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Louise Spitzer

04/09/2021 10:03:47 AM

Apr9

You might know her as the friendly woman who introduced you to others at Hazak and got you a bagel for lunch. You might know her as...Read more...

Passover Meals for Jews in Need

04/01/2021 03:31:27 PM

Apr1

At your seder, you likely heard “Ha Lachma Anya” or “This is the bread of poverty/affliction.” Poverty is not something we have been able to leave behind in Egypt, and it’s still very much present in the Jewish community. Eighty million Americans, including Jews, are experiencing...Read more...

War on Isolation

02/22/2021 10:28:33 AM

Feb22

Long before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rabbi Ed Feinstein and a cadre of leaders from our flourishing senior group, Hazak, launched the Positive Aging Task Force, an ambitious effort to help our community thrive. Once the lockdown orders began, the task force immediately pivoted to specific activities that would help this vulnerable population and the “War on Isolation” was born.

Initially, the group of volunteers made...Read more...

Homework Helpers

01/13/2021 01:35:55 PM

Jan13

Jessica Bazel grew up at Valley Beth Shalom, attended the ECC, and graduated from the Day School three years ago. At VBS, Jessica learned the tremendous value of community service and giving back. Now a 15 year old high school freshman at Campbell Hall, she is one of eight “Homework...Read more...

The Covid-nine-TEEN project

10/01/2020 10:57:55 AM

Oct1

This week we’re excited to introduce you to VBS member Skye Loventhal, co-founder of the Covid-nineTEEN Project!

Skye Loventhal is a senior at Granada Hills Charter High School and the daughter of our Director of the Etz Chaim Learning Center (ECLC), Keri (and Mark) Loventhal. For the past two...Read more...

VBS Pandemic Response Coordinators: Orit Rappaport, Renee Kalmanson & Coach Sam

08/27/2020 09:48:17 PM

Aug27

When the synagogue closed its doors back in March as a result of the “Safer at Home” order, Orit Rappaport, VBS Operations and Facilities Manager, quickly became the emergency protocols and campus reopening expert. She attended Los Angeles County Department of Public Health...Read more...

Annette Weinberg, LA Jewish Home

08/06/2020 06:49:07 PM

Aug6

This week we introduce you to Annette Weinberg, Lifestyle and Enrichment Director of the Residential Care Facilities at the Los Angeles Jewish Home Eisenberg Village Campus.

Annette Weinberg and her family are lifelong members of Valley Beth Shalom. Her son, Michael, graduated from our Day School, had his...Read more...

Strength, Wellness and Hope

07/08/2020 10:08:09 PM

Jul8

This week we are proud to highlight the Strength, Wellness and Hope program.

Many men who are over 50 years old today were brought up in a way that did not encourage the pursuit of spiritual growth or emotional collaboration with other men. During fraught times, it can be especially challenging for men to...Read more...

Fundraiser to Provide Clean Water

06/30/2020 05:13:02 PM

Jun30

This week we are proud to highlight the GoFundMe Campaign organized by VBS Member Steven Medof to provide clean water to the Navajo and Hopi Tribes.

Steven Medof grew up in Los Angeles. He says, like many of us, “I learned about Sitting Bull, played ‘Cowboys and Indians,’...Read more...

Community Calling Outreach Project

06/12/2020 09:19:41 AM

Jun12

This week we are proud to highlight the VBS Community Calling Outreach Project.

Launched in March as a result of the “Safer at Home” order, the VBS Community Calling Outreach Project is an important initiative to keep our members connected through personal calls and outreach led by our staff and...Read more...

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