LINK OF THE WEEK: Bay Area Reporter covered about our Hanukkah celebration that took place in the Castro District last week. Read the article here.
Upcoming Services:
Friday, December 10th (Zoom)
Saturday, December 11th, hybrid (in-person & Zoom)
Shabbat: Join Us
Friday Night Services:
December 10, at 7:30 pm (on Zoom) Led by Karen Schiller and Marika Straw. D'rash by Gabriel Lampert.
Register Here for Zoom Service. Meeting ID: 452 290 988. Open to members and non-members, more info is on the registration form.

Saturday Morning Service: December 11 at 10:00 am. Hybrid (in-person and on Zoom) Register for In-Person Service.
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.
Next Week:
Friday Night Service, December 17, at 7:30 pm. Hybrid: In-person and on Zoom. Led by Rabbi Copeland and Sarita Groisser. D'rash by James Carlson.
Saturday Morning Service: December 18, at 10:00 am Hybrid: In-person and on Zoom.
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Registration and Testing
If you have been traveling, our Sha'ar Zahav Reopening Task Force strongly recommends an antigen test before attending in-person events and services at CSZ. You can find an antigen test at your CVS/Walgreens etc. If cost is a barrier to testing, please reach out to the office to pick up a test from 290 Dolores Street to administer at home.  The CSZ Reopening Task Force also recommends that all who can receive the booster vaccination.

Please register below for all in-person events at Sha'ar Zahav. Even if you think you might attend, please go ahead and register. We'd prefer that you register and not show up than show up without registering. Registration helps us manage security at the door as well as provides an ability to do contact tracing, should someone come down with Covid following an in-person activity. Thank you for your help.
“You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind“ – Leviticus 19:14
Please remember: Sha’ar Zahav is a scent-free environment
Keeping our synagogue safe for those with scent and chemical sensitivities is part of our commitment to accessibility.
Questions/concerns? Email us, the Accessibility Committee
We welcome Kerasa Tsokas as our new Assistant Director of Administration. Kerasa is a recent graduate of SF State with a Journalism major and Women/Gender Studies minor. She is thrilled to be joining the community of Sha'ar Zahav and is looking forward to getting to know everyone! Kerasa can be reached here. Feel free to email her with any needs or to just say hello.
Community: Let's Get Together
Rose Katz is being honored with a new fund at the Friends of the Jewish Community Library fund. To find out more information and to contribute, click here. 
Music in the Mishkan returns! 
Violinist and longtime CSZ member Randy Weiss has put together 3 concerts, all Sundays at 4 pm in the CSZ sanctuary:
Sunday, January 16: piano trios by Schumann, Wilson and Mendelssohn 
Sunday, March 20: music of Foote, Gershwin and Brahms
Sunday, May 1: music of Krein, Beethoven and Faure
Experience Leonard Cohen
The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is hosting an exhibit highlighting Leonard Cohen's life and work. CSZ members get 10% off general admission tickets. The exhibition closes February 13th. If you’re interested in going to the exhibit with other SZniks, contact Rabbi Copeland.
Learning Together
Journey to Judaism: A Discussion Group
January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27 on Zoom
7:00 - 8:30pm

This discussion group will explore issues that arise for people who are considering, are in the process of, or have recently completed, converting to Judaism. Topics will include questions of identity, community, and family. This group is not an introduction to Judaism course, it's a place to ask questions and discuss issues with others who are also on this journey. No fees or membership requirements. Pre-registration required. For information/to register, please contact Susie Idzik.
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Wednesday, January 5th 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Crip Camp: Disability, Accessibility, Justice and
Jewish Activists, Oh My! 
Join the Film and Theater Group and the Disability and Accessibility Committee for a discussion of the award-winning film Crip Camp. Camp Jened was a groundbreaking summer camp for teens with disabilities, some of whom went on to create – and are still creating – historic change in disability rights and justice. How has their work affected society, and how does it fit in with our own work to make Sha’ar Zahav accessible to all? Join us on January 5 to discuss the film; and stay tuned, as local Jewish disability activists from the film will appear in a panel later in 2022! Watch the film in advance on Netflix or on YouTube. For more info Contact Yvette Adida.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Climate Action Committee
Monday, December 13, 2021
5:00 pm Learning Session 6:00 - 7:00 Action Meeting
How renewables are redefining the grid, threatening PG&E and improving prospects for equity. This evening we'll explore how solar and other energy technologies are decentralizing energy distribution. Using a recent article from Wired, Gregg Morris, director of the Green Power Institute, will lead a discussion (5-6pm) on how the new grid will better serve and unite our communities.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Book Group Discussion: 
A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir
Tuesday, December 28, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
In 1989-90, the Golinkin family fled the Soviet Union, with little more than a few suitcases, a little cash...and vodka to bribe officials along the way. Lev Golinkin's memoir is told largely through his then nine-year-old eyes. While it's the story of Soviet Jewish refugees, much of it mirrors the experiences of refugees and immigrants today. Read and come discuss. Contact for more info. 
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Social Action Committee
Monday, January 10 , 6:00 - 7:30 pm
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! Lend your voice and ideas as together we plan new events with interesting guest speakers. Also, we are looking for one or two more people to join our newest Accompaniment team. Interested? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Remember When
1st Wednesday of the Month
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 Meeting: Zoom link
Adult Orphans Friendship Circle 
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 the Meeting: Zoom link. If this zoom link does not work, please email Paisha 
and she will email you an alternate 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. To be added to our SZ Torah listserv, email
Join the 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 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 Meeting: Zoom link
Meditation Chavurah
1st Saturday of the month
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 Meeting: Zoom link
Jewish Yoga
4th Shabbat morning of the month at 9:00 am
(December Yoga, TBD)
You are invited to a Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Led by our member and yoga instructor Surya Stuart Dick. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners are welcome. To be added to our SZ Yoga listserv, email
Join the meeting: Zoom Link
Hiking Chavurah
2nd Saturday of the month, 9:50 am

We hike on the second Saturday of the month
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 SZ members while exploring the city and beyond. The hikes usually last about two hours. For more information, email Karen Schiller and Ellen Murland
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 Meeting: Zoom link
Birthdays this week!
Deborah Levy 12/10
Cindy Icke 12/10
Philip Prinz 12/10
Ro'e Zaid 12/11
William Goldstein 12/12
Paul Bendix 12/12
Yuridia Yisraeli 12/12
Anna Gilleo 12/13
Aaron Goldman-Maclachlan 12/14
Isabel Lahn-Schroeder 12/14
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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