Did you know that Sha'ar Zahav is sponsoring a family from Central America? We're asking for donations of warm blankets for the Honduran immigrant family Sha'ar Zahav is accompanying in their settlement in SF. New or lightly used d onations can be placed in the large bin in the lobby. Thank you!
Friday, February 7 at 8:00pm
A multi-cultural, multi-faith evening of song-sharing to create bonds of connection, love, strength and community. People of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures, and identities are invited to come together: to sing and knit ourselves together into a net of sustenance and protection for all. We'll also have guests from four faith organizations joining us. If you have a song you'd like to suggest, contact Cantor Bernstein at cantor@shaarzahav.org . The community sing will be preceded by a condensed Shabbat service at 7:30 pm - All welcome and invite friends! 
Saturday, February 8
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Pink Triangle Park: 2454 Market St. SF 94114
Honor Tu B’shvat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees, by helping out at Pink Triangle Park, the world’s first memorial acknowledging the deaths of gay men during the Holocaust. It’s a beautiful, small park maintained by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They would love our community’s involvement! Email rabbi@shaarzahav.org if you’d like to know more.
THIS Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 pm
Randall Weiss, violin
Victoria Ehrlich, cello
Marilyn Thompson, piano

Romance in F minor, Op. 11 – Antonin Dvorak
Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 70 – Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco
Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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 “Russian to the Concert”, March 1 “Czech It Out”, April 26 “If the Schumann Fits…” 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 .
Wednesday, February 12
6:30-8:00 pm
Tori Shepard will present Home Match , a nonprofit organization to help connect homeowners with people seeing an affordable place to live. She will also cover other services for older adults in San Francisco including Rebuilding Together , another non-profit that provides home safety modification like grab bars, handrails, etc for those who want to age in place. Open to Everyone. Brought to you by SZ's Adult Orphans group. Contact Paisha Rochlin: paimar@pacbell.net // onceupntym@sbcglobal.net
Our SZ Torah Mantles are on Exhibit
At the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)!
Wednesday, February 12
6:00 pm Reception
Contemporary Jewish Museum: 736 Mission St. SF 94103
Drawn from the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (UC Berkeley, curated by Francesco Spagnolo) this exhibition showcases a variety of textiles used by the San Francisco Jewish community during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Join other Sha'ar Zahavniks at the grand opening reception. The exhibit will run from February 13-August 9.
Friday, February 21
12:45-1:15 pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum: 736 Mission St. SF 94103
The upcoming exhibition Levi Strauss: A History of American Style includes a pair denim Sefer Torah mantles, created for Sha’ar Zahav. Avi Goldberg (long-time member of Sha'ar Zahav). Goldberg shares the story behind our unique Torah Mantles and how their history is woven into the fabric of the San Francisco Jewish community.
Propositions – yea or nay?
A pre-election discussion about state & local propositions
Monday, February 24 at 7:00 pm
If you’re not sure how to vote on the propositions on the ballot, or if you absolutely know how you’re going to vote and want to share your opinions, join other Sha’ar Zahav members and friends as we share information about many of the propositions on the ballot. Bring endorsements from your favorite political clubs and media sources, and we’ll have a facilitated discussion that will ease your way into the voting booth. Contact Ora Prochovnick oprochov@gmail.com // Karen Schiller kschiller@igc.org
East Bay Havurah Shabbat
Friday, February 28
6:30-9:00 pm
Join us for a vegetarian potluck meal. We'll share blessings and something from our week, sing and eat and enjoy each other. Later in the evening those adults (and teens) who want are invited to continue our Shabbat experience with some text-based meaningful Jewish dialogue. Please bring a vegetarian/vegan dish to share. We'll meet at the home of Jim Frazin in Oakland **for address and to RSVP contact Jim at jf@shibboleth.com or 415-312-1390. The house is scent-free, so please do not wear any scented products.We look forward to sharing Shabbat with you!
Every first Monday of the month for five months beginning in February:
March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 1
7:00-9:00 pm
Facilitated by Ora Prochovnik and Rose Katz
This group will explore issues that arise for people who are considering, are in the process of, or have recently completed, converting to Judaism. Those with a Jewish parent (or parents), but raised with little or no Jewish experience and are interested in exploring their connection to Judaism are also welcome to attend. Topics will include questions of identity, community, and family. This group is not an introduction to Judaism course, but rather a place to ask questions and discuss issues with others who are also on this journey. There is no charge for this group, however, pre-registration is required . For information, or to register, please contact Rose Katz at 415-567-3327 ext. 706 ( rkatz@jewishlearningworks.org ).
Mazel Tov Arthur Slepian
We are very proud to announce that our beloved past president, Arthur Slepian has been elected as the next chair of the board of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.

