Link of the week: Check out this article by the J. who interviewed our very own Martin Rawlings-Fein about Monkeypox stigmatization and the LGBTQ+ community.
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Friday Night Services:
August 5th at 7:30 pm.
Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person.
Led by Cantor Bernstein and Ariel Spagnolo.
D'rash by Franco Martinez.
Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:
August 6th at 10:00 am.
Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person.
Help us welcome baby Ramona, child of Joe and Anna Harkman, who will receive a Hebrew name and blessing at services!
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.
While we strive for all our events to be mixed-access, this is not always possible. Some of the events below are only in-person, and some are Zoom only. If you have any questions about a particular event, please contact the office, or the contact listed for the event.
Calls to Action
Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer is Looking for Volunteer Hebrew Tutors
Our Beit Sefer needs YOU! Would you enjoy a chance to study Hebrew one-on-one with a student in grade 5-7 through this year? Consider joining our Hebrew Tutoring team. Check out the details here. Contact Sue Bojdak to tell her you are interested.
It’s time to come together! 
No, not the High Holy Days just yet – Membership Renewal! 
Members were sent an email noting your prior support and asking you to make a personally significant financial commitment. It takes each of us to assure a vibrant community – and to meet our $1 million budget. So, please commit now – and save yourself and our volunteers the need to nudge you. You can follow the link in your email or click here. (And if you’re not yet a member, here’s how). If you have questions, please email Susie Idzik 
Many thanks to those 145 households who have already made a commitment!
Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer 
Please register by Friday, August 19
Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer begins September 10. See the calendar here.  
Contact educator Sue Bojdak with questions.  
Community: Let's Get Together
John Lewis Voter Engagement Group
Thursday, August 4, 5pm
Florida State Senator Shevrin Jones will discuss Operation Blackout the Vote and voter turnout for Black voters. Jones is the first openly gay Black person elected to the Florida Legislature! Sign up here.

Faith in Action Empty Homes Tax Campaign Kickoff Part 2:
Public Narrative Training
Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
in the church hall of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (3215 Cesar Chavez)
Be a part of a movement making real change for housing security. Masks required. Please RSVP to Nancy Wecker or Marc Adams.
Social Action Committee 
Tour at Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)
Sunday, August 7
tour at 2pm and no host lunch at 1pm
Join us for an in-person tour of the Jim Henson Exhibition and the Tikun exhibition. The CJM is fully accessible for wheelchair users and other visitors who use mobility devices. Join us for lunch at Wise Sons Delicatessen, inside the CJM.
Sign up here for the tour. This link is specific to our group and gives you a $2.00 discount off the admission price.
For more information about the tour, lunch, admission, please contact Geri Kahn.
Thank you to SZ member Anna Katz who arranged the tour for us!
Young, Jewish and in a Pandemic
August 31, 5:30pm in person at Sha'ar Zahav
Are you a young adult struggling to stay connected to your Judaism as a result of the pandemic? Or wondering how other folks are connecting to their Jewish community from behind a screen? If this sounds like some of the questions you've asked, please join Sha'ar Zahav's young adult group, The Kaf Lameds, with Rabbi Mychal Copeland, for a conversation on the experiences of young adults during the pandemic, and how we hope to build community going forward! All young adults welcome! Any questions, please contact, Kaf Lamed leader, Emily Ornelas-Dorian.
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Theater & Movies Chavurah: Tel Aviv on Fire
Tonight! Wednesday, August 3rd
6:00 pm on Zoom
It’s a delightful Israeli movie with some insights to being a Palestinian negotiating his way into mainstream Israeli culture. You can read more about it here. It’s available free on Amazon Prime or for $3.99 on YouTube or Apple TV. For more info, contact Yvette Adida.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Social Action Committee
Monday, August 8th
6:00 pm on Zoom
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! At our next meeting we will focus on the Empty Homes vacancy tax ballot measure, get-out-the vote actions, and Food Bank volunteer opportunities around the High Holy Days. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Book Group Discussion:
My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
by Ariel Sabar
Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Zoom
My Father's Paradise tells the story of Yona Sabar, who grew up in an isolated corner of Kurdish Iraq where Aramaic (once the daily language of most Jews) was his mother tongue. When antisemitism forced Yona and his family to flee to Israel in the 1950s, he overcame poverty and prejudice against Mizrahi Jews in Ashkenazi-dominated Israel. Then, as a distinguished UCLA professor, he made preserving the ancient Aramaic language and culture his life's mission. Read and come discuss! Contact Ami Zusman for more info.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Climate Action Committee
2nd Monday of the Month
5:00 - 6:30 pm on Zoom
If you missed our Earth Day Fair, you missed a busy and exciting morning! Thanks to the Climate Action Committee for putting on this event, and to all who participated!
Here is a link to resources provided, on a variety of interesting and important topics.
Contact Deborah Levy with any questions.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Kaf-Lamed Monthly Gathering
Don't go to Shabbat alone!
August 12, 7:30pm
Join Sha'ar Zahav's young adult group (The Kaf Lameds) for a monthly gathering at Shabbat Services in person! Perfect for those who've ever felt intimidated to go to Shabbat in person services alone. Or perfect for those who just want a few buddies to join on Friday night services! This is a monthly gathering, where we'll do "Shabbat Together" the 2nd Friday of each month. Any questions please feel free to contact Emily Ornelas-Dorian.
Remember When
1st Wednesday of the Month
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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Weekly Torah Study Group
Weekly on Wednesday
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. To be added to our SZ Torah listserv, email Susie Idzik.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Mussar Group
Bi-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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Meditation Chavurah
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Jewish Yoga
You are invited to a Shabbat morning exploration of yoga and Judaism that integrates mind, body, and spirit. Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners are welcome. To be added to our SZ Yoga listserv, email
Register for the Meeting: Zoom link
Hiking Chavurah
2nd Saturday of the month, 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.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Birthdays this week!
Jonathan Funk 8/4
Bradley Tanner 8/5
Ellen Harrington 8/5
Gail Ludwig 8/7
Alan Michels 8/7
Jackie Cohen 8/7
Edward Korthof 8/8
Dorothea Cyan Atura Bushnell 8/8
Allan Gold 8/9
Richard Ralston 8/9
Returning to 290 Dolores
Attending In-Person Events and Services

Starting at the end of April, our policy is as follows.
  • Shabbat Service: Masking during the service is required. Following the service, you may remove your mask to enjoy oneg.
  • For all other events, masking is optional. Children 2-5 will be required to mask. We welcome you to keep wearing masks if you choose.
  • Proof of vaccination is required, including a booster shot.
  • Please remember: Sha’ar Zahav is a scent-free environment. Keeping our synagogue safe for those with scent and chemical sensitivities is part of our commitment to accessibility. Questions/concerns? Email us, the Accessibility Committee.
Updated Registration Policy
Registration: Registration will no longer be required for most in-person services and events. If you have a key card, please let yourself in. If you do not, you will be asked to sign in and show proof of vaccination. Key cards are available to all members. Please reach out to get yours.
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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