We are eagerly planning many exciting opportunities for us to connect virtually. To better meet your needs - we'd love your input! Please take a few minutes (really, just a few minutes - it's all of 4 questions) to respond to this short survey! Click Here .
Reuben Friedman Virtual Bar Mitzvah Celebration
To join on Zoom, Click Here .
Meeting ID: 557 243 266
Reuben is postponing his shared space (in-person) bar mitzvah celebration to a future date not yet determined. BUT since he's learned a lot of Torah and has what to say about THIS WEEK's Torah portion he is going to chant in a virtual service THIS THURSDAY. Please join us via zoom tomorrow! To follow along with the Torah reading, click here .
Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein
Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm

Join us via Zoom! Click Here to Join
 Meeting ID: 452-290-988

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 .
Shabbat Service
Friday, March 27 at 7:30 pm
Join us virtually, on Zoom, as Rabbi Mychal Copeland leads Shabbat services. Followed by a drash touching on refugee and immigration expereinces by member, Geri Kahn. A full HIAS Refugee Shabbat with guest speakers will be rescheduled for a later date. Questions? Contact Leah Hammond at leaheve@indra.com or Nancy Wecker at nwecker@earthlink.net
Passover Seder Matching is OFF
In light of our current shelter in place orders, Sha'ar Zahav will not be making Passover seder matches for the first night of Passover. Thank you to those who already volunteered to host your fellow community members. Our staff will be sharing helpful resources for observing seder at home. We are also working on a virtual community 2nd night seder. May we all be able to fully celebrate our season of liberation this year.
Family & Friends Shabbat — Mornings at Dolores Park
Saturday, March 28 at 10:30 am

Ongoing Events
As a result of San Francisco's shelter in place order, the events below have been temporarily cancelled or moved to virtual (Zoom) meetings. Please contact the group host for exact details about cancellations and/or conference call details.
Saturday, March 21
9:00 am
Every Saturday except B'nei Mitzvah days
Temporarily Cancelled Until Further Notice
For information, contact Jackie Kaplan .
Fine Arts for Sha'ar Zahav Members
Monday March 23
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Temporarily Cancelled Until Further Notice
For more information, contact your Fine Art Committee hosts: Paisha: paimar@pacbell.net , Barb: bcymrot@sbcglobal.ne t , AJ: ajsparkles@gmail.com .
Ritual Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 25
7:00 pm
Last Wednesday of every month
Temporarily Cancelled Until Further Notice
Contact  ritual@shaarzahav.org . 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.
Meditation Group (SF)
Saturday, April 4
10:30 am
First Saturday of every month
Gathering via zoom. Contact host for details.
Everyone is welcome. Typical session includes a short and longer silent sit, with chanting, movement, and a short teaching. Contact Michael Chertok for information.
Monday, April 6 TBD
  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: leaheve@indra.com or Nancy: nwecker@earthlink.net
Adult Orphan Friendship Circle
Wednesday, April 8 TBD
 6:30-8:00 pm
Second Wednesday of every month
Non-members welcome! For more information contact Paisha Rochlin paimar@pacbell.net or Marjorie Hilsenrad onceupntym@sbcglobal.net
Board Meeting (Va'ad)
Wednesday, April 15
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! We will be moving this meeting to zoom. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to sara.fay.haber@gmail.com .
Environmental Justice Group
Monday, April 13 TBD
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, gillianf19@gmail.com.
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 HineniLeaders@shaarzahav.org
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 makom@shaarzahav.org .
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 njb-sf.com 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 .
25 Adar
Vayakhel/Pekudei Shabbat haChodesh

Friday Evening Service
March 20, 7:30 pm 
Led by : Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein, Shabbes Beat Band & Chorus

Saturday Morning Service
March 21, 10:00 am

3 Nisan

Friday Evening Service
March 27, 7:30 pm 
Led by : Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Drash : Geri Kahn

Sponsor(s) : James Carlson
In memory of my husband, Richard Roginski

Saturday Morning Service
March 28, 10:00 am
Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org to sponsor an oneg, kiddush, or flowers
Community Events
Join JFCS in our community-wide mitzvah to brighten the holiday for hundreds of neighbors! Show homebound seniors, people with disabilities, and families in crisis that their community cares by donating a Seder Sack for delivery by JFCS volunteers. Your gift of $18 will provide one household in need with a delicious assortment of foods to celebrate Passover. Offer a Chai Five for $90 and fill five Seder Sacks! Please donate today! Visit www.jfcs.org/sedersacks
Call 415-449-1206 Or, mail your donation to:
Attn: Seder Sacks, JFCS, PO Box 159004, San Francisco, CA 94115
Happy Birthday!
Oona Alexandra 3/16
Joel Lachter 3/16
Geri Kahn 3/16
Ilana Walder-Biesanz 3/17
Rami Kripke-Ludwig 3/17
Falyn Sokol 3/17
Ann Bauman 3/18
Garry Schermann 3/18
Mol Dezern 3/19
Amy Kaufman 3/19
Kathy McHenry 3/20
Michael Abramson 3/21
Jeffrey Shuman 3/21
Paisha Rochlin 3/21
David Mishook 3/22
Ellen Novogrodsky 3/22
Jim Greenberg  3/23
Andrew Ramer 3/24
Scott Kramer 3/25
Randall Weiss 3/25
Victoria Gnessin 3/26
Patricia Ryan 3/27
Michael Hulton 3/28
Giovanni Winters Raff 3/28
Marjorie Sturm 3/28
Daryl Smith 3/29
Bob Gutterman 3/29
Ira Hirschfield 3/29
Tony Harris 3/30
Deborah Cohler 3/30
Carolina Ornelas 3/31
Jonathan Kaplan 3/31
Merle Malakoff 4/1
Eliana Frank 4/2
Quinn Klaiman 4/3
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