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VBS Hazak (at Home)

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Hazak programming is online only.

All Hazak @ Home programs are presented via Zoom.

Event invitations and login information are sent to all registered Hazak members via email prior to the event. For further information send email to

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Hazak Program Guide

Second Semester 2020-2021

Beginning February 1, 2021

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Upcoming Programming

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Monday, April 19, 2021

10:00am "Opera 4 – Potions, Poison and Port"

Steve Kohn, Community Educator for Los Angeles Opera 

Operas that have all kinds of liquids but they all end up important in this operatic world.

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Meeting ID: 890 4347 1125.  Passcode: 653278
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11:15am "Secrets of Mars Revealed"

Bill Green, Retired Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Three different unmanned missions to Mars launched in 2020 will all be arriving at Mars in February 2021. This talk will describe early results from all 3 missions-- NASA’s JPL Perseverance rover mission (a large rover packed with science instruments with an experimental Mars helicopter experiment as a bonus), Tianwen-1 (a Chinese mission that includes an orbiter, a lander, and a rover), and Hope (from the United Arab Emirates, an orbiter with instruments designed to study the Martian atmosphere for 2 years).

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Meeting ID: 890 4347 1125.  Passcode: 653278
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12:30pm Afternoon Sessions

Torah Study with VBS Clergy: Rabbi Joshua Hoffman

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Meeting ID: 831 3944 4420       Passcode: 018494
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-OR- Great Decisions 2021 Discussion Group (Registration Requested)

Lively small group discussions of the world’s major challenges. Enrollment is limited. Discussions will be based on topics selected from a Sourcebook produced by the Foreign Affairs Association. Click here for details and registration > or contact Jerry Davis at (818) 326-5961 or

Great Decisions 2021

What remarkable times we live in!! Join us for lively small group discussions of the world’s major challenges, with DVD viewings and a Sourcebook. This is Great Decisions 2021 — 7 spirited session starting February 8, 2021, a part of Hazak Monday programs at 1:00pm! The programs will be moderated by Jerry Davis. Discussions will be based on topics selected from a Sourcebook produced by the Foreign Affairs Association. Click here for details >

Participation is limited to Hazak members. Enrollment is limited—don’t wait to register!! There is a $38 charge for the Foreign Affairs Association Sourcebook.

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We’d enjoy talking to you about this exciting group. For more information or to reserve your spot without utilizing the online form at the above registration link, please contact Jerry Davis ASAP at (818) 326-5961 or

Recent Programming


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About VBS Hazak

The HAZAK Community at Valley Beth Shalom is a vibrant Jewish community of VBS and non-VBS seniors committed to:

  • Lifelong learning
  • Building relationships and connections
  • Contribution, service, sharing, caring
  • Active, positive aging

Over 20 years ago, Rabbi Harold Shulweis (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.

The Hazak community achieves our goals through a variety of programs and activities, e.g., Hazak Monday enrichment programs, Hazak Shabbat Dinners with programs, Field Trips, Movies, Hazak Wednesday Lunch and Learns, and service activities.



Hazak Annual Membership Fee
$35 for VBS Members
$50 for Non Members

Hazak members support the VBS Food Bank. Bring donations each Hazak Monday.
QUESTIONS?  Call the VBS office at (818) 788-6000 or for additional information.
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