In addition to his many roles in our congregation, he currently serves as one of our Vice Presidents. While this is a much deserved recognition for his leadership of the Israel Committee of Federation, we can take great pride in his being the first openly LGBTQ board chair in the organization's long history.
Arthur also founded A Wider Bridge and served as its first Executive Director. He has brought many people from all walks of life, religions and ethnicities to a greater understanding of Israel.
Ongoing Events
Saturday, February 8
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, February 10
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: paimar@pacbell.net, Barb: bcymrot@sbcglobal.net, AJ: ajsparkles@gmail.com.
Monday, February 10
 6:00 pm
Usually first Monday of the month. 
Everyone welcome! Bring your interests, curiosity, passions, questions.Together we can make a difference. Social Action group sends a warm Thank You for your generous donations of winter clothing for a newly arrived immigrant Honduran family and the Gubbio Project for the homeless. There is continual need for socks, blankets, and travel toiletries.Contact Leah: leaheve@indra.com or Nancy: nwecker@earthlink.net
Environmental Justice Group
Monday, February 10
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, gillianf19@gmail.com.
Adult Orphan Friendship Circle
Wednesday, February 12
 6:30-8:00 pm
Second Wednesday of every month
Home Match: Connecting Homeowners with Folks Seeking an Affordable- Place to Live Open to Everyone. See details on event listed above. For more information contact Paisha: paimar@pacbell.net , Marjorie: onceupntym@sbcglobal.net
Hiking Chavurah
Saturday, February 15
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!
Board Meeting (Va'ad)
Wednesday, February 19
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 president@shaarzahav.org .
Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein
Friday, February 21
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 .
Ritual Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 26
Contact  ritual@shaarzahav.org . 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.
Meditation Group (SF)
Saturday, March 7
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.
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 HineniLeaders@shaarzahav.org
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 makom@shaarzahav.org .
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 njb-sf.com 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 .
13 Shevat

Friday Evening Service - February 7,
7:30 pm 
Shabbat Shira Led by : Cantor Bernstein,
with Rabbi Copeland

Flowers Sponsor(s) :
Scott Kramer, Amy Schustack, & Michael Tyler
In memory of our parents,
Myra Kramer and William Schustack

Oneg Sponsor(s) : George Frankel
In honor of Howard Steiermann's birthday!

Oneg Volunteer(s) :
Laureen Kim & Alan Michels
Greeter(s) : Arthur Slepian

Saturday Morning Service - February 8, 10:00 am
Led by : Ron Edelman

Kiddush Sponsor(s) : Jeffrey Auman
In memory of my father, Ned Gilbert Auman
20 Shevat

Friday Evening Service - February 14,
7:30 pm 
Led by : Cantor Bernstein & Emery Cohen
Drash : Ami Zusman

Flowers Sponsor(s) : Jerry & Ada Rosenbaum
In memory of Rae Gillis, mother of Ada Rosenbaum (Grandmother of Rabbi Copeland)

Oneg Sponsor(s) : Steve Polsky
In memory of my mother, Elaine Polsky,
& my grandmother, Rachel Polsky 

