Hello Friends, Join Us for Shavuot!
The Magic of Torah: Sunday, May 16
From 6:45 pm Until Midnight

It is said that we all stood at the foot of Mount Sinai, amidst thunder, lightning, and dense clouds, each and every one of us, receiving the magic of Torah. Join us in a much-of-the-night fest of learning, each choosing our own Torah adventure from a wide variety of sessions taught by our in-house Sha’ar Zahav mavens, plus special guest antiquities expert Lenny Wolfe.

We will follow up with the complete schedule and Zoom meeting information next week.

Green Shabbat is This Week
Friday Night Shabbat: April 23 at 7:30 pm

Join us to welcome Shabbat and honor Earth Day as we explore what we need to live sustainably within our means and in harmony with the planet. Led by Rabbi Copeland and Micah Lubensky. D’rash by Maggid Elias Ramer. Register Here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Shabbat Morning Service: April 24 at 10 am

Our interactive morning services are 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.

Upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Events
Making Space for Black, Brown and Other People of Color at Sha'ar Zahav with Communication Coach Kathy Simon

Sunday, April 25
4:00 - 5:15 pm

What can we do to ensure that People of Color, Jews and non-Jews, feel at home at Sha'ar Zahav?

Drawing on her skills as a communication coach, Kathy will facilitate a conversation about cultivating a more inclusive community, and offer some tips about speaking and listening that can support deeper connections. People of all races and ethnicities are welcome. Questions? Please contact Sue Bojdak.

Performing Judaism: Hustling for Legitimacy, Safety and Worthiness by Donnovan Yisrael

Friday, April 30
Shabbat services at 7:30 pm led by Rabbi Copeland and Larry Best, talk at 8:15 pm, followed by Q&A until 9:00 pm.

Join us for Erev Shabbat and stay for a conversation with Donnovan Yisrael, Senior Health Educator, Mental Health and Wellbeing at Stanford’s Vaden Health Center, and completed his conversion with Sha’ar Zahav. You can view a short clip of Donovan and other locals here about their conversion journey.

"Jewish&" Shabbat Service
Friday, May 14
7:30 pm

Join us to celebrate those in our community who are part of multifaith, multicultural, and multiracial families!

We will lift up our ancestor, Ruth, whose book we read at the Shavuot holiday, as a“fellow-traveler,” a Moabite who chose to live in community with the ancient Israelites.

Jewish 12-Steps with Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Mike Shriver

Monday, May 10
7:00 - 8:30 pm

How do 12-Step recovery programs, rooted in Christian thinking, work for Jews? With the help of members who have, themselves, grappled with addiction, we will explore approaches to theology that can aid in recovery. Whether or not your life has been touched by addiction, everyone will have the chance to read texts and contemplate how our ideas about G!d might affect our daily lives.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Intro to Friday Night Services with Cantor Sharon Bernstein

Tuesday, May 11
7:00 - 8:30(ish) pm

Are you new, or new-ish to the Friday night service? Or have been going for a long time, and have questions? Do you wonder what are the different parts, or why or how things are done?

Please join us for this one-off class covering key structural and thematic points of the Friday night service, designed to help us navigate our ways, practically and spiritually, through the Friday evening prayers.

Virtual Singles Meetup for Sha'ar Zahav Members

Sunday, May 16
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Are you single? If your answer is yes and you'd love a little community during these isolating times, you have found the right place! Sha'ar Zahav member Tamar Gershon is championing a virtual space to meet, chat and develop a support system.

Ultimately, when we can, we'd love to meet for in-person activities, and maybe some will meet their Bashert (soulmate), who knows?? For all ages, all genders, all sexualities and abilities. Questions, feel free to email Tamar Gershon.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
#SocialAction: Ways to Get Involved
Action Alert! Let's show up for "A Vigil for Respect and Dignity for All San Franciscans" this Friday at 3 pm at 1 Van Ness, supporting those who are facing eviction and can't get rent relief - most of whom are Latinx and Black.
(Please attend if you feel safe. This is an in-person, masks-required event)
Campaign for SB-1 (voting fairness) and H.R. 40 (reparations) with the Religious Action Center

Launch event on Wednesday, April 28
5:00 pm

The Religious Action Center (“RAC”) is starting a Racial Justice Campaign as a continuation of their Civic Education Campaign. The launch event will provide a deeper insight into what is planned for this year and how we can get involved to fight voter suppression and dismantle systemic racism, one policy change at a time.

Social Action Committee Meeting
Monday, May 3
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Social Action Committee is working on advancing the “Equality Act” (federal LGBT rights) and the “For the People Act” (assuring national fair elections). Want to join us? Contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

Calling all small landlords: Do you know about the covid Tenant Relief Act which can provide delinquent rent benefiting landlords and tenants for stable communities? For information see Faith in Action Bay Area Small Landlords Website or contact abby@faithinactionba.org.

