Link of the week: Our member Arthur Slepian wrote a piece for the J about his recent trip to the border of Poland and Ukraine
Contact to sponsor a Shabbat
Friday Night Services:
April 29 at 7:30 pm.
On Zoom Only. Led by Rabbi Copeland and Ann Daniels. D'rash by Eli Andrew Ramer.
Meeting ID: 886 7131 3838

Saturday Morning Service:
April 30 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.
Updated Masking Policy
For more info on our updated masking policy, scroll to the end of this email.
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.
Community: Let's Get Together
Yom Ha'Shoah 2022
Tonight! April 27, 6-7pm
Meet at the Pink Triangle Memorial
Sha'ar Zahav is partnering with the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association to commemorate Yom Ha'Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Rabbi Copeland will be leading community prayer and discussion regarding the Holocaust and Cantor Bernstein will lead us in prayer and song. We will hear from survivor families including EVNA President Alex Lemberg and SZ member Eve Meyer, acknowledging the intersection between Jewish and LGBTQ+ Holocaust stories. This is an in-person only event.
For more information, click here.
Everyone Has A Story
Tonight! April 27, starts at 4pm
Join the JFCS Holocaust Center and greater Bay Area community for Holocaust Remembrance Day. On April 27th, come together for a virtual reading of the names, commemoration, and community yizkor service.

4:00 pm (PT) —Reading of the Names (*To remember loved ones on this day, please submit their names here.
6:00 pm (PT) —Ceremony and Program
We invite you on April 28th to participate in commemorative workshops, including Holocaust survivor testimony and expert-led conversations focused on the lessons and legacies of the Holocaust. Presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center in partnership with San Francisco synagogues, schools, and community organizations. Rabbi Copeland and Cantor Bernstein are both part of this online memorial service.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow..

Our 2022 Rainbow Campaign is wrapping up this Sunday. We are just $2,445 short of our goal. Might you help us reach — or exceed — our goal?  

If you have yet to donate, click this link. If you have questions about the Rainbow Campaign, please reach out to Susie Idzik. 

Thank you to the 120 donors who have already donated. We are truly grateful! Toda rabba
Children at Shabbat!
We are ready for babies and toddlers of all ages to come sing, pray and play at Shabbat services! People age 5+ need to vaccinated, boosted and masked during services and those ages 2-4 have to be masked.

We are setting up a spot just for you all with carpet, toys and easy access to the door (for when you and your folks need to step out for a minute). We would love to hear your little voices or watch you fall asleep as we spend time together welcoming Shabbat.
Music in the Mishkan Returns! 
Join us for the last remaining concert, at 4 pm in the SZ sanctuary:
Sunday, May 1: music of Krein, Beethoven and Faure
The Thoughtful Happy Town:
An Original Musical
Saturday, May 14, 11:15am 
in the Oneg Room at Sha'ar Zahav
Everyone is welcome to the world premiere of our original musical crafted by the students of Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer. This show is playing one Shabbat only! Don't miss it!  
B'Mitzvah Mentor Gathering
Sunday, May 22, 3-5pm 
in-person at Sha'ar Zahav 
Calling all B'Mitzvah Mentors! Current and past, long-time and brand-new, and those curious about b'mitzvah mentoring are invited to gather for tea and conversation all about b'mitzvah mentoring. We'll share experiences, answer questions, tell you what's new with b'mitzvah at Sha'ar Zahav, and connect all about mentoring.  Save the date and RSVP by contacting Sue Bojdak.
Bringing in the Harvest
The counting of the Omer is the way we have measured ourselves in our brit with God since ancient days. The SZ Social Action Committee is mirroring the gathering of harvest this year as part of our efforts to build awareness of ways each of us can help respond to the global refugee crisis. At the Immigration Shabbat on April 8, we published our first edition Immigration journal: Keeping the Stories Alive. We will continue to accept new stories to the journal and publish the second (and final) edition on Shavuot. We invite you to contribute to our harvest of stories. Please share your or your family's immigration story.
Kabbalistic Omer Counting
There's a Jewish tradition of "Counting the Omer", which is a ritual of counting each of the 50 days between the 2nd night of Passover (exiting slavery) and Shavuot (receiving the Torah). To see a calendar with kabbalistic (mystical) intentions, click here.
Learning Together
Social Action Committee
Monday, May 2
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 be focusing on the ballot initiative to create a vacancy tax and we will be planning our upcoming Food Banks. We are also actively recruiting SZ members to join an accompaniment team to assist an Afghan refugee family. Want to join us? Come to our next meeting or contact Nancy Wecker or Geri Kahn.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
Nonbinary Chanting Minyan
Friday, May 6, 9:30-10 am on Zoom

Curious about a nonbinary way to pray? Join Rabbi Copeland in a short chanting service with entirely nonbinary Hebrew and names for the Divine. All prayers will be in transliteration or English, so come even if Hebrew is new to you. Learn more about the Nonbinary Hebrew Project that made this possible.
Join the discussion: Register here
Trans Talmud: Androgynes and Eunuchs in Rabbinic Literature with Max K. Strassfeld
Monday, May 9, 7-8 pm on Zoom

We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring Max Strassfeld's talk with Jewish Learning Works about his new book, Trans Talmud. Eunuchs and androgynes are placed at the center of rabbinic literature. The Trans Talmud asks what people can learn from them about Judaism and the project of transgender history today.
To learn more and to join the discussion: Register here
Recurring Gatherings and Meetings
Kaf-Lamed Monthly Check In 
Last Friday of the Month, April 29
6-6:30pm on Zoom
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.
Theater & Movies Chavurah: The Producers
Wednesday, May 4th
6- 7:15 pm
Join the Film and Theater Group in watching "The Producers." The film is about a theater producer and his accountant who, as part of a scam, have to stage the worst stage musical they can create. They eventually find one centering around Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Available through Apple TV or Amazon Prime. For more info, contact Yvette Adida.
Join the Meeting: Zoom Link
Book Group Discussion: 
City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Zoom

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, a young Russian Jew, Lev Beniov, is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as Cossack deserter Kolya. 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
Are you concerned about environmental degradation? Want to work with other Sha’ar Zahavniks against climate change? Come share your ideas, get support, and have fun while we work together on some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Come and learn about the upcoming Earth Day fair! Contact Deborah Levy with any questions.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link
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
Adult Orphans Friendship Circle 
2nd and 4th Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Zoom
For elder members who have little or no family in the Bay Area. We meet for lively discussions and occasional presentations related to aging. Open to the whole SZ Community. Contact Paisha Rochlin for more info.
Join the Meeting: Zoom link. If this zoom link does not work, please email Paisha 
and she will email you an alternate 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
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!
Janaye Murphy 4/29
Lynn Eden 4/30
Elodie Nancollas 4/30
Rachel Ralston 4/30
Neil J Young 4/30
Kei Micah Korthof 5/1
Rena Frantz 5/2
Lori Roniger 5/2
Michael Shriver 5/3
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.
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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