January at reStart

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Be a part of Beth Torah’s longest running social justice commitment by joining us for January at reStart. For all five weekends in January, Beth Torah will prepare and serve lunch and dinner at the reStart family shelter beginning January 2nd-3rd. There is no better way to begin the secular New Year and no more enjoyable mitzvah than working a meal shift with friends and family. Sign-up begins on December 1st. Register for a shift of your choice at the link above, or  contact Scott Franklin.

Congregation Beth Torah’s January at reStart Social Justice project.

Above, the Beth Torah chair people, meet with reStart representatives to work out all the details.  Pictured above left to right is: Alyson Spector (Beth Torah reStart co chair), Alissa Parker (reStart Manager of Volunteer Resources), Brenda Parker (reStart Hospitality Manager), Laura Intfen (Beth Torah Member Services Coordinator), and Scott Franklin (Beth Torah chair person).  

reStart, Inc. an interfaith ministry, is committed to providing shelter and supportive services to homeless men, women, youth and families.   

reStart Report - a letter from Steve Seigel

Hi, Scott,

I just read the article you wrote in last month’s Tekiah and I am humbled by your words. First of all, I want to thank you for taking on Beth Torah’s tradition of being reStart’s chair. As you know, with your hard work and dedication the rewards are endless. And now with the help of Kate as your co-chair the responsibilities are not as great as by doing it yourself. Second, with Beth Torah’s month at reStart you are seeing multiple generations volunteering, which shows us what an impact reStart means to so many. Not just for the residents and staff at reStart but for our members.  You mentioned I was on the ground floor of this project and believe me it was a lot of hard work. Yes, I did all the things you mentioned but I did it out of love and pride and with the congregation’s support. Without that support and caring we’d be just another group feeding the hungry, with no compassion, no respect, no understanding. How can we not smile when a child pleads to sweep and mop the floor on a late Sunday evening. 

It is members like you, Scott and Kate, who provide the leadership and who keep this amazing social justice project moving forward. I knew when I left CBT that new ideas, new menus, new friendships, new shenanigans would continue. And for that, I am truly blessed. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief that January is over until 2016. 


Steve Siegel - panman66062@yahoo.com