Affinity Groups & Ongoing Events

Sha’ar Zahav sparks new friendships among people with different life experiences, people who might never meet outside of our community. We find unity in difference and our Jewish community is strengthened by our diverse beliefs and identities.  

Sha’ar Zahav members organize chavurot (chavurah means “a circle of friends”).  A chavurah is a group of members and friends with shared interests who meet regularly to socialize, learn and celebrate Jewish life together.  

Adult Orphans
Book Club
Board Meetings
Choir
East Bay Group
Environmental Justice Group
Family & Friends Shabbat
Fine Arts Group
Hiking Group
Nice Jewish Boys
Meditation Group
Millennials/Young Professionals
Racial Diversity Group
Musical Shabbat
Ritual Committee Meetings
Social Action Group
Talmud Study Group
Theatre
Tree of Life Yoga

 


Adult Orphans

Date: Second Wednesday of every month

Time: 6:30 pm

Contact: Paisha Rochlin

Contact 2: Marjorie Hilsenrad

This group is for members with little or no family in the Bay Area who want to create and expand a support circle as we age. We will share resources in anticipation of future needs and also enjoy outings, potlucks and perhaps holiday meals together.

 

Book Club

Date: Meets roughly every 6 weeks, on Tuesdays

Time: 7:00 pm

Contact: Ami Zusman

The Sha’ar Zahav book group meets in the chapel, upstairs next to the sanctuary. Every month they choose a new book to discuss.

 

Board Meeting (Va’ad)

Date: Third Wednesday of every month, open to all members

Time: 6:30 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Meeting

Contact: Nancy Levin (President)

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!

 

Choir

Contact: Cantor Bernstein

 

East Bay Group

Contact: Terry Fletcher

This group meets periodically at a congregant’s home in the East Bay.

 

Environmental Justice Group

Date: Second Tuesday of every month; some exceptions

Time: 7:00 pm

Contact: Terry Fletcher

Contact 2: Miriam Menzel

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. (This is a new group – help them get started!)

 

Family & Friends Shabbat

Monthly Evening Service

Date: Second Friday of every month

Time: 6:00 pm

Contact: office@shaarzahav.org

The whole family is invited to a short, joyful monthly Shabbat service led by Isaac Zones and Rabbi Copeland. There will be songs and stories for kids and their adults with dinner following. Bring babies, toddlers, and young school aged kids. Isaac Zones is a Bay Area musician specializing in Jewish, spiritual, folk and family music.

Mornings at Dolores Park

Date: Saturday mornings, dates vary

Time: 10:30 am

Contact: office@shaarzahav.org

Join Sha’ar Zahav, Jewish Baby Network SF, PJ Library and Interfaith Family as we bring Shabbat to Dolores Park. Rabbis Mychal Copeland and Reuben Zellman will lead us in Shabbat music and storytelling. Bring a blanket, pack a lunch, and we’ll provide kosher snacks. All events are free!

 

Fine Arts Group

Date: Every Monday

Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Contact: Paisha Rochlin

Contact 2: Barbara Cymrot, Contact 3: AJ Turpin Fried

A quiet, well-lit space to do art. Bring your art supplies, lunch and parallel play with other creative congregants. If you have any questions, please contact your Fine Art Committee hosts.

 

Hiking Group

Date: Third Saturday of the month

Time: 10:00 am

Contact: Karen Schiller and Laurie Trupin

The Hiking Chavurah is a fun group of Sha’ar Zahav folks who enjoy getting to know each other while exploring San Francisco and points beyond. Meeting location and hike leader change monthly get in touch to find out where we’re going next!

 

Nice Jewish Boys of San Francisco

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.

 

Meditation Group

Date: First Saturday of the month

Time: 10:30am

Contact: Andy Schwartz (SF)

Contact 2: Richard Weiner (East Bay)

A typical session includes a short and longer silent sit, often with a guided portion, chanting, movement and a short teaching. All are welcome! We will meet at a congregant’s home.

 

Millennials/Young Professionals

Date: Monthly, dates vary

Contact: Heidy Ramirez

Join us for a monthly Shabbat dinner or Happy Hour (6:30 pm or 9:00 pm Fridays). Suggested age group 21-37.

 

Musical Shabbat, Shabbes Beat with Cantor Bernstein

Date: Third Friday of the month

Time: 7:30 pm

Contact: office@shaarzahav.org

It’s all about that Shabbes groove! Sing, dance, and pray. Joy up, relax, breathe, sway! Join Cantor Sharon and the Shabbes Beat band at this monthly rock, jazz, Latin, and blues service and get your Shabbes rest on.

 

Racial Diversity Group

Contact: rabbi@shaarzahav.org

 

Ritual Committee Meeting

Date: Last Wednesday of every month

Time: 7:00 pm

Interested in leading services, giving a drash (talk), helping develop new liturgy, or sharing your ideas? Then join RitCom! Meetings are open to all members; you can be a ritual expert or a newbie – we all learn together. Contact ritual@shaarzahav.org.

 

Social Action Group

Date: Monthly, dates vary

Time: 6:00 pm

Contact Leah Hammond

Contact 2: Nancy Wecker

Seeking helpers! Accompaniment teams help new immigrants navigate their transition by assisting in accessing court, food, healthcare, education, and other necessities. We’re looking for 6 people to put together a Sha’ar Zahav accompaniment team for a newly arrived immigrant. We continue in our other efforts to protect and assist immigrants, increase affordable housing, stop gun violence, and more!

 

Talmud Study Group

Date: Every Saturday except B’nei Mitzvah days

Time: 9:00 am

Contact: Jackie Kaplan

Join a lay-led weekly Talmud study group where we will look at a tractate/section of Jewish commentary called Moed Katan. No experience studying Talmud is necessary, text will be read in English translation.

 

Theater Group

Contact: Ami Zusman

Sha’ar Zahav sparks new friendships between people with different life experiences, people who might never meet outside of our community. The theater chavurah attracts members and friends who are drawn to great Jewish and LGBTQ theater. Afterwards, we have fun by eating, schmoozing and talking about what we just saw. It is a great way to meet new friends and escape the demands of daily life.

 

Tree of Life Yoga

Dates: Fourth Fridays of the month, dates may change

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

Contact: rabbi@shaarzahav.org

Bring in Shabbat with movement, chants and intention. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Beginners welcome! We supply mats!