**VIRTUAL** Community Pride Seder

June 22, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Zoom, link will be sent to registered participants


Let’s Celebrate Our Pride Together

Online registration is now closed. If you would like to register, please email Alaia Zeno.

Pride Seder is a ritual that chronicles the liberation of LGBTQ people, much like the Passover Seder, which retells the story of the liberation of the Jewish people.

Each year during Pride Month, members of Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco come together to commemorate our emancipation from oppression, to celebrate our freedom, and to re-commit to our activism, remembering that none of us are free until all of us are free. We read from a Pride Haggadah and discuss the items on a seder plate that represent our history. This year, we will celebrate Community Pride Seder online, together with community members, LGBTQ Jewish clergy, as well as civic and interfaith leaders.

Haggadah readers include:

Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Senator Scott Weiner
San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin
Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan
Dan Bernal, Chief of Staff - San Francisco to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Manny Yekutiel of Manny's
Lynn Mahoney, President of SFSU
Michael Pappas, ED of San Francisco Interfaith Council
Rev Will McGarvey, ED of Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King of Grace Cathedral
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Vincent Reybet-Degat
Carolina Ornelas, MPH
Emily Morgan Dorian
Bobby Shijia Lu
Franco Martinez


This virtual event is led by Sha’ar Zahav, with support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and the Jewish Community Relations Council.


You can print the Pride Haggadah, or you can follow along with the text on the screen during the Seder. 

Just like our Passover Seder, Pride Seder has its own set of symbols. If you have a printer, we encourage you to print and cut out the Pride Seder symbols (in color or in black & white). 

Organized By: 
Sha'ar Zahav
The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Alaia Zeno
Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Rabbi Mychal Copeland speaks and writes about the inclusion of LGBTQI people and interfaith families in religious life. She is the co-editor of Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives [Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015]. Prior to joining Sha’ar Zahav, Rabbi Copeland was the Director of InterfaithFamily Bay Area where she helped couples navigate a diversity of religious and cultural backgrounds. She served for thirteen years as a university Rabbi, first at UCLA and later at Hillel at Stanford University. She earned a Masters in Theological Studies and Secondary Teaching Credential from Harvard Divinity School in 1995, and a rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2000. In 2005 she was recognized as being an Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel’s International Center, the highest individual honor for Hillel professionals. She served as the Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York City, the world’s largest Jewish LGBTQ community and has carried that work into her career with college students. Mychal is a certified yoga instructor and fuses Jewish spirituality with movement in her yoga teaching.
Senator Scott Wiener
Elected in November 2016, Senator Scott Wiener represents District 11 in the California State Senate. District 11 includes all of San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, and Daly City, as well as portions of South San Francisco.
In the Senate, Senator Wiener works to make housing more affordable, invest in our transportation systems, increase access to healthcare, support working families, meaningfully address climate change and the impacts of drought, reform our criminal justice system, reduce gun violence, reduce California’s high poverty rate, and safeguard and expand the rights of all communities, including immigrants and the LGBT community.
Senator Wiener has authored 36 bills that were signed into law. Among them are SB 35, a landmark bill to streamline housing approvals in cities not meeting their housing goals; SB 822, which enacts the strongest net neutrality protections in the nation; SB 1045 and SB 40, which expand and strengthen California’s conservatorship laws to help individuals who are living on our streets with severe mental health and substance use disorders; SB 700, which significantly expands access to renewable energy storage; SB 923, which modernizes California’s eyewitness identification standards to ensure innocent people are not sent to prison; SB 136, which reduces mass incarceration by repealing California’s most common used sentence enhancement; SB 219, which protects LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities; and SB 159, which allows pharmacists to provide PrEP and PEP (powerful HIV prevention medications) without a physician’s prescription.
Senator Wiener is also the author of landmark legislation, SB 50, which, if passed, will override local restrictive zoning to legalize apartment buildings and affordable housing near public transportation and job centers. (Currently, many communities ban apartment buildings, even right next to major transit hubs.)
Senator Wiener was named Legislator of the Year by the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, for his work reforming California’s criminal justice system, and by the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition and California Building Industry Association for his work addressing California’s housing shortage. He was also named Legislator of the Year by the California Solar & Storage Association for his work to expand on site solar storage throughout the state. Larkin Street Youth Services honored Senator Wiener with the Anne B. Stanton Award for his work to combat youth homelessness throughout California. For a full list of awards, please see awards tab.
Senator Wiener serves as Chair of the Senate Housing Committee and is a member of the Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee; the Human Services Committee; the Public Safety Committee; the Governmental Organization Committee; the Governance and Finance Committee; and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. He is also the Assistant Majority Whip, and serves as the Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.
Before his election to the Senate, Senator Wiener served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the district previously represented by Supervisor Harvey Milk. During his time on the Board of Supervisors, Senator Wiener authored a number of first-in-the-nation laws, including mandating fully paid parental leave for all working parents, requiring water recycling and solar power in new developments, and banning public spending in states with LGBT hate laws. He focused extensively on housing and public transportation, authoring laws to streamline approvals of affordable housing, to legalize new in-law units, and to tie public transportation funding to population growth.

