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Young Families

Ongoing Programs for families with of all ages.

    See upcoming programs below.

Mazel Tots 
Fun Sunday activities for children 5 years old and under. Mazel Tots meets at TBE.

Mazel Tots is fun activities for children 5 years & under with their families - members & non-members alike. Drop-ins are welcome.  Please bring a healthy snack to share. Go to the Mazel Tots page for the schedule of activities. Any questions? Contact Sarah Clarkson.

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 Sarah Clarkson 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

For more information about any of the above programs, please email Sarah Clarkson or call her at 831-479-3444 ext. 215.

Camp Kayetz
Jewish Summer Day Camp for children at Temple Beth El
Camp runs from June 25 through July 20, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Read more about it!

Beth El Baby Bunch Monthly Jewish Baby Group

Quality social time with parents & babies birth to age 3.
Monday, March 23, 11:00 AM‒12:30 PM, in TBE in the coffee lounge. Questions? Contact Sarah

                                                  Upcoming Dates:    April 20
                                                                                   May 18

Megillah Reading, Costume Parade, and Purim Carnival

   Sunday, March 8

Grades K-3 (and families with children under 5)
   Parent(s) MUST accompany their children
      9:45 AM - Megillah reading and costume parade
     10:30 AM - Carnival Games and Prizes
Grades 4-6
      9:45 AM - Classroom activities
     11:00 AM - Megillah Reading and Costume Parade
     11:30 AM - with Parent(s) -Carnival Games and Prizes

Lots of volunteers needed.

Mazel Tots
Sunday, March 15
9:45 to 11:15 AM
Join in fun Purim-themed activities for children five years and under with their families. Members and non-members welcome. Free. Please bring a healthy snack.
                           April 19, Mitzvah Day
                           May 5, Israel Themed

Passover Preparation and Family Fun
Sunday, March 22, 1:00‒2:30 PM
Passover will be here before we know it.
Join TBE’s Young Families Project as we learn together about the holiday of Passover through interactive games and activities. We will make and bake matzah, check out some great Passover books, learn more about the items on the Seder plate, and meet other Jewish Families at this fun festive Passover preparation event.
  This FREE event is for children of all ages.
    Special PJ Our Way activities included for ages 9-12.
      RSVP’s to are helpful.


Challah Making    
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 3:30–4:30 PM

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!

RSVP's to Sarah are helpful at

Wed, February 19 2020 24 Sh'vat 5780