Update 3.20.18: We want to encourage our community to stay safe and follow all emergency notifications. The Jewish Federation's Bronfman Family JCC will remain open tomorrow, and will continue to keep our community updated as new information unfolds. Please reference the links below for the latest Mandatory Evacuation orders, road closures, etc.



For the latest information on current road closures and conditions, please reference the following links:

At our Bronfman Family JCC location (524 Chapala Street) we are providing the following:

  • Jewish Family Service (JFS) is offering 6 to 8 weeks of FREE professional emergency trauma counseling and referrals to those in need. Please contact JFS directly by calling (805) 957-1116 to schedule an appointment with one of our professional clinicians.
  • The Kosher food pantry is open and available to the entire community.
  • The Schmooze Room Nutritional Lunch program, held every Tuesday from 12:00-1:00 pm is now open to the entire community, and whoever may need a free nutritional lunch during this time. RSVPs are requested, by calling (805) 957-1115, but are not required.
  • Wellness programs, such as Yoga, are available as regularly scheduled, and the JCC is a great place to rest, relax and enjoy some local art. For more information on our classes & programs visit our Online Community Calendar.
  • An Emergency Fire and Flood Relief Fund has been established to support those in need. To contribute, please click HERE.


We are working collaboratively on behalf of our entire community with Congregation B'nai B'rith, the Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara, and Chabad, as well as all of our local emergency service coordinators, including the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), and fellow partner agencies such as United Way, the Food BankUnity Shoppe and the American Red Cross

Help us help those in need - donate to the Emergency Fire and Flood Relief Fund.

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service of Santa Barbara has made arrangements with Jewish Free Loan of Los Angeles (JFLA) to provide help to our community during this time of need.

JFLA has doubled their interest-free emergency loans to $5,000/$10,000 (for personal loans) and $30,000 (for business loans).

Please contact Susan Nemetz with JFLA directly at (323) 761-8836 for more information and an application. Please inform Susan that you are calling from either the Santa Barbara or the Ventura area. Loans can be for any critical need: housing, food, bills, household goods, clothing, etc. Susan will mail or e-mail the paperwork to complete, and since transportation has been impacted by the mudslides, Susan will Skype with applicants to finalize the application process.
  • For $5,000 or less, applicants will need 1 co-signer with a credit score of 680+ and a steady income.
  • For more than $5,000 they will need 2 co-signers.
  • JFLA will need 7-10 days to process the applications and if approved, they will send a check directly to the borrower. 
  • Repayment begins 4-6 weeks after the borrower receives their check. 

Payments are very manageable, and loans are COMPLETELY INTEREST-FREE!

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service are standing by to help those in need. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of our assistance please contact us (805) 957-1115