Link of the week: High Holy Days Information and Registration available now. Click here for more information.
#Shabbat: Join Us this Week
Friday Night Services: Aug 27 at 7:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Marika Straw. D'rash by Gabriel Lampert. Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: Aug 28 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.

#Elul Activities: Mark Your Calendar for...
Is This the Fast I Desire?
August 27, 10 -1 p.m. (San Francisco-Marin Food Bank)
& September 13, 12 - 2 p.m. (Berkeley Food Pantry)

Join the Social Action Committee at Bay Area food banks during this time of Elul and Yom Kippur. We have arranged for two shifts at the Food Banks where we can volunteer together. Sign up for one or both. Teenagers over the age of 13 are welcome to join.

Shift 1: We will be working outside at the Cow Palace, pre-packing groceries for distribution. Please review the details hereTo sign up, you must first register with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank as a volunteer. After you have registered, please contact Tirtza Pearl to let her know you registered. She will then add you to the Sha’ar Zahav team. Masks are required.

Shift 2: Meet us at the Berkeley Food Pantry located at 1600 Sacramento Street (parking lot available for use). We will be working from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., helping to sort and bag groceries. We will be in a well-ventilated workspace but please also bring a mask. Please sign up with Shawn Matloob by September 9, 2021. 
Being Jewish and White: An Exploration
August 30
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Facilitated by Claudia Bernard

  • For those of us who identify as white and Jewish, what does it mean to be both the beneficiary of white supremacy and the victim of it?
  • How do we hold both the trauma of our own historic persecution – as Jews and as queer folks – as well as the myriad privileges and power afforded by our whiteness in a society where power and privilege are racialized?
  • How do we take an unflinching look at the legacy of slavery in this country, and work with the idea that we - who had nothing to do with creating it - nonetheless benefit from and uphold it?
Join me for a workshop that begins to explore these dualities. We’ll use MLK’s statement, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality,” as a guidepost for our exploration. We’ll use experiential exercises, and both small and large group discussion in search of the unarmed truth, and practice it all with unconditional

This workshop is intended for those who identify as white. CSZ has recently created an affinity group for those who identify as Jews of Color. The purpose of limiting attendance is to allow white folks to do this sometimes uncomfortable exploration without harming POC and to do so in service of making us better able to work to dismantle the racism within our community and in society at large.

Sha'ar Zahav Beyond the Binary
September 2
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Moderated by Martin Rawlings-Fein with panelists Sophia De Anda, Bari, June Gregory, and Franco Martinez.

In Jewish tradition, there is a wide range of gender identities discussed in the Mishna, Talmud, and Midrash, and our secular understanding of NB (non-binary) identities has expanded in recent years. This Elul discussion with nonbinary members will illuminate identities and intersections beyond the binary. 

This year, more than ever, we need a reset to recall our best selves, to regain our sense of awe, to reconnect with one another. Please join us for online services, in-person outdoor rituals and through our social justice work. Let the sound of the shofar reawaken us!

To attend either in-person or on-line components you MUST register first! Register here.

Our main High Holy Day services will be on-line (Zoom). A few events, including Children’s Services, Tashlich, Shabbat Shuvah, and Kever Avot v’Imahot (Graveside Service), will be held in person, outdoors. For complete details visit the High Holy Day page on our website.  

S’lichot Service Saturday, August 28, 8:00 to 9:00 pm
Prayers to help us enter into the High Holy Day season.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Monday, September 6, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Evening Rosh Hashanah Service

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Tuesday, September 7
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Services
  • Morning Service
  • Torah Service
  • Shofar Service

9:30 to 11:00 am
Services & Play for Kids Under 12 & their Families – in person at Mother’s Meadow & Playground in Golden Gate Park
While the adults Zoom into prayer we will have short (45 minute), festive, fun services for kids under 12 and their families. Stay and play for a while after services. Masks and an accompanying adult are required at all times.

2:00 pm
Tashlich – in person at Crissy Field.
Tashlich is our short ritual of figuratively tossing our past wrongdoings into the ocean and singing our way into a new year, free of our burdens. Bring your own lunch, blanket, and shofar (if you have one and want to join the sounding) to the beach any time after 1:00 pm to greet new friends and old. Brief service will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. Masks required for all.

