The weekend of January 6th and 7th and consecutive weekends that month mark Beth Torah’s 29th year preparing and serving food at the reStart facility in KCMO. This is a fun and rewarding project for families to do together, as well as a way for individuals and friends to bond with others in our community. Volunteers who worked last year were pleasantly surprised (perhaps shocked) to see the extensive remodeling of the kitchen and dining areas. reStart’s cramped and dismal kitchen and dining area (this characterization is generous) was transformed this spring into a spacious and sparkling facility. Gone are the leaky pipes, the bright orange cone covering the kitchen drain cleanout, and a dining room with missing floor tiles. The kitchen sparkles with new and additional equipment. The dining hall is beautifully lit with a restaurant style set-up to replace the institutional arrangement of long tables. I visited the new digs this spring and was greeted by a food preparation area so shiny and roomy that it resembled a kitchen at a high-end hotel. In addition, our 4th and 5th grade friends at the Weiner Religious School have created custom placemats for residents to brighten their day as they enjoy their meals.
– Scott Franklin

Volunteering Details for reStart in January

  • All food for the month is purchased by Beth Torah and prepared at reStart.
  • We have a lunch shift (9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and a dinner shift (2:00 to 6:30 p.m.) each weekend day.
  • We need a total of six people per shift, three of whom must be over the age of eighteen. Children ten and older are welcome to participate with their families.
  • Members can check out open slots and register here or by contacting Scott Franklin.
  • For those signing up an entire group, please get a commitment from each group member to ensure that there are no conflicts for that time slot.
  • More than a week before your shift, Sharon Altman will send you directions and other logistical information that you need.
  • Many Beth Torah members are unable to commit to a specific time in advance because of personal or business schedule uncertainties. We welcome those folks to volunteer on a substitute list should a scheduled member not be able to attend. Naturally, if you have a conflict when called, you can certainly decline.
  • If you are not able to attend in person but would like to be involved with Beth Torah’s signature project, we are always in need of desserts—not baked Alaska though, but cookies, cupcakes, and brownies that residents can take back to their rooms. Drop them off at Beth Torah and your sweet offering will be transported to reStart.
  • Register here!

For more information you may email Scott Franklin at or call the Beth Torah office at (913) 498-2212.