Link of the Week: The J writes about our member Ray Bernstein z"l. Read the article here.
Social Action Highlights
As we watch in horror and sadness the events at the Capitol today, we know that coming together in community this week will be more important than ever. See below for opportunities to discuss, share, and be proactive in community as events continue to unfold.
What is New in Georgia?
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 7
5:00 - 6:00 pm

The John Lewis Memorial Voter Engagement Group invites you to attend a briefing by Andrea Miller, director of Reclaim Our Vote. She’ll discuss the Georgia election.

Creating Better Voting Systems, a Talk by Ben Adida
Sunday, January 10
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Ben Adida, son of Sha’ar Zahav members, Pierre and Yvette, is the Executive Director of VotingWorks, a non-partisan, non-profit voting technology company. He’ll talk about the forces at play in the evolution of our voting systems, and address timely issues of voter security.

Open to Everyone! Register to Join on Zoom.
Climate Action Committee Meeting
Monday, January 11
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Join the battle to save our planet. Zoom with us to get an update on CSZ’s solar panels and discuss plans for 2021. New people and new ideas welcome!

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Racial Equity Group Meeting
Thursday, January 14
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Interested in working toward racial justice with fellow Sha'ar Zahavniks? Join the Racial Equity Group. Can't make this meeting but want to be a part of the work? Email Sue Bojdak.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Inauguration Celebration

Hosted by the John Lewis Memorial Voter Engagement Group and Social Action Committee

Wednesday, January 20
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Let’s come together to Celebrate the (hopefully peaceful) inauguration of Pres. Joe Biden and the first woman of color VP Kamala Harris! Let's drink a toast together and share our favorite moments from the inauguration that will be broadcast earlier in the day. We'll allow everyone to share their screens so if you find a clip from the inauguration that you want to share, save it and then we can watch it together. What does this day mean to you? 

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Shabbat Services
Friday Evening Service: January 8 at 7:30 pm

Led by Cantor Bernstein & Ora Prochovnick. D'rash by Gabriel Lampert.

Meeting ID: 452 290 988

Saturday Morning Service: January 9 at 10:00 am

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

Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 365 434 855 Passcode: 068575

To join by phone for either service, dial +1 669 900 9128 or find your local number.
Community Events
Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 7
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, January 7
8:30 - 9:00 am

During this time of immense loss and grief, we will hold a Kaddish Memory Circle and support each other. In partnership with the Hineni Caring Community. This circle will be led by Rabbi Copeland.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, January 12
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

Presentation by Hills of Eternity Memorial Park
Wednesday, January 13
6:30 - 7:30 pm

The Adult Orphans Friendship Circle has organized a presentation by Hills of Eternity to help you plan for end of life and give yourself peace of mind. Everyone is welcome to attend! For more information, please contact Paisha Rochlin.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, January 16
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
Yoga Practice with Rabbi Copeland
Saturday, January 23
8:45 - 9:45 am

Come to explore how yoga and Judaism integrate the mind, body, and spirit. We will blend traditional yoga and Judaism, Jewish prayers and chants. The group meets twice-a-month on Shabbat mornings. Stuart Dick and Rabbi Mychal Copeland alternate leading. To get on our yoga list, please email Liliana Peliks.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Tu B'Shevat Seder for All Ages
Thursday, January 28
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Director of Education Sue Bojdak is leading us to celebrate the birthday of the trees! We'll gather around the symbols of the holiday, and our responsibility to be keepers of the earth together. Join with a fruits and vegetables plate!

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Learning Events
Weekly Mussar Group
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 7
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
Judaism 101: An Introductory Class
Tuesdays, from January 12 – March 16
6:30 - 8:30 pm

An introduction 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. Open to members and non-members. Participant fee: $149. Scholarships available.

Weekly Torah Study Group
Wednesday, January 13
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

Kaf-Lameds Conversation Series:
"Am I Jewish Enough? Yes!"

