Community Shabbat Evening Service
Friday, June 12
7:30 pm
Service will be led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Karen Schiller with a drash by Paul Cohen. * To Register Click Here *

Logistics: Now is a great time to purchase your very own copy of Siddur Sha'ar Zahav so you can follow along during Zoom services! Click Here to get your own! If you’re zooming with us on Shabbat, gather some items if you have them: candles (and you can make your own candleholders with aluminum foil), kiddush cup (any cup will do!), and whatever bread you’ve got for motsi (SZniks have blessed crackers, tortillas, and olive bread!).

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Meeting ID: 452 290 988
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Young Adults Shabbat
Friday, June 12
6:00-6:45 pm (candle lighting at 6:15)
Join us as we check-in with how we're each doing, meet new people, and light Shabbat Candles. This is a judgement-free space to share, question, and reflect. Suggested ages 22-38. Contact Carey Averbook .

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Meeting ID: 134 920 431
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Lay-led Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, June 13
10:00 am
Join us for a lay-led shabbat morning service.

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Meeting ID: 365 434 855
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Pride Month
Fa mily & Friends Pride Shabbat
Friday, June 19
Celebrate Pride with Rabbi Reuben Zellman and Educator Sue Bojdak as we welcome the Shabbat for a quick (1/2 hour) joyful, interactive Shabbat service for people ages 3-7 and their family and friends.
Monday, June 22
7:00 pm
Everyone is Welcome to Join a Virtual Celebration of Queer Freedom at The Community Pride Seder
Pride Seder is a ritual that chronicles the liberation of LGBTQ people, much like the Passover Seder, which retells the story of the liberation of the Jewish people.

Traditionally, each year, members of Sha’ar Zahav come together to celebrate our emancipation from oppression, to commemorate our freedom, and to re-commit to our activism remembering that none of us are free until all of us are free.

This year it will be a virtual event, co-organized with Federation and JCRC, welcoming the entire community to join us in this celebration, including Mayors London Breed and Libby Schaaf. For more information and to register click here .

If you'd like to volunteer by serving as a breakout groups facilitator, contact Michael Chertok .
Annual Pride Shabbat Celebration
Friday, June 26
7:30 pm
Join us for our most festive Shabbat service of the year led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Cantor Sharon Bernstein. We invite you to participate and celebrate with us by dressing up as your favorite queer icon, or, favorite pride t-shirt you've collected through the years, your favorite icon as your Zoom background, old Sha'ar Zahav t-shirts or other queer memorabilia. There will be time for community connection before and after the service, we hope you'll stick around and join us!

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Beit Sefer Summer PRIDE Circle on Zoom
Saturday, June 27
For kids ages 5-13, it's 45 minutes of song, story, connection and activity celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride. Parents are enthusiastically encouraged but not required to join.

SZ Tech Corps

Do you have tech skills and are looking for a way to support our community? If you're skilled at Zoom we could use your help! Please contact Sara Haber and Ricky Ralston at . Additionally, if you're comfortable with WordPress and other website-building technologies, please contact .
Ongoing Events
Looking for a Hevruta/Study-buddy?
In these times of Sheltering in Place, shared learning can be an important source of spiritual and intellectual nourishment. Our SZ Adult Education team is building a network of learners to engage with Jewish texts in Hevruta (paired study) or small group study. We hope to create spaces where people of much or no background in Jewish texts can be engaged in shared curiosity as well as support each other in these difficult times. Please me email Morey Lipsett at if you are interested in studying Talmud, Torah/Tanakh, Zohar or something else (philosophy, literature, liturgy, anything you want!) as well as what times you are generally available
Weekday Morning Service
Tuesdays: June 16, 23, 30
8:30-9:15 am
Songs and prayers to set our hearts and minds for the coming day! Led by Cantor Bernstein. For information, contact .

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Meeting ID: 287 279 861
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Weekly Torah Study-Parashat Hashavuah
Wednesdays: June 17, 24
8:30-9:30 am
Study the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Copeland! 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 on a few verses of the week’s reading in a compassionate environment! Join for either or both parts of the study. Worried about your Hebrew skills? We invite a variety of levels, so relax! You can also just listen in. Contact Rabbi Copeland with questions .

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Meeting ID: 959 8750 6446
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Meditation Group (SF)
Saturdays: June 20
10:30 am
First (and 3rd) Saturday of every month
Everyone is welcome. Typical session includes a short and longer silent sit, with chanting, movement, and a short teaching. Please contact Andy Schwartz at for more information.

Meeting ID: 894 8009 6573
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Adult Orphans Friendship Circle
Wednesday, June 24
 6:30-8:30 pm
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
Everyone is invited. For more information contact Paisha Rochlin .

