Link of the Week: We have two personal Pride stories from our members: Click here to read "Harvey, Harry and Me" by Joseph Shapiro. Click here to read "For Queer Parents Like Us, the Demise of Roe Feels All Too Familiar" by Hilary Zaid.
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Friday Night Services:
June 10 at 7:30 pm.
Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person. Shabbes Beat Led by Cantor Bernstein. D'rash by Howard Steiermann.
Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:
June 11 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.
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.
Pride at Sha'ar Zahav
We Were Here: HIV-AIDS, the Bay Area and
the Jewish Community
Thursday, June 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Zoom Only
A panel discussion by three key witnesses, former Sha'ar Zahav rabbi, Rabbi Yoel Kahn, Avi Rose and David Weissman, will reflect on the AIDS crisis in the Bay Area and beyond, and its impact on the Jewish community. Rabbi Copeland will be moderating this panel.
Watch the movie here or attend the panel even without prior viewing!
Password to watch the video: NL2022
To register, click here (scroll to the end of the page for registration).
Pride Month Nonbinary-Hebrew Chant
Friday, June 10, 9:30am-10am on Zoom Only
Curious about a nonbinary way to pray? Join Rabbi Copeland in a short chanting service with entirely nonbinary Hebrew and names for the Divine. All prayers will be in transliteration or English, so come even if Hebrew is new to you.
Join the minyan: Register here
Visit the AIDS Memorial Quilt with Sha'ar Zahav
June 12th, 10-11am
in Golden Gate Park
On the 35th anniversary of the launching of the AIDS Quilt and Names Project, the quilt’s largest display ever will take place in Golden Gate Park. No need to sign up for this free event. Here is a site map and our group will meet at the Volunteer Check-in. For more information, contact Deb Farkas who will be there to greet you wearing a SZ Pride t-shirt! You might get to see a panel she helped create decades ago.
Community Pride Seder
Sunday, June 12 at 5pm on Zoom Only
Pride Seder chronicles the liberation of LGBTQ people, much like the Passover Seder retells the story of the liberation of the Jewish people. Celebrate with community members, LGBTQ clergy, as well as civic and interfaith leaders. Led by Rabbi Copeland, Maggid Eli Ramer and Emery Cohen-Wallach.
For more information, click here.
To register, click here.
This virtual event is led by Sha’ar Zahav, with support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Keshet, and Keshet Ga'avah: The World Congress of GLBT Jews.
Transgender and Nonbinary Celebration Shabbat
Friday, June 17 at 7:30pm
Hybrid: In-person and on Zoom
This annual SZ holiday is a community-wide festival honoring the transgender, nonbinary and gender-queer community and the living diversity of creation. Led by Martin Rawlings-Fein. D'rash by Yuridia Yisraeli.
Pride at the Park
ages 0-6 and their adults
Saturday, June 18, 11am-12:30pm at Dolores Park
Gather with PJ Library, Jewish Baby Network and Sha’ar Zahav for Pride at the Park. We will be experiencing Shabbat with Pride-themed stories, puppets, music, snacks, crafts and more. Remember to bring a blanket to sit on, snacks, water, sunscreen, a hat and your enthusiasm. This is our Baby Havurah gathering for June.
Trans* March Shabbat Picnic
Friday, June 24, 5:30-6:30pm at Dolores Park
Gather at Dolores Park to share Shabbat ritual and a BYO picnic dinner before the march.
Co-sponsored by Kehilla Synagogue
Annual Pride Shabbat Celebration
Friday, June 24, 7:30 pm
Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person
Put on your favorite Pride t-shirt and celebrate our most festive Shabbat service of the year. Stay for a festive Oneg (post-service bites). 
San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 26, begins at 10:30 am
Join us--we'll be there! We're marching with JCCSF and other Jewish organizations. If you want to march or roll on our bus, contact Kerasa Tsokas.
