Volunteer Opportunities at Beth Torah

Join the wonderful group of people who volunteer at Congregation Beth Torah. There is a way for everyone to become involved, and we need everyone’s help to strengthen our community. Read through the opportunities below and contact our Director of Operations, Laura Intfen at lintfen@beth-torah.org or (913) 498-2212 to get connected or if you have any questions.

Volunteer Coordinating Committee

Thinking about how to fulfill your role by actively participating in Social Justice?  
We want to help you find your place in ³the community we need.

Our participation in Social Justice stretches beyond the walls of Congregation Beth Torah and well into the greater community at large!  Please consider involving yourself in any or all:

• Back Snack Committee (Teresa Hellman, Chair): Help pack & deliver Back Snack packages to a Shawnee Mission elementary school Thursdays during the school year.
• CCT/Caring Connection Team: Provides practical support, encouragement & connection to those that may need a little extra help following a health care situation or facing a long-term health challenge while living at home.
• Mitzvah Day:  Site Leaders are always needed to help coordinate individual projects in our community when CBT joins together to help organizations & projects in the larger KC Community
• SAVEhome (Lauren Aaronson, Chair) Since May 1993, volunteers have been bringing Sunday night dinner to SAVEhome, a supervised residence for up to 8 people with HIV/AIDS, plus 1 staff member. Cook at home, at SAVEhome or bring take-out.

Worship and Prayer

Volunteer at High Holy Days Worship Services:

One aspect of services at High Holy Days that enriches the experience for all of us is the Beth Torah tradition to include as many members as possible as ushers and service participants.  There are English and Hebrew parts as well as non speaking parts.  Whether you want to welcome people as they walk in, read an English passage, chant the Torah blessings in Hebrew or open the ark, there is a place for you.  Call Laura Intfen at the Beth Torah office or email her at lintfen@beth-torah.org and find new meaning to High Holy Days at Beth Torah.     

Shabbat Honors:

Would you like to celebrate a simcha in your life by blessing the Torah, or reciting kiddush during our erev Shabbat worship?


Love to sing? Come sing with your Beth Torah friends. Join the Choir-- no audition required.


Would you be willing to teach/help children or adults with their Hebrew? How much time you want to commit is up to you.

Substitute Teaching:

Fill in for a teacher on a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening.  

Prayer Checker:

Our Hebrew program includes a wonderful component of congregational involvement. Twice a year we have a “Read-in” on Wednesday afternoons where we need volunteers to listen to our students read prayers. We always have plenty of popcorn for everyone! (Hebrew reading skills required).   

Acts of Loving Kindness

(As projects draw near, you will be contacted with sign-up information)


We need help with our “Home for the Holidays” project (assuring that everyone has a place to be for Rosh Hashanah and Seder meals) and other events during the year. Work in the comfort of your own home!

K’sharim Leader:

Take a month a year to make the vision of Beth Torah as a caring community reality. Distribute acts of loving kindness opportunities to your tribe.

Mitzvah Day:

Join fellow congregants for an afternoon of study and community volunteerism.   Click here for details.

Hanukkah Basket Project:

Help fill a family’s wish list as we work with Jewish Family and Children’s Service to assemble Hanukkah baskets to be delivered to needy Jewish families in our community.

January meals for reStart:

Help prepare and serve lunch or dinner on a weekend in January. Great activity for all ages.  Click here for details.

SAVE home Dinner:

Our congregation provides dinner every Sunday for SAVE home, a supervised home for men living with AIDS. We ask that you prepare and deliver a meal for 8-10 people. You are encouraged to stay and eat with the residents.  Click here for details.

Commitment to Beth Torah


Would you be willing to make some homemade goodies for our Oneg Shabbats or holiday receptions? You can drop them off in the CBT freezer at your convenience!

Shalom Squad:

Be part of building a sacred community by addressing the needs of: greeting, hospitality and friendly attentiveness during erev Shabbat. Be here on Fridays to welcome people as they walk in and let them know what a welcoming community Beth Torah is. 

Welcoming Members:

Help welcome new Beth Torah congregants. Deliver Shabbat baskets or agree to sit with a new member during worship services.

Office Volunteer:

Do you have a couple of hours every week to lend a hand with answering the phones and other general office work, or would you be willing to help on an occasional basis with large projects (mailings, etc.)?


Volunteers are needed on Sunday mornings to read to Religious School students in the Sader-Shimkin Library/Chapel, help them check books in and out and re-shelve books.

Chili Cook–Off:

Help plan this fun and well-attended fundraiser.   Contact Laura for details.

CBT Golf Classic:

Help with our annual Golf Tournament. Drive a beverage cart, help golfers check in or help run one of the many activities of the day.  Contact Sharon to get involved!


Help with our caring connection team project.  Contact Kelly Somberg to get involved at Ksomberg@kc.rr.com.

Youth Group Chaperone:

Our youth programs always need extra adult chaperones. Even if you don’t have youth group age kids, it’s great fun to spend an afternoon or evening with the youth of Beth Torah:
  • TWYG (5th & 6th Grade)
  • JYG (7th & 8th Grade)
  • BTTYG (9th – 12th Grade)

Amy questions on Volunteering at Beth Torah, please contact Laura Intfen at (913) 498-2212 or lintfen@beth-torah.org.

Back Snack