Sha'ar Zahav is an historically LGBTQ congregation, built up within the LGBTQJewish community over the last 36 years. The congregation has overcome initially being ignored by the larger Jewish community, which wouldn't even post the ads about the burgeoning synagogue in the late seventies. Today's Jewish community looks much different, with LGBTQ Jews in leadership, and Jewish organizations like Keshet, rainbow,Nehirim, lights, and A Wider Bridge creating space through education and advocacy.
When asked about what to expect at the seder, Cantor Bernstein gushed about Pesach Bingo for the "young 'uns," and how Levenberg has put together some amazing commentaries and readings. The Haggadah,Let Us Begin, was written and published communally in 1996, by the many hands of the congregation, as just one of many firsts including Siddur Sha'ar Zahav. Sarah Haber, the volunteer coordinator for the seder, chimed in about the wonderfully hamish, slang for cozy and homey, nature of the seder, which she described as a "friendly, accessible and spirited experience."
If interested, print out the registration/information form and return it to the Sha'ar Zahav office: fax 415-861-6081, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail.
Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St (@16th St), San Francisco
Cost: Adult Non-members $30, 12 & under is free
Details here: http://shaarzahav.org/node/2741