Contact to sponsor a Shabbat

Friday Night Services:

August 26th at 7:30 pm.

On Zoom ONLY

Led by Rabbi Copeland and Marika Straw.

D'rash by Rachel Kripke-Ludwig.

Register Here for Zoom Service

Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:

August 27th at 10:00 am.

Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person.

Join Judy Katz at her b'mitzvah as she celebrates this great milestone. All are invited!

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.

While we strive for all our events to be mixed-access, this is not always possible. Some of the events below 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.
Community: Let's Get Together

Your Attention Please! 

Our membership drive launched in early July.

Many thanks to the 210 member households who have renewed your membership. We are at 75% of our $530,000 budget goal.

For the 124 households who have yet to respond, a letter is on its way. You can also commit now by clicking here. (And if you’re not yet a member, here’s how). 

Of course, if you have questions, please email Susie Idzik.

Let’s enter the New Year all together!

Learn to Read High Holy Day Prayers in Hebrew

One hour evening class (4) sessions

Tuesdays, August 30 through September 20, 7-8pm

Welcome in Elul with a mini course of Hebrew and get prepared for High Holy Days!

Have you sat in High Holy Day services wishing you had a bit more comfort with the Hebrew liturgy (prayers)? Join this Elul practice group where we’ll read and study some of our central High Holy Day prayers in a supportive environment. This class is best for students who have learned (or mostly learned) the Hebrew alphabet and will provide opportunities to practice decoding Hebrew words and phrases. This class provides a friendly and supportive learning environment, and patience and sensitivity will be shown to adult learners with limited time for study. Class is taught by Michael Lederman. There is a $36 fee for members and $54 fee for non-members. However no one is turned away for lack of funds. Please email Susie to inquire about scholarships.

Click here to sign up

Calls to Action
Teach-In on Reparations for African Americans organized by SF Black & Jewish Unity Coalition
Sunday, September 18, 2pm
Hybrid (in-person and online): Congregation Sherith Israel
There is a strong group of speakers including CA Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, a driving force behind California reparations work. More information will be provided soon. If you want to volunteer, please reach out to Deborah Levy.
Sha'ar Zahav is a co-sponsor of this event.
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings

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!

Theater & Movies Chavurah: Foxtrot
Wednesday, September 7
6:00 pm on Zoom
Samuel Maoz's second feature, Foxtrot examines both the strength and the absurdity of military service from several points of view. You can read more about it here. It is available purchase for $3.99 on Apple TV and Amazon. For more info, contact Yvette Adida.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Social Action Committee
Monday, September 12th
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 focus on the Empty Homes vacancy tax ballot measure, get-out-the vote actions, and Food Bank volunteer opportunities around the High Holy Days. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Book Group Discussion:
The Orchard by David Hopen
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Zoom
A national Jewish book award finalist. A commanding debut and a poignant coming-of-age story about a devout Jewish high school student whose plunge into the secularized world threatens everything he knows of himself.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Climate Action Committee
2nd Monday of the Month
5:00 - 6:30 pm on Zoom
If you missed our Earth Day Fair, you missed a busy and exciting morning! Thanks to the Climate Action Committee for putting on this event, and to all who participated!
Here is a link to resources provided, on a variety of interesting and important topics.
Contact Deborah Levy with any questions.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Kaf-Lamed Monthly Gathering

Don't go to Shabbat alone!

September 12, 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 2nd Friday of each month. Any questions please feel free to contact Emily Ornelas-Dorian.

Remember When
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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom 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 Susie Idzik.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Mussar Group
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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Art Group: Drop-in
Weekly on Thursdays IN PERSON!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Art Chavurah is back to meeting weekly in person beginning Thursday, September 8th. There will no longer be zoom meetings. or more information, contact Paisha Rochlin, Barbara Cymrot or AJ Turpen Fried.
Meditation Chavurah
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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Jewish Yoga
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
Register for the Meeting: Zoom link
Hiking Chavurah
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
12-Step Meetings by and for Sha’ar Zahav Members
Weekly on Sundays On Zoom
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Come listen and share experience, strength, and hope with other CSZ members who identify as part of any 12-step community (AA, NA, CMA, Alanon, SA, etc.).
The meeting will be run in the usual 12-step format but will also feature some thoughts and reflections from members who are working to bring their Jewish selves and Jewish traditions to their 12-step practice. Contact Erika Katske with any questions.
For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Register Here to Attend.
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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Birthdays this week!

Sen Talley 8/25

Shira Zingman-Daniels 8/26

Michael Chertok 8/27

Kirsten Gustavson 8/27

Tom Lakritz 8/28

Liora Kram 8/29

Ann Daniels 8/29

Joshua Levy 8/29

Lewis Lehman 8/29

Alex Goldstone 8/29

Zaydan Greene 8/30

Returning to 290 Dolores
Attending In-Person Events and Services

Starting at the end of April, our policy is as follows.
  • Shabbat Service: Masking during the service is required. Following the service, you may remove your mask to enjoy oneg.
  • For all other events, masking is optional. Children 2-5 will be required to mask. We welcome you to keep wearing masks if you choose.
  • Proof of vaccination is required, including a booster shot.
  • Please remember: Sha’ar Zahav is a scent-free environment. Keeping our synagogue safe for those with scent and chemical sensitivities is part of our commitment to accessibility. Questions/concerns? Email us, the Accessibility Committee.
Updated Registration Policy
Registration: Registration will no longer be required for most in-person services and events. If you have a key card, please let yourself in. If you do not, you will be asked to sign in and show proof of vaccination. Key cards are available to all members. Please reach out to get yours.
Click here for information about our vaccination policy
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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