Sha’ar Zahav is a Jewish community that affirms the sacred in each and every one of us. Rooted in our history as San Francisco’s LGBTQ synagogue, we offer the warmth and comfort of chosen family. To that end, we embrace a diversity of individuals of all sexualities, genders, races and abilities. We welcome a diversity of families, including single members, interfaith, single-parent, and multicultural families.

At Sha’ar Zahav you will find a Jewish community strengthened by our diverse beliefs. A Reform synagogue, we draw from all streams of Judaism and give new life to ancient texts through music and laughter.  We come together with open hearts to learn and grow with each other, lifting each other up to do what we never thought possible.  

If you wish to discuss membership, please contact us at [email protected].

Sha’ar Zahav offers prospective members a variety of options when joining.

Membership Form


By becoming a member of Sha’ar Zahav, you are committing to a place that values diversity, member-led community, compassion and equality. Your membership also includes these more tangible benefits:

  • Pastoral care and counseling
  • Support for lifecycle events
  • Involvement in social justice efforts
  • A broad array of worship, educational, cultural, and social opportunities for members of all ages

New members to our community are welcome to join based on a gift from the heart, after a membership conversation with a staff member or lay leader.  We are offering this new way to join our community to ensure that finances are not a barrier to anyone who would like to be a member. We hope this new model will enable more people to become part of our community.

Once your membership form is completed, a staff member will be in touch to set up an in-person conversation to get to know you, help you get to know Sha’ar Zahav, and discuss your commitment.

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Learn to Read High Holy Day Prayers in Hebrew One hour evening class (4) sessions Tuesdays, August 30th through September 20, 7-8pm Welcome in Elul with a mini course of Hebrew and get prepared for High Holy Days! Have you sat in High Holy Day services wishing you had a bit more comfort with the…

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Hybrid Services – In-person and on Zoom 02/2022

  An Update on In-Person Events and Services Dear Sha’ar Zahav Community, We hope that you are healthy and well. We would like to update you on Sha’ar Zahav’s plans regarding meeting in person at 290 Dolores. Our Reopening Task Force met again on Thursday, February 10 and had a spirited conversation about returning to…

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Wingsong: for all the friends who died of AIDS

Wingsong: -Maggid Andrew Ramer      I carry you on my back I carry every one of you who has died on my back        You are not a burden      your weight is exalting      each one of you      is another feather      in my arched wings      You carry me     …

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