Service
Friday, January 22
7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Copeland and Ann Daniels. D'rash by Jonathon Thunderword. Register here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, January 23
10:00 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.
Celebrating Tu B'Shvat
Tu B'Shevat Seder for All Ages
Thursday, January 28
6:30 - 7:45 pm

An interactive seder for all ages. There will be stories, seasonal/edible seder symbols, and time for creativity. You will need some materials, so please use this list to prepare in advance. We encourage you to work with what you have, and get creative if you need to!

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From Tu B’shvat to Pesach: Discovering the Ecological Depths of Judaism. A Conversation with Rabbi Ellen Bernstein

Friday, January 29
8:15 - 9:00 pm

Join us for Erev Shabbat at 7:30 pm and stay for a conversation with R. Ellen Bernstein, founder of Shomrei Adamah, Keepers of the Earth, the first national Jewish environmental organization, and creator of the first ecologically-centered Tu B'Shvat seder.

Everyone is Welcome! Registration Required to Join.
Tree of Life Yoga Celebrating Tu B'Shvat

For Adults
Saturday, January 23 | 8:45 - 9:45 am

We will blend traditional yoga and Judaism, Jewish prayers and chants. This session is part of our twice-a-month group. Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link

For Children and Their Adults
Saturday, January 30 | 11:00 - 11:30 am (PT)

Inspired by Rabbi Mychal Copeland's book “I Am the Tree of Life.” This session is part of the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest. RSVP here.
Home Guide to Celebrate Tu B'Shvat

Plant a seed, go on a different hike path, consider a new text to study, start a new environmental practice, donate to an eco-organization or join Sha’ar Zahav’s Climate Action Committee. All of these and more are included in our home guide.

Queer & Jewish: Speaker Series
Cultivating Hope & Light! On Orthodoxy, Justice and Same Sex Marriages by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Monday, January 25
6:00 - 7:00 pm

In this one hour session, Rabbi Shmuly will share Torah on cultivating hope in light in difficult times. We'll explore how our inner life is interconnected with our outer life. Further, Rabbi Shmuly, through stories and texts, will open a window into developments in progressive Orthodoxy (feminism, same sex marriages, universalism, etc.).

Free for Members and $15 for Non-members. Registration Required to Join.
From Freedom to Christendom: Journey-making with a Black Transgender Elder by Jonathon Thunderword

Monday, February 8
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Jonathon Thunderword, a fellow Sha'ar Zahav member, will share his spiritual autobiography tracing a path from Christianity to Judaism, and well into Eastern traditions. His journey led Jonathon to becoming a believing non-believer, a theistic atheist, and perhaps, a “possibility model” for those who are beginning to seek their own spirituality.

Free for Members and $15 for Non-members. Learn More and Register.
Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context by Golan Moskowitz

Monday, March 22
7:00 - 8:00 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.

Free for Members and $15 for Non-members. Learn More and Register.
Other Learning Events
Kaf-Lameds Conversation Series:
"Am I Jewish Enough? Yes!"

Friday, January 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Have you ever asked yourself, "Am I Jewish Enough?" Wondered whether you could say a prayer or blessing in front of others? Questioned what's happening during a service? You are not alone! Join us and Rabbi Copeland for a conversation about the early Jewish notions of who's a Jew, using based on ancient text. Ideal for young adults in their 20-30s.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Journey to Judaism: A Monthly Discussion Group
From January 25 – June 28
7:00 - 8:30 pm

A place to ask questions and discuss your ideas! This group will explore issues that arise for people who are considering, are in the process of, or have recently completed, converting to Judaism. Those with a Jewish parent (or parents), but raised with little or no Jewish experience are also welcome.

Weekly Torah Study Group
Wednesday, January 27
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

Introduction to Hebrew
Thursdays, from February 18 until May 6
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Would you like to be able to decode Hebrew, so that you can follow along in the prayer book? Have you always wondered how the Hebrew language works? It is never too late to start!

This class is intended for first time Hebrew students, and will begin at the very beginning by learning the letters and the sounds that they make. This class provides a friendly and supportive learning environment, and patience and sensitivity will be shown to adult learners with limited time for study. Questions? Email the class instructor Michael Lederman.

$54 for Members and $126 for Non-members. Email Liliana Peliks to Register.
Learning to Listen and Disagree with Love
Led by Rabbi Amy Eilberg

4 Weekly Sessions, Starting on Monday, February 22
7:00 - 8:30 pm

In today's world, discussions about Israel and Palestine can quickly devolve into inflammatory disagreements and personal attacks that leave everyone angry and unheard – even in a loving community like ours! We often won’t succeed at convincing others to see things our way. But can we create a culture of resilient and respectful learning about Israel and Palestine at Sha'ar Zahav? There is a participant fee but anyone who needs assistance will be aided.

