Friday, February 21
12:45-1:15 pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum: 736 Mission St. 94103
The upcoming exhibition Levi Strauss: A History of American Style includes a pair of denim Sefer Torah mantles, created for Sha’ar Zahav. Avi Goldberg (long-time member of Sha'ar Zahav). Goldberg shares the story behind our unique Torah Mantles and how their history is woven into the fabric of the San Francisco Jewish community.
Propositions – yea or nay?
A pre-election discussion about state
& local propositions
Monday, February 24 at 7:00 pm
If you'd like to get informed on how to vote on propositions in the ballot, or if want to share your opinions, join other Sha’ar Zahav members and friends as we share information about many of the propositions on the ballot. Bring endorsements from your favorite political clubs and media sources, and we’ll have a facilitated discussion that will ease your way into the voting booth. Ora Prochovnick // Karen Schiller
East Bay Havurah Shabbat
Friday, February 28
6:30-9:00 pm
Join us for a vegetarian potluck meal. We'll share blessings and something from our week, sing and eat and enjoy each other. Later in the evening those adults (and teens) who want are invited to continue our Shabbat experience with some text-based meaningful Jewish dialogue. Please bring a vegetarian/vegan dish to share. We'll meet at the home of Jim Frazin in Oakland **for address and to RSVP contact Jim at or 415-312-1390. The house is scent-free, so please do not wear any scented products.We look forward to sharing Shabbat with you!
Drinks at Pilsner Inn
Friday, February 28 at 9:00 pm
Pilsner Inn: 225 Church St., San Francisco, CA 94114*
Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey and came to the sushi dinner! We're gearing up for a year of regular programming for you - from you. To kick things off - we'll head to Pilsner (no last minute changes this time) and look forward to winding down from the week and into Shabbat together. *Please let us know if you have concerns about getting there or need transportation support. For more information, please contact . Suggested age group 22-37.
Every first Monday of the month for five months beginning in February:
March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 1
7:00-9:00 pm
Facilitated by Ora Prochovnik and Rose Katz
This group will explore issues that arise for people who are considering, are in the process of, or have recently completed, converting to Judaism. Those with a Jewish parent (or parents), but raised with little or no Jewish experience and are interested in exploring their connection to Judaism are also welcome to attend. Topics will include questions of identity, community, and family. This group is not an introduction to Judaism course, but rather a place to ask questions and discuss issues with others who are also on this journey. There is no charge for this group, however, pre-registration is required . For information, or to register, please contact Rose Katz at 415-567-3327 ext. 706 ( ).
Sunday, March 1 at 4:00 pm
Randall Weiss, violin
Patricia Whaley, viola
Victoria Ehrlich, cello

String Trio – Gideon Klein
Tanec (Dance) – Hans Krasa
Passacaglia and Fugue – Hans Krasa
Duo for Violin and Viola – Laszlo Weiner
Serenade for String Trio – Ernst von Dohnanyi

Long-time member Randall Weiss and The Bridge Players present the 20th season of Music in the Mishkan on Sundays... mark your calendars! March 1 “Czech It Out”, April 26 “If the Schumann Fits…” All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception. Don't miss these beautiful concerts in our lovely sanctuary! Reserve Tickets .
 A Holocaust Without Bullets: Italian Fascism and the Jews
Friday, March 6
6:00-7:15 pm
In honor of Shabbat Zachor/Shabbat of Memory Francesco Spagnolo curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life will share his expertise in the multicultural history of the Jews in Italy, with a focus on Italian Fascism.
Gender Schmear 2020
Saturday, March 7
9:00 pm-1:00 am
@Oasis Nightclub
Featuring a performance by the
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!
Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 pm
Sha’ar Zahav: 290 Dolores Street
San Francisco Choral Artists (SFCA), in collaboration with the acclaimed Klezmer trio Veretski Pass, apply their trademark imaginative and diverse programming to Jewish music of many styles and periods in Joyful Voices, Stomping Feet: Song and Dance in the Jewish Tradition. Tickets available at the door; or online in advance from For information: (415) 494-8149.
Purim is Coming!
Monday, March 9
5:30-9:00 pm
Purim is our wacky, silly, inappropriate, irreverent, topsy-turvy holiday coming up on the evening of March 9. Are you into performance? Theater? Comedy? Want to be part of making the holiday come to life? If so, we hope you'll join us! We are also looking for Hamentashen makers to bake with our children -- if you're interested, please contact Sue Bojdak at .

