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A Sha'ar Zahav Shavuot Night of Learning
Thursday, May 28
6:30 PM - Midnight
What Did You Hear At Sinai? Jewish tradition tells us that we all heard something different at Mt. Sinai. What did you hear? Come explore with text study, art, food, music, and more! Click Here to Register .
This event and all others are on zoom.
Please join us starting at 6:30 pm
Breakout Rooms - Session 1
7:00-7:45 PM
Maker Space Paper Cutting Andrea Guerra
Queering Kabbalah Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Breakout Rooms - Session 2
8:00-8:45 PM
The Taste of Torah Paul Cohen, Kathleen & Ernest Friedlander, & Florence Nacamulli
Torah with Paper and Knife Jane Rice
Breakout Rooms - Session 3
9:00-9:45 PM
Hevruta Study (Text Study-buddies) Morey Lipsett
We Were All at Sinai: A Writing Playshop Andrew Ramer
Breakout Rooms - Session 4
10:00-10:45 PM
We Were at Sinai Too! Marty Rawlings-Fein
Musical Midrash Cantor Sharon Bernstein
Breakout Rooms - Session 5
11:00-11:45 PM
Nature Hugs Rebecca Fenn
The Prophetess Huldah and the Democracy of the Torah Robin Cohn

Community Shabbat Evening Service
A Shavuot Shabbat-Celebration of multi faith families, Jews by Choice, and fellow travelers
Friday, May 29
7:30 pm
Join us for Shabbat services led by Rabbi Copeland and Ami Zusman. Rabbi Copeland will be offering the drash in celebration of the Book of Ruth, read on the festival of Shavuot. Ruth was a “fellow traveler” of the Jewish people, and we will recognize all the families in our community that are made up of people from different backgrounds. Are you part of a multifaith or multicultural family? Are you a Jew by Choice? We celebrate you!

Now that we know we'll be sheltering until at least the end of May - its 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!
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Meeting ID: 452 290 988
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Need help getting on Zoom or with other technologies? Contact Sara Haber , she'll help you one on one!
Young Adults Shabbat
Friday, May 29
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 or Heidy Ramirez .

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Meeting ID: 134 920 431
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Lay-led Shabbat Morning Service & Yizkor
Saturday, May 30
10:00 am
Join us for a lay-led shabbat morning service. We will be including Yizkor as part of this Saturday morning's services. The Yizkor memorial service is a traditional observance for Shavuot.

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Meeting ID: 365 434 855
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Tree of Life Yoga
Monday, June 1
8:00 am
You are invited to explore a contemplative approach to Yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. We will blend traditional yoga and Judaism, integrating Jewish prayers, chants, & meditation. Led by Mychal Copeland.

Meeting ID:  354 552 296
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Weekday Morning Service
Tuesday, June 2
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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ShulCloud Training
Tuesday, June 2
8:00 pm
Want to learn how to learn how to get in touch with other members by accessing the member directory? We'll teach you how to how to log-in, set up your ShulCloud account, access the member directory, update lifecycles, and more! Bring all your ShulCloud related questions - we will make ample time to answer everyone's questions. Questions? Contact .

Meeting ID: 842 7399 7478
Weekly Torah Study-Parashat Hashavuah
Wednesday, June 3
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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Family & Friends Shabbat on Zoom
Friday, June 5
Join Rabbi Reuben Zellman and Educator Sue Bojdak plus a menagerie of stuffies for a quick (1/2 hour) fun, interactive Shabbat service for people ages 3-7 and their families and friends. BYOS (stuffy) and BYOC (candles). We'll welcome the Shabbat stuffies and light candles together. We would like to spend Shabbat with YOU!

Kaddish Memory Circle
Monday, June 8
6:30 pm
Have you experienced a loss in your life? We will pause to honor the lives of loved ones, share names and memories, say Kaddish, and support one another in our mourning process during this time of distancing. We will be gathering virtually in remembrance periodically during these months ahead and invite you to join for any and all of these Kaddish Memory Circles. Led by Rabbi Copeland.

Meeting ID: 912 9311 2403
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Group will meet Tuesdays, June 23-August 11
This eight-week group is for anyone mourning a person who has died. Open to Congregation Sha'ar Zahav members and the wider community. Rabbi Natan Fenner of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center will facilitate on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm, at Sha'ar Zahav and/or through Zoom (TBD closer to June 23rd). Contact BAJHC at 415-750-3436 or for more information. Advance registration is required for this space-limited group. Sha’ar Zahavniks will have a chance to register before the wider community, so if you’re interested, respond immediately to ensure a spot.

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 Carey Averbook at . Additionally, if you're comfortable with WordPress and other website-building technologies, please contact .
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 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.
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!
Ongoing Events
Adult Orphans Friendship Circle
Wednesday, May 27
 6:30-8:30 pm
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
Non-members welcome! For more information contact Paisha Rochlin .

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Meeting ID: 965 6970 6237
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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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Ritual Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 3
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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Meditation Group (SF)
Saturday, June 6
10:30 am
First Saturday of every month (generally)
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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Environmental Justice Group
Monday, June 8
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, June 10
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.
7 Sivan
Shavuot Day 2

Friday Evening Service
May 29, 7:30 pm 
Led by : Rabbi Copeland & Ami Zusman
Drash : Rabbi Copeland

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
May 30, 10:00 am

14 Sivan

Friday Evening Service
June 5, 7:30 pm 
Led by : Rabbi Copeland & Cantor Bernstein
Drash : Patricia Ballou

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
June 6, 10:00 am
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Community Events
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”.
Happy Birthday!
Jane Rice   5/24
David Gluck   5/24
Robert Katz   5/26
Pierre Adida   5/27
Sherie Koshover   5/28
David Ogus Thor Langdon   5/28
Grant Shreiner   5/28
Chase Tanner   5/29
Elliott Sprehn   5/29
Trudi Hauptman   5/29
Crow Martin-Fromm   5/31
Donald Abrams   6/1
Sofia Herron Geller   6/1
Sacha Mons   6/2
Nina Wouk   6/2
Diane Desmond   6/2
Asa Eli DiGirolamo Klein   6/2
Gabriel Lampert   6/3
ora prochovnick   6/4
Daniel Vainish   6/5
Brad Friedman   6/6
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
Rose Katz   6/10
Annie Winters   6/11
Larissa Queiroga Da Silva   6/13
Steve Wiesner   6/15
Gabriel Gluck   6/15
Shayna Prochovnick   6/16
Alan Karras   6/16
Nancy Levin   6/16
Sarah Rawlings-Fein   6/16
Pieter de Haan   6/17
Wayne Bender   6/17
Julie Mamet   6/17
Beth Kaufman   6/18
John-David Feldman   6/18
Susan Lubeck   6/18
Larry Wexler   6/20
Deborah Farkas   6/20
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