January at reStart

It’s time to start thinking about ReStart! Congregation Beth Torah will serve weekend lunches and dinners during the month of January. While sign-ups begin in December, now is the time to decide if you’d like to do a little extra baking to send desserts or other treats with our volunteers.  This is a great project for a chavurah or circle of friends! If you are interested, contact our reStart chair, Scott Franklin at (913) 327-1488 or by e-mail at: sfranklin8@att.net.



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 Thanks!

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, Alyson Spector and Scott Franklin. Look for more news to come about ways to help at reStart throughout the year. We are the community we need!

Thanks to these volunteers: Jeff & Sharon Altman, Ron & Julie Altman, Mike Altman, Lauren Aaronson & Phil Meltzer, Bass family, Boehm family, Boyd & Laura Bolter, Joan Cabell, Gil & Marcia Charney, Chase family, Kacy Childs-Winston, Susan Cohen, Annie & Spencer Kraft, Crowley family, Davisson family, Derks-Teller family, Nicole Feldman, Fine family, Forman-Wright family, Franklin family, Gates family, Martha Gershun & Don Goldman, Gill family, Ginsberg family, Irene & Marty Goldstein, Gordon family, Doug Greenwald, Haith family, Hendrikse family, Kershenbaum family, Kitt family, Kivett family, Kohn family, Mitchell Krasnopoler, Mark Levin, Levinson family, Zee Liese, Deb & Wally Meyer, Dann & Hannah Michelson, Martha Montello & John Lantos, Nielsenshultz family, Ashlee O’Bryan, Jennifer O’Bryan & Mike Nicholsen, Robin & Rod O’Bryan, Sylvie Radvinsky, Janice & Mark Schonwetter, Schwartz family, Shaw family, Shniderson family, Alyson & John Spector, Bonnie & Mickey Swade, Ed Tranin, Waxman Family, Randy Wexler, Wolock family, Jay & Nancy Yedlin, Linda Zappulla, Beth Torah Temple Youth, 9th grade Weiner Religious School Class.


Thank you Steve Siegel!

After 23 years of incredible service and dedication, Steve Siegel is retiring from reStart.   We wish Steve and Bob all the best as they embark on a new adventure in their move to Phoenix, AZ. We will miss you both!  

We need YOUR help for January at reStart to continue on as a vital part of Beth Torah’s social justice commitment.  

Please contact the office if you are interested in taking on a leadership role to ensure this beloved program continues from strength to strength.  
Phone: (913)498-2212



Scott Franklin and Alyson Spector are the co-chairs for the 2013 January at reStart social justice opportunities.  Here are their thoughts on reStart and how you can get involved:

For Beth Torah members, January signifies more than the first month of the secular year. January is also “reStart month.” ReStart Inc. is an interfaith ministry that provides shelter and support to homeless men, women, youth, and families.

For more than 20 years Beth Torah has purchased, prepared and served meals on January weekends to reStart residents. This year we are scheduled to work at reStart beginning with a Saturday lunch on January 5th, and concluding with dinner on Sunday, January 27th.

The menus for lunches and dinner are planned by reStart staff and all the food is purchased in advance.  Beth Torah members prepare and serve the meals and assist with set up and some light clean up at the conclusion of the meal.

For those whose strengths do not include cooking meals, there are other opportunities available. This includes salad bar and drink preparation, cutting fruits and vegetables, making sure the serving table is always well-stocked and wiping tables. This is a family event and children age 10 and over are welcome to attend with parents.

This is a great opportunity to meet and work with other congregants as well as visiting with the facility’s residents. The children at reStart always enjoy playing a board game or engaging in other fun activities with the Beth Torah kids.  Volunteering at reStart is not a lengthy commitment. If you sign up to serve lunch you are asked to be at the facility from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Dinner hours are from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If you belong to a Havurah this is a great opportunity to fill your meeting calendar with an event that will allow you to enjoy the camaraderie of your group, have some fun, and perform a mitzvah. If you are new to the congregation there is no better way to meet fellow congregants in a relaxed and purposeful setting.

There are three ways to become a reStart volunteer. You can go to Beth Torah’s website (home page), click on reStart and complete an online form; sign up during Sunday school or call Beth Torah directly and speak with Laura Intfen.  If you have volunteered before at reStart welcome back. If you have not participated in the past, you can look forward to an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.



BTTY at reStart