Contact to sponsor a Shabbat

Friday Night Services:

September 23rd at 7:30 pm.

Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person.

Led by Rabbi Copeland and Soli Steinfield. 

D'rash by Rabbi Copeland.

Register Here for Zoom Service

Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:

September 24th at 10:00 am.

Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person.

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.

High Holy Days

HIGH HOLY DAYS 2022/5783


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This Sunday - Erev Rosh Hashanah

7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Evening Service – In person at the Herbst Theater, and on Zoom


Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah Day 1

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.,  – In person at the Herbst Theater, and on Zoom

  • Morning Service
  • Torah Service
  • Shofar Service

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Services for Kids Ages 3 to 7 & their Families – In person only, at the Herbst Theater


Monday, September 26, 2:00 p.m.  – In person at Crissy Field

Tashlich is our short ritual of figuratively tossing our past wrongdoings into the ocean and singing our way into a new year, free of our burdens. Bring your own lunch and blanket to the beach any time after 1:00 pm to greet new friends and old. Brief service will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. Click here for information on accessibility at Crissy Field, East Beach.

Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m   – On Zoom

Please have on hand a few ice cubes a bowl or jar half filled with water, to assist in virtually casting away what you want to release. Click here to register for Zoom Tashlich

Tuesday, September 27 – Rosh Hashanah Day 2

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Services – On Zoom only

  • Morning Service
  • Torah Service
  • Shofar Service

Elul Programming

Texting with Angels: Modern Jewish Tales of Magic and Mystery

Maggid Eli Ramer, facilitator through Jewish LearningWorks

September 22nd, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Register Here for Zoom

Within the realms of Eli Ramer’s new book of stories you will meet: an urban demon, a witch in the suburbs, a Jewish vampire, a magic dog, and a golem named Judith. You might find out what happened to Marx, Freud, and Einstein after they died, encounter lost Jewish texts, learn about the messiah and her unfolding mission, and spend time with a goofy angel and a kvetchy one—the two of them (perhaps) a couple—neither of them the transmitters of these tales.

Calls to Action

Social Action Committee

Join the Social Action Committee ‘to share your bread with the hungry’ at the San Francisco - Marin Food Bank and the Berkeley Food Pantry during the time of Yom Kippur. 

San Francisco, Saturday, October 1, 10:00 - 1:00 pm

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

We’ll be working outside, packing groceries for distribution. To sign up, you must first register with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank as a volunteer. After you have registered, please contact Tirtza Pearl to let her know you registered. She will then add you to the Sha’ar Zahav team and will let you know the location. Masks are required.

Berkeley, Monday, October 3, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Berkeley Food Pantry

We’ll be working in a big space with high ceilings, packing groceries for distribution. Please contact Shawn Matloob to sign up. 

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!

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

Racial Equity Committee

Monday, October 17  

6:30-8:00pm on Zoom

The Racial Equity Committee is back to meeting regularly! Subsequent meetings will be held on the the third Monday of the month at 6:30. Come help assure that CSZ is always a place of welcome, inclusion and equity for all.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

Kaf-Lamed Monthly Gathering

Don't go to Shabbat alone!

October 21, 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 3rd 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 

Hybrid: In person and on Zoom

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Drop in for a joyful hour and a half of free art-making and connection. Everyone is welcome! The group meets every Thursday. For more information, contact Paisha RochlinBarbara Cymrot or AJ Turpen Fried.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link

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!

Christine Young 9/21

Sulmi Rubenstein-Markiewicz 9/22

Sarah Grams 9/22

Mark Leno 9/24

Frank Michael Post 9/26

Sophie Rinkoff-Murland 9/26

Deena Cohen 9/26

Gregg Biggs 9/26

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.
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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