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Wednesday, September 8
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Services
  • Morning Service
  • Torah Service
  • Shofar Service

Erev Shabbat Shuvah in the Park Friday, September 10, 5:30 to 6:30 pm - in person at Dolores Park
Shabbat Shuvah is the Shabbat of Return between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will meet near the corner of 18th and Church behind the tennis courts and bathrooms, near the accessible path. Bring your own blanket and siddur. Masks encouraged; required for all unvaccinated. 

Kabbalat Shabbat Service  Friday, September 10, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
By Zoom, a similar offering to the Dolores Park Shabbat Shuvah service.

Shabbat Shuvah Saturday, September 11, 10:00 to 11:15 am
Shabbat Morning Service

Kever Avot v’Imahot (Honoring our Ancestors). Sunday, September 12, 10:00 to 11:00 am – in person at Hills of Eternity Cemetery
Join us as we walk through the grave sites of our beloved community members as we recite poems, liturgy, and names. Whether or not you have personally had a loss in your life, this contemplative short service is for anyone wishing to contemplate life and death amidst supportive community. Bring your own lunch. Masks encouraged; required for all unvaccinated. 

Erev Yom Kippur Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Kol Nidre Service 

Yom Kippur Thursday, September 16,
9:30 a.m. to 7:30 pm
Yom Kippur Services
  • Morning Service
  • Torah Service
  • Mincha Service
  • Niggun (Singing) Service
  • Breakout sessions
  • Yizkor
  • Neilah

9:30 to 11:00 am
Services & Play for Kids Under 12 & their Families – in person at Mother’s Meadow & Playground in Golden Gate Park 
While the adults Zoom into prayer we will have short (45 minute), festive, fun services for kids under 12 and their families. Stay and play for a while after services. Masks and an accompanying adult are required at all times.
Times above are subject to change. We will post schedule updates on the website.
Many of the services above include multiple options from which you can choose for a more personal experience, in between the parts of the service that we do with the entire community.  Full details, including links and instructions, will be sent via email to all registered High Holy Day participants.

*Important Information: When attending Zoom events please don’t use virtual or blurred backgrounds, as they cause migraines for many people.
Before attending any in-person events, please read our fragrance-free policy and reopening values, and sign our brit (covenant of well-being).

Please Update Your Zoom Software Before Services
To have the best possible experience for High Holy Day services please update your Zoom software to the latest version today. The new split-screen viewing feature will allow you to enjoy the services the way we designed them.

If you have difficulties registering or finding the Zoom links to access the services, please contact our High Holy Days team of staff and volunteers at
Additional questions? We look forward to answering your questions. Please contact our High Holy Days team of staff and volunteers at

What Better Time to (Re)commit?
180 Member Households have pledged $336,000 to sustain our community through this current fiscal year. We love that you belong to our community, and your support — at any level — means so much. Unlike other synagogues, we don’t have set dues (just guidance), and we don’t require you to pay before you’re allowed to join in on High Holy Day services. We welcome everyone. But what better time to commit than now?  We’ll be eternally grateful! Just go to  Of course, if you have questions as to your past support or how best to fulfill your commitment, please feel encouraged to email the office at  

#SocialAction: Get Involved
Social Action Committee
Monday, September 6
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 currently working on advancing the “Equality Act” (federal LGBT rights) and the “For the People Act” (assuring national fair elections). Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Racial Equity Group Meeting
Thursday, September 9th
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
Climate Action Committee
Monday, September 13
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Are you concerned about environmental degradation? Want to work with other Sha’ar Zahavniks against climate change? Come share your ideas, get support, and have fun while we work together on some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Contact Deborah Levy with any questions.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

#Learning: Keep Growing
Weekly Torah Study Group
Weekly on Thursdays
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

Weekly Mussar Group
Weekly on Thursdays
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

#Community: Let's Get Together
Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, August 28
10:30 am - Noon

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
Sha'ar Zahav Baby Havurah
Saturday, August 28
11:00 am at Precita Park in San Francisco

Baby Havurah is a monthly gathering of kids ages 0-2 and their families where we connect about parenting and build community together. Please read our reopening values and sign our brit before you come.

