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Shavuot & The Magic of Torah
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
(Night Torah Study for Shavuot)

Sunday, May 16
From 6:45 pm Until Midnight

Join us in a much-of-the-night fest of learning, each choosing our own Torah adventure from a wide variety of sessions taught by our in-house Sha’ar Zahav lay leaders and mavens, plus special guest antiquities expert Lenny Wolfe.

Shabbat This Week
Friday Night Service: May 7 at 7:30 pm

Led by Cantor Bernstein and Eliana Frank. D'rash by Ora Prochovnick.
Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: May 8 at 10 am

Our interactive morning services are led by Sha’ar Zahav members Ron Edelman and Alan Gordon. 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.

These Special Events in May
Jewish 12-Steps with Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Mike Shriver

Monday, May 10
7:00 - 8:30 pm

How do 12-Step recovery programs, rooted in Christian thinking, work for Jews? With the help of members who have, themselves, grappled with addiction, we will explore approaches to theology that can aid in recovery. Whether or not your life has been touched by addiction, everyone will have the chance to read texts and contemplate how our ideas about G!d might affect our daily lives.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Intro to Friday Night Services with Cantor Sharon Bernstein

Tuesday, May 11
7:00 - 8:30(ish) pm

Are you new, or new-ish to the Friday night service? Or have been going for a long time, and have questions? Do you wonder what are the different parts, or why or how things are done?

Please join us for this one-off class covering key structural and thematic points of the Friday night service, designed to help us navigate our ways, practically and spiritually, through the Friday evening prayers.

"Jewish&" Shabbat Service
Friday, May 14
7:30 pm

Join us to celebrate those in our community who are part of multifaith, multicultural, and multiracial families!

We will lift up our ancestor, Ruth, whose book we read at the Shavuot holiday, as a“fellow-traveler,” a Moabite who chose to live in community with the ancient Israelites.

And the Pride Events Coming Up!
Mobilizing the Jewish Community for the Equality Act with Jon Cohen from Keshet

Join on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00 pm. Register here.

Where You Go I Will Go: Same-Sex Marriage & Jewish Law by Rabbi Irwin Keller

Join on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm. Register here.

Community Pride Seder, A Virtual Celebration of Queer Freedom

Join on Sunday, June 13 at 5:00 pm.

Transgender Shabbat Service

Join on Friday, June 18 at 7:30 pm.

Pride Shabbat Service

Join on Friday, June 25 at 7:30 pm.

Social Action: Ways to Get Involved
Climate Action Committee Meeting
Monday, May 10
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Please join us on Zoom to get an update our work for 2021! We have a lot to share after our recent Green Shabbat.New people and new ideas welcome! We meet the second Monday of every month, but you may contact Deborah Levy anytime.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Racial Equity Group Meeting
Thursday, May 13
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
Meets the 1st Monday of the Month

Next meeting is June 7, 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 working on advancing the “Equality Act” (federal LGBT rights) and the “For the People Act” (assuring national fair elections). Can’t make it to a meeting but want to keep up with what is going on? Contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn and they will add you to the listserv!

On immigration. Be part of a Sha'ar Zahav's Accompaniment team with a newly arrived gay Russian asylum-seeking couple. This is a great opportunity to learn first hand about the immigrant experience while you provide safety, and turn them on to resources for housing, food, legal and the LGBT community. For information, contact Nancy Wecker or Neil Young at (415) 649-4494. Also, seeking a Russian speaker to translate.

Calling all small landlords. Do you know about the COVID Tenant Relief Act which can provide delinquent rent benefiting landlords and tenants for stable communities? For information see Faith in Action Bay Area Small Landlords Website or contact abby@faithinactionba.org.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
The late Congressman John Lewis shed his blood crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to fight for Black voters and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Today voting rights are under attack again.

Join the National Day of Action May 8! Over a 100 cities will demand the passage of the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and D.C. Statehood and address one of the greatest obstacles to the passage of civil and voting rights – and one of the last vestiges of slavery – the filibuster! 

Learning: Keep Growing
Judaism 101 Summer Class
Tuesdays, from June 15 Until August 24
6:30 - 8:30 PM

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.

The class fee is $149. Partial scholarships available for those who need it. Please contact Liliana Peliks to learn more.

