In-Person Services:
Friday, November 19th, hybrid (in-person and Zoom)
Saturday, November 20th, hybrid (in-person & Zoom)
Registration is required for Shabbat services. See links below.
Shabbat: Join Us
Friday Night Services:
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. Led by Rabbi Copeland and Alyss Weissglass. D'rash by Franco Martinez.
Register Here for Zoom ServiceMeeting ID: 452 290 988.
Saturday Morning Service: November 20 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:
Friday Night Service, November 26 at 7:30 pm. Zoom Service Only. Led by Tiela Chalmers and Ora Prochovnick. D'rash by Tiela Chalmers.
Saturday Morning Service: November 27, 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 10 am 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
Thanksgiving Drive
Mission Food Hub is providing families with all of the ingredients necessary for a delicious, traditional Salvadoran "Pan Con Pavo" (Turkey with Bread) meal.
You can volunteer to help families for Thanksgiving!
Volunteer Sign Up: Click Here
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.
Joy Ladin "Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice" series
Mondays, December 6, 13, 20, 11:00 – 12:30p.m. PST
Spiritual experience often feels private, isolating, uncommunicable. Spiritual autobiographies use storytelling techniques to break down this sense of isolation, offering others glimpses of our own struggles and exaltations. In this generative writing workshop we will look at examples of spiritual anecdote and autobiography, and practice using midrash, haiku, and self-inventory to develop our own spiritual narratives. Joy Ladin is the author of nine books of poetry, and her memoir of gender transition, Through the Door of Life, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist. Links to her poems and essays are available at $108 for 3 sessions 
Writing a Drash - Presentation by Howard Steiermann
Wednesday, December 8th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Whether or not you have ever considered writing a drash, Howard Steiermann will speak to us on this topic. Let's hear what it takes. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Please confirm attendance with Paisha so a handout can be sent to you prior to the presentation. Hosted by Adult Orphans Friendship Circle and open to all.  Zoom link

Hannukah starts November 28th.
Watch your email this week for a list of Hannukah offerings!
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Wednesday, December 1
6:00 - 7:30 pm

This month, we will discuss the film "Neighbours," a story told through the eyes of a six-year-old Kurdish Jewish boy on the Syrian/Turkish border. See the film on your own, it will be streamed November 28-December 5 , then join us to discuss. The film is 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
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
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.
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

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
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.

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 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. Rabbi Copeland will be leading yoga in person on December 4 for Chanukah. 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.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Social Action Committee
Monday, December 6, 6:00 - 7:30 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.

Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Birthdays this week!

Yvette Adida 11/19
Alan Gordon 11/20
Benjamin Gustavson-Scharf 11/23
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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