In-Person Services:
Saturday, November 12th, hybrid (in-person & Zoom) service. Register for Saturday
Friday, November 19th, hybrid (in-person and Zoom).Register for Friday
Please be sure to registered for In-Person Shabbat.
Shabbat: Join Us
Friday Night Services:
November 12, at 7:30 pm Shabbes Beat Led by Cantor Bernstein , D'rash by Britta Pomrantz.
Register Here for Zoom ServiceMeeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: November 13 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: Registration is open. Friday Night Service, November 19 at 7:30 pm - Hybrid (In-person and on Zoom) You are invited to our second in-person service. We will balance the joy of Shabbat while also creating space to mourn the losses in the transgender community as we commemorate National Transgender Day of Remembrance. Registration will begin next week.
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Alyss Weissglass. D'rash by Franco Martinez.
Saturday Morning Service: November 20, at 10:00 am Hybrid: In-person and on Zoom.
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
“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

Community: Let's Get Together
Baby Havurah @ Precita Park
OR 290 Dolores St (weather depending)  
Saturday, November 20, 11am-12:30pm
The baby havurah (for people age 0-2 and their families) continues monthly at Precita Park UNLESS it's raining, soggy from last night's rain or colder than 55 by 10am on that day. If one or more of those weather conditions is true, then we'll meet at the synagogue. For indoor gatherings, vaccinations are required for everyone age 12+. You can email proof of vax or text vax proof to (415) 894-2004 or show it at the door. Please read our reopening values and sign our brit before you come and RSVP to Sue Bojdak
Reparations: A Direct Approach
Sunday, November 21, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Hear from David Mayer, co-founder of Reparation Generation, "a national multi-racial organization providing direct reparative transfers payments to Black Americans for wealth-building pursuits." The pillars of the organization draw deeply on teachings of reconciliation, repair, and renewal. David will introduce his organization and include time for conversation on reparations. Presented by Sha'ar Zahav's Racial Equity Committee
Virtual Gatherings: Queering "Song of Songs
Sunday, November 21st, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Come celebrate the legacy of musician and scholar Jewlia Eisenberg with a community of artists, spiritual leaders, and radical thinkers as we study a queer and feminist reading of “Song of Songs” (Shir HaShirim). Co-facilitated by Maggid A. Elias Ramer.
Sign up here: Signup Link
Learning Together
L’Dor Va’Dor: Being an Ally and Advocate for Those You Love
November 18, 2021, 1:00 pm PST Offered by Keshet
Do you have a grandchild, niece, nephew, nibling, or other child or young person in your life who is LGBTQ? You already love them to the moon and you know that you want to support them. However, you probably also have questions: what do all those LGBTQ terms mean? How do you ask questions and learn respectfully? How can you be in their corner? Click here for more info and registration.

Hannukah starts November 28th.
Stay tuned for news of Hannukah events!
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Book Group Discussion: The Last Palace
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home. In The Last Palace Eisen explores some of the people who called this palace home. Read, and come discuss. Contact Ami Zusman for more information. 

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.

Theater & Movies Chavurah
Wednesday, December 1
6:00 - 7:30 pm

This month, we will discuss the film "Neighbours," as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old Kurdish Jewish boy on the Syrian/Turkish border. The film will be streamed November 28-December 5 as part of the Jewish Film Institute's HanukkahFest 2021Click here for film info and tickets For more information please contact Yvette Adida

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Va'ad (Board) Meeting
Wednesday, November 17
7:00 - 9:00 pm
This 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

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.

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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

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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.

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
November 27, at 9:00 am
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. Yoga will not be meeting in December but will be back in January. To be added to our SZ Yoga listserv, email
Join the meeting: Zoom Link
Hiking Chavurah
2nd Saturday, 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.

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Social Action Committee
1st Mondays of the month, 7:00 - 8:30 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 with a gay Venezuelan immigrant. Interested? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

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Birthdays this week!
Annie Atura Bushnell 11/10
Elijah Lezell Jatovsky 11/10
Evan Markiewicz 11/10
Elijah Jatovsky 11/10
Patricia Lin 11/11
Marissa Guerrero 11/11
Daniel Stellini 11/11
Elliot Kukla 11/12
Mark Pressler 11/12
Richard Weiner 11/12
Gina Surber 11/12
Cohen Stein 11/13
Annette Spector 11/14
Roberto Acordi 11/15
Warren Baim 11/16
Ruth Rainero 11/16

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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