Community: Let's Get Together
Adult Orphans Friendship Circle 
TONIGHT 2nd and 4th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm
For elder members who have little or no family in the Bay Area. We meet for lively discussions and occasional presentations related to aging. Open to the whole SZ Community. Contact Paisha Rochlin for more info.
Join us: Zoom link.

Right Sizing Your Home, October 13th 6:30 - 8:00 pm
This presentation has been cancelled but the Adult Orphans will still meet tonight.
Hiking Chavurah
Next Hike This Saturday, October 16, 9:50 am

For our October hike, we will explore some of the lesser known stairs, alleys and hills of Bernal Heights. We will meet in Precita Park, across from the Precita Park Café (corner of Precita and Alabama). For more information or to let us know that you’re coming, email Karen Schiller and Ellen Murland
Buy a Book for Beit Sefer!
We are diversifying our book collection and gathering books to help us explore diversity in our communities as part of our Anti-Bias Education work this year. Can you help? Visit our book wish list at Green Apple Books and pick a book or two to contribute. You buy it, we'll get it. It couldn't be easier. Thanks for supporting our kids! 
Social Action: Get Involved
Spotlight on Gun Violence Restraining Orders
Thursday, October 21, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

What is a gun violence restraining order? How can they help people in crisis and their families stay safe from gun violence? To learn more, join Supervisor Catherine Stefani, Police Chief William Scott, and Acting Deputy Chief Raj Vaswani, along with experts from Brady United Against Gun Violence. RSVP today for this town hall organized by the San Francisco chapter of Brady today! Tirtza and Berry Pearl have helped to organize this event and Tirtza is on the panel and will talk about how a gun violence restraining order would have helped her in a dangerous situation.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Signup Link
Learning Together
The Ethics of Lashon Hara
October 25, November 1, 8, and 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Judaism teaches that we have the power to create or destroy worlds with our speech. How can we, at Sha’ar Zahav, live out our ethics through speech and writing? On zoom? In emails? On community listservs? In this study group, we will examine Jewish teachings about Lashon Hara, literally “evil tongue” and ethical speech. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland, no prior experience with the topic or texts necessary. Free for SZ members; $60 for non-members.

Lehrhaus is back!
Looking for regional classes in Jewish history, Bible, and more? Lehrhaus Judaica…became HAMAQOM…and is now in its new incarnation as New Lehrhaus. Fantastic classes-top notch scholars and most of the courses are FREE. Check out these offerings:
  • Rachel Gross: Food Fights: Authority and Authenticity in American Jewish Food
  • Robert Alter and Ron Hendel: The Bible Now: Literature and History in the Hebrew Bible
  • David Biale and Rachel Biale: Torah from the Bedroom: Sexuality in Jewish Tradition 
  • Rivka Amado: Cultural Memory: Ladino Music and Poetry 
  • Steve Zipperstein, Revisiting Philip Roth: Still Crazy After All These Years?
  • Judy Shanks: Mussar: The Art of Menschmaking
  • Plus Talmud Circles, Yiddish and more!

Check for a complete listing of classes.
Book Group Discussion: The Last Palace
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home. In The Last Palace Eisen explores some of the people who called this palace home. Read, and come discuss. Contact Ami Zusman for more information. 

Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
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.
Special guest leader 10/21: Member Barbara Leff, author of “And God Said,” a compilation of poetry about the book of Genesis, will lead our group.

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
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 On Zoom
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Come listen and share experience, strength, and hope with other CSZ members 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. 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
Birthdays this week!
Anna Bernstein 10/13
David Gellman 10/13
Shai Garrett
Garcia-Goldberg 10/13
Karen Greene 10/14
Michael Bettinger 10/14
Ellen Cleary 10/15
Tsipora Prochovnick 10/15
Josephine Fox 10/15
Richard Meyerson 10/16
Mychal Copeland 10/17
Stuart Dick 10/17
Rafael Mandelman 10/17
Gamaliel Galindo 10/17
Shabbat: Join Us
Friday Night Services: October 15 at 7:30 pm
Led by Nathan Robinson and Howard Steiermann. D'rash by Andrea Guerra. Due to the Cantor being away on family leave, this will not be a Shabbes Beat service.
Register Here for Zoom Service. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: October 16 at 10 am
Join the Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 365 434 855 and Passcode: 068575.
To join by phone for either service, dial +1 669 900 9128 or find your local number.

Next Week:
Friday Night Service, October 22 at 7:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Paul Bendix. D'rash by Deborah Levy. A Green Shabbat.
Saturday Morning Service: October 22 at 10 am
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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