Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is not just a synagogue – it’s a community. Participating in the life of our congregation is the best way to become part of that community, help to build and strengthen it, and be nurtured and sustained by it. Whether you want to meet some great new people, have fun, achieve some spiritual fulfillment or make the world a better place (or all of the above), there are many ways to get involved. For more information about anything listed on this page, contact email@example.com unless otherwise noted.
Observe Shabbat through prayer and song, join us for services and celebrations of all Jewish holidays, and mark significant lifecycle events. Click here for details about Ritual Life at CSZ.
One of the central parts of Jewish life is study, and nothing is more important or illuminating than communal reflection on Torah, our most sacred text. Torah study is held on Saturday mornings at 9 am.
Ongoing education is an essential part of Jewish life. We provide a range of educational opportunities for adults throughout the year. Click here for details about Adult Education at CSZ.
We have a comprehensive program of education and activities for children of all ages, and their families. Click here for details about Child & Family Education at CSZ.
Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is committed to the principle of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. The Social Action Committee engages and educates our community in current social issues, and we are proud to have forged a new partnership with the San Francisco Organizing Project. Click here for details about Social Action at CSZ.
Where to begin?! We have programs galore at CSZ – something for everyone to participate in. And if there’s something we don’t have, you can step up and make it happen! Past programs have included:
Movies, Music & Theater
Community and Interfaith Programs
Members provide practical assistance to other members in need, including transportation to medical appointments, home and hospital visits, and support during times of illness or mourning.
Members with shared interests often come together in formal committees or informal chavurot (affinity groups), to create a range of programs and activities for themselves and for the wider community. These groups come and go based on the changing needs, interests and demographics of our membership. We have had chavurot for young adults, singles, seniors, bisexuals and residents of the East Bay, to name a few. Some of the groups that exist today include:
CSZ’s strong tradition of lay leadership extends to every aspect of congregational life. Many of the business functions that are critical to our community are provided by members through administrative committees, including:
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