Links of the week:

Contact to sponsor Oneg or Flowers for Shabbat.

Friday Night Services for Terumah

February 16th at 7:30pm

Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person

Led by Rabbi Copeland and Joshua Muller

Drash by Mike Shriver

Kelly and Ann will be making their (in)famous Chocolate oneg. There will be plenty of chocolate gluten-free goodies and non-chocolate options as well.

Register Here for Zoom Service

Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:

February 17th at 10:00am

Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person

Join Zoe Friedman at her bat mitzvah as she celebrates this great milestone. All are invited!

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.

Our office will be closed on Monday, February 19th and Wednesday, February 21st in the morning for our staff development.

Community Get Together!

Tree of Life Yoga

Friday, February 16, 9-10am, on Zoom only

Get into Shabbat mode a little early! Rabbi Mychal Copeland will lead us in a gentle practice of yoga movements and a bit of Jewish prayer chanting to help frame our session. Wear clothes you can move in. Beginners and experienced yogis are invited.

Register here

Kaf-Lamed Monthly Gathering:

Sushi with the Rabbi

Friday, February 16, 5:45pm-7:15pm, In-person only

Warakubune Sushi (307 Church St.)

Forget the challah! (at least until after Shabbat services), swap Manischewitz for Sake and join Sha'ar Zahav young adult group for another monthly Shabbat Together for a feast unlike any other: Sushi at Warakubune, a local Sushi restaurant near 290 Dolores! We'll be joined by Rabbi Mychal Copeland for a lively discussion. All are welcome! Then around 7:15pm, head over to Sha'ar Zahav for Shabbat Services. Suggested ages: 20s-30s. Any questions, contact: Emily Ornelas-Dorian.

Meet the (new) staff!

Friday, February 16, after Shabbat services, Hybrid (In-person and on Zoom)

Welcome our three new SZ staff people! Rabbi Reuben, Rabbi Q, and Danny want to meet you on Friday, February 16th at oneg after services. Come schmooze (hang out!) with them in-person, and online (stay on the Shabbat link and they will visit the online crowd). For more information, email Rabbi Copeland.

Humanitarian Efforts in Israel and Palestine Post October 7th:

New Israel Fund's On-the-Ground Initiatives

Monday, February 26, 7-8:15pm, on Zoom only

Please join us for an informative session with Orli Bein, Deputy VP & Senior Director of New Israel Fund for the Bay Area who will share with us how humanitarian organizations that NIF supports are providing assistance in Israel and Palestine, along with the current challenges and opportunities these on-the-ground teams confront. Open to all.

Register here

Shul School - Prayer Practicum

Mondays, now to March 18th

(excluding President's Day), 6-7pm

Drop-Ins Welcome!

A series of hands-on workshops taught by Cantor Sharon Bernstein designed to help people get more familiar with the prayers in synagogue services. Each session will focus on a different prayer, covering Hebrew pronunciation, melody, and meaning of the prayer, both literal and metaphorical, with a particular emphasis on each person finding their own understanding and practice. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is necessary! The class format will be a combination of zoom-only and hybrid.

Register here

Music in the Mishkan

Long-time member, Randall Weiss, and The Bridge Players present the 25th season of Music in the Mishkan on February 18 and April 21 - mark your calendars! All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. Don't miss these beautiful concerts in our lovely sanctuary! 

Order your tickets today!

Klezmer Shabbat

Friday, March 1, Hybrid (In-person and on Zoom)

Come light candles, sing songs, delight in familiar prayers melded with klezmer rhythms and melodies, dance, and of course, eat and drink (for those in the sanctuary). Sha’ar Zahav’s own Cantor Sharon Bernstein will be joined by Josh Horowitz on accordion, Cookie Segelstein on violin and the magnetic Bruce Bierman will provide dance support and instruction.

New and Lightly Used Clothing and Socks for the Homeless 

A project of the Social Action Committee

There is a bin in the lobby at 290 Dolores to collect new and lightly used clothing and socks to be distributed to the homeless by The Gubbio Project. Drop by and drop off some items. We will be doing an ongoing collection.

Recurring Gatherings and Meetings

SZ Book Group

I Must Be Dreaming, by Roz Chast

Tuesday, February 20, 7:00-8:00 pm on Zoom

This month we’ll be discussing best-selling cartoonist Roz Chast’s engaging new graphic memoir, I Must Be Dreaming. In it she illustrates and explores her inner dream world in a way that’s funny, eerie, deep, and illuminating for all of us, woven through with insights from poets, philosophers and therapists.  

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

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

12-Step Meetings by and for SZ Members

Weekly on Thursdays

5:00-6:00pm on Zoom

Join CSZ's 12-step group at our new time for some pre-High Holiday reflection in the spirit of recovery! Meetings are open to everyone in our wider SZ community (and the Bay Area Jewish recovery community), and we welcome folks who are members of any 12-step fellowship (AA, NA, Alanon, CMA, etc.). Join us this Thursday at 5pm and use this zoom link. Questions? Email Erika Katske.

L'Havin: Understanding Israel and Its Neighbors

Last Monday night of each month, 6pm

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. Led by Rachel Nilson-Ralston. Contact the office to add yourself to the listserv.

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!

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.

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!

Avraham Giannini 2/14

Irene Ogus 2/14

Beth Ross 2/14

Lisa DiGirolamo 2/14

Ema Morales-Diaz 2/15

Debra Reabock 2/15

David Lowe 2/16

Adam Best-Leung 2/18

Reuben Friedman 2/18

Nancy Muller 2/18

Steven Mazer 2/19

Barbara Bergmann 2/20

Jim Edlin 2/20

Hilary Zaid 2/20

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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