Our Community

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is a progressive Reform synagogue, established in 1977, that honors and maintains our LGBTQ culture and history.

—We create a Judaism that speaks to our lives.
—We are collaborative and participatory, cultivating a sense of ownership and inclusiveness.
—We are deeply rooted in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer sensibilities.
—We’re queer in all the most interesting ways, bringing pride, passion, play and laughter to everything we do.
—We value l’dor vador – generation to generation.
—We are egalitarian.
—We welcome the “other,” seeing the face of God, b’tselem Elohim, in everyone.
—We do not conform.
—We are haimish kehilla kedosha, a welcoming holy community.
—We transform ourselves and the world around us.
—We are engaged in repairing the world.
—We are leaders.
—We value civil discussion of disparate views.
—We are responsible for each other.

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and the San Francisco Organizing Project (SFOP).

Rabbi Camille Shira Angel has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav since August 2000. She was ordained in 1995 from the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Click here to read more about her background.

Cantor Sharon Bernstein joined Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in 2007. A graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, she is also an accomplished teacher, composer and performer. Read Cantor Sharon Bernstein biography here.