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Hazak is the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s organization that supports programming for folks 55+. Adults, of any age, are welcome to attend! At Beth Emeth, HAZAK is a congenial group who want to continue to grow their Jewish and world understanding in a friendly and welcoming environment. Be a member, be a guest or bring a guest. Hazak members do not need to be CBE members.

We meet in the CBE Social Hall from 1:00 to 3:00 on the third Tuesday of each month.  We engage with a wide variety of accomplished speakers and authors, enjoy film discussions and, of course, we nosh and schmooze. Look for our schedule in the Weekly Announcements and The Shofar.

Need a Ride? 

Do you need a ride to come to CBE services and events (including Hazak)? Can you help provide rides? As a congregation, we want to make sure that all congregants wishing to participate in any CBE event can do so even if they cannot drive themselves. So, as of July 1 we started a new Mitzvah Brigade Ride Board to match members who need a ride with those who can help. We are primarily using an online signup at www.tinyurl.com/CBE-Rides. You can also request a ride by phoning the office at 703-860-4515 ext 101.

Join Hazak

Have you joined? Have you renewed your membership? Don't miss out. Dues are only $18.00 for the entire 10 month program. Join online or at the door. Checks should be made payable to CBE Hazak. Click here to download and print the membership form.

The name Hazak means "Strong," and is also made up of the first Hebrew letters of the words:

Hazak logo

Hochmah: Wisdom
Ziknah: Maturity
Kadima: Looking Ahead


Questions About Hazak?

Contact Carol Silberstein and Ellyn Greenspan at [email protected]. We also welcome ideas for future speakers.

5780/2019-20 Hazak Events

This year we have lined up an impressive roster of experts on timely topics, most with some Jewish connection. Many of our speakers share their knowledge along with their own unique and fascinating personal stories. Note: All of these programs are subject to change if speakers become unavailable. (See also: HAZAK Events on Interactive Calendar)

DateGuest Speaker and Topic

September_17, 2019

Adrienne Usher of the Shapell Manuscript Foundation: Mining Genealogical Gold in Civil War Pension Records for Jewish Soldiers

The Shapell Roster, scheduled to launch as a free-to-the-public website (date TBD), is the first-ever comprehensive data archive documenting the Jewish soldiers who served in the American Civil War.

Meet Adrienne Usher, Director of Research for the Shapell Roster Project, as she shares some of the beautiful, unique and exciting genealogical treasures her team has discovered within the Civil War Union Pension Records, including dates and locations for births, marriages, and deaths; addresses, occupations, photographs, maps, drawings, letters, certificates and physical descriptions. 

Learn how to access these rich resources, find out more about the Foundation behind this exciting endeavor, and discover how you can participate in the project.

November 19

Rabbi Michelle "Mina" Goldsmith: Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Rabbi Naomi Levy 

Our own Rabbi Mina will discuss the book Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Rabbi Naomi Levy. Einstein and the Rabbi is on one level a mystery about a letter that Albert Einstein wrote to a grieving Rabbi and it is on another level about the mysteries of the soul (Amazon Review). Whether you read the book, or not, it promises to be an interesting discussion!

December 17

Harry Butowsky: Pearl Harbor

More info coming soon!

January 21, 2020

John Rybicki, Thoughts on the Afterlife

More info coming soon!

 Stay tuned for more excellent speakers and programs, coming soon! Save the dates: February 18, 2020, March 17, 2020, April  21, 2020, May 19, 2020 and June 16, 2020


From Generation to Generation

L'dor vador—from generation to generation—
I pass to you
Not the giddy joy of success,
But the lump in the throat the signals
The wisdom to speak softly in a fragile world.
Through these finger tips
Pass sensual gifts—
The feel of sand between the toes,
The eye that captures
The flight of the gull at sunset,
Take them, child of my child—
The ability to grow inside the mind,
To change, to forgive, to love.
Take them,
And when you grow old,
Bequeath them l'dor vador,
For these are the things that remain worthwhile,
That make life worth living.

Poem by S. Anne Sostrom z"l