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VBS Hazak Programming


  • NEW!! February 5 (Sunday) at 10am: Walk with Rabbi Feinstein in Balboa Park 
  • Next Hazak Monday, February 13 at 10am-2pm   
    • 10am"Refugees, asylum-seekers, and What is Really Going On At our Southern Border" 
    • 11:15am: "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic"  ( Watch the movie before 2/13.) 
    • 12:15PM Lunch. 
    • 12:45PM: Choice of Great Decisions or Torah Study with Clergy
  • NEW!! February 22 (Wednesday) at 12:00pm: Hazak Tour of Skirball Cultural Center Special Exhibit "American Quilt Stories from Museum of Fine Arts Boston" (See Below. Advance Paid Reservations Required CLICK HERE) Optional lunch at Zeidler's Cafe at 1:00pm.


View Introduction to Great Decisions 2023 YouTube Video


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Next Hazak Monday:

February 13, 2023

Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and What is Really Going on at our Southern Border

Joe Goldman
HIAS Community Engagement Director, Western Region

From Afghanistan to Ukraine to people from around the world trying to exercise their legal right
to seek asylum at our southern border, there’s so much confusion and misinformation about
today’s refugee crises. With over 100 million forcibly displaced people across the planet – more
than after World War II – take a moment to learn more about the very Jewish history and
origins of our global refugee resettlement system that gets to the heart of Jewish existence in
LA, the US, Israel, and beyond

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

Glenn Frankel
Author and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

With Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz, commentator

One of the great movies of Hollywood’s golden age, High Noon (1952) was an instant box office
hit and won four Academy Awards, including Best Actor for screen legend Gary Cooper. Yet
what has often been overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Red Scare
and the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and vituperation that has eerie
echoes in our own troubled era. The movie’s screenwriter and associate producer, Carl
Foreman, was called to testify in the middle of the film shoot about his former membership in
the Communist Party, and he refused to name names and was compelled to flee the country.
Jews were a particular target for those seeking to take back America from usurpers whom they
accused of stealing our country and destroying its values. 

Recommend viewing High Noon prior to this date (Prime Video, Hulu, Roku, Starz, Vimeo, Netflix, etc.)

12:15-12:45pm  Lunch of bagels and cream cheese will be available for a small fee or bring your own bag lunch and schmooze with fellow Hazak members

12:45pm - Choice of:

  • Great Decisions 2023 Discussion Group

  • Torah Study with Clergy

All Programs will also be available on Zoom

Morning Session and Torah Study:

Meeting ID: 858 3708 0395
Passcode: 634194

Great Decisions Discussion Group:

Meeting ID: 839 9331 8463
Passcode: 547849


Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 12:00 NOON at the Skirball Cultural Center


Sign up for private docent tour for VBS Hazak members at the Skirball Cultural Center

Fee:  $15 per person for the docent tour (paid in advance)

Meet at the Skirball to start tour at NOON.  

Stay for Hazak group LUNCH at Zeidler’s Café after the tour (cost of tour does not include lunch)

Discover the extraordinary human stories behind five centuries of quilts. Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories features works by more than forty artists, including Harriet Powers, Bisa Butler, and Sanford Biggers. Come celebrate the artistry and vision of a diverse and largely under-recognized group of creators in an exhibition that brings to light stories that enrich, deepen, and complicate our understanding of the American experience


Stay Tuned for More Hazak Programming, including:

  • Hazak Shabbat Dinners, with programs
  • Field Trips
  • Small Discussion Groups
  • Special Series
  • And more…..

VBS Hazak (for 60+)

Over 21 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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QUESTIONS?  Call the VBS office at (818) 788-6000 or for additional information.

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