Link of the Week: Tomorrow, October 28, 11:00 am (PST). The Museum of Jewish Heritage and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah host a program exploring Harvey Milk’s life, death, and legacy with Lillian Faderman, a distinguished scholar of LGBTQ history and the author of Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death. More info here. 
We're coming back! On November 5th (next week) 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. For more information, members will see a letter from Rabbi Copeland or you may reach out to Susie.
Buy a Book for Beit Sefer! 

We are diversifying our book collection and gathering books to help us explore diversity in our communities as part of our Anti-Bias Education work this year. Can you help? Visit our book wish list at Green Apple Books and pick a book or two to contribute. You buy it, we'll get it. It couldn't be easier. Thanks for supporting our kids! 
Community: Let's Get Together
Jewish Yoga
This coming Shabbat morning
October 30, 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
Join the meeting: Zoom Link
QueerCore Talmud
Sundays, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:00 - 12:30pm, on Zoom
QueerCore Talmud is a new style of old-school Jewish learning--rigorous and radical, traditional and transformational, empowering and engaging, questioning and queer. All you need is the ability to decode Hebrew letters to explore ancient Jewish wisdom texts with a havruta/learning partner in the original languages. Our Beit Midrash is inclusive and welcoming, rigorous and supportive. This is not a drop-in class. All learners are expected to attend all classes. Registration is open until October 29. Please get in touch with with any questions or concerns. 
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
High Holy Days Sermons
Read Rabbi Copeland's and Lay Leaders' High Holy Day Sermons 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
The Ethics of Speech: Lashon Hara
November 1, 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 second 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 for a complete listing of classes.
Shabbat: Join Us
Friday Night Services: October 29 at 7:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Larry Best. D'rash by Paul Cohen. Register Here for Zoom Service. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: October 30 at 10:00 am
Join the Zoom MeetingMeeting 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 5 at 7:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Howard Steiermann. D'rash by Karen Schiller.
Saturday Morning Service: November 6 at 10:00 am
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat

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 us: Zoom link.

Theater & Movies Chavurah
1st Wednesday of the Month, November 3
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Theater & Movies Chavurah meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Yvette Adida. We will be discussing the movie “Sublet” which was featured in this year’s Jewish Film Festival. 

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Remember When
1st Wednesday of the Month, November 3
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 Zoom 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 Zoom 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 Zoom 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 Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Meditation Chavurah
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 Zoom 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 Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Birthdays this week!
Ilana Rainero-de Haan 10/28
Allan Berenstein 10/29
Meagan Fox 10/29
Joseph Harkman 10/29
Louise Fischer 10/30
Helen Bruno 10/30
Steve Polsky 11/1
Susan Strom 11/1
Jacob Lipsett 11/1
Elaine Weissman 11/2
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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