Congregation Kol Tefillah

USCJ-affiliated lay-led

Conservative Synagogue

Full Torah Service - Torah readers welcome

Starting at 10 AM every Saturday

Followed by Kiddush lunch

200 Washington St., Santa Cruz, CA

2 blocks from the wharf, beach and boardwalk

Where else outside of Tel Aviv, Cape Town or Coney Island

can you be shomer shabbos by a beach and boardwalk?

See below how you can be shomer shabbos and still roll ala Big Lebowski

"Instead of a vacation from Judaism, add Judaism back in your vacation"

What day is Sunday December 25th this year?

Right, it is the 7th Day of Hanukkah

Bring the whole family to the shul at 5:00 PM for Menorah lighting, latkes and apple sauce

RSVP: Sharon at

Congregation Kol Tefillah is lay-led shul with on a limited budget. We represent a model of how Conservative synagogues can exist outside of big cities. We have a plan to increase our membership long term. But we need help from Family Foundations and Donor Advised Funds in the short run. Please contact our Treasurer Larry Abrams at 831-254-7325 to learn more about our efforts to keep Conservative Judaism alive on the Central Coast of California.

Congregation Kol Tefillah is a 501(c) organization and your net donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by the law. Our Tax ID/Reg. no. 77-03839

Attention Visitors to Santa Cruz, California

Kol Tefillah can be your "destination" shul. Join us for a full Torah Service followed by a Kiddush lunch. Plus you can be be shomer shabbos by staying at any number of motels nearby.


Ocean Pacific Lodge, 301 Pacific Avenue, 831-457-1234, < $200/night on weekends, all of 2 minute walk to the shul and 5 minute walk to the wharf.\

Pacific Blue Inn, 636 Pacific Avenue, 831-600-8880 “a green hotel” <$200/night weekends mid-way between shul/ocean and downtown Santa Cruz, both 15 minute either way

Santa Cruz Hostel 315-321 Main Street, Beach Hill, 831-423-8304, 15 minute walk to shul or downtown, 5 minute walk to boardwalk, 1880s cottages, shared bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, private rooms with bunk beds for 3 $140/night; shared dorm rooms with bunk beds for 6 - $50 per night per person; Requires cleaning up common rooms after use, stripping bed and bringing down to laundry, etc.

After Shul:

Walk along West Cliff past Dream Inn, Lighthouse, surfers at Steamer Lane.

After Shabbos: all within walking distance of shul

Vegan restaurants, live Jazz at Kuumbwa, G-League basketball, bowling, or video game arcade at the Boardwalk

Vegan Restaurants

Malabar Restaurant, 514 Front Street, Asian fusion, 12-2:30 PM, 5-9:30 PM

Veg on the Edge, in Abbot Square, 725 Front Street, 12-8PM

Cafe Gratitude, 103 Lincoln Street, 11 AM - 9 PM

Outdoor Dining Food Court

Abbott Square - 725 Front Street

Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk

Saturday Sunday Hours: Rides 12PM -5PM Arcade 10AM - 10PM

Boardwalk Bowling

create your own Big Lebowski shomer shabbos meme

115 Cliff Street, across from Boardwalk, Daily 9AM-12AM


Kuumbwa Jazz Club

G-League basketball

Kosher Meats

Trader Joe’s, 700 Front Street, Downtown SC, Open every day 8 AM - 9 PM

Healthy Grocery Stores

New Leaf Community Market, 1101 Fair St (Westside SC) and 1134 Pacific Ave. (Downtown SC) Open every day 8 AM - 9 PM

Fresh Fish

Stagnaro Brothers Seafood (59 Municipal Wharf) -- a short walk from the Shul

Steamer Lane surfing, Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach and Boardwalk are a 10 minute walk from the shul