Link of the Week: Check out this video recording from GenderQueering Hebrew with Rabbi Noa Sattath. In this CLGS Jewish Queeries Series event, some of the ways that gender is used in Hebrew as well as various radical methods to equalize and de-gender language are explored.
#Shabbat: Join Us this Week
Friday Night Services: Aug 6 at 7:30 pm

Led by Cantor Sharon Bernstein and Howard Steiermann. D'rash by Miriam Menzel. Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: Aug 7 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.

#SocialAction: Get Involved
Climate Action Committee
Monday, August 9
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
Racial Equity Group Meeting
Thursday, August 12
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
Social Action Committee
New meeting date this month
Next meeting will be Monday, August 16
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
#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
Summer Zohar Reading Circle with Rabbi Copeland
Weekly on Mondays until August 23
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Are you intrigued by Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah? This summer, join Rabbi Copeland for an informal reading group of the Zohar, the central work of Kabbalah. Newcomers to Kabbalah or experienced readers are all welcome.

Please obtain Daniel Chanan Matt’s book, Zohar: Annotated & Explained. It’s easy to find online and there are places to borrow it as well - just ask Rabbi Copeland. All texts will be in translation. You don’t need to attend every session, but registration is necessary.

Free to Members & $36 Fee for Non-members. Register Here to Attend.
#Community: Let's Get Together
Remember When
Wednesday, August 4
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
Making Your Final Arrangements with Sinai Memorial Chapel's Executive Director, Sam Salkin
Thursday, August 12
7:00 - 8:30 pm

During the pandemic, many people expressed anxiety about what will happen to them when they die. There can be a certain peace of mind in knowing that you have your affairs in order and that your wishes will be honored. 

Sinai Memorial Chapel is the only Jewish funeral home in the Bay Area. We have invited Sinai’s Executive Director Sam Salkin to participate in a discussion of end-of-life plans, including making decisions about your funeral and final resting place. The most important topic, however, will be the questions that you have on your mind.

If you are not able to attend this event, or are interested in learning more, please fill out this form.

Sha'ar Zahav's Book Group Discusses: On Division
(A story of conflicting values and loyalties)
Tuesday, August 17
7:00 - 8:00 pm

What happens when your whole life suddenly turns upside down? That’s something many of us have experienced! In Goldie Goldbloom’s novel, On Division, this happens to Surie, a Chasidic woman living on Division Avenue in a warm and embracing Orthodox community in Brooklyn. Surie, who already has ten children, unexpectedly becomes pregnant with twins in her mid-50s. As if that weren’t enough, her adult gay son has vanished. All this and more leads to divisions and dilemmas within Surie's own life, her community, her relationship with her loving husband, and the choices she must make. What will she choose? What will she give up? Who will she become?

Read On Division, then come discuss it with other Sha’ar Zahav members. The San Francisco Jewish Community Library has free extra copies of the book and is now open for patrons (Sun., 12-4 and Mon. & Thurs., 11-4). Contact Ami Zusman for more information on the meeting.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Va'ad (Board) Meeting
Wednesday, August 18
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Today is our regular monthly board meeting. We have many updates to share, and will have time to answer questions as well. All Sha'ar Zahav members are welcome to attend Va'ad meetings.

Beit Sefer Summer Meet Ups: Garden Adventure
@ Sha’ar Zahav
Saturday, August 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come do a mitzvah! We are going to reclaim, replant & rebeautify our Sha’ar Zahav garden. Bring masks, gloves, garden tools and a water bottle. We’ll provide snacks, plants & garden art. Can we plant it? Yes, we can! People of all ages, including friends and folks curious about the Beit Sefer community, are welcome! Please read our reopening values and sign our brit before you come.

RSVP to Sue Bojdak by Thursday, August 19
The Land at 290 Dolores
Sunday, August 22
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Kelly Thiemann and the Racial Equity Committee invite you have virtual dinner with us to discuss the history of the land upon which our shul is built. We will be looking at the history of three periods: Ohlone, Mission and post 1906 earthquake.

Join the 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.

To get on the Baby Havurah listserve, email Sue Bojdak
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, August 12
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 Opportunity
Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer is Looking for Volunteer Teachers/Hebrew Tutors

Our Beit Sefer is powered by YOU! Would you enjoy 5-8 weeks of learning about Jewish Values/Anti-Bias Education with the coolest 5th and 6th graders you could meet? Or a chance to work one-on-one with a Hebrew student through the year? Consider joining our Beit Sefer team this year. 

Check out the details here

Contact Sue Bojdak to tell her you are interested.
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
Create Something Wonderful for Jewish Hospital Patients at the High Holy Days

The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center needs your DIY/craft help! Since 2009, our “Holidays in an Envelope for Jewish Hospital Patients” program has delivered hundreds of High Holy Day, Passover and Chanukah Envelopes to 27 hospitals. Filled with liturgy, essays and other ritual and festive items, the Envelopes provide spiritual and emotional support to the patient. This is especially important this year when patients not only cannot be in their favorite seats at synagogue but they still may also have limited, if any, access to their friends and family visitors.

You can help make things feel better—even for just a moment. Make a card or cards for us to include in our High Holy Day Envelopes.

For details, click here.
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#Shabbat: Join Us Next Week
Friday Night Service: Aug 13 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Warren Baim. D'rash by Morey Lipsett. Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: Aug 14 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
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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