5:30-6:30pm Play and Prep for Kids & Families & more
  • Baking Hamantaschen
  • Mask Maker Adventure
  • Dress Up & Make Up
  • Magic & Juggling
6:00-6:30pm Dinner
6:30-6:50ish Puppet Purim Shpiel
7:00-7:45ish Purim Service & Megillah Reading 
8:00-9:00 Bingo & Booze led by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! 
YOU can influence Israeli Politics!
Vote in the WZO Elections Until March 11
World Zionist Organization elections are held every 5 years - this is our chance as American Jews to make our voices heard. The successful delegates decide the fate of $5 billion that funds programs in Israel and around the world. The Reform Movement slate, in coalition with the Reconstructionists, supports a two-state solution, recognition of non-Orthodox Judaism in Israel, works against racism and discrimination, and opposes the funding of West Bank settlements. Any SZ member who wishes to vote but doesn’t wish to pay the full $7.50 fee can email . To vote, visit   
Glimpses of Persian Jewish Life
Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm
Jewish Community Library: 1835 Ellis St. SF 94115
Presented by Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh and Ron Lezell (long-time member of Sha'ar Zahav). Free program & free parking. More details to come.
Our SZ Torah Mantles are on Exhibit
At the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)!
Wednesday, February 13-August 9
Contemporary Jewish Museum: 736 Mission St. 94103
Drawn from the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (UC Berkeley, curated by Francesco Spagnolo) this exhibition showcases a variety of textiles used by the San Francisco Jewish community during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The exhibit will run from Feb 13-Aug 9.
Ongoing Events
Saturday, February 22
9:00 am
Every Saturday except B'nei Mitzvah days
Join a lay-led weekly Talmud study group. No experience necessary. For information, contact Jackie Kaplan .
Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein
Friday, February 21
7:30 pm
Third Friday of the month
It’s all about that Shabbes groove! Sing, dance, and pray. Joy up, relax, breathe, sway! Join Cantor Sharon and the Shabbes Beat band and chorus at this monthly rock, jazz, Latin, and blues service and get your Shabbes rest on. For more information contact Cantor Bernstein .
Fine Arts for Sha'ar Zahav Members
Drop-Ins Welcome 
Monday, February 24
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Every Monday except holidays
Bring your art supplies, lunch and parallel play with other creative congregants.If you have any questions, please contact your Fine Art Committee hosts: Paisha:, Barb:, AJ:
Ritual Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 26
Contact . James Carlson will be stepping in to co-chair the Ritual Committee with Ron Edelman, who continues as co-chair. We look forward to Ron's and James's working with our Rabbi, Cantor, and the Ritual Committee in helping to set Sha'ar Zahav's ritual agenda and continuing to strengthen our clergy/lay partnership in service leading and other ritual activities.
Monday, March 2
  6:00 pm
Usually first Monday of the month. 