Before his election to the Board of Supervisors, Senator Wiener spent 15 years practicing law: as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, in private practice at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, and as a law clerk for Justice Alan Handler on the New Jersey Supreme Court. Senator Wiener co-chaired the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, BALIF (the Bay Area’s LGBT bar association), and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, as well as serving on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.
Senator Wiener grew up in New Jersey, the son of small business owners, and attended public school. He received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He spent a year in Chile on a Fulbright Scholarship doing historical research. He has lived in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood for over 22 years.
​​​​​​​Mayor London N. Breed
London N. Breed, 45th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition. In June 2018, Mayor Breed was elected to be the first African American woman and second woman in San Francisco history to serve as Mayor. She was re-elected for her first full four-year term in November 2019. She has focused on helping the City’s homeless population into care and shelter; adding more housing for residents of all income levels; helping those suffering from mental health and substance use disorder on San Francisco’s streets; ensuring that all San Franciscans have access to a thriving economy; making San Francisco a cleaner and safer city; and furthering San Francisco’s leadership in combating climate change. Prior to public service, Mayor Breed served as Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Western Addition for over a decade. She also served as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner and in 2010 was appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to be a San Francisco Fire Commissioner, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors. In 2013, Mayor Breed was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 5 for six years, including three years as President of the Board.
Mayor Libby Schaaf
Mayor Libby Schaaf was born and raised in Oakland, which she proudly describes as, “The most unapologetic Sanctuary City in America.” During her tenure, Oakland has undergone an economic revitalization and building boom, as well as cut gun violence in half.

Her “17K/17K Housing Plan” has helped increase Oakland’s affordable housing production, stabilize rents, and decrease evictions. Her innovative public-private partnerships Keep Oakland Housed and Cabin Communities are credited with preventing 1,800 families a year from losing their housing, while resolving some of Oakland’s most unsafe street encampments. In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Mayor Schaaf to California’s first Council of Regional Homeless Advisors.

She created Oakland’s first Department of Transportation, whose equity-based paving plan is the first of its kind in the nation and will make previously underserved neighborhoods safer, while addressing the city’s decades-old infrastructure backlog.

Mayor Schaaf is most proud of launching the Oakland Promise, a bold cradle-to-career initiative to send more low-income Oakland kids to preschool and college. The Oakland Promise has sent more than 1,400 Oakland students (and counting) to college with scholarships and mentors, and will give every baby born into poverty a $500 college savings account at birth.
Mayor Jesse Arreguin
Mayor Jesse Arreguín is the first Latino Mayor of Berkeley, elected in 2016 after serving on the City Council for eight years. He also serves as President of the Association of Bay Area Governments. As Berkeley’s Mayor, he has made addressing homelessness, affordable housing, improving infrastructure and educational outcomes his top priorities.
Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan
Rebecca Kaplan represents the entire City of Oakland as its Councilmember At-Large and current Council President. She was elected to the Oakland City Council in November 2008, when she became the youngest – and first openly-lesbian – Oakland City Councilmember. Rebecca has provided energetic and effective leadership towards establishing coherent and holistic approaches to economic development, land-use policy, public safety and other issues to create a vibrant city.

