Link of the Week: Read about our Purim party at Manny's!

Contact to sponsor a Shabbat

Friday Night Services:

Drash Guest Speaker

March 31st at 7:30 pm.

On Zoom Only

Led by Rabbi Copeland and Marika Straw.

Drash by Neil Grungras.

Register Here for Zoom Service

Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:

April 1st 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.

About our Darsheh, Neil Grungras

A longtime friend of SZ, Neil began his career as an immigration lawyer in San Francisco and later moved to New York to work with HIAS, where he was director of the Europe and Middle East Bureau. He now lives in Tel Aviv with his Turkish husband and works as a Resettlement Liaison for a large refugee NGO in Istanbul, where he manages the EU-bound refugee resettlement program and helps run the US Department of State’s Refugee Assistance Program operations.  

He will give us a queer Jewish humanitarian Pesach perspective on the ongoing refugee crisis in Turkey, and will discuss what is happening to the LGBTQ refugees attempting to survive in the aftermath of the recent catastrophes there. There will be a Q & A Zoom discussion after the service.

Updated Masking 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.

As of April 3, 2023, 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.

Community Get Together!

Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) Panel 

on the Power of Pro-Trans Legislation

Tonight! 6:00-8:00pm

on Zoom Only. Please do not come in person!

Please join us for a panel discussion about the Power of Pro-Trans Legislation. TDOV is held in memory of Ray Bernstein z"l. 

6:00 - Come Early and experience Nonbinary Chanting

6:30 - Welcome and Panel

Register here

Sha'ar Zahav's 2023 Passover Seder

Our in-person Passover Seder has been filled to capacity. No walk-ins please but email Susie if you'd like to be on our waitlist. If you've registered for our in-person Seder but can no longer make it, please let us know.

Our Zoom Passover Seder, however, is still open for all to join! It'll be a highly participatory Seder. Members and non-members alike are invited!

Register for Zoom Seder here!

Music in the Mishkan

Long-time member, Randall Weiss, and The Bridge Players present the 23rd season of Music in the Mishkan on April 2, April 16 and May 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!

Sha’ar Zahav’s Israel Trip Sign-up Site is Live!

The official website for our October 12 to 22, 2023 trip to Israel is up and running with information about our trip and registration details. If you have disability concerns or other questions about the trip, please email us.

Find out more information and register here.

Rainbow Update

Our Rainbow Campaign is happening now! Our primary goal for the Rainbow Campaign 2023 is to have 100% participation from SZ Members.

So far, 98 households (31% of our membership) have given. As of today we have raised $88,577 of our $165,000 goal. Thank you to all who have given so far. 

You can give by clicking this link.

I have 21 years of SZ membership behind me, and I'm giving to Rainbow to help SZ keep going and growing for the next 21 years ahead.

--Steve Mazer

Save the Date

JCRC Bay Area Freedom Seder

Monday, April 3, 6:00-8:00pm San Francisco City Hall

Co-led by San Francisco Supervisors

our member, Rafael Mandelman and Myrna Melgar

Now more than ever, the story of Passover and the Jewish Exodus from Egypt resonates with modern experiences of systemic injustices and the dangerous fractures facing our society. The Freedom Seder inspires us to build bridges and take meaningful action to help solve the most critical issues facing the Bay Area. For more information and to get tickets: Click Here

Shupin Passover Seder

Sunday, April 9, 5:00-8:00pm

exact address will be sent to confirmed attendees

sponsored by JFCS

This is a family-friendly Passover Seder open to families of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, generously sponsored by the Berke Family. For more information and to get tickets: click here.

Please RSVP by March 31st.

Recurring Gatherings and Meetings

Theater & Movie Chavurah: "Tár"

Monday, April 3rd

6:00pm on Zoom

The movie is all about Cate’s character Lydia Tár, a fictional, world-renowned composer and conductor whose personal and professional challenges surface as she’s in the midst of preparing to record the last of Mahler’s symphonies. It has won multiple Oscars. It’s available to stream on Peacock (with no charge) or for $5.99 on Apple TV, Amazon Prime or YouTube.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Social Action Committee

Monday, April 3, 2023

6:00-7:30 pm on Zoom

Together we can create a more Just and Peaceful World. Act to Welcome the Stranger, Secure Housing and Food, End Gun Violence, Protect Fair Voting, and more! We are organizing a special SZ visit to the AIDS Memorial Quilt! 

What’s on your mind? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn

Join the Meeting: Zoom Link

Kaf-Lamed Monthly Gathering

Don't go to Shabbat alone!

April 21, 7:30pm

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.

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. 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


Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Mussar Group

Bi-weekly on Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm

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, 9:50 am

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!

Robert Gutterman 3/29

Ira Hirschfield 3/29

Daryl Smith 3/29

Tony Harris 3/30

Deborah Cohler 3/30

Carolina Ornelas-Dorian 3/31

Merle Malakoff 4/1

Charlie Spiegel 4/1

Eliana Frank 4/2

Quinn Klaiman 4/3

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.

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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