Learning Together
Abortion through Multiple Lenses
with New Lehrhaus
Wednesdays, June 8th- June 22nd, 7- 8:30pm
On Zoom Only
The abortion debate has been intense following the leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion suggesting the demise of Roe vs. Wade. If it is overturned, what other personal freedoms are already/will be in danger: transgender health services, gay marriage, contraception? We will examine the issue from multiple perspectives.
For the full course description offered by New Lehrhaus, click this link.
To join the course now, email a request (including the course title).
Community: Let's Get Together
Annual Meeting
Tonight!: Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm
Hybrid: In-Person and On Zoom
This is for SZ members only
All Sha'ar Zahav members are invited to the Annual Meeting. In person, join for light dinner at 6 pm. On Zoom, join for informal conversation at 6:45. We will formally begin at 7:00 pm with reports from our leadership. We will vote on new Va'ad leaders and capital building projects. We will remember beloved members who passed away this year and acknowledge volunteers and staff for their exceptional service to our community. Please find the Annual Meeting Report here
Register for in-person here! Masking will be required during the meeting but not required during dinner.
Join via Zoom: Register here
RAC-CA’s new campaign, Climate Tzedek Campaign Launch
Thursday, June 9, 7- 8:15pm
Work with local and statewide partners to build Jewish, interfaith, and multiracial political power to implement just solutions to the climate crisis. Climate change affects all of us, and while it is about the future, it is also already here. Now is the time to put it at the center of Jewish and congregational life, and to respond to this physical, spiritual, and political challenge.
Beit Sefer/SZ Family Retreat
Friday, September 2nd at 4pm-Sunday, September 4th at 1pm, Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center in Marin Headlands 
All SZ members are invited,
not just Beit Sefer families!
During Labor Day weekend (excluding Monday), join congregation members and Beit Sefer families in student and family-oriented Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat, Saturday morning Shacharit, and Saturday evening Havdalah. There'll be activities such as smores, outdoor hikes, sports, crafts and so much more to do while you're there.
Point Bonita is ADA accessible, with all buildings and grounds being accessible for folks who use a wheelchair. There is even an option to reserve a beach wheelchair down at Rodeo Beach, less than a 5-minute drive from the campus.
For more information click here.
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Social Action Committee
Monday, June 13
6:00 pm on Zoom
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! At our next meeting we will be focusing on the ballot initiative to create a vacancy tax and we will be planning our upcoming Food Banks. We are also actively recruiting SZ members to join an accompaniment team to assist an Afghan refugee family. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Kaf-Lamed Monthly Check In 
Last Friday of the Month, June 24th
All young adults welcome! Kaf-Lameds is Sha'ar Zahav's 20-30s group. We meet on the last Friday of every month at 6pm-6:30pm, switching between meeting virtually and in person. This is a time to briefly check in on each other, plan ideas for events, and create belonging. For more information, please contact KL co-leader Emily Ornelas-Dorian.
Book Group Discussion:
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
by Judith Heumann (with Kristen Joiner)
Tuesday, June 28, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Zoom
If Judith Heumann's name sounds familiar, it should! She was featured in the movie, "Crip Camp," and she spoke at a Zoom event sponsored by the SZ Disability and Accessibility Committee. Heumann, the daughter of Holocaust survivors who refused a doctor's recommendation to institutionalize her after she had polio, is one of the most influential activists in the disability rights movement. Read and come discuss! Contact Ami Zusman for more info.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Climate Action Committee
2nd Monday of the Month
5:00 - 6:30 pm on Zoom
If you missed our recent 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
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
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
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!
Ruchira Shah 6/8
Marianne Balin 6/8
Laura Lowe 6/9
Sophia Katz 6/9
Ernesto Diaz-Infante 6/10
Claudia Bernard 6/10
Daniel Chesir 6/10
Rose Katz 6/10
Vicki Goldstone 6/10
Annie Winters 6/11
Colleen McKee 6/13
Larissa Queiroga Da Silva 6/13
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.
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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