Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Friday Night Services:
July 15th at 7:30 pm.
Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person.
Led by Sophie Katz and Karen Schiller.
D'rash by Karen Schiller.
Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:
July 16th at 10:00 am.
Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person.
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.
Learning Together
Judaism 101 with Maggid Eli Andrew Ramer
There's still time to join!
Tuesdays from July 12th- September 13th, 6:30-8:30pm
on Zoom 
Open to members and non-members
Judaism 101 is an introduction to Judaism for people who are new or returning to Judaism and are looking for a starting point to dive into Jewish learning and/or Jewish practice.  Anyone from any background is welcome.  We will be covering everything from Torah to Israel, spirituality to ethics, through a queer-positive, progressive, inclusive Jewish lens with plenty of room for questions. Our learning will be interactive and communal; come ready to be in the learning with us. Cost is $149.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  This summer course will be taught by Maggid Eli Andrew Ramer. If you have any questions, please reach out to Eli. Register for the class here
Shmita Immersive: Rest as Resistance
taught by Rabbi Elliot Kukla
Thursday, July 14th, 1-3pm
on Zoom only
In this immersive, we will learn about Shmita (literally “release”), the Biblical sabbath for the land. We will look at it as a liberatory spiritual practice, make time to mark grief and loss, equalize economic power, strengthen loving relationships, and create a more sustainable ecological future. We will discuss the racist and exploitative origins of the stigma surrounding the term “lazy.” We will explore sources on rest and dreaming from Disability Justice activists, the most recent neuroscience on how sleep can heal trauma, and insights from contemporary rest activists. We will uncover how to integrate rest into our own lives and spiritual practices.
To register, click here
Community: Let's Get Together
John Lewis Voter Engagement Group

Sunday, July 31, 2022; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
The Florida campaign is in full swing. Join with us and the Center for Common Ground’s Reclaim Our Vote campaign as we write to 1.2 million infrequent Black voters in Florida. We will provide all the supplies - pens, cards, postage and food! (No promises but we might have crepes!) (Masks are required and food will be eaten in a separate area). Please RSVP to Tirtza Pearl, so she knows how many addresses and postcards to bring. This is our first in person event and we are very excited! We will be socially distanced but close enough to enjoy writing together. We will be on Zoom too. Click here to join online.

Thursday, July 21, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
Every week, the Center For Common Ground hosts webinars as part of an ongoing series, "Road to the Midterms: Looking Forward and Federal," where members of Congress, voting rights activists and state leaders join for in-depth discussions on important pro-democracy legislation and efforts that you can help support as we gear up for the 2022 midterm elections. On Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., PST., 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.
Join Sha’ar Zahav at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
July 21 – August 7
There will be more than 70 films from 14 countries that inspire, unite, and spark conversations in and beyond our community at the Castro in San Francisco, the Albany Twin in the East Bay, and online. Sha’ar Zahav is a Community Sponsor for Two Films:
Concerned Citizen, Sunday July 24th, 8:45 pm at the Castro Theatre. Ben and Raz are a young, attractive, financially secure gay couple, ready to take the next step in their relationship in the form of having a baby through surrogacy. However, they fit uneasily into the Eritrean refugee neighborhood in which they live.
The Therapy, Wednesday, July 27th, 3:30 pm at The Albany Twin. Set in Jerusalem, this gripping documentary exposes the harmful practices of so-called conversion therapy from within. Director Zvi Landsman compassionately follows the lives of two gay men—Lev (54) and Ben (23)—who underwent conversion therapy and testify before the Knesset about whether or not conversion therapy practices should be made illegal, but from opposing sides.
Visit for tickets, a full schedule, and film guide.
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Social Action Committee
Monday, August 8th
6:00 pm in person and on Zoom
On fair elections, welcoming the stranger, secure housing and food, ending gun violence, and more! At our next meeting we will be focusing on the ballot initiative to create a vacancy tax and discussing get-out-the vote actions. We are also actively recruiting SZ members to join an accompaniment team to assist either an Afghan or Ukrainian refugee family. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri KahnWe will be meeting in person at the home of Shawn Matloob, in the east bay, for our July meeting. Please contact Shawn, for his address. We will also be on Zoom.
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 recent 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 Check In 
Last Friday of the Month
All young adults welcome! Kaf-Lameds is Sha'ar Zahav's 20-30s group. We meet on the last Friday of every month at 6pm-6:30pm, switching between meeting virtually and in person. This is a time to briefly check in on each other, plan ideas for events, and create belonging. For more information, please contact KL co-leader 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 Zimman 7/13
Deborah Udin 7/13
Jonah Malamud 7/14
Samuel Pannor-Watenpaugh 7/15
Eliana Smithstein 7/16
Samuel Walters 7/16
Lois Scott 7/16
David Zinn 7/16
Lisa Meier 7/16
Gabriel Press-Becker 7/18
Nina Sariaslani 7/18
Terry Fletcher 7/19
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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