Congregation Kol Tefillah -- Santa Cruz, Ca

A USCJ-affiliated lay-led Conservative Synagogue

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you" Isaiah 14:10-11  We will prevail

Congregation Kol Tefillah  

USCJ-affiliated lay-led Conservative Synagogue

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PO Box 1285, Watsonville, CA 95077

Highlighted in yellow: Our world class location blocks from the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk

Our tabernacle by the beach and boardwalk 

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.

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  Coasters Bar and Grill

Create your own Big Lebowski shomer shabbos meme, be The Dude, have a White Russian

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 Beach, and Boardwalk are a 10 minute walk from the shul 

 Be shomer shabbos at Kol Tefillah...then roll Saturday night

Being shomer shabbos has become hip.  First, it was the famous scene in the 1988 movie The Big Lebowski where Walter Sobchak passionately defended his need to be shomer shabbos. People speculate that he was suffering from PTSD from serving in Viet Nam and found being shomer shabbos healing.

So, when informed that his bowling team game had been moved to a Saturday, he was adamant that 

"I'm shomer shabbos! I don't ***** roll on shabbos"

In the past two years, there has been a growing awareness of burnout from always being "connected" to one's smart phone with its flood of emails and social media posts. 

There is a growing number of pundits advising to "disconnect" for a day and to focus on both going deep -- soul searching -- and going high -- reading "big picture" books. 

Torah study offers both.

A great example of the trend toward "a day a week to disconnect"  is a recent blog post by Erik Torenberg, a venture capitalist based in San Francisco.  He advises, "spend one or two Saturday's a month in device free solitude". 

 Go "solo" he says.  Explore your "inner Thoreau"  "Solitude begets solidarity"

With its location about a 10 minute walk from the Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk, Congregation Kol Tefillah offers a world class experience to "spend a whole day away from devices", to pray and reflect.

After shul, walk along the ocean, and then when the sun sets, do Havdalah and sing "Eliyahu Hanavi" 

Then walk down to the Boardwalk Bowling Alley, be the Big Lebowski dude, roll and have a White Russian, and, with a h/t to Hashem, just celebrate being alive.