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Hanukkah Book Drive
Throughout the month of December
Bring your new or gently used books for kids age 4-9 (preschool thru 3rd grade) and put them in the book bin in the lobby at Sha'ar Zahav. The Jewish Coalition for Literacy will deliver them to kids and school libraries around SF who are in need of books. Please no baby, teen, adult or PJ library books for this drive.
Collecting Winter Gear for Recent Immigrants
Sha'ar Zahav now has a trained and prepared Accompaniment Team to help new immigrants navigate their transition. Our team has been matched with a lovely family of four from Honduras, and the Social Action Committee is collecting winter items for them as the temperatures drop.

Can you help? We are looking for warm (new) socks, long underwear, sweaters, sweatshirts, flannel, boots, waterproof rain gear, gloves, hats scarves, blankets, etc.) 
The following sizes are requested: 
Adult man: medium to large tops, 31 pants, 8-1/2 shoe
Adult woman: small to medium tops, 27 pants, 6-1/2 shoes
14-yr old high school girl: medium tops, 29 pants, 7-1/2 shoes
9-10 yr old boy: 10 tops and bottoms, 4-1/2 shoes
If you have items to donate in other sizes, please feel free to drop them off and we will donate them to our partners at the Gubbio Project, where they will be given to our unhoused neighbors.
Mondays: January 13 & 27, February 3 
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
AND Friday, March 6 @6:00-7:15pm in honor of Shabbat Zachor (Shabbt of Memory)
A series for the Sha'ar Zahav community addressing senseless hatred in our society from intersecting angles. Join Rabbi Copeland as we host local leaders, view contemporary hatreds individually and as they intersect with one another, and learn strategies for dismantling the havoc they wreak.  Register .
Long-time member Randall Weiss and The Bridge Players present the 20th season of Music in the Mishkan on Sundays... mark your calendars!
February 9
March 1
April 26
All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception. Don't miss these beautiful concerts in our lovely sanctuary! Reserve Tickets .
Ongoing Events
Saturday, December 28
9:00 am
Every Saturday except B'nei Mitzvah days
Join a lay-led weekly Talmud study group. No experience necessary. For information, contact Jackie Kaplan .
Fine Arts for Sha'ar Zahav Members
Drop-Ins Welcome 
Monday, December 30
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Every Monday except holidays
Bring your art supplies, lunch and parallel play with other creative congregants.If you have any questions, please contact your Fine Art Committee hosts: Paisha:, Barb:, AJ:
Meditation Group (SF)
Saturday, January 4
10:30 am
First Saturday of every month
Everyone is welcome. Typical session includes a short and longer silent sit, with chanting, movement, and a short teaching. Contact Andy Schwartz for information.
Monday, January 6
 6:00 pm
Usually first Monday of the month. 
Everyone welcome! Bring your interests, curiosity, passions, questions.Together we can make a difference. Contact Leah: or Nancy:
Adult Orphan Friendship Circle
Wednesday, January 8
 6:30-8:00 pm
Second Wednesday of every month
For more information contact Paisha: , Marjorie:
Environmental Justice Group
Monday, January 13
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,
Board Meeting (Va'ad)
Wednesday, January 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! Contact .
Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein
Friday, January 17
7:30 pm
Third Friday of the month
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 .
Hiking Chavurah
Saturday, January 18
 10:00 am
 Third Saturday of every month
Come see the city from a new perspective with other Sha’ar Zahav members. Then join us for lunch after we complete the days’ hike. Contact Karen Schiller and Ellen Murland for more information!
Ritual Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 29
7:00 pm
Interested in leading services, giving a drash (talk), helping develop new liturgy, or sharing your ideas? Then join RitCom! Meetings are open to all members; you can be a ritual expert or a newbie – we all learn together. Contact .

Starting in December, 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.
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
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 .
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 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 .
30 Kislev
Friday Evening Service - December 27,
Led by : Larry Wexler
Drash : Larry Wexler

Flowers Sponsor(s) : OPEN
Oneg Sponsor(s) : Wayne Bender
In memory of my father, Herman Bender

Oneg Volunteer(s) :
Paul Cohen & Steve Shotland
Greeter(s) : Mike Shriver,
Laureen Kim & Alan Michels

Saturday Morning Service - December 28, 10:00am
Led by : Ron Edelman
7 Teveth
Friday Evening Service - January 3,
Led by : Rabbi Copeland

Flowers Sponsor(s) : OPEN
Oneg Sponsor(s) : OPEN

Oneg Volunteer(s) :
Annie & Tyler Atura Bushnell
Greeter(s) : Nancy Wecker

Saturday Morning Service - January 4, 10:00am

Contact to sponsor an oneg, kiddush, or flowers
Community Events
(where else?) answers the age-old question, “What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?” 
The show take place Tues Dec 24, Wed, Dec 25, and Thurs Dec 26 with a 5pm Dinner Show and 8:30pm Cocktail Show each day. 
We serve Yiddish proverbs in the fortune cookies!
New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., in San Francisco’s Chinatown

This year features:
*Jackie Hoffman ("Mamacita" in Feud: Betty and Joan; Yenta the Matchmaker in the production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, and much much more)
*Mark Maier (British Jewish comedian who lives in London)
*Nathan Habib (from NY via Palo Alto; started comedy at 14) 
*Lisa Geduldig (Producer/MC).

Partial Proceeds Benefit: 
*Kehilla Community Synagogue Immigration Committee
*Groceries for Seniors

Tickets: 5pm Dinner Show: $74 / 8:30pm Cocktail Show: $54
Happy Birthday!
Nina Patchell 12/22
Ellen Murland 12/22
Jeffrey Piade 12/23
Trudi White 12/23
Yonah Levy 12/24
Andrew Parker-Rose 12/24
Daniel Meyer-O'Keeffe 12/26
Yeroham Navii Franco 12/27
Galit Naevi Franco 12/27
Deb Kinney 12/29
Reuben Winters Raff 12/29
Bernard Choden 12/29
Harvey Turpen Fried 12/29
Annette Spector 12/30
Jazmine Best-Leung 12/30
Violet Gluck 12/31
Gerry Llamado 12/31
Z.G. Hauptman 12/31
Carolyn Ryan 12/31
Shelli Rawlings-Fein 1/2
Gil'i Zaid 1/2
Desmond Bernstein 1/5
Judith Huerta 1/5
Nathan Robinson 1/6
Jodi Bando 1/6
Naomi Rosenmoss 1/7
Robert Shanholtz 1/7
Shawn Rosenmoss 1/8
Danya Rubenstein-Markiewicz 1/8
Marius Greenspan 1/9
Amalia Cymrot-Wu 1/9
Katy Butler 1/10
Bernard Schertzer 1/10
Patricia Caplan 1/12
Tiela Chalmers 1/12
Lawrence Klein 1/12
Florence Nacamulli 1/12
Felix Elhauge-Roniger 1/13
Alapai Michels 1/13
Warren Baim 1/16
Roseann Gould 1/16
Deena Lahn 1/16
Michael Tyler 1/17
Gabriel Meyer Edlin 1/17
Michael Kalb 1/18
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