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About VBS Hazak

Over 21 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.

Today, the VBS Hazak Community at Valley Beth Shalom is a vibrant Jewish community of VBS and non-VBS seniors committed to:

  • Lifelong Learning –

    • Rich array of programs, including Hazak Mondays, Lunch and Learn, small discussion groups, classes, movies

  • Building Relationships and Connections –

    • Social time, Hazak Shabbat dinners, small groups

  • Service, Sharing, Caring –

    • Volunteer activities with Hazak, Early Childhood Center, VBS Schools, Food Bank, Homelessness Task Force

  • Active, Positive Aging

    • Healthy living programming, Walk with the Rabbi (new 2021)

We welcome any VBS or non-VBS senior (60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 100’s) to join our active community.

If you would like more information, please email us at



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.

Hazak Steering Committee

Joel Hyatt, Chair
Bill Green, Assistant Chair
Eileen Sudeck, Secretary
Art Cohen, Treasurer
Candace Blaz
Sharon Bressler
Lina Carmely
Jerry Davis
Helen Dosik
Gail Gold
Loren Kleinrock
Marv Leon
Ester Shifren
Louise Spitzer
Judy Geller-Wollstein 

Tue, August 16 2022 19 Av 5782