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Young Families

Ongoing programs for families with of all ages

Mazel Tots 
Mazel Tots is fun activities for children 5 years & under with their families - members & non-members alike. Drop-ins are welcome. Go to the Mazel Tots page for the schedule of activities. Any questions? Contact Jess Mitchell.

Beth El Bim Bam
Shabbat programs for families with children of all ages. Meet and schmooze with other Jewish families at a vegetarian family potluck Shabbat singing dinner and fabulous engaging Shabbat activities. The program is free and open to the public. Beth El Bim Bam programs meet at Temple Beth El. 
Go to the Beth El Bim Bam page for dates and activites.

Sponsorship Opportunity
The Young Families Project continues to offer FREE Jewish events for families with children. If you are interested in finding out more about our events, sponsoring, or making a contribution to our events, please contact Jess Mitchell at

PJ Library 
Sign up for Free Jewish books delivered to your home for families and children ages 6 months‒8 years old

PJ Our Way
Sign up for Free Jewish chapter books delivered to your home for children ages 9‒11 years old


Haven’t signed up for PJ Library?
(FREE Jewish books for children ages 6 months 8.5 year olds)
Get books delivered directly to your home.

Haven’t signed up for PJ Our Way?
(FREE Jewish Chapter Books for children ages 8.5-12 year olds)
Get books delivered directly to your home.

For more information about any of the above programs, please email Jess Mitchell.

Camp Kayetz

Jewish Summer Day Camp for children at Temple Beth El. 



Beth El Baby Bunch Monthly Jewish Baby Group
Quality social time with parents & babies birth to age 3. 

Contact Jess Mitchell




Challah Making
New Leaf Market, 1101 Fair Ave., on the west side of Santa Cruz. Make Challah with Temple Beth El's Young Families Project at New Leaf Market's west side kitchen. We will have helpers, all the ingredients and the recipe! Take home the dough to bake the simple one bowl recipe and a little challah to enjoy. The kitchen is at the back left corner of the New Leaf Market on Fair Ave. Bring your little chef(s) and the Shabbat spirit.  RSVPs to Jess are helpful at

Mon, February 26 2024 17 Adar I 5784