Most of our High Holiday services are held at the Herbst Theater (401 Van Ness Ave, SF, CA 94102)

  • Selichot and Rosh Hashanah Day 2 will take place at Sha’ar Zahav (290 Dolores St, SF, CA 94103)
  • Taschlikh will take place at Crissy Field
  • Annual Cemetery Service at Hills of Eternity (1301 El Camino Real. Colma, CA 94014)

We would like our services to be accessible to those with chemical sensitivities and allergies, and therefore support a fragrance-free environment (see below). 

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

8:00 p.m.             Selichot Service – at Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street


Sunday, September 29, 2019                    

7:30 p.m.              Erev Rosh Hashanah

9:30 p.m.              Oneg (refreshments)

Monday, September 30, 2019             

9:30 a.m.              Rosh Hashanah Day 1

9:30 a.m.             Rosh Hashanah Family Service (children in preschool through 3rd grade + parents)

2:00 p.m               Tashlikh picnic – East Beach at Crissy Field

3:00 p.m.              Tashlikh service – East Beach at Crissy Field

Tuesday, October 1, 2019                  

9:30 a.m.              Rosh Hashanah Day 2 –  Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street


Sunday, October 6, 2019                   

10:00 a.m.              Annual High Holiday Cemetery Service – Hills of Eternity, 1301 El Camino Real, Colma 94014


Tuesday, October 8, 2019                  

7:30 p.m.              Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre

Wednesday, October 9, 2019                

9:30 a.m.             Yom Kippur Day

9:30 a.m.             Yom Kippur Family Service (children in preschool through 3rd grade + parents)

1:30 p.m.              Mincha

2:30 p.m.             Niggun Service

3:30 p.m.             Breakout/Study Sessions

5:30 p.m.             Yizkor & Neilah*

7:30 p.m.             Break the Fast meal 


We will be offering free professional childcare services for children ages 3 though 9 (preschool up to 3rd grade).  Registration: Please let us know if you will be needing childcare so we can staff accordingly.

  • Family Services:
    • Children in childcare will attend Family Service
    • Services will begin at 9:30am on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur Day
    • At least one adult/parent must accompany any child/ren for the service
    • Services will be led by Education Director, Sue Bojdak
    • Childcare will open immediately after the Family Service
  • Childcare Hours:
    • Erev Rosh Hashanah: 7:00-9:30pm
    • Rosh Hashanah Day 1: 10:30am-1:00pm
    • Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre: 7:00-9:30pm
    • Yom Kippur Day: 10:30am-1:00pm & 5:30-7:30pm
  • Light snacks will be provided at childcare


In order to support Sha’ar Zahav attendees who are physically harmed when exposed to chemical fragrances (difficulty breathing, migraines, flu-like symptoms), please do your best to follow these guidelines:

  • Switch to fragrance-free laundry detergent and softener (it works just as well and is the same price!)
  • Refrain from wearing perfume/cologne (we know some of you love perfume…but you’ll have to rely on your good looks)
  • Check your various products to see if there is a fragrance free version available and/or try to use them at least a couple of hours before coming to Sha’a Zahav to give time for the fragrance to wear off.

Sadly, several people who have health issues relating to perfumes left our Rosh Hashanah services feeling ill. For more information on this subject, including why it’s important and a list of Fragrance-Free products, please visit:

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