Link of the Week: Join our member, Hilary Zaid, at JCC East Bay on August 31st to celebrate the launch of her new book "Forgot I Told You This."

Contact to sponsor Oneg or Flowers for Shabbat.

Friday Night Services for Parshat Ekev:

August 4th at 7:30pm.

Shabbes Beat Led by Cantor Bernstein

Register Here for Zoom Service

Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:

August 5th at 10:00am.

Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person

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.

High Holy Days

Join our community in time and space to reflect and recharge. 

Be. In Awe.

Rosh Hashanah starts Friday, September 15th. The Days of Awe conclude on Monday, September 25th.

We’ll be at the Herbst Theater and online. 

Feel encouraged to bring friends and family. Just be sure to register here.

Community Get Together!

Duboce Park Gathering

Sunday, August 6, 12-2pm

We’ll meet on the southwestern side of the park, near the N-Judah tracks, under a big tree. Suggestions about what to bring: Warm clothes, hand sanitizer, a blanket, chair, sunscreen. For more info please contact: Bob GordonPaisha Rochlin or Marvin Lehrman.

Between Worlds: Page to Stage

Thursday, August 10, 12pm on Zoom

Join poet Irena Klepfisz (NY) with scriptwriter /actor Naomi Newman and director Bruce Bierman who talk about translating poetry from "page to stage" for the upcoming production of Between Worlds. The play produced by Yiddish Theatre Ensemble opens Aug. 16-20 at Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley. Use code MAZEL for a discount on General Admission tickets!

We're a proud cosponsor with The Yiddish Theatre.

Register here

Let's get together for our B’Yachad Neighborhood gathering: a Potluck Lunch.

Sunday, August 13, 11am-1pm

Rabbi Mychal and Kirsti Copeland’s backyard in Mountain View. See old friends and meet new Sha’ar Zahav folks who live south of the synagogue! All members across the Bay are welcome! Please RSVP to Jan Half or Sharyn Saslafsky by Sunday, August 6 to get the address.

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Recurring Gatherings and Meetings

Theater & Movies Chavurah: Rasheviski’s Tango

Tonight! Wednesday, August 2, 6:00-7:15pm on Zoom

Join the Movie and Theatre Chavurah for a discussion of “Rasheviski’s Tango,” a portrait of three generations of a Jewish family wrestling with issues of identity, love, interfaith marriage and long-held family secrets. The play is available for rent on Vimeo

Join us: Zoom Link

Social Action Committee

Monday, August 7, 6:00 pm on Zoom

On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Kaf-Lamed Monthly Gathering

Don't go to Shabbat alone!

Join Sha'ar Zahav's young adult group (The Kaf Lameds) for a monthly gathering at Shabbat Services in person! Perfect for those who've ever felt intimidated to go to Shabbat in person services alone. Or perfect for those who just want a few buddies to join on Friday night services! This is a monthly gathering, where we'll do "Shabbat Together" the 3rd Friday of each month.

Contact Emily Ornelas-Dorian.

L'Havin: Understanding Israel and Its Neighbors

4th Monday of the month, 6:00-7:00pm on Zoom

L'Havin: Understanding Israel and Its Neighbors is a Sha'ar Zahav working group that provides our members and community friends with support, knowledge, and dialogue skills that deepen our relationship with the land and peoples of Israel and Palestine, and to advance understanding and healing within our Jewish community. You do not need to come with any previous knowledge of the topics we may discuss or with any set viewpoints. In fact, we encourage all to come with open ears and a learner’s mindset.

For more information, contact Rachel Nilson-Ralston.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Climate Action Committee

2nd Monday of the month, 5:00-6:30pm on Zoom

The CAC gathers monthly to support and educate ourselves and our community on climate issues, including climate grief, policy advocacy, and personal and community strategies to address the urgent crises of climate change and climate justice. 

Contact Deborah Levy.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Disability and Accessibility Committee

If you identify as disabled, are exploring that identity, or have a loved one with a disability and are interested in joining the Disability and Accessibility Committee, please reach out to Eliana Smithstein for more information. If you are interested in learning more about disability and how you can become a better ally, stay tuned for educational events to come!

Remember When

1st Wednesday of the Month


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. Email Marv Lehrman.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Weekly Torah Study Group

Weekly on Wednesday


Rabbi Copeland and lay leaders lead discussions about the weekly Torah reading. Drop-ins welcome, no experience with Torah nessecary!

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Mussar Discussion Group

Bi-weekly on Thursdays


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! Contact Mark Pressler.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Meditation Chavurah

1st and 3rd Saturday of the month


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

Hiking Chavurah

2nd Saturday of the month, 9:50am

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. Email Karen Schiller and Ellen Murland.

12-Step Meetings by and for SZ Members

Weekly on Sundays On Zoom


The meeting will be run in the usual 12-step format but will also feature some thoughts and reflections from members bringing Judaism into their 12-step practice. Contact Erika Katske.

For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Register Here to Attend.

Weekday Morning Prayer

Weekly on Tuesdays


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. Contact Cantor Bernstein.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Birthdays this week!

Carey Averbook 8/2

Jonathan Funk 8/4

Gail Ludwig 8/7

Alan Michels 8/7

Jackie Cohen 8/7

Edward Korthof 8/8

Dorothea Cyan Atura Bushnell 8/8

While we strive for all our events to be mixed-access, this is not always possible. Some events are only in-person, and some are Zoom only. If you have any questions about a particular event, please contact the office, or the contact listed for the event.

Health and Safety Policies at 290 Dolores

For the health and safety of our community, it is Sha’ar Zahav's expectation that all members and visitors who attend in-person services and events will be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. If you are unvaccinated, sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness, please enjoy services and events via Zoom.

Masks are no longer required at in-person services and events. But we are mask-friendly and fully supportive of visitors, members and service leaders who choose to wear masks for their own personal protection. 

Sha’ar Zahav is a scent-free environment. Because keeping our synagogue safe for those with scent and chemical sensitivities is part of our commitment to accessibility, please refrain from wearing perfume/cologne or using other scented products. 

For more information, email the Accessibility Committee.

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, the National Center to Encourage Judaism and the generous support of our members. Toda rabba!

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