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Meeting ID: 965 6970 6237
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Ritual Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 24
7:00 pm
Ron Edelman and James Carlson co-chair RitCom. They work with our Rabbi and Cantor to set Sha'ar Zahav's ritual agenda and continue strengthening our clergy-lay partnership in service leading and other ritual activities. Want to learn more? Join us! For information, contact .

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  6:00 pm
Usually first Monday of the month
Everyone welcome! Bring your interests, curiosity, passions, questions.Together we can make a difference. Questions? Contact Geri Kahn or Nancy Wecker at . If you’re able, please share your CARE payment through the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity Migrant Emergency Fund. Undocumented immigrants don’t qualify for government relief and are especially hard hit during the pandemic:

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Environmental Justice Group
Monday, July 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, .

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Meeting ID: 852 592 669
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Board Meeting (Va'ad)
Wednesday, July 15
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 .
Hineni Caring Community:
Helping our Members During the Pandemic
(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 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 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.
21 Sivan

Friday Evening Service
June 12, 7:30 pm 
Led by : Rabbi Copeland & Karen Schiller
Drash : Paul Cohen

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
June 13, 10:00 am

28 Sivan
Shelah L'cha

Friday Evening Service
June 19, 7:30 pm 
Led by : Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein
Drash : Carey Averbook

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
June 20, 10:00 am
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Now, more than ever, as we work to support you, we need your support. Whether you’re a member or not, we’re here for you — with online services, learning, inspiration and community. 
Please consider a donation today!
Community Events
The Jews of Color Initiative COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Individuals is meant to assist People of Color in the Jewish community who are most in need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. We recognize that Jews of Color, like all People of Color in the United States, experience the headwinds of systemic racism, and systemic racism is a variable in COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on People of Color.
Native nations are being hit particularly hard by covid 19.
In this moment, the systems that are supposed to helping them are failing them. They need our help.
These are communities who deserve support. Like us, their lives revolve around family and community and ritual and they gather often. Like us, they work hard to keep their unique culture and traditions alive in the modern world. And like us, they have experience/d unspeakable hardships, from which they are still recovering...And it is on their land the American Jews as all other American immigrants have found a home.
We ask you to please consider donating whatever you can to
We are now teaming up with Givingmasks, Firekeepers International, Charlestown Face Shield project, and others- shipping out masks, face shields, gloves, food, baby stuff, and other desperately needed aid to Native communities throughout the US who are being hit the hardest, and who are being ignored.
Every $18 provides ppe for 30 people.
Please donate and share. Every dollar helps. And you will make a huge difference.
The San Francisco Department of the Environment, in partnership with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, has launched a new program, Essential Worker Ride Home , for late-night commuters with limited to no transit options returning home. Essential workers who are eligible can be reimbursed up to 10 taxi rides per month, per person, and up to $70 per ride.

To learn more about the program's eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit and help us spread the word. If you’d like to share with your network, please feel free to access ready-made social media and outreach content here

If you have any questions, please email or call (415) 355-3702. Additionally, if anyone is seeking other resources related to the pandemic and unsure where to start, the City has a comprehensive list here: .
Volunteers are available pick up groceries for you...
After a short intake, a volunteer will contact you. You give your shopping list and cash to a volunteer and they will shop wherever you want. Please pass this information onto whom ever you think might benefit. The number to contact is: 415-355-6700.
Are you struggling financially?
Hebrew Free Loan provides interest-free Coronavirus Impact Loans to individuals and organizations. Find out more at

Jewish Family and Children’s Service provides the following services:
  • Urgent home health care, meal and grocery delivery, and virtual Safe At Home calls to isolated seniors and those with disabilities.
  • No-interest loans and grants to help individuals, families, and small businesses through this crisis.
  • Expert advice and counseling for anyone in need of mental health services, including children and teens.
Please go to for more information.
We are aware that many of you may not support or use Amazon services generally and, in particular, some may be feeling concern for those who continue to work in order to provide so many of us with essential items via delivery. We also know that many of our members are depending on delivery services to stay safe during this time. As always, we encourage you to make choices that are best for you.

If you do choose to use Amazon, please consider supporting this community by selecting Sha'ar Zahav as your charitable organization using the link: .

We also encourage writing a comment in support of Amazon workers under “Customer Service - Contact Amazon”.
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Daniel Vainish   6/5
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Marianne Balin   6/8
Sophia Katz   6/9
Laura Lowe   6/9
Ernesto Diaz-Infante   6/10
Claudia Bernard   6/10
Daniel Chesir   6/10
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Annie Winters   6/11
Larissa Queiroga Da Silva   6/13
Steve Wiesner   6/15
Gabriel Gluck   6/15
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Alan Karras   6/16
Nancy Levin   6/16
Sarah Rawlings-Fein   6/16
Pieter de Haan   6/17
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