Contact to sponsor Oneg or Flowers for Shabbat.

Friday Night Services for Parshat Ki Tetze:

August 25th at 7:30pm.

On Zoom Only

Led by Rabbi Reuben Zellman and Karen Schiller

Drash by Howard Steiermann

Register Here for Zoom Service

Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:

August 26th 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.

Shofar Sounders

Tekiha - Elul starts this week, so it is time to dust off your shofar and start practicing. We are looking for sounders, new and old, to help sound throughout the month of Elul, on Rosh Hashannah and at the end of Yom Kippur. So, if you are/were in the brass section of the band, this could include you too. If you are interested, please email Alan Gordon at  

Kever Avot v’Imahot, Honoring our Ancestors

Sunday, September 10, 10:00am

Hills of Eternity Cemetery, Colma

Join us as we walk through the grave sites of our beloved community members and recite poems, liturgy and names. Whether or not you have personally had a loss in your life, this contemplative short service is for anyone wishing to contemplate life and death amidst supportive community. Led by Rabbi Copeland and James Carlson. Lunch to follow – bring your own or contribute to a potluck. For potluck information contact SZ member Gerry Llamado.

If you want to sign up, please click here.

Seeking Sukkah Hosts!

Do you build a sukkah or would you like this to be the year that you start? We are seeking Sha'ar Zahavniks who would be willing to host fellow community members in your sukkah this holiday season. If you are able and interested in hosting, please contact the office.

After Erev Rosh Hashanah Social 

Anina in Hayes Valley

Keep the night going in community with Sha'ar Zahav's young adult group, the Kaf Lameds, for drinks and conversation at a local SF cocktail bar Anina, we'll head over after Erev Rosh Hashanah services at Herbst. Contact Emily Ornelas-Dorian, or meet by the front entrances by the doors of the theater.

Community Get Together!

UnXeptable Update

On August 18, SZ hosted two leaders from UnXeptable, the international grassroots movement in support of a democratic Israel: Offir Gutelzon and Shimrit Braun Kamin. They described how we too can be part of the protest movement fighting the government's efforts to severely weaken the judiciary, the only counter-balance to the oppressive, authoritarian coalition currently running the country. Click here for one video presented and here for another. To get onto the UnXeptable mailing list, click here. Information about their protest rally in San Francisco on the afternoon of Sunday September 10 will be provided when available.

Preparing for the High Holy Days:

History, Themes and Texts of the Season

Thursday, August 24, 7:15 - 9:00pm on Zoom

The month of Elul is the time of preparation for the coming High Holy days. Beginning on Rosh Chodesh (the first day of) Elul, this class will explore the history, themes and some of the key texts of the High Holy day season. What did Rosh HaShanah mean to our biblical ancestors, how do the historical memes passed down by our tradition speak to us and how can we renew them as part of our own spiritual practice? The class will be taught by SZ member Yoel Kahn who is a former SZ Rabbi.

Register here

B’yachad Gathering at Duboce Park

Sunday, September 10, 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. The B'yachad gathering is now open to all members regardless of zip code. For more info please contact: Bob GordonPaisha Rochlin or Marvin Lehrman.

SZ's 12-Step Group for Elul Reflection

Are you a member of a 12-step fellowship who is looking for some 12-step-based reflection for the High Holidays? Join SZ's regular virtual meeting for some Elul conversations recovery style! Take a minute to fill out this anonymous date poll to help us find a time that works for as many as possible. The poll will close on August 25th, and we will start our new time by the end of August. Please share widely -- SZ's 12-step group is for members of the wider SZ community looking for a place to explore the intersections of their recovery and Jewish thought and practice. Questions? Email Erika Katske.

Click here for the poll

Recurring Gatherings and Meetings

SZ Book Group

Ever After: the extended lives and work of eleven famous authors By Eli Andrew Ramer

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00-8:00 pm on Zoom

Eli Ramer will join us in talking about his book of alternative-reality stories – in which authors as different as Emily Dickinson and Franz Kafka lived on to write new poems and books, living happily with a same-gender partner. Eli’s book is short, queer, and half the stories have Jewish characters. 

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.

Social Action Committee

The first Monday (unless a holiday) of the month

6:00pm 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 Neil Young.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

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!

Martin Rawlings-Fein 8/23

Sen Talley 8/25

Shira Zingman-Daniels 8/26

Michael Chertok 8/27

Kirsten Gustavson 8/27

Tom Lakritz 8/28

Alex Goldstone 8/29

Asher Copeland 8/29

Liora Kram 8/29

Ann Daniels 8/29

Joshua Levy 8/29

Lewis Lehman 8/29

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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