Link of the Week: "Sedition by a sitting president. Treason by false patriots," San Jose Spotlight OpEd co-authored by Sha'ar Zahav member, Jeffrey Levin.
Speaker Highlights
Cultivating Hope & Light! On Orthodoxy, Justice and Same Sex Marriages by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Monday, January 25
6:00 - 7:00 pm

In this one hour session, Rabbi Shmuly will share Torah on cultivating hope in light in difficult times. We'll explore how our inner life is interconnected with our outer life. Further, Rabbi Shmuly, through stories and texts, will open a window into developments in progressive Orthodoxy (feminism, same sex marriages, universalism, etc.).

Free for Members and $15 for Non-members. Registration Required to Join.
From Tu B’shvat to Pesach: Discovering the Ecological Depths of Judaism. A Conversation by Rabbi Ellen Bernstein

Friday, January 28
8:15 - 9:00 pm

Join us for Erev Shabbat at 7:30 pm and stay for a conversation with R. Ellen Bernstein, founder of Shomrei Adamah, Keepers of the Earth, the first national Jewish environmental organization, and creator of the first ecologically-centered Tu B'Shvat seder.

Everyone is Welcome! Registration Required to Join.
Top 10 Events Coming Up
Presentation About Hills of Eternity Memorial Park
Today, Wednesday, January 13
6:30 - 7:30 pm

The Adult Orphans Friendship Circle has organized a presentation about Hills of Eternity to help you plan for end of life and give yourself peace of mind. Staffers of the Memorial Park have a conflict in their schedule, but former team member and Sha'ar Zahavnik, James Carlson will step in to present! Everyone is welcome to attend! For more information, please contact Paisha Rochlin.

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Racial Equity Group Meeting
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 14
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Interested in working toward racial justice with fellow Sha'ar Zahavniks? Join the Racial Equity Group. Can't make this meeting but want to be a part of the work? Email Sue Bojdak.

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Weekly Art Group: Drop-in
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 14
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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Weekly Mussar Group
Tomorrow, Thursday, January 14
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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Erev Shabbat: Evening Service
Friday, January 15
7:30 pm

Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein. D'rash by Tiela Chalmers.
Register here. Meeting ID: 452 290 988.

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, January 16
10:00 am

Our morning services are interactive and 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.
Meditation Chavurah
Saturday, January 16
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.

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Weekday Morning Prayer
Tuesday, January 19
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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Va'ad (Board) Meeting
Wednesday, January 20
6:30 - 9:30 am

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

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More Upcoming Events
Tree of Life Yoga Celebrating Tu B'Shvat
Saturday, January 23
8:45 - 9:45 am

Come to explore how yoga and Judaism integrate the mind, body, and spirit. We will blend traditional yoga and Judaism, Jewish prayers and chants. The group meets twice-a-month on Shabbat mornings. Stuart Dick and Rabbi Mychal Copeland alternate leading. To get on our yoga list, please email Liliana Peliks.

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Baby Havurah
Saturday, January 23
8:45 - 9:45 am

Be a part of this monthly gathering of kids age 0-2 and their families. Connect about parenting thrills and fears, share tips and tricks, laugh and cry together. Email Sue Bojdak to get on the list, but you may also join anytime.

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Kids Shabbat Club
With Razi Racoon (Daniel Gill) and Rabbi Copeland
Saturday, January 23
10:00 - 10:45 am

This monthly puppet-led gathering is for kids ages 3-5 & their grown-ups. We are building Jewish community through play while we learn about Shabbat & other holidays. Please contact Sue Bojdak if you would like to join on a regular basis.

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Tu B'Shevat Seder for All Ages
Thursday, January 28
6:30 - 7:45 pm

An interactive seder for all ages. There will be stories, seasonal/edible seder symbols, and time for creativity. You will need some materials, so please use this list to prepare in advance. We encourage you to work with what you have, and get creative if you need to!

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From Freedom to Christendom: Journey-making with a Black Transgender Elder by Jonathon Thunderword

Monday, February 8
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Jonathon Thunderword, a fellow Sha'ar Zahav member, will share his spiritual autobiography tracing a path from Christianity to Judaism, and well into Eastern traditions. His journey led Jonathon to becoming a believing non-believer, a theistic atheist, and perhaps, a “possibility model” for those who are beginning to seek their own spirituality.

Free for Members and $15 for Non-members. Learn More and Register.
Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context by Golan Moskowitz

Monday, March 22
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Golan Moskowitz will share with us the evolution of Maurice Sendak’s artistic vision and its appeal for American, Jewish, and queer audiences. The talk will show how Sendak’s multiple perspectives as a gay, Holocaust-conscious, American-born son of Yiddish-speaking Polish immigrants informed his life and work, changed the face of children’s literature.

