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.

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Joel Winston Social Justice Programming:



Help receive, pack and distribute backpacks full of healthy weekend snacks to elementary school children who qualify for free meals at school, but wouldn’t have enough to eat on the weekends without Harvesters. August-May.


Community Blood Drives

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:


Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Schedule your donation online today at (click on “find a drive” and sponsor code “bethtorah”), or call Scott Franklin at (913) 645-1036 or email him at

High Holy Days Food Drive

Hunger never takes a holiday. As we look toward the High Holy days, we remember those who are unable to feast before Kol Nidre or break their Yom Kippur fast with a full meal on the table. The JFS Food Pantry, in conjunction with congregations across the KC metro work year-long to make sure families have access to the food they need. Once again Congregation Beth Torah, led by our youth, will lead the charge against hunger. Please pick up your HHD Food Drive bags from Beth Torah youth during Rosh Hashanah and bring them back by Sukkot!

47th Annual Holiday Dinners Program with Pleasant Green Assist

Pleasant Green Baptist Church with their annual Thanksgiving meal program. There are so many ways to help! You can carve turkeys, sack groceries, and label carryouts. You can dish up meals, deliver meals, and help wash dishes. You can also make sure there is enough to eat by donating funds for a turkey (or two or three). Watch the website for details.


Ongoing Joel Winston Social Justice Programming Includes


JFS Food Drives, Caring Connection Team, and SAVE Home