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Making Every Day Count
Omer Counting Spiritual Practice
Monday-Thursday (April 13-April 16)
7:45-8:15 pm
From Passover through the holiday of Shavuot in late May, we observe a centering practice called Counting the Omer. The psalmist says, “Give us the wisdom to count our days,” and during this time of uncertainty and waiting, our Omer practice will guide us in finding meaning in each day. Join Rabbi Copeland this week, and then on Thursday evenings through May 21, for a short, spiritual closing of the day: a chant, a kavannah (intention) for the week utilizing Jewish mystical wisdom, and counting the day together. Drop in whenever you can. We will be using Cantor Bernstein’s Omer counter tool to help us stay on track. No experience with this simple ritual is necessary, but if you wish to guide your own practice or learn more about the practice, search for a copy of Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide by Min Kantrowitz, or use Rami Shapiro’s excellent online Omer Journal. For more information contact rabbi@shaarzahav.org .

Every day, until Apr 16, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
       Apr 13, 2020 07:45 PM
       Apr 14, 2020 07:45 PM
       Apr 15, 2020 07:45 PM
       Apr 16, 2020 07:45 PM

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Thursday, April 16
9:00-10:00 am
Yizkor is our service of remembrance at the close of the Passover holiday, pausing to honor the lives of loved ones who have died. Whether or not you have ever participated in such a service, especially if you have had a loss, you are invited to join. We will share names and memories, say Kaddish, and support one another in our mourning process during this time of distancing. Led by Rabbi Copeland.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Family & Friends Shabbat is Coming to you on Zoom!
Friday, April 17 at 4:30 pm
Join Rabbi Reuben Zellman and Educator Sue Bojdak for a quick (1/2 hour) fun, interactive Shabbat service including music, stories, and puppets for people ages 3-7 and their family and friends. BYOD (dinosaur) and BYOC (candles). We'll welcome the Shabbat dinosaur and light candles together.
Friday, April 17 - 4:30pm @ this Zoom Link
Friday, May 1 - 4:30pm @ this Zoom Link
Friday, May 15 - 4:30pm @ this Zoom Link

We are hoping to be back with you in shared space in June! Questions? Contact our Education Director, Sue Bojdak at education@shaarzahav.org .
Young Adults Zoom Shabbat
Friday, April 17
6:00-6:45 pm (candle lighting at 6:15)
While we continue to shelter-in-place, please join us as we check-in with how we're each doing, meet new people, and light Shabbat Candles. We welcome you to show up however you're feeling. We're all on a roller-coaster right now! (Suggested age group 22-38). For more information, please contact Carey Averbook at caverbook@pm.me or Emily Dorian at emilydorian29@gmail.com .

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Community Shabbat Service
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm
Join us virtually, on Zoom, for our weekly Friday evening Shabbat services. Shabbes beat with Cantor Bernstein, the drash will be given by member, Martin Rawlings-Fein. **There will be a "waitlist" when you join the meeting, please make sure your Zoom user name matches your first and last name, so that we can admit you quickly upon entering the meeting.**

If you'd like to purchase a Sha'ar Zahav Siddur, now is the perfect time, so you can follow along at home during our Zoom gatherings.

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Lay-led Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 am
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Join us for a virtual commemoration
of Holocaust Remembrance Day
Monday, April 20
4:00-6:45 pm
Though we must practice social distancing, we will harness the power of online platforms to commemorate Yom HaShoah. Join the JFCS Holocaust Center, HaMaqom, Rabbi Copeland, and the greater Bay Area community as we commemorate Yom HaShoah online for the very first time. All are welcome to this free, online, community-wide event.
4:00 – 6:00 pm: Virtual Reading of the Names*
6:00 – 6:45 pm: Virtual Memorial Commemoration and Program
Weekday Morning Service
Tuesday, April 21
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 cantor@shaarzahav.org .

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Tree of Life Yoga
Wednesday, April 22
8:00-9:00 am
Join in a yoga session celebrating the Passover season. Wear clothes you can move in, all levels welcome. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland.

