Valley Beth Shalom is a Conservative Synagogue in Encino, Los Angeles, California. Conservative Judaism (also known as Masorti Judaism in Israel and Europe) is a modern stream of Judaism that arose out A synagogue (from Greek: grc συναγωγή transliterated synagogē, "assembly" he בית כנסת beit knesset, "house of With over 1,800 member families it is one of the largest synagogues in Los Angeles and one of the largest Conservative synagogues in the United States.
The synagogue and its schools provide education for all ages. The Harold M. Schulweis Day School, a member of the Solomon Schechter Day School Association, has over 250 students. Harold M Schulweis (1925-) is a Rabbi, author and a longtime Spiritual Leader at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino CA. See Yeshiva and Bais Yaakov about strictly Orthodox (mostly Haredi) Jewish schools The Solomon Schechter Day School Association is an organization associated with Conservative Judaism. Etz Chaim Hebrew School is also headquartered at the synagogue. VBS is a member of the Far West Region of United Synagogue Youth. United Synagogue Youth is the youth movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism or USCJ.
The clergy include Senior Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, arguably one of the most influential and renowned rabbis of his generation, Rabbi Joshua Hoffman, Cantor Herschel Fox, and Cantor Phil Baron. Harold M Schulweis (1925-) is a Rabbi, author and a longtime Spiritual Leader at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino CA. Cantor Phil Baron ( November 14, 1953) is an American Voice actor who voiced Piglet in the Disney Channel Live-action
The synagogue has launched a number of programs including the Jewish World Watch, an NGO, is a prominent founding member of the Havurah movement, and has popular adult education programs. The Jewish World Watch is an NGO based out of Southern California, a coalition of synagogues and Jewish groups with the objective of educating advocating and donating A chavurah or havurah (חבורה Hebrew: "fellowship" plural chavuroth) is a small group of like-minded Jews