Thank you for your interest in the
Joel Winston Social Justice Program at Beth Torah

Acts of Kindness

Jews are called “a light to the nations” (Isaiah 42:6). We have a commitment to repair the world (tikkun Olam). Through study and action, we seek to meet our responsibility to create a better world for all people. The Beth Torah community, through our Joel Winston Social Justice Programming, undertakes projects that speak to insecurities revolving around food, housing, health, loneliness and life skills. Our Social Justice starts at home, but reaches out across the Kansas City community, across the nation, and across the oceans, positively affecting people in need locally, nationally, and internationally. 

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Your donation makes a difference! 

Please bring your non-perishable food and paper product contributions to the white bins at Beth Torah or
click here to donate to the Joel Winston Social Justice Program.

Take a look at our Fall/Winter

Joel Winston Social Justice Programming:

Pleasant Green

It’s time to help our friends at Pleasant Green! This year marks the 46th Annual Holiday Dinners Program. There are so many opportunities to help provide holiday meals to housebound people in Kansas City.


Donate funds for a turkey

Volunteer to prep food, deliver meals, or help with cleanup for Christmas dinners

JFS Hanukkah Blessings

Jewish Family Services makes a point every year that the joy of Hanukkah belongs to every Jewish family in the Kansas City area.  In order to make that happen, we need to help them out by shopping for some of the families that otherwise would not know the joy of opening gifts as they light their Hanukkiah.  The wish lists of these families are filled with necessities and little niceties that we take for granted. 


reStart in January

Pull out your calendars and get ready for reStart in January.  You can sign up by dropping by Beth Torah on Sunday mornings during Religious School, or by contacting Scott Franklin at


February Blood Drive

Where else are you almost guaranteed to save a life? Beth Torah along with BIAV hosts quarterly blood drives. Your next opportunity to save a life will be February 1, 2017, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

According to the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

  • Today, fewer than 4 of every 10 people in the U.S. are eligible to give blood. Fewer than 1 in 10 actually donate.
  • Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.
  • Approximately 1 out of every 7 people entering the hospital needs blood.
  • 1 donation has the potential to save as many as 3 lives.
  • 3 teaspoons of blood can save a baby's life.
  • If 50 people donate, they could provide enough blood to take care of victims of a major car accident.
  • If 20 people donate, they could help 1 burn victim.