January at reStart

Congregation Beth Torah would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped at reStart in January! Over the month, more than 150 volunteers served 16 meals to reStart clients. Thank you also to our volunteer co-chairs, Scott Franklin and Kate Cohen, for all their hard work:

Martha Gershun & Don Goldman, Wally & Deb Meyer, John Lantos & Martha Montello, Linda Zappulla, Mark Schonwetter, Hammontree family, Frumkin family, Elaine Tobias, Wolock family, Chase family, Stark family, Kivett family, Haith family, Bachmuth family, Ackerman family, Wright family, Rope family, Ginsberg family, Reicher family, Milgrim family, Doug Polsky, Sara Glass, Cliff Neuman, Gill family, Kate Cohen family, Brandi Fischer family, Shniderson family, Campbell family, Kolb family, Wexler family, Patt-Rappaport family, Krista Gordon family, Laura & Tim Intfen, Deb Bass family, Rebecca Reice & Asher Lazarus, Franklin family, Peter and Joan Cabell, Ellen Taylor, Sarah Derks, Tom Teller, David Derks, BTTY, Jeff and Sharon Altman, Nancy and Jay Yedlin, Robin and Rod O’Bryan, Ashlee O’Bryan, Annie O’Bryan Kraft.

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