“Passover is so widely celebrated because of its deeply meaningful themes of liberation and justice, but also because it is a home-centered holiday,” says Rabbi Mychal Copeland of Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. - San Francisco Chronicle
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Thursday, April 9
6:00 pm
Leave Egypt without leaving your home! This year’s Sha’ar Zahav Second Night Passover Seder will be on Zoom, led by Rabbi Copeland and Cantor Bernstein. We invite you to set your table for the holiday and get ready to rejoice together in our liberation! Features of our online Seder: access to our Sha'ar Zahav Haggadah electronically, time to break up in small groups and chat with folks at our “tables,” and getting to see what everyone made for dinner. Pre-registration is required .
Passover Resources & More....


Sha'ar Zahav Passover Music and Text
Want to learn how to sing [almost] everything in the Haggadah? Or have a back-up track at your first night Seder? Check out the Sha'ar Zahav Pesach recordings on Sound Cloud . Page numbers refer to the Sha'ar Zahav Haggadah; you can download a PDF by clicking here .
Share Your Favorite Passover Recipes
We may be stuck at home this year but that doesn't mean we can't share food! Share your favorite Passover recipes on our Passover Padlet . No account required. Follow the link. Double click anywhere on the padlet to open a sharing box. Give it a label, add a comment, and upload your recipe photo, scan, file. Circle back in a few days and see what else appears!
Young Adults Zoom Shabbat
Friday, April 10
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 10 at 7:30 pm
Join us virtually, on Zoom, as Cantor Bernstein leads Shabbat services. The drash will be given by member, James Carlson.

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Lay-led Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 am
Join us for weekly Shabbat Morning services now on zoom!

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Passover Yoga
Monday, April 13
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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Weekday Morning Service for Passover
Tuesday, April 14
8:30-9:15 am
Songs and prayers to set our hearts and minds for the coming day plus the festive prayers of Hallel for the week of Passover! Led by Cantor Bernstein. For information, contact cantor@shaarzahav.org .

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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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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
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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 .
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 .
Environmental Justice Group
Monday, April 13
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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Adult Orphans Friendship Circle
Wednesday, April 15
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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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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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Meditation Group (SF)
Saturday, May 2
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 Michael Chertok for information.

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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, and the Kitchen, and Faith in Action Bay Area in donating to: www.bayareaimmigrationbondfund.org

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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
17 Nisan
Chol Hamoed Pesach

Friday Evening Service
April 10, 7:30 pm 
Led by : Rabbi Copeland & Cantor Bernstein
Drash : Karen Schiller

Sponsor(s) : Howard Hahn
In memory of my father and Sha'ar Zahav member, Fred Hahn

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
April 11, 10:00 am

24 Nisan
Shemini

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


Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
April 18, 10:00 am
Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org to sponsor a Shabbat
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Jewish Family and Children’s Service provides the following services:
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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!
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Larry Best   4/7
Hannah Megumi Korthof   4/7
Anna Katz   4/8
Daniel Gill   4/8
Nicolas Rosenstone   4/9
Paisha Rochlin-Lehrman   4/10
Glen Hauer   4/10
Liam Klaiman   4/11
Sydney Klaiman   4/11
Johanna Klaiman   4/11
Kara Romanko   4/11
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
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