Be part of an Accompaniment team for a newly arrived gay Russian asylum-seeking couple. For information, contact Nancy Wecker.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
#Learning: Keep Growing
Weekly Mussar Group
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 22
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
Weekly Torah Study Group
Wednesday, April 28
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

Finding God in a Pandemic
Weekly on Mondays Until May 10
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Jews love to say we are “God-strugglers,” so let’s explore the rich Jewish landscape of God-talk, from the classics like Buber, Kaplan, Heschel to feminist and queer Jewish theologies. We will explore how theology, pantheism, and atheism attempt to answer the most profound questions of our time.

Sign up for the whole class or drop in when you’re able. We'll be counting the omer. Open to all.

Free to Members and $15 for Non-members. Register Here.

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!
#More: Community Events
Va'ad (Board) Meeting
Today, Wednesday, April 21
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Va'ad meetings are open to everyone in our member community. We meet the third Wednesday of every month. Join us!

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 22
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
We Read "The Book of V." by Anna Solomon and Will Discuss it Tomorrow, April 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm

We read "The Book of V." by Anna Solomon as part of the One Bay One Book project of the Jewish Community Library. In this new novel, rooted in the Book of Esther, three characters’ stories in different time periods overlap and ultimately collide. The book is filled with feminist themes and we can't wait to discuss it tomorrow. If you read the book, join us!

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Disability & Accessibility Committee Meeting
Monday, April 26
Noon - 1:30 pm

Join to meet others with disabilities and work towards a more accessible Sha'ar Zahav on Zoom and when we go back to the synagogue building. We are also looking forward to starting programs and events centered around queer, Jewish, and disabled identities. Want to join? Have questions? Please email Eliana Smithstein.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, April 27
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
Theater & Movies Chavurah
Wednesday, April 28
6:00 - 7:30 pm

We have re-launched the theatre/movie chavurah and our second play is "Dara" available on National Theater at Home. Watch on your own, and let's gather to discuss it on Zoom.

To join the chavurah, please email Yvette Adida or Liliana Peliks. We will watch something new every month, and will decide together on dates, genres, etc.

Join the Zoom Meeting: Zoom link
Yoga Practice
Saturday, May 1
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, May 1
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
Remember When...
Wednesday, May 5
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
Kaddish Memory Circle
Thursday, May 6 and 20
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

Co-presented by Sha'ar Zahav
Queer Jews: A 20th Anniversary Symposium in Memory of David Shneer. Co-presented by the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion & Sha’ar Zahav.

Sunday, May 2
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Twenty years after the initial publication of Queer Jews, the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion is hosting a symposium in honor of the role the book played in re-imagining the American and global Jewish worlds, and in memory of David Shneer’s many gifts and contributions to queer Jewish life.

B’Tzelem Elokim: A Mother Discusses Her Fight for Transgender Rights. Co-presented by the Jewish Community Library and Sha’ar Zahav.

Sunday, May 2
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Mimi Lemay, author of "What We Will Become" will speak about her journey away from the ultra-orthodox community, and her own family's journey in affirming the chosen gender of their son, Jacob.

Resources for You
COVID-19 Funeral Expenses Assistance 

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 -related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. 
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
Applications began on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
April Birthdays
Merle Malakoff, 4/1
Charlie Spiegel, 4/1
Eliana Frank, 4/2
Quinn Klaiman, 4/3
Ben Gaste, 4/5
Rachel Nancollas, 4/5
Britta Pomrantz, 4/6
Larry Best, 4/7
Hannah Megumi Korthof, 4/7
Daniel Gill, 4/8
Anna Katz, 4/8
Nicolas Rosenstone, 4/9
Marvin Lehrman, 4/10
Glen Hauer. 4/10
John Arnold, 4/10
Kara Romanko, 4/11
Liam Klaiman, 4/11
Sydney Klaiman, 4/11
Johanna Klaiman, 4/11
Sophia De Anda, 4/11
Susan Leff, 4/12
Avidan Rene Novogrodsky-Godt, 4/13
Jay Cohen, 4/13
Bonnie Kates, 4/13
Marjorie Hilsenrad, 4/14
Kaye Hoxter, 4/14
Bob Gordon, 4/16
Diana Buchbinder, 4/17
Maelis Perlman, 4/18
Donald Fischer, 4/18
Meg Keene, 4/18
Carina Elisa Rose, 4/19
Lillian Levy, 4/19
Shaun Poblete, 4/20
Jonathon Thunderword, 4/20
Scott Bergman, 4/20
Lisa Finkelstein, 4/21
Sara Haber, 4/23
Joshua Muller, 4/23
Karen Schiller, 4/24
Samuel Lowinger, 4/24
Brian Ellis, 4/25
Karlyn Isaac Lotney, 4/26
Janaye Murphy, 4/29
Ruth Schoenbach, 4/30
Rachel Ralston, 4/30
Neil J Young, 4/30

Friday Evening Service
April 23, 7:30 pm 

12 Iyar
Aharei Moth/Kedoshim
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Micah Lubensky

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
April 24, 10:00 am
Meeting ID: 365 434 855
Passcode: 068575

Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org 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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