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 Social Justice Committee has undertaken several projects, including annual Mitzvah Day in the fall as well as planning, purchasing, preparing and serving meals every weekend during the month of January at a local shelter and helping to pack and deliver holiday meals to housebound people in Kansas City.

The Social Justice Committee informs the congregation of social justice issues of concern for the Reform Jewish community and facilitates congregants’ participation in social action and community volunteerism to express our personal and communal covenant with God. New members for this committee are always welcome

Your donation makes a difference! 

Please bring your canned good contributions to the white bins at Beth Torah.

Take a look at our Fall/Winter Social Justice Programing:

Pleasant Green

It’s time to help our friends at Pleasant Green! We’d like to collect turkeys or turkey money for Pleasant Green’s Christmas food service, so either bring a frozen turkey or $18 for a turkey to Congregation Beth Torah throughout October. We’d like to provide fifty turkeys and money for another fifty more. We’ll collect all the frozen cluckers and the money (make checks out to Congregation Beth Torah) for delivery by November 1st.

There are lots of mitzvah opportunities that come at this time of year with Pleasant Green. Pleasant Green would love your help carving turkeys, bagging groceries, labeling and sorting food, and calling people about deliveries. You can help in the evenings Monday-Wednesday, November, 24th-26th, or on Thanksgiving Day, you can help by serving meals. Contact Lucy M. Harmon, or (913) 371-0231.

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

Goodwill Clothing Drive

Beth Torah is partnering with Goodwill to collect clothes. There’s a donation barrel in the entryway to Beth Torah, so bring your gently-used clothing donations and drop them off in the bin. Donation receipts are available in the office.