Link of the Week: Looking for a great listen for Purim? Jews of Persia is the latest episode of the podcast series "Adventures in Jewish Studies."
Purim 2020: Season of Masks
Purim Service & Megillah Reading
Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 25
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for an eve of Purim merriment! Topsy-turvy service, silly songs, and the Purim story brought to you by the Megillah Mavens, with live commentary on the Zoom chat by Purim Pundits (including you!). Of course, all while you eat and drink joyfully at home. It's a party!

Purim Shabbat Candle-lighting with the Kaf-Lameds
Friday, Feb. 26
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Kaf-Lameds is Sha'ar Zahav's 20-30s group. This week, our meeting will include a quick overview of Purim and quality discussions around some themes, like coming out of hiding/being who you are/coming out as Jewish. And why we celebrate that! First time coming? Welcome!

We Are Reading "The Book of V." by Anna Solomon and Discussing it on April 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm

We are reading "The Book of V." by Anna Solomon as part of the One Bay One Book project of the Jewish Community Library. Let's read and discuss this new novel, rooted in the Book of Esther, where three characters’ stories in different time periods overlap and ultimately collide. Perfect to start reading during Purim!

A limited number of books will be available on loan starting on March 22. If you'd like to borrow a copy, please email Liliana Peliks.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Shabbat Services This Week
Friday Night Service: February 26 at 7:30 PM

Led by Rabbi Copeland and Ami Zusman. D'rash by Paul Cohen.

Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Shabbat Morning Service: Sat. February 27 at 10 AM

Our morning services are interactive and led by Sha’ar Zahav members Ron Edelman and Alan Gordon.

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.
Social Action Events Coming Up
Film Screening of Brother Outsider - The Life of Bayard Rustin & Conversation with Director and Sha'ar Zahav Member, Nancy Kates

This Sunday, February 28
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Brother Outsider illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin. Rustin brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the United States, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence. But Rustin was silenced, beaten and imprisoned, largely because he was an openly gay man.

This event is sponsored by the Racial Equity Group and the Social Action Committee.

How Does Voter Suppression Impact All of Us? What's On the Road Ahead? A Conversation with Andrea Miller

Sunday, March 14
4:00 - 5:15 pm

The election is over, so we are all finished? NO! Voter suppression hasn't ended. Join the Social Action Committee, the John Lewis Voter Engagement Group and the Racial Equity Group as we welcome Andrea Miller to speak at Sha'ar Zahav!

Andrea is one of the founding board members of the Center for Common Ground, and the driving force of its Reclaim our Vote Campaign. She will discuss new voting rights advocacy initiatives and how we may become involved. This is a unique opportunity to hear from her and ask her questions in an "intimate Zoom setting."

Open to All! Register for Free Here
Virtual Vigil for Freedom and Liberation
Friday, March 19
Noon - 1:00 pm

A Passover-themed virtual vigil with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Or Shalom and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav to stand with those directly impacted by the prison system, mass incarceration, U.S. immigration systems and laws, and U.S. foreign and domestic policies that damage people’s lives. Rabbi Copeland and other local leaders will be speaking. Join us!

For More Information, Contact Nancy Wecker
Social Action Committee Meeting
Monday, March 1
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Please join us and let's get moving! Our ongoing topics are post-elections actions, hunger, immigration, homelessness, racial justice, and gun violence. We meet every month but you may contact Geri Kahn or Nancy Wecker anytime.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Climate Action Committee Meeting
Monday, March 8
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Zoom with us to get an update on SZ’s solar panels, discuss plans for 2021 and the upcoming federal Farm Bill. New people and new ideas welcome!

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
New Group Meetings and Shared Spaces
Remember When...
Starts Wednesday, March 3
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 Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Caring for the Caregivers
From Feb - June
7:00 - 9:00 pm

There is still time to join this new group! Brought to you by the Hineni Caring Community, and led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the Family Caregiver Alliance, this group is open to members who are caring for older adults or adults with disabilities. There is a participant fee but anyone who needs assistance will be aided. If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Mychal Copeland.

For Members Only. Five Monthly Meetings: $125. Learn More and Register.
Virtual Co-Working Space at the Synagogue
Wednesdays During the Month of March
10:00 am - Noon

Let's work together at Sha'ar Zahav's Gathertown, set up by Rebbetzin Kirsti Copeland. We'll be in the virtual space on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm for the month of March. Want to join? Have questions? Please email Sara Beroff.

Join Virtually: Sha'ar Zahav Gathertown
Theater & Movies Together
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Would You Like to Join?

We are thinking of re-launching the theatre/movie chavurah!
As we cannot meet in person, the idea is to watch a movie or play that’s being streamed, and to engage afterwards in discussion via Zoom. Interested? Please email Yvette Adida. Once we have an initial list of names, we will meet to discuss and move forward with frequency, dates, genres etc.

We hope to hear from you soon!
Sha'ar Zahav Co-sponsors: God of Vengeance.
A Production of the Yiddish Theatre Ensemble

Streaming from March 20 at 8:30 pm until March 23 at 11:30 pm. Tickets: $18-54.