Everyone welcome! Bring your interests, curiosity, passions, questions.Together we can make a difference. Social Action group sends a warm Thank You for your generous donations of winter clothing for a newly arrived immigrant Honduran family and the Gubbio Project for the homeless. There is continual need for socks, blankets, and travel toiletries.Contact Leah: or Nancy:
Meditation Group (SF)
Saturday, March 7
10:30 am
First Saturday of every month
Everyone is welcome. Typical session includes a short and longer silent sit, with chanting, movement, and a short teaching. Contact Andy Schwartz for information.
Adult Orphan Friendship Circle
Wednesday, March 11
 6:30-8:00 pm
Second Wednesday of every month
For more information contact Paisha Rochlin at or Marjorie Hilsenrad at
Environmental Justice Group
Monday, March 16
6:30 pm
Generally meets the second Monday of every month
Join us as we find ways to protect Earth, from changing our personal habits to reducing our shul’s carbon footprint; from divesting from fossil fuels to supporting local, state, and federal policy changes that can truly make a difference. Come share your ideas and make friends while doing this urgent and sacred work. Contact Terry Fletcher,
Board Meeting (Va'ad)
Wednesday, March 18
6:30 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Meeting
Third Wednesday of every month, open to all members
Our Board of Directors is responsible for expressing the voice of the community. If you’re curious about Sha'ar Zahav's behind the scenes work, come to a Board meeting! Contact .
Hiking Chavurah
Saturday, March 21
10:00 am
 Third Saturday of every month
Come see the city from a new perspective with other Sha’ar Zahav members. Then join us for lunch after we complete the days’ hike. Contact Karen Schiller and Ellen Murland for more information!
Hineni Caring Community
(formerly Bikkur Cholim)
Hineni ” is the biblical answer our ancestors gave when God called out to them: “I am present,” or “I am ready.”   Our Hineni Caring Community wants to do what we can to help our members, whether it’s outreach by our clergy or practical assistance from members of our community who can be present for them. Do you have a need or know someone who does? Or can you perform a mitzvah like running an errand, making a visit, offering a ride, or bringing food? Find out how you can help fellow Sha’ar Zahav members by signing up with our online community, or ask any questions about Hineni Caring Community, by contacting us at
A new, short-term emergency housing program. The Initiative matches congregants experiencing a housing crisis with members who can open their home and serve as a temporary host. If you or someone you know needs urgent housing or if you may be able to offer short-term housing, please contact .
A welcoming group focused on fostering Jewish identity in an inclusive social setting for gay, bi, queer, and trans men. Creating social spaces and service opportunities that foster meaningful connections and generate a positive impact in our community. Check out for upcoming events.
Scents and Sensibility Task-force
A group is helping to build a scent-free Sha’ar Zahav. For information contact Bob Gordon .
27 Shevat