Council President Kaplan grew up attending orthodox Hebrew school and has taught Torah (bible) classes in area synagogues and churches. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor. She also holds a Master of Arts in Urban & Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School.

On the Council, Rebecca has fixed long-standing legislative log-jams to launch new blight-fighting tools, has cut red tape and fees for small businesses, and has generated new revenue without raising taxes on residents. Rebecca is strongly committed to creating new economic opportunity for Oakland – from job creation to retail attraction to homebuyer assistance. She is also committed to improving public safety, strengthening transportation and reforming government.

Prior to her service on the Oakland City Council, Rebecca served as At-Large Director on the AC Transit Board of Directors from 2002 to 2008. During this time, she helped bring AC Transit its first hydrogen fuel cell buses and continued her commitment to improving active transportation for Oaklanders by working to improve biking, walking and public transit opportunities. As Director, Rebecca led the creation of the new all-night transit service, new service to San Francisco and to BART stations, and pushed for technological upgrades to make bus service faster and more reliable.

Council-member Kaplan has made Oakland her home for more than the past two decades. Kaplan’s work experience includes serving as an aide for the California State Legislature in the 16th Assembly District and as an attorney.

Council-member Kaplan earned a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor. She also holds a Master of Arts in Urban & Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School.
Commissioner Dan Bernal
Commissioner Bernal is Chief of Staff for Congresswoman and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. He has dedicated his career to public service, having served in the White House under President Bill Clinton and as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Education. As Congress debated the Affordable Care Act, he supported then-Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to build support for the legislation in California by convening diverse stakeholders and coordinating activities for Bay Area Members of Congress. He continues to serve as a valuable resource to the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, key policy makers, and advocates in the fight to prevent repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Commissioner Bernal served as board president of the AIDS Emergency Fund and spearheaded the creation of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. He also previously served on the board of directors of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Bay Area Affiliate and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He currently serves on National AIDS Memorial Grove board. He was appointed to the Health Commission in 2017
Manny Yekutiel
Manny Yekutiel is the owner of Manny’s - a physical civic gathering space in San Francisco which combines a non-profit restaurant, bar, coffee shop, political bookstore, and civic events space. The purpose of the Manny’s is to create a place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen. In its first year Manny’s was awarded Small Business of the Year by the California State Senate, hosted 17 of the Democratic presidential candidates, and was featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Before building Manny’s, Manny was Deputy Northern California Finance Director for Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Chief of Staff of FWD.us, a field organizer on President Obama’s 2012 campaign in New Hampshire, and a White House intern.
Lynn Mahoney
Lynn Mahoney was appointed president of San Francisco State in May 2019. She is the 14th president of San Francisco State University and the first woman to serve in that role in a permanent capacity. Mahoney has spent her academic career working on issues related to enhancing student learning and faculty success and is committed to providing San Francisco State students with an exceptional educational experience.