Free for Members and $15 for Non-members. Learn More and Register.
Other Learning Events
Weekly Torah Study Group
Wednesday, January 20
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.

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Kaf-Lameds Conversation Series:
"Am I Jewish Enough? Yes!"

Friday, January 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Have you ever asked yourself, "Am I Jewish Enough?" Wondered whether you could say a prayer or blessing in front of others? Questioned what's happening during a service? You are not alone! Join us and Rabbi Copeland for a conversation about the early Jewish notions of who's a Jew, using based on ancient text. Ideal for young adults in their 20-30s.

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Journey to Judaism: A Monthly Discussion Group
From January 25 – June 28
7:00 - 8:30 pm

A place to ask questions and discuss your ideas! This group will explore issues that arise for people who are considering, are in the process of, or have recently completed, converting to Judaism. Those with a Jewish parent (or parents), but raised with little or no Jewish experience are also welcome.

Introduction to Hebrew
Thursdays, from February 18 until May 6
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Would you like to be able to decode Hebrew, so that you can follow along in the prayer book? Have you always wondered how the Hebrew language works? It is never too late to start!

This class is intended for first time Hebrew students, and will begin at the very beginning by learning the letters and the sounds that they make. This class provides a friendly and supportive learning environment, and patience and sensitivity will be shown to adult learners with limited time for study. Questions? Email the class instructor Michael Lederma.

$54 for Members and $126 for Non-members. Email Liliana Peliks to Register.
Learning to Listen and Disagree with Love
Led by Rabbi Amy Eilberg

4 Weekly Sessions, Starting on Monday, February 22
7:00 - 8:30 pm

In today's world, discussions about Israel and Palestine can quickly devolve into inflammatory disagreements and personal attacks that leave everyone angry and unheard – even in a loving community like ours! We often won’t succeed at convincing others to see things our way. But can we create a culture of resilient and respectful learning about Israel and Palestine at Sha'ar Zahav? There is a participant fee but anyone who needs assistance will be aided.

For Members Only. Fee: $54 for 4 Sessions. Learn More and Register.
Community Resources
Share Resources During & Post-Covid

Do you have a professional practice, a business or a community resource that you would like to share with fellow Sha'ar Zahav members? We are curating a list of health and wellness resources, social services, products, or just community offerings! Anything useful during and post-Covid from which the community can benefit.

Please email Liliana Peliks with your ideas.
Blood Drive by Grace Fellowship

Our neighbors at Grace Fellowship are hosting another blood drive on Sunday, January 24th to support the medical community. The folks at Vitalant, the company running the drive, are very organized, friendly and well-protected.

January 2021 Birthdays!
Triptta Cohen, Jan 2
Gil'i Zaid, Jan 2
Shelli Rawlings-Fein, Jan 2
Desmond Bernstein, Jan 5
Judith Huerta, Jan 5
Nathan Robinson, Jan 6
Jodi Bando, Jan 6
Naomi Rosenmoss, Jan 7
Robin Shanholtz, Jan 7
Amy Schustack, Jan 8
Shawn Rosenmoss, Jan 8
Danya Rubenstein-Markiewicz ,Jan 8
Marius Greenspan, Jan 9
Amalia Cymrot-Wu, Jan 9
Katy Butler, Jan 10
Bernard Schertzer, Jan 10
Lawrence Klein, Jan 12
Patricia Caplan, Jan 12
Tiela Chalmers, Jan 12
Florence Nacamulli, Jan 12
Felix Elhauge-Roniger, Jan 13
Alapai Michels, Jan 13
Gary Goldstone, Jan 15
Roseann Gould, Jan 16
Deena Lahn, Jan 16
Rudy Noa Brandt, Jan 16
Gabriel Meyer Edlin, Jan 17
Michael Tyler, Jan 17
Michael Kalb, Jan 18
Yolande Schneeman, Jan 19
Eileen Lynette, Jan 20
Harold Lahn-Schroeder, Jan 21
Lila Napurst, Jan 21
Martin Tannenbaum, Jan 22
Laureen Kim, Jan 22
Rebecca Fenn, Jan 22
Jonathan Igor Williamson, Jan 24
Victoria Estevez, Jan 25
Anshel Mamet, Jan 26
Howard Hahn, Jan 27
Blair Lewis, Jan 27
Shoshana Levenberg, Jan 29
Juliet Rothman, Jan 29
Nic Pinnick, Jan 29
Sophie Rosenmoss, Jan 29
Lynn Eden, Jan 30
Nora Downs, Jan 31


Friday Evening Service
January 15, 7:30 pm 

3 Shevat
Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
January 16, 10:00 am
Meeting ID: 365 434 855
Passcode: 068575

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