Volunteer & Giving Opportunities

Whether you volunteer to welcome visitors to services,  visit the sick, assist in our school or lead services, it is the effort that we put in that brings us closer.  At Sha’ar Zahav you will have the opportunity to be one of many people working together or you may choose to lead your own project. By participating actively at Sha’ar Zahav, we build a close-knit community that sustains us.

If you’d like to volunteer – we’re interested in hearing from you!

Cemetery Services
Greeting or Announcing
High Holidays Logistics
Makom Sha’ar Zahav: Housing Initiative
Religious School for Children, Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer
Shabbat Refreshments Set-Up (Oneg)
Bikkur Cholim: Visiting the Ill


Cemetery Services

Contact: James Carlson

Interested in learning from Hills of Eternity Memorial Park Executive Director? Do you need information about a Jewish cemetery? Sha’ar Zahav has a reserved space at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park. You can help him maintain the congregation’s cemetery site. Upon request, watch over graves of members of the congregation who are buried in local cemeteries other than the congregation’s site. Our long time member, James Carlson, is here to help and answer any questions you may have.

 

Greeting or Announcing

Contact: Sara Haber

Say hello to our service attendees! Every Friday night, one or two members greet folks as they come in the door to attend Shabbat services. Our aim is to create a welcoming atmosphere and help inspire that feeling of Shabbat sweetness. This activity is as easy and fun as it sounds. If you’re looking for a good way to ease into engagement activities, and meet both old and new friends, participate as a greeter during Shabbat Services.  If you’d like a small challenge, take on the announcer role and share weekly updates to the congregations just after services wrap up.

 

High Holidays Logistics

Contact: Sara Haber

Did you enjoy High Holidays at the Herbst? It takes several small actions to bring everything together and make High Holidays happen, successfully. Sara Haber has been majestically coordinating logistics, with the help of many other members. If this sounds like an interesting project, give her a call now so she can get you set up with a fun task!

 

Makom Sha’ar Zahav: Housing Initiative

Contact: Michael Chertok

A new, short-term emergency housing program. The Initiative matches congregants experiencing a housing crisis with members who can open their home and serve as a temporary host. If you or someone you know needs urgent housing, please contact makom@shaarzahav.org. If you may be able to offer short-term housing, please contact Michael at michael@chertok.net.

 

Religious School for Children, Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer (BSPM)

Contact: Sue Bojdak

Would you like to learn more about our religious school (BSPM)? Are you passionate about supporting our youth by providing classroom help, mentoring? Our school’s first teacher, Phyllis Mintzer (z’’l), believed that every person and every word contained sparks of holiness. Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer is guided by her spirit. Weekly, we provide children K-7th grade with a Jewish education that includes Torah, ethics, ritual, Hebrew and history with an emphasis on Jewish diversity and social justice in an LGBT/queer-positive community. We say that the children of the synagogue are all our children, and we encourage adults — both parents and those who are not parents — to participate in the classroom. Students attend Sept-May, Saturdays 9am-12pm.

 

Shabbat Refreshments Set-Up (Oneg)

Contact: Paul Cohen

Do you like food? Do you love baking or cooking? Every week we enjoy delicious treats after services. How does that happen? It’s in large part thanks to you and other volunteers who sign up to purchase the treats (which Sha’ar Zahav reimburses you for) for Onegs and Kiddush. This activity is a great way to collaborate with members of our community! We also invite you to make your favorite dish and share with your community!

 

Bikkur Cholim: Visiting the Ill

Contact: Phil Charney

At Sha’ar Zahav, we show up for each other, in both care and celebration. The mitzvah of bikkur cholim (visiting the sick) can be as simple as making a call, helping with an errand, making a home visit, offering a ride or delivering a meal. In order to learn when an opportunity to help a fellow Sha’ar Zahav member arises, you are invited to sign up with “Lotsa Helping Hands” by visiting www.lotsahelpinghands.com or contacting the group leaders.