Prior to her appointment at SF State, Mahoney served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. Earlier in her career, she served as the associate vice president for undergraduate studies and interim vice provost & dean of undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach. ​
Michael G. Pappas
Michael G. Pappas was selected by the San Francisco Interfaith Council (SFIC) to the newly created administrative post of Executive Director in 2007. In his tenure he has substantially helped increase the Council’s budget and programs; strengthened existing and cultivated new relationships with civic leaders, NGO’s, judicatories and congregations; and significantly projected the SFIC through expanded use of technology. His current board memberships include Mayoral appointments to the San Francisco Disaster Council and 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. He previously served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Department of Aging and Adult Services Commission.
Rev. Will McGarvey
Rev. Will McGarvey is an out, every-gender-loving man happily married to his partner Becky for 30 years, and is blessed with two brilliant young adult children. He has been pastor for the last 16 years at East County Shared Ministry in Pittsburg, CA, a PCUSA-UCC, More Light Presbyterian & Open and Affirming Congregation. Will serves part-time at the church and part-time as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. He has served as co-convener of the Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition in his county as they have sought to raise the voice of the faith community to address the systems that make people poor and keep people in the systems of poverty, and helping with the advocacy and programs of the Interfaith Climate Action Network of the Interfaith Council.
Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King
The Rev. Canon Dr. Ellen Clark-King is currently Vice Dean and Canon for Social Justice at Grace Cathedral. Ordained in 1992 she has worked in England, Canada and the United States and is the author of two books on feminist theology and Christian spirituality. Ellen greatly values interfaith partnerships and has been honored to be on the board of the SFIC. In October Ellen is returning to England where she will take up a new role as Dean of King’s College London.
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, a San Francisco native, is the founder and Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational fellowship of churches and faith-based organizations throughout the United States, Mexico, Asia and Africa. Her roots are in the Church of God in Christ, and she is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the MetropolitanCommunity Church. Bishop Flunder is the founding pastor of City of Refuge UCC. She holds degrees from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley (MA) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (D.Min). She recorded and performed with Walter Hawkins and the Family and the Love Center Choir. She serves as a Board member of DEMOS, Starr King School for the Ministry and as a Senior Fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary. She is an educator, and an adjunct professor at several seminaries including New York Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and Pacific School of Religion.
Vincent Reybet-Degat
Vincent Reybet-Degat is a 28-year-old French-American gay man who immigrated to the Bay Area in 2016. As a psychiatric social worker in San Francisco, he serves individuals who are chronically incarcerated, experiencing homelessness and living with severe mental illnesses. Outside of work, one of the things he cares about is growing spiritually through Judaism. When his family and friends back in Paris ask him about living here, Sha’ar Zahav is one of the first things he talks about. It illustrates how amazing the U.S. can be. He is grateful and proud to participate in today's Pride Seder.
Carolina Ornelas, MPH
Carolina Ornelas is from Brentwood (East Bay). She is a proud lesbian, Mexican-American and is on the journey of converting to Judaism. She is finishing up medical school at UCSF and is passionate about health equity and emergency medicine. During quarantine, to balance out the intensity of finishing up her MPH and returning to the hospital, Carolina is exploring what it means to be Jewish and Latina. Celebrating a PRIDE seder with Sha'ar Zahav means continuing to fight for LGBTQ rights and equity, not only in the U.S. but around the world.
Emily Morgan Dorian
Emily Dorian grew up in San Jose, in a Lebanese-Jewish household. She’s proud of her ethnic roots and lesbian identity. She graduated from SFSU in Business Administration and Data Science, and currently is working at Tesla in their Autopilot division. She is passionate about welcoming young people in Jewish spaces and working to build a Jewish home with Carolina. During quarantine, she has taken up campaigning to turn swing states blue. Celebrating a PRIDE seder with Sha'ar Zahav means commemorating and honoring our LGBTQ ancestors.
Bobby Shijia Lu
Bobby Shijia Lu is a member of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, and, using Rabbi Copeland’s words, I am a fellow traveler. Interested in Jewish culture, he is excited to be part of the PRIDE Seder. In his words, it’s important for multi-generational LGBTQ people in the community to get together and share their stories and celebrate as a community.
Franco Martinez
Franco Martinez moved to San Francisco in 2013 to pursue an education in acting and theater. He currently works as Assistant Theater Manager at the Bayview Opera House and Assistant House Manager at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. He joined his college's GSA, "Outloud," which he eventually led as President. To Franco, Pride is an unfettered celebration and commemoration of all the years of activism it has taken to arrive where we are now, and where we still have a ways to go. Being able to be part of this year's Pride Seder is deeply meaningful, and he is thankful to have been asked to participate. During shelter in place, he has volunteered by helping to give out food through NOW Hunters Point.