We're coming back! This Friday, November 5th, we will have our first hybrid (in-person and Zoom) service. At this time, we need to limit attendance to members only. If you're not a member, please enjoy the service on Zoom.

Please be sure to registered for In-Person Shabbat by Friday morning, 11:00 am.
Shabbat: Join Us
Friday Night Services: November 5 at 7:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Howard Steiermann. D'rash by Karen Schiller. In-person, Members Registration by Friday morning at 11 AM required
Register Here for Zoom ServiceMeeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: November 6 at 10:00 am
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.
Next Week:
Friday Night Service, November 12 at 7:30 pm - On Zoom only
Shabbes Beat led by Cantor Bernstein
Saturday Morning Service: November 13 at 10:00 am Hybrid: In-person and on Zoom.


Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org to sponsor a Shabbat
WELCOME BACK!
“You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind“ – Leviticus 19:14
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

Community: Let's Get Together
High Holy Days Sermons
Read Rabbi Copeland's and Lay Leaders' High Holy Day Sermons here.
Reparations: A Direct Approach
Sunday, November 21, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Hear from David Mayer, co-founder of Reparation Generation, "a national multi-racial organization providing direct reparative transfers payments to Black Americans for wealth-building pursuits." The pillars of the organization draw deeply on teachings of reconciliation, repair, and renewal. David will introduce his organization and include time for conversation on reparations. Presented by Sha'ar Zahav's Racial Equity Committee

Mazel tov
to Andrew Eli Ramer on the publication of his new book, Two Hearts Dancing More information here
We're hiring! Sharon Heath will be retiring soon and we are looking for an Assistant Director of Administration. If you know someone, who is not a member of CSZ, who might be interested, please have them reach out to Susie Idzik, Director of Administration. More information is here.
Learning Together
Climate Action Committee
Monday, November 8, 2021
5:00 pm Learning Session 6:00 - 7:00 Action Meeting
Re-celebrating the holidays: gift consumption, food waste, and de-plasticing - to heal the planet Hanukkah begins on the evening of November 28th, and for some this is also the threshold to Christmas. This evening we'll explore the environmental impact of our holidays, from the meals we share and the presents we give, to how they're packaged and how we wrap them, so that we can make better choices in the face of a looming climate crisis. 

Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
The Ethics of Speech: Lashon Hara
November 8 and 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
 
Judaism teaches that we have the power to create or destroy worlds with our speech. How can we, at Sha’ar Zahav, live out our ethics through speech and writing? On zoom? In emails? On community listservs? In this study group, we will examine Jewish teachings about Lashon Hara, literally “evil tongue” and ethical speech. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland. No prior experience with the topic or texts necessary. Free for SZ members; $60 for non-members. We are in our third week, if you'd like to join, please reach out to Rabbi Copeland.
Lehrhaus is back!
Looking for regional classes in Jewish history, Bible, and more? Lehrhaus Judaica…became HAMAQOM…and is now in its new incarnation as New Lehrhaus. Fantastic classes-top notch scholars and most of the courses are FREE. Check out these offerings:
  • Rachel Gross: Food Fights: Authority and Authenticity in American Jewish Food
  • Robert Alter and Ron Hendel: The Bible Now: Literature and History in the Hebrew Bible
  • David Biale and Rachel Biale: Torah from the Bedroom: Sexuality in Jewish Tradition 
  • Rivka Amado: Cultural Memory: Ladino Music and Poetry 
  • Steve Zipperstein, Revisiting Philip Roth: Still Crazy After All These Years?
  • Judy Shanks: Mussar: The Art of Menschmaking
  • Plus Talmud Circles, Yiddish and more!

Check https://newlehrhaus.org/ for a complete listing of classes.
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Social Action Committee
Monday, November 8, 2021
7:00 - 8:30 pm Note different meeting date and time
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! Lend your voice and ideas as together we plan new events with interesting guest speakers. Also, we are looking for one or two more people to join our newest Accompaniment team with a gay Venezuelan immigrant. Interested? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Book Group Discussion: The Last Palace
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home. In The Last Palace Eisen explores some of the people who called this palace home. Read, and come discuss. Contact Ami Zusman for more information. 

Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Adult Orphans Friendship Circle 
2nd and 4th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm
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.

Theater & Movies Chavurah
1st Wednesday of the Month
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Theater & Movies Chavurah meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Yvette Adida

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Va'ad (Board) Meeting
Wednesday, September 17
7:00 - 9:00 pm
This our regular monthly board meeting. We have many updates to share, and will have time to answer questions as well. All Sha'ar Zahav members are welcome to attend Va'ad meetings

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
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 Thursdays
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.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Weekly Mussar Group
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
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Meditation Chavurah
THIS Saturday, November 6
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
4th Shabbat morning of the month
November 27, at 9:00 am
You are invited to a Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Led by our member and yoga instructor Surya Stuart Dick. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners are welcome. To be added to our SZ Yoga listserv, email susie@shaarzahav.org.
Join the meeting: Zoom Link
Hiking Chavurah
2nd Saturday, 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!
Donna Blow 11/3
Anand Nair 11/3
Boaz Garcia-Goldberg 11/3
Sara Beroff 11/5
Hazel Olson-Dorf 11/5
Samuel Kaplan 11/5
Eric Weiss 11/5
Martin Tilzer 11/6
Joseph Feiner 11/6
Eliana Gershon 11/7
Joseph Sieger 11/8
Will Garcia 11/8
Jonah Goldstone 11/9
Matt Rich 11/9
Abraham Katz 11/9
Brad Post 11/9
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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