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We want to remind you that our weekly e-newsletter will be bi-weekly through August. At the top of the newsletter, you will find the Shabbat Service Zoom links for the current week. Please scroll to the bottom for the following week. You can also find our Shabbat Service Zoom links anytime on our website.

In addition, we look forward to celebrating Pride with you this Friday at our Pride Celebration Shabbat. Find all the details and registration below!
#Shabbat: Join Us this Week
Friday Night Service: Jun 25 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Copeland and Cantor Bernstein. D'rash by Rabbi Copeland. Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: Jun 26 at 10 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.

#Pride: Celebration, History & Activism
Pride Celebration Shabbat
This Friday, June 25
7:30 pm

In this dear and traditional Sha'ar Zahav celebration, we will hear original liturgy from our members, and sing and dance with Cantor Bernstein. Join dressed up as your favorite queer icon, wear your rainbow kippah, or your Pride Sha'ar Zahav t-shirt!

Let's Talk About "Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death" A Sha'ar Zahav Book Discussion
This Tuesday, June 29
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Think you know all about Harvey Milk, the pioneering gay SF supervisor, member of Sha'ar Zahav, who was assassinated over 40 years ago? Lillian Faderman, a leading historian of LGBTQ lives, has written a fascinating and eloquent account of the many sides of Harvey Milk, including his early life and how his deeply held Jewish values helped motivate his activism.

Read the book (let us know if you need help sourcing it), then come discuss both Harvey's contradictions and contributions and how they continue to influence us today.The book was chosen by Sha'ar Zahav's Book Club as a great way to end Pride month. Questions? Want to join the Book Club? Contact Ami Zusman.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
#New: Mark Your Calendar for...
12-Step Meetings by and for Sha’ar Zahav Members

Weekly on Sundays
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Come listen and share experience, strength, and hope with other members of the Sha’ar Zahav community! Starting on Sunday, June 13th, CSZ will be hosting a weekly 12-step gathering for those members of our community 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. The meetings will be on Zoom until further notice. Contact Erika Katske with any questions.

For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Register Here to Attend.
Caring for the Caregivers: A Support Group by the Family Caregiver Alliance

2nd Thursday of the Month from Jul 8 - Nov 11
7:00 - 9:00 pm

This group provides a place for family caregivers to get support and hear from other caregivers. It is moderated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the Family Caregiver Alliance and is open to caregivers who are caring for older adults or adults with disabilities. Brought to you by the Hineni Caring Community.

Limited spots. For Sha’ar Zahav members. Fee: $125, but no one will be turned away. Please email Rabbi Copeland to apply for a scholarship or if you are interested and you’re not a member. This is not a drop-in group, so we ask that you are able to commit to all the sessions.

For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Register Here to Attend.
Summer Zohar Reading Circle with Rabbi Copeland

Weekly on Mondays from Jul 12 - Aug 23
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Are you intrigued by Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah? This summer, join Rabbi Copeland for an informal reading group of the Zohar, the central work of Kabbalah. Newcomers to Kabbalah or experienced readers are all welcome.
Please obtain Daniel Chanan Matt’s book, Zohar: Annotated & Explained. It’s easy to find online and there are places to borrow it as well - just ask Rabbi Copeland. All texts will be in translation. You don’t need to attend every session, but registration is necessary.

Free to Members & $36 Fee for Non-members. Register Here to Attend.
Exploring Jewish Resilience June 23 ITK
Exploring Jewish Resilience with Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg

Two-part event: Sunday July 18 and 25
5:30 - 7 pm

What is the concept of resilience within Jewish culture? We have innate wisdom developed over generations about what sustains and nurtures life. Our traditions contain a variety of resilience building practices and tools. With guest teacher Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, join together to learn about, practice, and walk away with Jewish resilience building practices and tools.

In session one, we will build shared frameworks of resilience that are aligned with our anti-oppression values. We will explore what Jewish tradition has to offer our understandings and embodied experiences of resilience. In session two, we will collectively support each other to develop or deepen Jewish practices that support our resilience.