Weekly Mussar Group
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 6
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
Weekly Torah Study Group
Wednesday, May 12
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

Adult B’Mitzvah Program
Begins Soon on Zoom

Many of us did not become B’Mitzvah as children and feel like it might be time to make that connection. Our Adult B’mitzvah Program (ABP) is a monthly group educational program, which runs for approximately 8 – 12 months. In the ABP you will learn about the history of the ritual and explore what it means to become an adult B’mitzvah. You will have practical classes in giving a D’var Torah, reading/chanting from the Torah, leading services, and learning the prayer service.

There will also be sessions on the who, what, and why of prayer, different perspectives of G-d, everyday spirituality and much more. The process culminates in either an individual or group B’mitzvah on a Saturday morning at Sha’ar Zahav.

Contact the coordinator Mark Pressler to let us know you are interested or would like to hear more!
More: Community Events
Remember When...
Today, Wednesday, May 5
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. Everyone is welcome! Questions? Contact Marv Lehrman.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 6
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
Kaddish Memory Circle
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 6 and May 20
8:30 - 9:00 am

During this time of immense loss and grief, we are holding regular Kaddish Memory Circles to support each other. Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Ora Prochovnick and Martin Tannenbaum will alternate leading these circles twice a month.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link

Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, May 11
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
Va'ad (Board) Meetings Coming Up
Wednesday, May 12 and May 19
6:30 - 9:30 pm

The May 12 Va'ad meeting will focus on the results of our recent member survey. We will meet again on Wednesday, May 19 for our regular monthly meeting. All members are welcome to attend!

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Yoga Practice
Saturday, May 15
8:45 am - 9:45 am

You are invited to a twice-a-month Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Stuart Dick and Rabbi Mychal Copeland will alternate leading the first and third Saturday of every month.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, May 15
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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
Baby Chavurah
Saturday, May 15
11:00 am - Noon

This monthly gathering of kids age 0-2 and their families is a place to share hopes and dreams plus tips and tricks, and wiggles and giggles. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 26 and we will meet in-person at Precita Park, in SF. Masks required. Questions? Please contact Sue Bojdak.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Come to Build Community with Other Single People
Sunday, May 16
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Come and meet other single people in our community. We are here, we may be queer, we may be straight, we may be trans or non binary. We are all ages.

Let’s get together to meet, to schmooze, to share our experiences of the last year during this pandemic and these intense political times. We can start to build community and look ahead to our futures. We will meet virtually this time but hopefully in the future we can meet in person.
Questions, feel free to email Tamar Gershon.

For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Resources for You
COVID-19 Funeral Expenses Assistance 

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 -related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. 
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
Applications began on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
May Birthdays
Kei Micah Korthof, 5/1
Rena Frantz, 5/2
Lori Roniger, 5/2
Michael Shriver, 5/3
Nomi Jatovsky, 5/4
Jeffrey Rubin, 5/4
Beatrix Elhauge-Roniger, 5/5
Barbara Rinkoff, 5/5
Jacqueline Wong, 5/6
Mercedes Navarro, 5/6
Timothy Grant, 5/7
Adam Pollack, 5/7
Martin Fox, 5/8
Zoe Kaiser, 5/8
Elizabeth Jaroslow, 5/8
Chaltu Bernstein, 5/10
Maxine Preisch, 5/10
Qianya Vinson, 5/10
Daniel Loftus, 5/11
Sylvie Olson-Dorf, 5/12
Benjamin Malakoff, 5/12
Sophie Navarro, 5/12
Kailin Koch, 5/12
Raymond Cutino, 5/13
Zephaniah Bensaid, 5/14
Micah Ludeke, 5/14
Leah Hammond, 5/16
Charlie Shaw, 5/17
Gary Winter, 5/19
Gabriel Oliver-Polsky, 5/19
Lillian Schaechner, 5/20
Ruth Bernstein, 5/20
Richard Wilson, 5/20
Jessica Alexandra, 5/21
Barb Cymrot, 5/23
Emery Cohen-Wallach, 5/23
Jane Rice, 5/24
David Gluck, 5/24
Robert Katz, 5/26
Pierre Adida, 5/27
Grant Shreiner, 5/28
Sherie Koshover, 5/28
David Ogus Thor Langdon, 5/28
Trudi Hauptman, 5/29
Chase Tanner, 5/29
Elliott Sprehn, 5/29
Crow Martin-Fromm, 5/31

Friday Evening Service
May 7, 7:30 pm 

26 Iyar
Led by Cantor Bernstein and Eliana Frank

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
May 8, 10:00 am
Meeting ID: 365 434 855
Passcode: 068575

Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org 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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