Tell a Friend! Classes Starting Next Week
Judaism 101 with Dir. of Education,
Sue Bojdak on Zoom
Mondays from October 4 December 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

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.  
The cost is $149. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you have questions, please contact Sue Bojdak.  Open to members and non-members.

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Beginning and Continuing Hebrew -
On Zoom - 12 sessions
Beginning Class: Tuesdays, 
starting October 5, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Continuing Class: Thursdays,
starting October 7, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Introduction to Hebrew Class: 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. 

Continuing Hebrew Class: A continuation of our beginning Hebrew class, this course is for students who have already learned the Hebrew alphabet and know some basic vocabulary. This class will provide opportunities to practice reading and decoding Hebrew, and expand your Hebrew vocabulary. We shall study several key prayers in the CSZ's prayer book.

Cost is $126/non-members, $54/members, but scholarships are available. For questions, email Susie. This class requires a minimum of 8 students. Class is taught by Michael Lederman.

Register Here. Registration Link.

Community: Let's Get Together
Book Group Discussion: The Woman Who Smashed Codes
Tuesday, October 5
7:00 - 8:00 pm

How do people choose their careers? Sometimes they reach out, grab them and make new ones. In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, we meet Elizebeth Friedman, a young poet who by serendipity becomes involved in unlocking coded messages – whether in Shakespeare’s plays or from rum-running gangsters or Nazi spies. Contact Ami Zusman for more information. Ready to try code breaking? HVV BLF RM LXGLYVI. [Key]

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Wednesday, October 6
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Theater & Movies Chavurah meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This month, Deborah Levy will lead the discussion on "Antigone" The play is available on "National Theatre at Home" for more information please contact Yvette Adida.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Caring Community

Hineni, our SZ Caring Community, is starting up a new program connecting callers to congregants in need. If you’re interested and would like more information, contact
Learning Together
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.

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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.

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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.

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Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, October 2
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
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

Social Action: Get Involved
Social Action Committee
Monday, October 4, 2021
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 planning events for guest speakers to come to SZ and is working on Afghan and other immigrant accompaniment. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link

This week, a special guest at Friday night Shabbat Service - Join Us
Friday Night Services: October 1 at 7:30 pm Led by Cantor Bernstein and Alyss Weissglass. The D'rash this Friday night will be delivered by Ofer Neumann, CEO of IGY - Israel's national LGBTQ+ Youth Movement. Find link information of the Shabbat service below. Find out information about IGY-Israel here.
Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: October 2 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.

Shabbat in the Park: Friday Night Services: October 8 at 5:00 Led by Rabbi Copeland and Sara Beroff. Join for the last Shabbat in the Park of the year.
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Mazel Tov!
To Noa Solomon-Carmel on their b'mitzvah which was celebrated last week on Saturday, September 26th.

To Victoria Estevez and Amy Kaufman, welcoming baby Delio Kibrik Estevez, born on September 21
Birthdays this week!
Carol Dawson Rose  9/29
Judith Wolfe  9/29
Evan Arnold-Gordon  10/1
Beth Rubenstein  10/1
Sharyn Saslafsky  10/2
Miriam Heath Katz  10/3
James Moser  10/3
Joan Rosen  10/3
Mark Mackler  10/4
Benjamin Bernard-Herman  10/5
Howard Steiermann  10/5

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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