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  • Hazak Monday: Monday, April 15 (9:30am-2pm)Back to the World of the Bible with Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz. At the Cine-gogue: Greatest Jewish Moments in Cinema with Ari Averbach (Senior Rabbi, Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand Oaks.) In person and on VBS YouTube Channel. Lunch and Choice of: Great Decisions Study Group or Special Torah Study recording session for "Torah on the Go": Pesach. More info below. 

  • Hazak Monday: Monday, May 6 (9:30am-2pm)Too Long, Too Foreign…Too Jewish:  Antisemitism and Name Changing in New York City, 1917-1946 with Kirsten Femaglich (Professor of history and Jewish studies at Michigan State University. Baseball and Opera with Steve Kohn (Community Educator, Los Angeles Opera) In person and on VBS YouTube Channel. Lunch and Choice of: Hazak Torah Study or Great Decisions Study Group.

  • Sunday, May 19 at 10:00am: VBS Hazak Sunday Mindfulness Walk with Cantor Phil Baron. RSVP HERE.
  • Monday, May 13 - 10:00am - 2:00pm: DROP IN GAME DAY. RSVP Online at VBS.ORG/GAMEDAY. More information below.

  • Hazak End of Year Celebration: Monday, May 20 (11:30am-2:00pm). RSVP HERE.


  • Hazak Newsletter -- Are you interested in contributing as a writer, columnist, editor, photographer for our new Hazak newsletter?  Write to us at and we will contact you.


Hazak Monday: April 15 - In Person and on YouTube

10:00am: Back to the World of the Bible

Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz

Senior Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom


Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz will teach sections of the Hebrew Bible that inform our Jewish Identity and lend insight on the formation of our most sacred book.

11:15am: At the Cine-gogue:  Greatest Jewish Moments in Cinema

Ari Averbach

Senior Rabbi, Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand Oaks

With Rabbi Averbach at the helm, we will look at some of the most Jewish moments in cinema, discussing the honesty the filmmakers brought to the scene.

Lunch Break to Nosh and Schmooze

Choice of:

Special Hazak Torah Study Recording Session for TORAH ON THE GO: PESACH with Rabbi Lebovitz and Rabbi Feinstein. Bring Pesach questions. This will be onsite only, no Zoom streaming.


Great Decisions 2024 Discussion Group with Gerry Davis (see below)

Today’s topic: NATO's future.

VBS Hazak (for 60+)

Over 22 years ago, Rabbi Harold Schulweis (z”l) challenged a group of senior VBS members to design a program for seniors that would establish a setting at VBS for learning, socializing, and fellowship.

That pioneering group of volunteers developed the basic structure for the program that continues and grows today. 

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Sun, April 14 2024 6 Nisan 5784