#SocialAction: Get Involved
Social Action Committee
New meeting date next month
Next meeting will be Monday, July 12
6:00 - 7:30 pm

On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! The Social Action Committee is currently working on advancing the “Equality Act” (federal LGBT rights) and the “For the People Act” (assuring national fair elections). Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Climate Action Committee
Monday, July 12
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Are you concerned about environmental degradation? Want to work with other Sha’ar Zahavniks against climate change? Come share your ideas, get support, and have fun while we work together on some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Contact Deborah Levy with any questions.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Racial Equity Group Meeting
Thursday, July 8
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Interested in working toward racial justice in and outside Sha’ar Zahav? Come to our meeting and let's talk! We have a lot to discuss and work towards together. Questions? You may contact Larry Best.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
#Learning: Keep Growing
Weekly Torah Study Group
Thursday, June 24 and July 1
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
Thursday, June 24 and July 1
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
#Community: Let's Get Together
Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, June 24 meeting cancelled
Next meeting will be July 1
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
Baby Chavurah
This Saturday, June 26
11:00 am - Noon

This monthly gathering of kids age 0-2 and their families is a place to share hopes and dreams plus tips and tricks, and wiggles and giggles. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 26 and we will meet in-person at Precita Park, in SF. Masks required. Questions? Please contact Sue Bojdak.
Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, June 29 and July 6
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
Kaddish Memory Circle
Thursday, July 1
8:30 - 9:00 am

During this time of immense loss and grief, we are holding regular Kaddish Memory Circles to support each other. Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Ora Prochovnick and Martin Tannenbaum will alternate leading these circles on the first Thursday of the month.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link

Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, July 3
11:30 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
Theater and Movies Chavurah June 23 ITK
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Wednesday, July 7
6:00 - 7:15 pm

Our friend William Goldstein will be leading the discussion on the movie "Cloudburst" a comedy starring Olympia Dukakis. You can watch the Movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Remember When...
Wednesday, July 7
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. Everyone is welcome! Questions? Contact Marv Lehrman.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Connection Circles with Carey Averbook: You Belong Here!

Are you missing meeting new people? And feeling disconnection with people over zoom? Do you feel seen and heard? Join Sha'ar Zahav member Carey Averbook for a connection circle!

Come with lunch or dinner. This will be a time for us to come together and get to know each other as a group and in 1:1 breakouts without the discomfort or awkwardness that Zoom brings up for many of us. Bring your whole self, broken hearted or full hearted, but come open and ready to receive and share authentic connection. Questions? Contact Carey Averbook.

Lunch Circle: July 21 from Noon - 1 pm RSVP Here.
Dinner Circle: July 28 from 6-7 pm. RSVP Here.
We Also Recommend
J.’s 2021 Resource Guide to
Jewish Life in the Bay Area

J. The Jewish News of Northern California is offering our congregants a complimentary copy of the new print edition the 2021 Resource guide, a directory providing access to over 400 Jewish organizations here in the Bay Area, including summer camps, local synagogues, food markets, film festivals and more.

Please send your name and mailing address to anna@jweekly.com with the subject line “Resource - Free Copy”.
#Shabbat: Join Us Next Week
Friday Night Service: Jul 2 at 7:30 pm

Led by Cantor Bernstein and Alex Rosenberg.
D'rash by M Eifler. Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: Jul 3 at 10 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.

Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org to sponsor a Shabbat
June Birthdays
Donald Abrams, 06/01
Sofia Herron Geller, 06/01
Nina Wouk, 06/02
Asa Eli DiGirolamo Klein, 06/02
Sacha Mons, 06/02
Diane Desmond, 06/02
Gabriel Lampert, 06/03
Ora Prochovnick, 06/04
Daniel Vainish, 06/05
Benny Lunine, 06/06
Brad Friedman, 06/06
Marianne Balin, 06/08
Ruchira Shah, 06/08
Sophia Katz, 06/09
Laura Lowe, 06/09
Vicki Goldstone, 06/10
Rose Katz, 06/10
Claudia Bernard, 06/10
Daniel Chesir, 06/10
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, 06/10
Annie Winters, 06/11
Colleen McKee, 06/13
Larissa Queiroga Da Silva, 06/13
Gabriel Gluck, 06/15
Steve Wiesner, 06/15
Nancy Levin, 06/16

Shayna Prochovnick, 06/16
Sarah Rawlings-Fein, 06/16
Alan Karras, 06/16
Julie Mamet, 06/17
Wayne Bender, 06/17
Pieter de Haan, 06/17
Beth Kaufman, 06/18
Susan Lubeck, 06/18
Aruni Shah Grunwald, 06/18
Deborah Farkas, 06/20
Janis Portal, 06/20
Larry Wexler, 06/20
Sarita Groisser, 06/22
Linda Edelstein, 06/23
Louis Hirschmann, 06/23
Alana Herron, 06/24
Zachary Patchell, 06/25
Marc Lipschutz, 06/26
Harriet Rafter, 06/27
Lilah Giselle Post, 06/27
Jesse Brandt, 06/27
Lisa Katz, 06/28
Emma Woodward, 06/29
Eve Meyer, 06/29
Bari June Gregory, 06/30

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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