Friday Evening Service - February 21,
7:30 pm 
Led by : Cantor Bernstein,
Shabbes Beat Band & Chorus
Drash : Ariel Bernstein Spagnolo

Flowers Sponsor(s) : OPEN
Oneg Sponsor(s) : Gerry Llamado
In honor of Arthur Slepian being elected
chair of SFJCF board
Oneg Volunteer(s) :
Kathleen & Ernest Friedlander
Greeter(s) : Nancy Levin

Saturday Morning Service - February 22, 10:00 am
Led by : Alan Gordon
& Isaac Lachter (bar mitzvah student)

4 Adar

Friday Evening Service - February 28,
7:30 pm 
Led by : Rabbi Copeland
Drash : Eve Meyer

Flowers Sponsor(s) :
Nancy Wecker & Lisa Wuennenberg
In celebration of the wedding of
Enard Reyes & Gissela Flores
Oneg Sponsor(s) : Howard Hahn
In memory of my mother (and SZ member) Helga Hahn
Oneg Volunteer(s) : Shawn Rosenmoss
Greeter(s) : AJ Turpen-Fried

Saturday Morning Service - February 29, 10:00 am
Led by : Ron Edelman
Contact to sponsor an oneg, kiddush, or flowers
Community Events
Monday, February 24 at 6:30 pm
Bend the Arc Office (RSVP for address). Contact Danny Kaplan 925-385-6706
The Institute for Jewish Spirituality is excited to offer a limited number of full scholarships to attend a Jewish mindfulness retreat on
Wednesday-Sunday, March 18-22
Brandeis-Bardin campus of American Jewish University, in Simi Valley CA
These scholarships are provided through the generosity of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in support of the Rabbi Rachel Cowan Scholarship Fund for those with financial need, leadership potential, and who
·     Identify as a Jew of Color
·     Identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual
·     Identify as queer, transgender, or nonbinary
·     Are engaged in social justice activism
·     Between the ages of 18 - 35
·     Come from a Jewish population that has been historically marginalized
Interested applicants should apply by Monday, February 24 , at: (access code: RCSF5780). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
This retreat is open to all -- beginners as well as those with established mindfulness practices -- and will feature mindfulness meditation, contemplative prayer, yoga and embodied practice, reflective text study, singing, and small group practice, as well as a contemplative Shabbat. Please contact Rabbi Marc Margolius ( ) with questions about the retreat or the scholarship application.
Monte Toyon Resort, 220 Cloister Lane, Aptos, CA 95003
Expecting couples and individuals, treat yourselves to an all-inclusive, two-night weekend retreat where age-old Jewish wisdom meets mindfulness exercises, meditative breathing, nature walks and more. Admission/Couple: $550.00 Admission/Individual: $375.00. For more information, contact Tamara Prizant at or call (650) 223-8692. 
March 22 & 29; 9:00 am-4:00 pm (both sessions must be attended)
Jewish Family and Children’s Services: 2150 Post St. SF 94115
Seniors at Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, provides support to older adults and people of all ages who have serious or chronic illness, or are at the end of their lives. Our Palliative Care Service helps people remain in their homes as long as possible and provides them with the information, care, and services that they need. Our community of specially trained Palliative Care Volunteers are a key part of these services, playing a vital role in the lives of JFCS’ Seniors At Home clients and their families. Cost: $180. Full scholarships are readily available. Click here for more information or to apply. Questions? Contact Rabbi Daniel Isaacson at .
Bend the Arc’s national conference will bring together progressive activists and organizers who root their work in Jewish values for three days of learning, connection, and solidarity in Washington DC. Deepen your understanding, expand your skills, prepare for 2020, and seed a vision for the future. Register.
From HamaQom The Place
Do I have to belong to a synagogue to be buried in a Jewish cemetery? How does tahara apply to trans people? What is the etiquette surrounding shiva? What if I can’t afford a burial? Is it okay for Jews to be cremated? If I have tattoos, can I have a Jewish burial? What do I say to someone in mourning? Join us for a series of discussions about the challenging issues surrounding death and dying. Participants can register for any class at any location, and can pick and choose any number of sessions. Sessions are $10 each and run from Feb-Jun 2020. Registration is open until the day before the session. Questions? Please call 510.845.6420 or email us at
Happy Birthday!
David Lowe 2/16
Adam Best-Leung 2/18
Nancy Muller 2/18
Reuben Friedman 2/18
Steven Mazer 2/19
Jim Edlin 2/20
Hilary Zaid 2/20
Barbara Bergmann 2/20
Andrew Schwartz 2/21
Kirsten Gustavson 2/21
Susan Tubbesing 2/22
Elizabeth Priest 2/24
Alex Ingersoll 2/25
Paul Peninger 2/25
Ethan Frazin 2/26
Neil Jacob Rosenbaum 2/27
Benjamin Rainero-de Haan 2/27
Steven Gaynes 2/28
Danny Kodmur 2/28
Julie Dorf 2/28
Arthur Slepian 3/1
Jo Ellen Kaiser 3/1
Noah Friedman 3/2
Edward Leddy 3/3
Michael Rice 3/3
Howard Herman 3/3
Robin Cohn 3/3
Thomas Miller 3/4
Nancy Wecker 3/5
Smadar Lavie 3/5
Stephanie Godt 3/5
Samantha Hymanson 3/5
Chava Novogrodsky-Godt 3/5
Robert Heller 3/6
Kevin Stein 3/6
Miriam Meier 3/6
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