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Green Shabbat Zoom Service
Friday, April 24 at 7:30 pm
Please join us for this special service presented by Sha’ar Zahav’s Environmental Justice Group to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. The drash will be given by member Terry Fletcher.
Torah reminds us that preserving Breishit (Creation) is part of our sacred commitment as Jews and as humans. Join us in contemplating this magnificent gift and challenge.

Interested in joining our group to take concrete action on climate change and the environment? Contact Terry Fletcher at gillianf19@gmail.com .
Register Today : 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 program@bajhc.org 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.
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

SZ Tech Corps

Do you have tech skills and are looking for a way to support our community? If you're skilled at Zoom, Google Drive and WordPress, we could use your help! Contact Carey Averbrook at caverbrook@pm.me .
Adult Orphans Friendship Circle
Wednesday, April 15
 6:30-8:30 pm
Second Wednesday of every month
Non-members welcome! For more information contact Paisha Rochlin paimar@pacbell.net or Marjorie Hilsenrad onceupntym@sbcglobal.net

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Meditation Group (SF)
Saturday, April 18
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. **This virtual meeting requires a password, please contact Andy Schwartz at andy@schegg.org to obtain the password.** Join Zoom Meeting: https://jewishfed.zoom.us/j/99097835267
Board Meeting (Va'ad)
Wednesday, April 22
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 sara.fay.haber@gmail.com .
Ritual Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 29
7:00 pm
Last Wednesday of every month
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  ritual@shaarzahav.org .

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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 Nancy Wecker at nwecker@earthlink.net . In keeping with the traditions of Pesach, please consider joining in SZ’s second annual collaboration with Or Shalom, Mission Minyan, The Kitchen, and Faith in Action Bay Area in donating to: www.bayareaimmigrationbondfund.org

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Environmental Justice Group
Monday, May 11
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 .

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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 HineniLeaders@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.
Pray
24 Nisan
Shemini

Friday Evening Service
April 17, 7:30 pm 
Shabbes Beat
Led by : Cantor Bernstein
Drash : Martin Rawlings-Fein


Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
April 18, 10:00 am

1 Iyar
Tazria/Metzora

Friday Evening Service
April 24, 7:30 pm 
Green Shabbat
Led by : Rabbi Copeland
Drash : Terry Fletcher


Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
April 25, 10:00 am
Rabbi Copeland and Bar Mitzvah Student Isaac Lachter will also be co-leading
Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org to sponsor a Shabbat
Community Events
Are you struggling financially?
Hebrew Free Loan provides interest-free Coronavirus Impact Loans to individuals and organizations. Find out more at https://www.hflasf.org/apply/loans-we-offer/coronavirus-impact/

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  https://www.jfcs.org/ for more information.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar's Passover 2020
Menu available Tuesday, April 7-Thursday April 16

4 Course Meals ( $49 per person + tax) with House Made Matzo and optional wine pairings. Feeding a group? Email contact@canelasf.com .
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: smile.amazon.com .

We also encourage writing a comment in support of Amazon workers under “Customer Service - Contact Amazon”.
Happy Birthday!
Susan Leff   4/12
Jay Cohen   4/13
Bonnie Kates   4/13
Avidan Rene Novogrodsky-Godt   4/13
Abby Volk   4/14
Marjorie Hilsenrad   4/14
Kaye Hoxter   4/14
Bob Gordon   4/16
Diana Buchbinder   4/17
Maelis Perlman   4/18
Meg Keene   4/18
Donald Fischer   4/18
Ben Gaster   4/19
Lillian Seklir   4/19
Carina Elisa Rose   4/19
Shaun Poblete   4/20
Scott Bergman   4/20
Joshua Muller   4/23
Sara Haber   4/23
Karen Schiller   4/24
Samuel Lowinger   4/24
Brian Ellis   4/25
Karlyn Isaac Lotney   4/26
Bradley Neuberg   4/28
Janaye Murphy   4/29
Rachel Ralston   4/30
Ruth Schoenbach   4/30
Kei Micah Korthof   5/1
Lori Roniger   5/2
Rena Frantz   5/2
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