For Members Only. Fee: $54 for 4 Sessions. Learn More and Register.
Upcoming Community Events
Va'ad (Board) Meeting
Today, Wednesday, January 20
6:30 - 9:30 am

Va'ad meetings are open to everyone in our member community. We meet the third Wednesday of every month. Join us!

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Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 21
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
Weekly Mussar Group
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 21
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
Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, January 26
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

Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, February 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
Kids & Families
Baby Havurah
Saturday, January 23
8:45 - 9:45 am

Be a part of this monthly gathering of kids age 0-2 and their families. Connect about parenting thrills and fears, share tips and tricks, laugh and cry together. Email Sue Bojdak to get on the list, but you may also join anytime.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Kids Shabbat Club
With Razi Racoon (Daniel Gill) and Rabbi Copeland
Saturday, January 23
10:00 - 10:45 am

This monthly puppet-led gathering is for kids ages 3-5 & their grown-ups. We are building Jewish community through play while we learn about Shabbat & other holidays. Please contact Sue Bojdak if you would like to join on a regular basis.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Social Action Events
Social Action Committee Meeting
Monday, February 1
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Everyone welcome! Let's plan what we want to see happen in the next 100 days! Our ongoing topics are post-elections actions, hunger, immigration, homelessness, racial justice, and gun violence. We meet every month but you may contact Geri Kahn or Nancy Wecker anytime.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Climate Action Committee Meeting
Monday, February 8
5:00 - 6:30 pm

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

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Caring Corner
Caring for the Caregivers
Group for Members

5 Monthly Meetings, Starting on Thursday, Feb. 11
7:00 - 9:00 pm

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. Fee: $125. Learn More and Register.
Film Screening & Discussion
Caregiver: A Love Story

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 pm

JFCS’ Seniors At Home invites you to the film screening of the new documentary, Caregiver: A Love Story - a film about one man’s struggle to care for his dying wife. Discussion with Dr. Jessica Zitter to follow.

Caring for Someone with Memory Loss?
Join JFCS' Caregiver Support Group

Meets Twice a Month, Online
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Caring for an adult with memory loss can be challenging. JFCS’ Seniors At Home invites you to their virtual support group.

Share Resources During & Post-Covid

Do you have a professional practice, a business or a community resource that you would like to share with fellow Sha'ar Zahav members? We are curating a list of health and wellness resources, social services, products, or just community offerings! Anything useful during and post-Covid from which the community can benefit.

Please email Liliana Peliks with your ideas.
January 2021 Birthdays!
Triptta Cohen, Jan 2
Gil'i Zaid, Jan 2
Shelli Rawlings-Fein, Jan 2
Desmond Bernstein, Jan 5
Judith Huerta, Jan 5
Nathan Robinson, Jan 6
Jodi Bando, Jan 6
Naomi Rosenmoss, Jan 7
Robin Shanholtz, Jan 7
Amy Schustack, Jan 8
Shawn Rosenmoss, Jan 8
Danya Rubenstein-Markiewicz ,Jan 8
Marius Greenspan, Jan 9
Amalia Cymrot-Wu, Jan 9
Katy Butler, Jan 10
Bernard Schertzer, Jan 10
Lawrence Klein, Jan 12
Patricia Caplan, Jan 12
Tiela Chalmers, Jan 12
Florence Nacamulli, Jan 12
Felix Elhauge-Roniger, Jan 13
Alapai Michels, Jan 13
Gary Goldstone, Jan 15
Roseann Gould, Jan 16
Deena Lahn, Jan 16
Rudy Noa Brandt, Jan 16
Gabriel Meyer Edlin, Jan 17
Michael Tyler, Jan 17
Michael Kalb, Jan 18
Yolande Schneeman, Jan 19
Eileen Lynette, Jan 20
Harold Lahn-Schroeder, Jan 21
Lila Napurst, Jan 21
Martin Tannenbaum, Jan 22
Laureen Kim, Jan 22
Rebecca Fenn, Jan 22
Jonathan Igor Williamson, Jan 24
Victoria Estevez, Jan 25
Anshel Mamet, Jan 26
Howard Hahn, Jan 27
Blair Lewis, Jan 27
Shoshana Levenberg, Jan 29
Juliet Rothman, Jan 29
Nic Pinnick, Jan 29
Sophie Rosenmoss, Jan 29
Lynn Eden, Jan 30
Nora Downs, Jan 31


Friday Evening Service
January 22, 7:30 pm 

10 Shevat
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Ann Daniels

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
January 23, 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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