Social Action

Sha’ar Zahav is committed to tikkun olam (repairing the world). Our Social Action Committee serves as a home base for community members looking for a way to engage in action, or for more support in work they’re already doing. We organize events, work in solidarity with affected communities, and participate in interfaith coalitions. Together, we will make our world more just, compassionate, and peaceful.

The Social Action Committee meets the first Monday of the month via zoom, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. To join the meetings or learn more about us, please contact the committee co-chairs Neil Young or Nancy Wecker.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned!

Past Events

Religious Action Center Regional Gathering

Sunday, January 12 @10:00am-2:00pm
Beth Israel Judea: 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132
Sign up:

11th Annual Oscar Grant Vigil

Wednesday, January 1 @12:00-4:00pm
Fruitvale BART Station: Oakland, CA 94601

SF Supervisors Honor Tirtza and Barry Pearl: For tireless committed work to end gun violence.

Tuesday, December 17 @2:30pm
City Hall: 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Room 250)

Annual Gun Violence Vigil

Sunday, December 14 @2:00-4:00pm
3rd Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister

Gun Buyback

Sunday, December 14 @8:00am-12:00pm
United Playaz: 1038 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Monthly Interfaith Immigration Vigil

Friday, December 13 @11:30am-12:30pm
ICE building: 630 Sansome St #590, San Francisco, CA 94111

Poor People’s Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival Tour

Wednesday, December 11

March at 6:00pm from City Hall: 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102
Gather at 7:00pm at Glide Memorial Church: 330 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Event info:
Project and tour info:

Faith in Action Citywide Meeting

Tuesday, November 19 @5:00-7:00pm

St. Anthony of Padua: 3215 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Parish Hall)

*We would love to send a couple representatives, so please go and report back at the next meeting!

Jews of Uganda

Thursday, November 14 @6:30-8:00pm

USF Fromm Hall: 2497 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Maier Room, FR 110)

*Meet Sha’ar Zahav-niks at 6:00pm in front of building, then go in together

The Charlottesville Case: Opposing White Nationalism

Wednesday, November 13 @7:00-9:00pm

Congregation Emanu-El: 2 Lake St, San Francisco, CA 94118

RSVP requested.Co-sponored by SZ, among many others!

SF Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (SF-ICI) Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, November 13 @6:30pm

Urban School of SF: 1639 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94117

*We would love to send a couple representatives, so please go and report back at the next meeting!

Feed the Hungry – SF

Distribute bagged food to neighbors in Civic Center

10/9, 3:30-5:30pm (leave from Herbst lobby at 4pm)

War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Feed the Hungry – East Bay

10/9, ~2-3:30pm

Oakland Scottish Rite Center/The Pergola

Donate to help cover the cost of food

Welcome The Poor With Refuge – East Bay

Vigil and protest of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern’s collaboration with ICE

10/8, 8-9:30am

Alameda County Administrative Building, 1221 Oak St

More info here

Food Prep

Prep for SF action

10/7, 6-8pm

Shaker Zahav, 290 Dolores St

Sign up to help or donate food

Art Build

Prep for East Bay actions

9/25, 7-9pm

316 Olive Ave, Piedmont


Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, August 25, 2019, 6:00 PM PDT

YBCA: 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Art of Peace at YBCA

Art of Peace features art and artists raising awareness about the continued escalation of death due to gun violence in our country.


Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

630 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Interfaith vigil at ICE

Join us for our monthly vigil outside the ICE Building In San Francisco. We hold this space to stand in solidarity with the many lives that are harmed by unjust immigration enforcement at all points of entry, in ICE detention, and those who have been deported.


Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Chochmat HaLev: 2215 Prince St, Berkeley, CA 94705

Lamentations & Reparations

A Tisha B’Av Response to the Ongoing Harms of Slavery and Its Legacy. Join our communities for a healing evening of prayers, conversation, and acts of Teshuvah/reparations in response to the clarion call from descendants of the transatlantic slave trade for reparations.


Friday, August 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM PDT

The Mill: 736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in AmericaCA – San Francisco – Pizza Party for Gun Sense

Join us at a pizza party and fundraiser at the Mill! Enjoy pizza by the slice, wine, beer, and more — a portion of all proceeds will go to Moms Demand Action. We’ll also have a silent auction of amazing goods donated by local businesses, we’ll hear the stories of gun violence survivors, and listen to live music. All are welcome and please RSVP!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM PDT

CA State Capitol Building: 1315 10th St Room B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sha’ar Zahav’s Social Action Group & Rabbi Copeland at RAC-CA 2019 Lobby Day

Reform Action Center lobby day in Sacramento! This is RAC-CA’s most powerful and transformative event of the year, bringing together the veteran grassroots lobbyists in our congregations with people who are new to this kind of civic participation, and everyone in between. There will be training, celebration of our wins so far, and most importantly, powerful meetings in which we promote the issues on the RAC-CA Summer 2019 Agenda. Join Rabbi Mychal and other Sha’ar Zahavnicks — help make our lobbying experience stronger and the energy we bring back to our congregational social justice work stronger as well!

For more information contact [email protected]