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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. All 2019-20 Memberships are valid through June 30, 2020. For further information send email to To join Hazak CLICK HERE >

Upcoming Programming

Monday, June 1

10:00am “Portraits of 21st Century Jews” with Rabbi Joshua Hoffman CLICK HERE TO JOIN ON ZOOM

There is no shortage of examples in our day which demonstrate dramatic social change and the casting off of centuries old traditions.  In this informative and interactive workshop, we will explore the possibility of modeling the ideal 21st Century Jew, one who embraces tradition as a framework for behavior.  The 21st Century Jew reflects both ritual and ethical behavior, personal and communal responsibility.

11:15am “Supreme Court Update” with Mark Levick  CLICK HERE TO JOIN ON ZOOM

This lecture will give you the opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Supreme Court, which functions as our country’s last resort tribunal. Includes a review of significant and/or interesting decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2019-20 term.

1:00pm Hot Topics Discussion Group 

"Our Crystal Ball: The Jewish Community after Coronavirus" Conducted by Lois Weinsoft, MS in Social Work & MS in Jewish Communal Service. Joined by Matt Weintraub, VBS Executive Director CLICK HERE TO JOIN ON ZOOM

Monday June 15

10:00am “Cybersecurity for Seniors” with Steve Krantz, PhD, retired IBM Computer Scientist and Author

This lecture, aimed at the non-technical senior, will explain how to be secure online, including safe web browsing, safe social media, safe email, and safe financial transactions. Learn how to protect your computer, smartphones and tablets from hacking, data loss and physical loss.

11:15am “Pioneers of 20th Century Art—Alexander Calder and Joan Miro” with Barbara Green

This talk describes the life and work of two abstract artists working in different media who forged a friendship during the Mid-20th Century as they each created artistic masterpieces that reflected common themes.  Artist Barbara Green has given popular talks at Brandeis groups, has a BS in Art from CSUN, a BS in Business Education from UCLA, and a California State Teaching Credential. She creates original works in watercolor and acrylic media, and continues her education through art classes at the Pierce College Encore Program. 

1:00pm "Hot Topics Discussion Group" 

Monday, June 29

10:00am “Nutrition and the Aging Immune System” with David Heber, MD, Founding Director of UCLA Center for Human Nutrition

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear our personal responsibility to control obesity and obesity-associated diseases that are more common with aging including diabetes and hypertension. The risk of mortality from COVID is increased in obese individuals with high blood pressure or diabetes. The protein on the lung cells to which the Coronavirus binds and enters lung cells is part of the hormonal system that controls hypertension in overweight and obesity. Learn what you can do to optimize your body composition and nutrition including supplements to strengthen your immune system against bacterial and viral infections.

11:15am "Mindful Grandparenting During Challenging Times" with Pam Siegel M.P.H., M.F.T., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Leslie Zinberg, Elementary Education and Parenting Author

Siegel and Zinberg have authored a book on mindful grandparenting entitled Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice.  The world has certainly changed since then, but the concepts and principles are very timely!  Their discussion and stories for grandparents will help us in this challenging time of pandemic, distancing, and internet contact.

1:00pm "Hot Topics Discussion Group"

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.
Mon, June 1 2020 9 Sivan 5780