An artful video adaptation of Sholem Asch’s ground-breaking 1906 play, in English! Surrounded by controversy (the first Broadway production was closed down for portraying unconventional Jewish characters and the first lesbian kiss on Broadway), this play was the inspiration for the award-winning Broadway show, Indecent.

Learning Opportunities
Adult B’Mitzvah Program
Begins Soon on Zoom

Many of us did not become B’Mitzvah as children and feel like it might be time to make that connection. Our Adult B’mitzvah Program (ABP) is a monthly group educational program, which runs for approximately 8 – 12 months. In the ABP you will learn about the history of the ritual and explore what it means to become an adult B’mitzvah. You will have practical classes in giving a D’var Torah, reading/chanting from the Torah, leading services, and learning the prayer service.

There will also be sessions on the who, what, and why of prayer, different perspectives of G-d, everyday spirituality and much more. The process culminates in either an individual or group B’mitzvah on a Saturday morning at Sha’ar Zahav.

Contact the coordinator Mark Pressler to let us know you are interested or would like to hear more!
Weekly Torah Study Group
Wednesday, March 3
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, March 4
7:00 - 8:00 pm

We will skip our meeting this week to observe the holiday of Purim! Please join us again the first week of March.

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
Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context by Golan Moskowitz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies

Monday, March 22
7:00 - 8:15 pm

Golan Moskowitz will share with us the evolution of Maurice Sendak’s artistic vision and its appeal for American, Jewish, and queer audiences. The talk will show how Sendak’s multiple perspectives as a gay, Holocaust-conscious, American-born son of Yiddish-speaking Polish immigrants informed his life and work, changed the face of children’s literature.

Learn More and Register. Reply to this email and we will waive the $15 fee for Non-members.
Upcoming Community Events
Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, Thursday, February 25
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
Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, March 2
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, March 4 and 18
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 twice a month.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Yoga Practice
Saturday, March 6
8:45 am - 9:45 am

You are invited to a twice-a-month Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Stuart Dick and Rabbi Mychal Copeland will alternate leading the first and third Saturday of every month.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, March 6
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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
Our History and Our Future: A Sha'ar Zahav TDOV Panel in Ray Bernstein's Memory

Wednesday, March 31
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Presented by the Trans Gender Non-Conforming Group, this panel is an accompaniment to the Trans Jews are Here conference by CBST. We will speak about inclusion in the synagogue, a guide to pronouns and how to use them, and will lead breakout rooms for discussion. Question? Please contact Martin Rawlings-Fein.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Resources for You
Hebrew Free Loan’s
Coronavirus Impact Loan Program

Hebrew Free Loan is here for every individual, family, or small business owner in the community who needs assistance. Since March, they have disbursed roughly $8 million in interest-free loans, but they know the need is greater. Find out if you apply!

February Birthdays
Paul Bodner, Feb. 1
Joan Goldman, Feb. 1
Steve Nacamulli, Feb. 1
Jason Simonoff, Feb. 1
Spencer Fischer, Feb. 2
Zoe Friedman, Feb. 2
Jacob Robinson, Feb. 3
Denise Gordon, Feb. 4
Ami Zusman, Feb. 5
Andrew Fyne, Feb. 6
Erika Katske, Feb. 8
Emily Dorian, Feb. 9
Irene Friedman, Feb. 9
Andrew Berger, Feb. 10
Elias Ross Trupin, Feb. 10
Marion Vera Williamson, Feb. 11
Matthew Rawlings-Fein, Feb. 12
Shahpour Matloob, Feb. 12
Leva Choden, Feb. 13
Avi Goldberg, Feb. 13
Margo Bender, Feb. 13
Nora Spiegel, Feb. 14
Lisa DiGirolamo, Feb. 14
Avraham Giannini, Feb. 14
Beth Ross, Feb. 14
Irene Ogus, Feb. 14
Debra Reabock, Feb. 15
Ema Morales-Diaz, Feb. 15
David Lowe, Feb. 16
Adam Best-Leung, Feb. 18
Nancy Muller, Feb. 18
Reuben Friedman, Feb. 18
Steven Mazer, Feb. 19
Barbara Bergmann, Feb. 20
Hilary Zaid, Feb. 20
Jim Edlin, Feb. 20
Andrew Schwartz, Feb. 21
Kirsten Gustavson, Feb. 21
Susan Tubbesing, Feb. 22
Elizabeth Priest, Feb. 24
Paul Peninger, Feb. 25
Alex Ingersoll, Feb. 25
Ethan Frazin, Feb. 26
Benjamin Rainero-de Haan, Feb. 27
Neil Jacob Rosenbaum, Feb. 27
Julie Dorf, Feb. 28
Steven Gaynes, Feb. 28
Danny Kodmur, Feb. 28

Friday Evening Service
February 26, 7:30 pm 

15 Adar
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Ami Zusman

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
February 27, 10:00 am
Meeting ID: 365 434 855
Passcode: 068575

Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
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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