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.

November 2019

  • Nov 5th - Happy Living Santa Barbara with Monte
  • Nov 12th - Homemade Music with Lawrence Wallin
  • Nov 19th - Dennis Hanson Live Music Original Songs
  • Nov 26th - Open Schmooze & Poetry (Happy Birthday Schmoozers)


​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!

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