RSVP to Sue Bojdak
Remember When
Wednesday, September 1
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
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Wednesday, September 1
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Theater & Movies Chavurah meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This month, Martin Tannenbaum and Alex Ingersoll will lead us in a discussion on the second part of Angels in America "Perestroika."

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Art Group: Drop-in
Weekly on Thursdays
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
12-Step Meetings by and for Sha’ar Zahav Members
Weekly on Sundays
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Come listen and share experience, strength, and hope with other members of the Sha’ar Zahav community! Starting on Sunday, June 13th, CSZ will be hosting a weekly 12-step gathering for those members of our community who identify as part of any 12-step community (AA, NA, CMA, Alanon, SA, etc.).

The meeting will be run in the usual 12-step format but will also feature some thoughts and reflections from members who are working to bring their Jewish selves and Jewish traditions to their 12-step practice. The meetings will be on Zoom until further notice. Contact Erika Katske with any questions.

For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Register Here to Attend.
Weekday Morning Prayer
Weekly on Tuesdays
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
Caring for the Caregivers: A Support Group by the Family Caregiver Alliance

2nd Thursday of the month until Nov 11
Next meeting Thursday, September 9
7:00 - 9:00 pm

This group provides a place for family caregivers to get support and hear from other caregivers. It is moderated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the Family Caregiver Alliance and is open to caregivers who are caring for older adults or adults with disabilities. Brought to you by the Hineni Caring Community.

Limited spots. For Sha’ar Zahav members. Fee: $125, but no one will be turned away. Please email Rabbi Copeland to apply for a scholarship or if you are interested and you’re not a member. This is not a drop-in group, so we ask that you are able to commit to all the sessions.

For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Register Here to Attend.

Volunteer Opportunities
Host An At-Risk LGBT Young Adult in Your Home

Do you live in SF and have a spare bedroom or private space that can be turned into a bedroom? SZ is partnering with The San Francisco LGBT Center's Host Homes Program which matches San Francisco volunteer hosts with young adults (ages 18 to 24) who need stable housing for a period of three months to one year. During this time, the young adult pursues their education and employment goals alongside support from our case management team, and is then positioned to find their own housing after the program period ends. The young adult participants have previously experienced unstable housing situations like couch surfing, sleeping in cars, and living in non-affirming households.

Contact: or 415-852-2059. 

For more information visit
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#Shabbat: Join Us Next Week
Friday Night Service: September 3 at 7:30 pm

Led by Cantor Bernstein and Sophie Katz. D'rash by Karen Schiller.
Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: Sept 4 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.

Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
August Birthdays
Amanda Killian 8/1
Carolyn Reiser 8/1
Carey Averbook 8/2
Jonathan Funk 8/4
Bradley Tanner 8/5
Ellen Harrington 8/5
Jackie Cohen 8/7
Gail Ludwig 8/7
Alan Michels 8/7
Edward Korthof 8/8
Dorothea Cyan Atura Bushnell 8/8
Allan Gold 8/9
Richard Ralston 8/9
Bina Herron Geller 8/10
Lionel Harkman 8/10
Claudia Rosenbaum 8/11
Frank Yellin 8/12
Brian Heng 8/13
Lonnie Weiss 8/13
Beck Epstein 8/13
Robert Mabe 8/14
Liam Wynia 8/14

Kendra Froshman 8/16
Maxwell Malakoff 8/16
Rebecca Stern 8/18
Janet Klein 8/18
Franco Martinez 8/19
Paul Cohen 8/19
Erik Sikovitz 8/20
Jonathan Zingman 8/20
Stephanie Golden 8/22
Jan Half 8/22
Diana Sojourner 8/22
Martin Rawlings-Fein 8/23
Sen Talley 8/25
Jose Hernandez 8/25
Shira Zingman-Daniels 8/26
Michael Chertok 8/27
Kirsten Gustavson 8/27
Tom Lakritz 8/28
Alex Goldstone 8/29
Joshua Levy 8/29
Ann Daniels 8/29
Zaydan Greene 8/30
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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