"13-year-old Reuben Friedman did his Torah reading from a book, rather than a Torah scroll. He was at home, instead of at his synagogue, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. And it was a Thursday, rather than the planned Saturday service..."
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Community Shabbat Service
Friday, April 3 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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Young Adults (Millennials/Gen Z) Zoom Shabbat
Friday, April 3
6:00-6:45 pm (candle lighting at 6:30)
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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Lay-led Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 am
Join us for weekly Shabbat Morning services now on zoom!

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Weekday Morning Prayer
with Cantor Sharon Bernstein
Tuesday, April 7
8:30-9:00am
Songs and prayers to set our hearts and minds for the coming day.
Thursday, April 9 at 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: 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!
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
As a result of our shelter in place order, the events below have been temporarily cancelled or moved to virtual (Zoom) meetings. Please contact the group host for exact details about cancellations and/or conference call details.

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 .
Meditation Group (SF)
Saturday, April 4
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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Monday, April 6
  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, and the Kitchen, and Faith in Action Bay Area in donating to: www.bayareaimmigrationbondfund.org

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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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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 .
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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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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Hineni Caring Community
(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, making a visit, offering a ride, 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 new, short-term emergency housing program. The Initiative matches congregants experiencing a housing crisis with members who can open their home and serve as a temporary host. If you or someone you know needs urgent housing or if you may be able to offer short-term housing, please contact makom@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.
Scents and Sensibility Task-force
A group is helping to build a scent-free Sha’ar Zahav. For information contact Bob Gordon .

Fine Arts for Sha'ar Zahav Members
Temporarily on Hold
For more information, contact Paisha Rochlin at paimar@pacbell.net , Barbara Cymrot at bcymrot@sbcglobal.ne t , AJ Turpen-Fried at ajsparkles@gmail.com .

Temporarily on Hold
For information, contact Jackie Kaplan .
Pray
10 Nisan
Tzav Shabbat haGadol

Friday Evening Service
April 3, 7:30 pm 
Led by : Cantor Sharon Bernstein
Drash : James Carlson

Sponsorships : Geri Kahn
In memory of my father, Howard Kahn

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
April 4, 10:00 am
17 Nisan
Chol Hamoed Pesach

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

Sponsorships : Howard Hahn
In memory of my father and Sha'ar Zahav member, Fred Hahn

Saturday, Lay-led Morning Service
April 11, 10:00 am
Contact sharonh@shaarzahav.org to sponsor an oneg, kiddush, or flowers
Community Events
Join JFCS in our community-wide mitzvah to brighten the holiday for hundreds of neighbors! Show homebound seniors, people with disabilities, and families in crisis that their community cares by donating a Seder Sack for delivery by JFCS volunteers. Your gift of $18 will provide one household in need with a delicious assortment of foods to celebrate Passover. Offer a Chai Five for $90 and fill five Seder Sacks! Please donate today! Visit www.jfcs.org/sedersacks
Call 415-449-1206 Or, mail your donation to:
Attn: Seder Sacks, JFCS, PO Box 159004, San Francisco, CA 94115
Happy Birthday!
Daryl Smith 3/29
Bob Gutterman 3/29
Ira Hirschfield 3/29
Tony Harris 3/30
Deborah Cohler 3/30
Carolina Ornelas 3/31
Jonathan Kaplan 3/31
Merle Malakoff  4/1
Eliana Frank  4/2
Quinn Klaiman  4/3
Rachel Nancollas   4/5
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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