Upcoming Shabbat Services are on Zoom until further notice.

Contact office@shaarzahav.org to sponsor a Shabbat
Friday Night Services:
February 4 at 7:30 pm. On Zoom only. Led by Jonathan Funk and Tiela Chalmers. D'rash by Tiela Chalmers.
Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:
February 5 at 10:00 am. On Zoom only.
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 Zoom link for Friday Night Shabbat Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOirrzgiGdz9aZudvaY3SsGX_Bj_dLR2
Community: Let's Get Together
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Tonight, Wednesday, February 2 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join the Film and Theater Group on February 2nd to discuss the film, The Habit of Art. Alan Bennett's new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion's spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. Watch the film in advance on National Theatre at Home. For more info contact Yvette Adida.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Upcoming actions
with the Social Action Committee (SAC) 
Be a volunteer with SAC at one or two food banks in February. Together we’ll assemble boxes of produce for distribution. The Berkeley food bank is located indoors in a big space with high ceilings and good ventilation. The SF food bank popup is outdoors.

Monday, February 7 at 12:00 to 2:00pm in Berkeley.
Please email Shawn Matloob to sign up.

Friday, February 11 at 10:00am to 1:00pm in San Francisco.
First register with the SF Food Bank as a volunteer. Then, please contact Tirtza or Barry Pearl at (415) 452-8673 to sign up.  

Clothing Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of men’s clothing (size small) and blankets for a SAC accompanied newly-arrived immigrant from Venezuela. Please email Tom Medin.
Divorce & Discovery: A Jewish Healing Retreat
October 27-30
We are excited to share a new program offering from Camp Tawonga with you: Divorce & Discovery: A Jewish Healing Retreat, Oct. 27-30, 2022! Visioned and founded by Rabbi Deborah Newbrun, this retreat will help people who may feel broken or in pain find their way back to wholeness – guided by Jewish healing rituals, communal support and professional expertise. Please contact Deborah for any questions.
Music in the Mishkan Returns! 
Violinist and longtime CSZ member Randy Weiss has put together some concerts, all Sundays at 4 pm:

Sunday, March 20: music of Foote, Gershwin and Brahms
Sunday, May 1: music of Krein, Beethoven and Faure

Learning Together
Judaism 101 with Director of Education Sue Bojdak 
Mondays, February 28-May 2, 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom 
Open to members and non-members

Judaism 101 is an introduction to Judaism for people who are new or returning to Judaism and are looking for a starting point to dive into Jewish learning and/or Jewish practice.  Anyone from any background is welcome.  We will be covering everything from Torah to Israel, spirituality to ethics, through a queer-positive, progressive, inclusive Jewish lens with plenty of room for questions. Our learning will be interactive and communal; come ready to be in the learning with us. Cost is $149.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  If you have questions, please contact Sue Bojdak.
Book Group Discussion: 
The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story
by Joel ben Izzy
Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Zoom
The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is an altogether original true story about a storyteller who loses his voice and believes he's lost everything. An encounter with his old teacher shows him that, in fact, he's been given a great gift. Their meetings lead him on a journey into the timeless wisdom of ancient tales—a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses and buried treasures—and, ultimately, toward the secret of happiness. Read and come discuss. Contact ami.zusman@berkeley.edu for more info. 
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Judaism and the Body with Rabbi Copeland
February 28-April 4, 7pm on Zoom
Judaism celebrates our bodies. Practices like eating, praying and sex are our means toward experiencing the Divine, in Hebrew called "avodah b'gashmiut." How does this play out in our daily lives? In queer community? We will study Jewish texts - Midrash, Talmud, Zohar, Hasidut - and breath and stretch to solidify our teachings. No prior experience with Jewish texts or ideas are necessary. Texts will be read in English. Please purchase Jay Michaelson's book, God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness and Embodied Spiritual Practice. If you would like assistance in buying the book, please email Susie Idzik.

Israel/Palestine Working Group
Interested in how we talk about Israel and Palestine at SZ? Join an informal group for members to discuss next steps on how we discuss this important issue in our community. To get involved, contact Rabbi Copeland.
John Lewis Memorial Voter Engagement Group
(a subgroup of the Social Action Committee)

We are working with the Center for Common Ground and the Reclaim our Vote campaign to send out post cards to voters in Texas for a primary election. Please contact Tirtza Pearl if you are interested in joining. 

Andrea Miller, founder of Reclaim Our Vote, is continuing with her webinar series "Road to the Midterms, Forward and Federal." Come and learn about these efforts that you can help support as we gear up for the 2022 midterm elections! 

Join Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY) for a discussion about his important efforts to protect our freedom to vote with the Right to Vote Act and expand the Supreme Court to thirteen justices.
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Caring for the Caregivers
3rd Wednesdays, February 16 through July 20
7:00 - 9:00 pm on Zoom
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 and is open to caregivers who are caring for older adults or adults with disabilities. Brought to you by the Hineni Caring Community for Sha’ar Zahav members. If you are interested but not a member, or with any other question, contact Rabbi Copeland. This is not a drop in group. $125 and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Social Action Committee
Monday, February 7
6:00- 7:30 pm on Zoom
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! The Social Action Committee is currently planning events for guest speakers to come to SZ and is working on voting rights and immigrant accompaniment. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom Link
Climate Action Committee
2nd Monday of the Month
5:00 - 7:00 pm on Zoom
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
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
This week is Thursday
Next week will start meeting Wednesday
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 susie@shaarzahav.org.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Mussar Group
Bi-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 and 3rd 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
February 5 with Rabbi Copeland
February 19 with Stuart Dick
You are invited to a Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners are welcome. To be added to our SZ Yoga listserv, email susie@shaarzahav.org.
Register for 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!
Spencer Fischer 2/2
Zoe Friedman 2/2
Jacob Robinson 2/3
Ezra Strom 2/3
Denise Gordon 2/4
Ami Zusman 2/5
Andrew Fyne 2/6
Erika Katske 2/8

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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