Welcome

Sha’ar Zahav (Hebrew for Golden Gate)

Founded in 1977 and rooted in our history as San Francisco’s gay and lesbian synagogue, we offer the warmth and comfort of chosen family. To that end, we embrace a diversity of individuals of all sexualities, genders, races and abilities. We welcome a diversity of families, including single members, interfaith, single-parent, and multicultural families.

Join us as we come together with open hearts to learn and grow with each other, lifting each other up to do what we never thought possible. We invite you to meet our members and leadership and to explore all that Sha’ar Zahav has to offer.

 

Mission: Sha’ar Zahav embraces all who participate in our community in their individual holiness, in a celebration of Jewish life. We find strength in diversity and create new Jewish traditions that honor our modern lives, both celebrating and questioning tradition. Our ritual services celebrate the diversity of beliefs and identities, give meaning to our everyday lives and Jewish journeys, and are expressed through our own Siddur and congregant participation. Our programs focus on creating authentic and transformative Jewish experiences that are relevant in our lives. In our school, children and their families experience Jewish community and learn to affirm diversity and the sacredness of every person.

Recent blog posts

Wingsong: for all the friends who died of AIDS

Wingsong: -Maggid Andrew Ramer      I carry you on my back I carry every one of you who has died on my back        You are not a burden      your weight is exalting      each one of you      is another feather      in my arched wings      You carry me     …

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Hybrid Services: In-person and Zoom

Dear Sha’ar Zahav Community, The High Holy Days are behind us, but rather than being a slow time…we have exciting news! We know this is a long letter, but urge you to read through it in its entirety since there are lots of details and this is pertinent information for everyone. Our Shabbat evening service at the synagogue since…

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Congregation Sha’ar Zahav Fragrance-Free

In order to support Sha’ar Zahav attendees who are physically harmed when exposed to chemical fragrances (difficulty breathing, migraines, flu-like symptoms), please do your best to follow these guidelines when you visit our synagogue building: Refrain from wearing perfume/cologne Check your various products to see if there is a fragrance free version available Switch to…

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