Oneg Volunteer(s) :
Ann Bauman & Kelly Thiemann
Greeter(s) : Joe Harkman

Saturday Morning Service - February 15, 10:00 am
Led by : Alan Gordon

Kiddush Sponsor(s) : Jeffrey Auman
In memory of my friend, Masha Zakheim
Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org to sponsor an oneg, kiddush, or flowers
Community Events
All Are Welcome: Migrant Solidarity from the Border to the Bay
Saturday, February 8 at 7:00 pm
South Berkeley Senior Center: 2939 Ellis St, Berkeley 94703
Join the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), the Interfaith Movement 4 Human Integrity (IM4HI), and SURJ-Bay Area for an evening of sharing, solidarity and action to address the following questions:
  • What's really happening in Border cities from California to Texas? How are migrants successfully negotiating the new normal along the border?
  • How are everyday people building solidarity with migrants and asylum seekers under the conditions that have been newly imposed in Mexico and in the US?
  • What are the links between Trump's war on immigrants with the Administration's foreign policy agenda in Latin America, the Middle East and beyond?
  • What can I do to support asylum-seekers and migrants at the border and here in the Bay Area?
Combatants for Peace at Manny’s in San Francisco! There is another way!
Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 pm
Manny’s: 3092 16th St, @ Valencia (doors open at 3:45)
For over a decade, Combatants for Peace has embodied and served as a model for our values of freedom, democracy, security, respect and dignity for all. Combatants for Peace is an Israeli-Palestinian bi-national community – a community that exemplifies viable cooperation and renunciation of all forms of violence.A unique opportunity to hear from the people on the ground! Palestinian Ismail Assad and Israeli Galia Galili will share their stories of personal transformation as well as the work they are doing to bring Peace, justice and equality to their homeland. Come and engage in dialogue with community members to participate in a positive way in ending this long-standing conflict. Free and open to all. Light refreshments provided.  RSVP at Beth@afcfp.org
Bend the Arc’s national conference will bring together progressive activists and organizers who root their work in Jewish values for three days of learning, connection, and solidarity in Washington DC. Deepen your understanding, expand your skills, prepare for 2020, and seed a vision for the future. Register.
From HamaQom The Place
Do I have to belong to a synagogue to be buried in a Jewish cemetery? How does tahara apply to trans people? What is the etiquette surrounding shiva? What if I can’t afford a burial? Is it okay for Jews to be cremated? If I have tattoos, can I have a Jewish burial? What do I say to someone in mourning? Join us for a series of discussions about the challenging issues surrounding death and dying. Participants can register for any class at any location, and can pick and choose any number of sessions. Sessions are $10 each and run from Feb-Jun 2020. Registration is open until the day before the session.
Questions? Please call 510.845.6420 or email us at info@hmqm.org.
Happy Birthday!
Zoe Friedman 2/2
Spencer Fischer 2/2
Shahpour Matloob 2/2
Jacob Robinson 2/3
Ivan Willard 2/4
Denise Gordon 2/4
Ami Zusman 2/5
Andrew Fyne 2/6
Andrew Sullivan 2/6
Erika Katske 2/8
Irene Friedman 2/9
Emily Dorian 2/9
Elias Ross Trupin 2/10
Andrew Berger 2/10
Marion Vera Williamson 2/11
Matthew Zvi Rawlings-Fein 2/12
Leva Choden 2/13
Avi Goldberg 2/13
Avraham Giannini 2/14
Beth Ross 2/14
Irene Ogus 2/14
Lisa DiGirolamo 2/14
Ema Morales-Diaz 2/15
David Lowe 2/16
Adam Best-Leung 2/18
Nancy Muller 2/18
Reuben Friedman 2/18
Steven Mazer 2/19
Jim Edlin 2/20
Hilary Zaid 2/20
Barbara Bergmann 2/20
Andrew Schwartz 2/21
Kirsten Gustavson 2/21
Susan Tubbesing 2/22
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