Friday, January 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Have you ever asked yourself, "Am I Jewish Enough?" Wondered whether you could say a prayer or blessing in front of others? Questioned what's happening during a service? You are not alone! Join your Kaf-Lamed community and Rabbi Copeland online for another addition to a conversation series that explores what it means to be Jewish today. Ideal for young adults in their 20-30s.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Journey to Judaism: A Monthly Discussion Group
From January 25 – June 28
6:30 - 8:30 pm

A place to ask questions and discuss your ideas! This group will explore issues that arise for people who are considering, are in the process of, or have recently completed, converting to Judaism. Those with a Jewish parent (or parents), but raised with little or no Jewish experience are also welcome.

Cultivating Hope & Light! On Orthodoxy, Justice and Same Sex Marriages by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Monday, January 25
6:00 - 7:00 pm

In this one hour session, Rabbi Shmuly will share Torah on cultivating hope in light in difficult times. We'll explore how our inner life is interconnected with our outer life. Further, Rabbi Shmuly, through stories and texts, will open a window into developments in progressive Orthodoxy (feminism, same sex marriages, universalism, etc.). Open to everyone!

Free for Members and $15 for Non-members. Learn More and Register.
Learning to Listen and Disagree with Love
Led by Rabbi Amy Eilberg

4 Weekly Sessions, Starting on Monday, February 22
7:00 - 8:30 pm

In today's world, discussions about Israel and Palestine can quickly devolve into inflammatory disagreements and personal attacks that leave everyone angry and unheard – even in a loving community like ours! We often won’t succeed at convincing others to see things our way. But can we create a culture of resilient and respectful learning about Israel and Palestine at Sha'ar Zahav? There is a participant fee but anyone who needs assistance will be aided.

For Members Only. Fee: $54 for 4 Sessions. Learn More and Register.
Community Resources
Share Resources During & Post-Covid

Do you have a professional practice, a business or a community resource that you would like to share with fellow Sha'ar Zahav members? We are curating a list of health and wellness resources, social services, products, or just community offerings! Anything useful during and post-Covid from which the community can benefit.

Please email Liliana Peliks with your ideas.
Blood Drive by Grace Fellowship

Our neighbors at Grace Fellowship are hosting another blood drive on Sunday, January 24th to support the medical community. The folks at Vitalant, the company running the drive, are very organized, friendly and well-protected.

January 2021 Birthdays!
Triptta Cohen, Jan 2
Gil'i Zaid, Jan 2
Shelli Rawlings-Fein, Jan 2
Desmond Bernstein, Jan 5
Judith Huerta, Jan 5
Nathan Robinson, Jan 6
Jodi Bando, Jan 6
Naomi Rosenmoss, Jan 7
Robin Shanholtz, Jan 7
Amy Schustack, Jan 8
Shawn Rosenmoss, Jan 8
Danya Rubenstein-Markiewicz ,Jan 8
Marius Greenspan, Jan 9
Amalia Cymrot-Wu, Jan 9
Katy Butler, Jan 10
Bernard Schertzer, Jan 10
Lawrence Klein, Jan 12
Patricia Caplan, Jan 12
Tiela Chalmers, Jan 12
Florence Nacamulli, Jan 12
Felix Elhauge-Roniger, Jan 13
Alapai Michels, Jan 13
Gary Goldstone, Jan 15
Roseann Gould, Jan 16
Deena Lahn, Jan 16
Rudy Noa Brandt, Jan 16
Gabriel Meyer Edlin, Jan 17
Michael Tyler, Jan 17
Michael Kalb, Jan 18
Yolande Schneeman, Jan 19
Eileen Lynette, Jan 20
Harold Lahn-Schroeder, Jan 21
Lila Napurst, Jan 21
Martin Tannenbaum, Jan 22
Laureen Kim, Jan 22
Rebecca Fenn, Jan 22
Jonathan Igor Williamson, Jan 24
Victoria Estevez, Jan 25
Anshel Mamet, Jan 26
Howard Hahn, Jan 27
Blair Lewis, Jan 27
Shoshana Levenberg, Jan 29
Juliet Rothman, Jan 29
Nic Pinnick, Jan 29
Sophie Rosenmoss, Jan 29
Lynn Eden, Jan 30
Nora Downs, Jan 31


Friday Evening Service
January 8, 7:30 pm 

25 Teveth
Led by Cantor Bernstein & Ora Prochovnick

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
January 9, 10:00 am
Meeting ID: 365 434 855
Passcode: 068575

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