Link of the Week: Check out narratives, recipes, and music from Latinx Jews during Latinx Heritage Month from Be’chol Lashon. Link here
Community: Let's Get Together
The Intersection of Climate Change and Racial Justice with Michelle Pierce
NEW TIME! This Sunday, October 24, 6:30-8pm

Local environmental justice and public health activist Michelle Pierce will talk about the racist origins of the many environmental issues faced by communities on the frontline of climate change and where we need to go from here. Shawn Rosenmoss will discuss San Francisco's commitment to ground its Climate Action Plan in racial equity, inclusion, and a just transition. This is part of our Racial Equity Committee’s 4th Sunday @ 4 Series co-presented with the Climate Action Committee.
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3 Virtual Gatherings: Queering "Song of Songs"
Sunday, October 24th, 4:00 -6:00 pm
Sunday, November 21st, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 19th, 4:00 -6:00 pm
Come celebrate the legacy of musician and scholar Jewlia Eisenberg with a community of artists, spiritual leaders, and radical thinkers as we study a queer and feminist reading of “Song of Songs” (Shir HaShirim) in the Bible. Co-facilitated by Maggid A. Elias Ramer.
Sign up here: Signup Link
Jewish Yoga
Monthly on the 4th Shabbat morning
October 23, at 9:00 am
You are invited to a Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Led by our member and yoga instructor Surya Stuart Dick. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome. To be added to our SZ Yoga listserv, email
Join the meeting: Zoom Link
Weekly Torah Study Group, Led by member and
poet Barbara Leff
Weekly on Thursdays
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. Tomorrow, member Barbara Leff, author of “And God Said,” a compilation of poetry about the book of Genesis, will lead our group.

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High Holy Days Sermon
Read Rabbi Copeland's High Holy Day Sermon here.
Social Action: Get Involved
Spotlight on Gun Violence Restraining Orders
Thursday, October 21, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

What is a gun violence restraining order? How can they help people in crisis and their families stay safe from gun violence? To learn more, join Supervisor Catherine Stefani, Police Chief William Scott, and Acting Deputy Chief Raj Vaswani, along with experts from Brady United Against Gun Violence. RSVP today for this town hall organized by the San Francisco chapter of Brady today! Tirtza and Barry Pearl have helped to organize this event. Tirtza is on the panel and will talk about how a gun violence restraining order would have helped her in a dangerous situation.

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Learning Together
The Ethics of Ethical Speech: Lashon Hara
October 25, November 1, 8, and 15, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Judaism teaches that we have the power to create or destroy worlds with our speech. How can we, at Sha’ar Zahav, live out our ethics through speech and writing? On zoom? In emails? On community listservs? In this study group, we will examine Jewish teachings about Lashon Hara, literally “evil tongue” and ethical speech. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland, no prior experience with the topic or texts necessary. Free for SZ members; $60 for non-members.

Lehrhaus is back!
Looking for regional classes in Jewish history, Bible, and more? Lehrhaus Judaica…became HAMAQOM…and is now in its new incarnation as New Lehrhaus. Fantastic classes-top notch scholars and most of the courses are FREE. Check out these offerings:
  • Rachel Gross: Food Fights: Authority and Authenticity in American Jewish Food
  • Robert Alter and Ron Hendel: The Bible Now: Literature and History in the Hebrew Bible
  • David Biale and Rachel Biale: Torah from the Bedroom: Sexuality in Jewish Tradition 
  • Rivka Amado: Cultural Memory: Ladino Music and Poetry 
  • Steve Zipperstein, Revisiting Philip Roth: Still Crazy After All These Years?
  • Judy Shanks: Mussar: The Art of Menschmaking
  • Plus Talmud Circles, Yiddish and more!

Check for a complete listing of classes.
Shabbat: Join Us
Friday Night Services: October 22 at 7:30 pm
GREEN SHABAT Led by Rabbi Copeland Paul Bendix. D'rash by Deborah Levy. Brought to you the Climate Action Committee.
Register Here for Zoom Service. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Saturday Morning Service: October 23 at 10 am
Join the Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 365 434 855 and Passcode: 068575.
To join by phone for either service, dial +1 669 900 9128 or find your local number.

Next Week:
Friday Night Service, October 29 at 7:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Copeland and Larry Best. D'rash by Elias Ramer.
Saturday Morning Service: October 30 at 10 am
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat

Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Social Action Committee
Monday, November 8, 2021
7:00 - 8:30 pm Note different meeting date and time
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! Lend your voice and ideas as together we plan new events with interesting guest speakers. Also, we are looking for one or two more people to join our newest Accompaniment team with a gay Venezuelan immigrant. Interested? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.

Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Book Group Discussion: The Last Palace
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home. In The Last Palace Eisen explores some of the people who called this palace home. Read, and come discuss. Contact Ami Zusman for more information. 

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Adult Orphans Friendship Circle 
2nd and 4th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm
For elder members who have little or no family in the Bay Area. We meet for lively discussions and occasional presentations related to aging. Open to the whole SZ Community. Contact Paisha Rochlin for more info.

Join us: Zoom link.

Theater & Movies Chavurah
1st Wednesday of the Month, November 3
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Theater & Movies Chavurah meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Yvette Adida.

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Remember When
1st Wednesday of the Month, November 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.

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Weekly Mussar Group
Weekly on Thursdays
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.

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Art Group: Drop-in
Weekly on Thursdays
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.

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Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, November 6
10:30 am - Noon

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.

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Hiking Chavurah
2nd Saturday, 9:50 am

We hike on the second Saturday of the month
Join other Sha’ar Zahavniks on monthly urban hikes – mostly in SF but we sometimes venture farther afield. This is a great way to get to know other SZ members while exploring the city and beyond. The hikes usually last about two hours. For more information, email Karen Schiller and Ellen Murland
12-Step Meetings by and for Sha’ar Zahav Members
Weekly on Sundays On Zoom
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Come listen and share experience, strength, and hope with other CSZ members who identify as part of any 12-step community (AA, NA, CMA, Alanon, SA, etc.).

The meeting will be run in the usual 12-step format but will also feature some thoughts and reflections from members who are working to bring their Jewish selves and Jewish traditions to their 12-step practice. Contact Erika Katske with any questions.

For Sha'ar Zahav Members Only. Register Here to Attend.
Weekday Morning Prayer
Weekly on Tuesdays
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.

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Birthdays this week!
Ma'ayan Estelle Lieberman 10/23 
Judith Cohen 10/25
Billy Schoenenberger 10/25
Julia Shorofsky 10/25
Natalie Lee 10/25
Eli Weinstein 10/25
Ilana Bernstein 10/26
Clarissa Kripke 10/26
David Grunwald 10/26
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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