Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Friday Night Services:
May 6 at 7:30 pm.
Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person. Led by Cantor Bernstein and Sophie Katz. D'rash by Robin Cohn.
Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:
May 7 at 10:00 am. 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.
Updated Masking Policy
For more info on our updated masking policy, scroll to the end of this email.
While we strive for all our events to be mixed-access, this is not always possible. Some of the events below 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.
Learning Together
Nonbinary Chanting Minyan
Friday, May 6, 9:30-10 am on Zoom

Curious about a nonbinary way to pray? Join Rabbi Copeland in a short chanting service with entirely nonbinary Hebrew and names for the Divine. All prayers will be in transliteration or English, so come even if Hebrew is new to you. Learn more about the Nonbinary Hebrew Project that made this possible.
Join the discussion: Register here
Trans Talmud: Androgynes and Eunuchs in Rabbinic Literature with Max K. Strassfeld
Monday, May 9, 7-8 pm on Zoom

We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring Max Strassfeld's talk with Jewish Learning Works about his new book, Trans Talmud. Eunuchs and androgynes are placed at the center of rabbinic literature. The Trans Talmud asks what people can learn from them about Judaism and the project of transgender history today.
To learn more and to join the discussion: Register here
Exploring Prayer Anew with Queer Liturgist Ari L. Monts
Sunday, May 15, 2pm on Zoom
We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring this workshop that will examine some of the blessings from the weekday Amidah, a prayer many Jews say every day, and look at the different ways these blessings have been translated. No familiarity with Hebrew is required to attend this session.
To learn more and to join the discussion: Register here
Community: Let's Get Together
An Evening with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Saturday, May 7, 6pm at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley
Join SAC and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity for an evening of food, music, fellowship, and celebration of our work with this organization. This event will benefit the upcoming Pilgrimage for a Better Future event (May 28-June 1) and you'll get to hear how you can be involved every step of the way! It will be live-streamed for those who cannot join in person.
The Thoughtful Happy Town:
An Original Musical
Saturday, May 14, 11:15am 
in the Oneg Room at Sha'ar Zahav
Everyone is welcome to the world premiere of our original musical crafted by the students of Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer. This show is playing one Shabbat only! Don't miss it!  
Kaf Lamed Lag BaOmer Celebration
Thursday, May 19, 6:30pm
In-person at Ocean Beach
Come celebrate Lag BaOmer with Sha'ar Zahav's young adult group, The Kaf Lameds, at Ocean Beach at 6:30pm on May 19th. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. All young adults are welcome! Please email Emily Ornelas-Dorian for more details.
B'Mitzvah Mentor Gathering
Sunday, May 22, 3-5pm 
In-person at Sha'ar Zahav 
Calling all B'Mitzvah Mentors! Current and past, long-time and brand-new, and those curious about b'mitzvah mentoring are invited to gather for tea and conversation all about b'mitzvah mentoring. We'll share experiences, answer questions, tell you what's new with b'mitzvah at Sha'ar Zahav, and connect all about mentoring. Save the date and RSVP by contacting Sue Bojdak.
Children at Shabbat!
We are ready for babies and toddlers of all ages to come sing, pray and play at Shabbat services! People age 5+ need to vaccinated, boosted and masked during services and those ages 2-4 have to be masked.

We are setting up a spot just for you all with carpet, toys and easy access to the door (for when you and your folks need to step out for a minute). We would love to hear your little voices or watch you fall asleep as we spend time together welcoming Shabbat.
Pride at Sha'ar Zahav
Excited that Pride Parade SF is back?? Want to make sure SZ shows off our awesomeness at Pride? Get in touch with Rabbi Copeland!
Bringing in the Harvest
The counting of the Omer is the way we have measured ourselves in our brit with God since ancient days. The SZ Social Action Committee is mirroring the gathering of harvest this year as part of our efforts to build awareness of ways each of us can help respond to the global refugee crisis. The Social Action Committee would like to thank everyone who attended Immigration Shabbat a few weeks ago. If you are interested in accompaniment and would like to learn more or you have clothing or housing to donate, please contact Eli Schlenker. At the Immigration Shabbat, we published our first edition Immigration journal: Keeping the Stories Alive. We will continue to accept new stories to the journal and publish the second (and final) edition on Shavuot. We invite you to contribute to our harvest of stories. Please share your or your family's immigration story.
Kabbalistic Omer Counting
There's a Jewish tradition of "Counting the Omer", which is a ritual of counting each of the 50 days between the 2nd night of Passover (exiting slavery) and Shavuot (receiving the Torah). To see a calendar with kabbalistic (mystical) intentions, click here.
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Theater & Movies Chavurah: The Producers
Tonight! Wednesday, May 4th
6- 7:15 pm
Join the Film and Theater Group in watching "The Producers." The film is about a theater producer and his accountant who, as part of a scam, have to stage the worst stage musical they can create. They eventually find one centering around Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Available through Apple TV or Amazon Prime. For more info, contact Yvette Adida.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Book Group Discussion: 
City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Zoom

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, a young Russian Jew, Lev Beniov, is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as Cossack deserter Kolya. Read and come discuss! Contact Ami Zusman for more info.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Kaf-Lamed Monthly Check In 
Last Friday of the Month, May 27th
All young adults welcome! Kaf-Lameds is Sha'ar Zahav's 20-30s group. We meet on the last Friday of every month at 6pm-6:30pm, switching between meeting virtually and in person. This is a time to briefly check in on each other, plan ideas for events, and create belonging. For more information, please contact KL co-leader Emily Ornelas-Dorian.
Climate Action Committee
2nd Monday of the Month
5:00 - 6:30 pm on Zoom
Are you concerned about environmental degradation? Want to work with other Sha’ar Zahavniks against climate change? Come share your ideas, get support, and have fun while we work together on some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Come and learn about the upcoming Earth Day fair! Contact Deborah Levy with any questions.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Social Action Committee
Monday, June 6
6:00 pm on Zoom
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! At our next meeting we will be focusing on the ballot initiative to create a vacancy tax and we will be planning our upcoming Food Banks. We are also actively recruiting SZ members to join an accompaniment team to assist an Afghan refugee family. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.
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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Adult Orphans Friendship Circle 
2nd and 4th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Zoom
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. If this zoom link does not work, please email Paisha 
and she will email you an alternate link.
Weekly Torah Study Group
Weekly on Wednesday
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 Susie Idzik.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Mussar Group
Bi-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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
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 and 3rd 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
You are invited to a Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners are welcome. To be added to our SZ Yoga listserv, email
Register for the Meeting: Zoom link
Hiking Chavurah
2nd Saturday of the month, 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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Birthdays this week!
Jeffrey Rubin 5/4
Nomi Jatovsky 5/4
Barbara Rinkoff 5/5
Beatrix Elhauge-Roniger 5/5
Jacqueline Wong 5/6
Timothy Grant 5/7
Adam Pollack 5/7
Elizabeth Jaroslow 5/8
Zoe Kaiser 5/8
Martin Fox 5/8
Chaltu Bernstein 5/10
Maxine Preisch 5/10
Qianya Vinson 5/10
Returning to 290 Dolores
Attending In-Person Events and Services

Starting at the end of April, our policy is as follows.
  • Shabbat Service: Masking during the service is required. Following the service, you may remove your mask to enjoy oneg.
  • For all other events, masking is optional. Children 2-5 will be required to mask. We welcome you to keep wearing masks if you choose.
  • Proof of vaccination is required, including a booster shot.
  • 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.
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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