Our services are led by our professional clergy and lay leaders. Centered on our Siddur Sha’ar Zahav liturgy and highlighted by beautiful music, our services are welcoming to long-time members and new visitors alike.
Dress for our services spans the spectrum from blue jeans to dresses and suits. We welcome you in the way you authentically appear. Services are followed by a festive light oneg (refreshments) and time to connect with our community.
We would like our services to be accessible to those with chemical sensitivities and allergies, and therefore support a fragrance-free environment (see details, below).
Erev Shabbat – Friday evenings, 7:30 – 8:45 pm
You will never find rote, repetitive services at Sha’ar Zahav. Every Friday a different congregant co-leads services with our clergy, bringing their own distinct spirit and intention to our group prayer. This popular service is always filled with meaningful English readings, beautiful songs and a spirit of community that’s sometimes hard to find in our daily lives. Please join us.
Shabbat Morning – Saturday mornings, 10am – noon
Our casual and intimate morning service is often punctuated with questions and discussion. For those interested in expanding their boundaries and leading part of the service, Saturday morning provides a wonderfully welcoming opportunity to do so. On Shabbat mornings when we celebrate b’nei mitzvah, services are generally larger (see our calendar for a listing of upcoming b’nei mitzvah)
B’nei Mitzvah – select Saturday mornings, 10am– noon
Our celebration of b’nei mitzvah (the ceremony that welcomes a teenager to full participation in Jewish ritual life) is uniquely Sha’ar Zahav. Volunteers take the lead role in co-leading the service with the student, guests often participate and everyone is invited. These celebrations take place during Shabbat morning services on select Saturdays throughout the year. Please refer to the Calendar for specific dates.
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:
- Refrain from wearing perfume/cologne (we know some of you love perfume…but you’ll have to rely on your good looks)
- Check your various products to see if there is a fragrance free version available and/or try to use them at least a couple of hours before coming to Sha’ar Zahav to give time for the fragrance to wear off.
- Switch to fragrance-free laundry detergent and softener (it works just as well and is the same price!)
For more information on this subject, including why it’s important and a list of Fragrance-Free products, please visit: eastbaymeditation.org