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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. 218.

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!

Chanukah Story Time
December 5, 5:30 PM, at Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave

Join the TBE Young Families Project for Chanukah Story Time at Bookshop Santa Cruz! We will share some of our favorite Chanukah books and stories with our young families. This is always a special way to explore the holiday and celebrate with friends. Bookshop Santa Cruz brings in beautiful Chanukah books for your family to purchase and enjoy. This is a free event. Please come and invite your friends to learn about our community and traditions in a fun and casual space.

               Sunday December 8
Mazel Tots
9:45 to 11:15 AM

Join in fun Chanukah themed activities for children five years and under with their families. Members and non-members welcome. Free. Please bring a healthy snack.
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Breakfast and Books
9:45 to 12:00 Noon
Enjoy a delicious breakfast for a $5‒$10.00 donation. Children’s books are only $1.00! A fun family event that encourages literacy and raises funds for Simcha Preschool’s Literacy Materials Fund. Questions? Contact Lisa at or (831) 479-3449.

Beth El Baby Bunch MONTHLY Jewish Baby Group
Quality social time with parents & babies birth to age 3.
Mondays, 11:00 AM‒12:30 PM, in TBE in the coffee lounge.
Questions? Contact Sarah

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Challah Making    
Thursday, January 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

FUTURE DATE:  April 23, 2020 3:30–4:30 PM


Thu, December 5 2019 7 Kislev 5780