Kaf Lamed Lag BaOmer Celebration
Thursday, May 19, 6:30pm
In-person at Ocean Beach
Come celebrate Lag BaOmer with Sha’ar Zahav’s young adult group, The Kaf Lameds, at Ocean Beach at 6:30pm on May 19th. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. All young adults are welcome! Please email Emily Ornelas-Dorian
for more details.
Nonbinary Chanting Minyan
Friday, May 20, 9:30-10 am on Zoom
Curious about a nonbinary way to pray? Join Rabbi Copeland in a short chanting service with entirely nonbinary Hebrew and names for the Divine. All prayers will be in transliteration or English, so come even if Hebrew is new to you. Learn more about the Nonbinary Hebrew Project
that made this possible.
Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm
Hybrid: In-Person and On Zoom
This is for SZ members only
If you’re planning on coming early for dinner, please let us know
. Masking will be required during the meeting but not required during dinner.
Celebrate Shavuot with Sha’ar Zahav!
Sinai at Night: Reveal Your Torah: June 4, 7-9 pm at Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco – Clergy from Sha’ar Zahav, Sherith Israel, and Congregation Emanu-El will teach their favorite gems of Torah.
We Were All at Sinai: June 5, 4-7 pm, at Sha’ar Zahav, in person and Zoom – Celebrate the many fellow travelers who have joined the Jewish community and honor the memory of Paul Cohen z”l, who spearheaded our Journey to Judaism program.
More information to come!
Children at Shabbat!
We are ready for babies and toddlers of all ages to come sing, pray and play at Shabbat services! People age 5+ need to vaccinated, boosted and masked during services and those ages 2-4 have to be masked.
We are setting up a spot just for you all with carpet, toys and easy access to the door (for when you and your folks need to step out for a minute). We would love to hear your little voices or watch you fall asleep as we spend time together welcoming Shabbat.
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Kaf-Lamed Monthly Check In
Last Friday of the Month 6-6:30pm on Zoom
All young adults welcome! Kaf-Lameds is Sha’ar Zahav’s 20-30s group. We meet on the last Friday of every month at 6pm-6:30pm, switching between meeting virtually and in person. This is a time to briefly check in on each other, plan ideas for events, and create belonging. For more information, please contact KL co-leader Emily Ornelas-Dorian
Social Action Committee
Monday, May 2 6:00 pm on Zoom
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! At our next meeting we will be focusing on the ballot initiative to create a vacancy tax and we will be planning our upcoming Food Banks. We are also actively recruiting SZ members to join an accompaniment team to assist an Afghan refugee family. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.
Climate Action Committee
2nd Monday of the Month 5:00 – 6:30 pm on Zoom
Are you concerned about environmental degradation? Want to work with other Sha’ar Zahavniks against climate change? Come share your ideas, get support, and have fun while we work together on some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Come and learn about the upcoming Earth Day fair! Contact Deborah Levy
with any questions.
Book Group Discussion:
City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Zoom
During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, a young Russian Jew, Lev Beniov, is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as Cossack deserter Kolya. Lev and Kolya are given a chance to save their own lives, if they can obtain a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake — a feat virtually impossible during the siege. Read and come discuss! Contact Ami Zusman
for more info.
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
Adult Orphans Friendship Circle
2nd and 4th Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Zoom
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
. If this zoom link does not work, please email Paisha
and she will email you an alternate link.
Weekly Torah Study Group
Weekly on Wednesday
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 [email protected]
Bi-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
Art Group: Drop-in
Weekly on Thursdays
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
1st and 3rd 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.
You are invited to a Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners are welcome. To be added to our SZ Yoga listserv, email [email protected]
2nd Saturday of the month, 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
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