Schmooze Room

A free community café, including a chef-prepared nutritional vegetarian lunch and special enrichment programs. Come and relax, make new friends, learn and enjoy.


Open to all! Come join the fun! For those in need, ask about our Kosher Food Pantry.


Tuesdays, 12:00-1:15 pm at the Federation's Bronfman Family JCC.

Lunch served 12:00-12:30 pm; program follows.

Joyous Movement

A great example of the enrichment programs offered in addition to a free, healthy lunch for seniors.

​December 2019

  • Dec 3rd - Open Schmooze

  • Dec 10th - Harbor Ramblers Live Music

  • Dec 17th - Jazz Piano w/ Sully Israel + UCLA Stories

  • Dec 24th - No Schmooze (close at 1:00 pm)

  • Dec 31st - Open Schmooze & Happy New Year!


January 2020

  • Jan 7th - Open Schmooze

  • Jan 14th - Ukulele Lulus Live Music Ensemble 

  • Jan 21st - Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 

  • Jan 28th - Open Schmooze + Poetry & Happy Birthday Schmoozers!


Schmooze Room is a Jewish Family Service program sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara.

For more information: Contact Ruth Steinberg, JFS Director at (805) 957-1116 x123.

"We went to a friend's house for dinner tonight and dad was still talking about the Schmooze Room. That hour was fantastic for his spirits and I truly appreciate all the time and care and effort you made with us."  — Linda Liss

"We feel so welcome, starting from the door when we're greeted with a warm smile. Everyone is so nice, so kind, so caring. We feel loved." — Alma Estrada

"When I came to Schmooze Room just  after my wife died, I was warmly greeted and immediately felt at home. I continue to attend because of the warmth, spontaneity and good fellowship."  — Ron Stern