Congregation Tifereth Israel
High Holiday Update
A few weeks ago, we sent out a large update about where our High Holiday plans stood. As of now, our plan is to live-stream our services from the sanctuary, with a small group of congregants physically present but masked and socially distanced. This is based on consultation with the medical professionals on our Reopening Task Force, and may change as circumstances evolve. In any event, we are thrilled to be able to have at least some element of our High Holidays this year take place in our sanctuary, which has sat empty for over six months.

Our Reopening Task Force has also approved of our first set of outdoor activities and services. Starting this week, this will include Wednesday and Thursday afternoon Minyan as well as Friday night services on September 4 and 11. All activities will require participants to wear masks and remain socially distant, and these requirements will be strictly enforced. Anyone who is in an at-risk category should also not attend any of these programs.

Finally, as we enter the Hebrew month of Elul preceding Rosh Hashanah, we’ve designed a number of experiences and reflections to help you get into the mood for this most unusual High Holiday season. We hope you’ll take part in many of them as we approach the Days of Awe!

A full schedule of the High Holiday services, both live-streamed and on Zoom, will be included in the upcoming edition of the TI Forum. In the lead-in to the High Holidays, we will also send additional schedules with links.
high holiday mahzorim (prayer books)
Members of Tifereth Israel will be able to borrow copies of the high holiday mahzor free of charge by signing up below. You can pick up your mahzor during one of our "Drive Through Receiving Lines" (see dates in "Upcoming Outdoor Events" above). We will also be distributing them to those who cannot pick them up in the coming weeks. If you would prefer to purchase your own copy click here for a digital version ($5.99).
August 28 - September 4
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IMPORTANT NOTE: We will NOT be sending out statements to members in September. In October, we will begin to send you statements via email. The email will include a hotlink for you to be able to pay online. During COVID, we are trying to process as many payments online as possible. If you would still like a hard copy mailed to you, please let Virginia know. Thank you!
All morning and evening minyanim, holiday, and Shabbat services are being held via ZOOM and can be accessed through the links below or by calling
929-205-6099 or 312-626-6799 and entering the appropriate Meeting ID. Would you like an aliyah during a virtual Shabbat service? Click HERE!

The password for all our Zoom meetings is "tifereth".

Erev Shabbat
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 416257518/Password: tifereth
Shabbat Begins

Shabbat Warmup: Torah Talks
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 628202612/Password: tifereth
Shabbat Morning Service
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 628202612/Password: tifereth
Shabbat Ends
August 28
6:00 pm

7:51 pm

August 29
9:00 am

9:30 am

9:00 pm
Morning Minyan
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 77718754/Password: tifereth
Evening Minyan
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 744444213/Password: tifereth

Monday - Thursday
Morning Minyan
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 678807396/Password: tifereth
Evening Minyan
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 744444213/Password: tifereth

Morning Minyan
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 678807396/Password: tifereth
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
ZOOM Link/Meeting ID: 416257518/Password: tifereth
August 30
9:00 am

5:30 pm

August 31-
September 3
7:30 am

5:30 pm

September 4
7:30 am

6:00 pm

this week we remember
online siddurim
To make it easier to participate in online services, the Rabbinical Assembly has made their Shabbat and Festival siddur available online as a free download in this et tzarah (time of trouble). In addition, Cantor Chomsky has made PDFs of the transliterated weekday siddurim available using the following links:
how to read the jewish bible
Friday @ 8:15 am
NEXT: August 28
We will be starting to discuss How to Read the Jewish Bible, by Marc Brettler...[more]

Meeting ID: 334951636
Password: tifereth
welcoming shabbat
mindfulness practice
Friday @ 3:00 pm
NEXT: August 28
Explore and experience two new meditation techniques from a Jewish perspective...[more]

Meeting ID: 94107344940
Password: tifereth
perek yomi
Tuesday @ 8:30 am
NEXT: September 1
Explore a new chapter of the Hebrew Bible...[more]

Meeting ID: 999332791
Password: tifereth
short story group
Wednesday @ 10:30 am
NEXT: September 2
Join our lively discussions of intriguing stories that engage and entertain...[more]

Meeting ID: 243651229
Password: tifereth
Wednesday @ 12:00 pm
NEXT: September 2
Who Will Live and Who Will Die: U'netaneh Tokef

Speaker: Rabbi Braver
Meeting ID: 85402370218
Password: tifereth
rashi +
Thursday @ 8:30 am
NEXT: September 3
With careful reading and lively discussion, come study the classic commentary of Rashi...[more]

Meeting ID: 479161707
Password: tifereth
social action committee
In conjunction with yesterday's lunch & learn on the mitzvah of voting, we've coordinated a virtual voter registration drive:

Sunday, August 30, 2020 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Stay tuned for more info on how to register, or email Maddy Fleisher once registration is open. All you need is an internet connection and a phone; an LWV staff member will start everyone off with 30 minutes of training via Zoom, then LWV's "Thru-Talk" system will handle dialing to connect you by phone with people to make sure they're registered to vote and ready to go for the election.
Meanwhile, you can always visit if you need up-to-date information on voting this November!
Sunday, October 18 at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Sign-up for the event, purchase a tribute ad, or make a donation in Cantor Chomsky's honor. The Spotlight Committee will be hosting an online auction and is looking for items to be donated, including: 
  • Autographed Music/Sports Memorabilia
  • Art Pieces
  • Restaurant Certificates
  • Hotel & Vacation Home Packages
  • Event Packages
  • Group Beer/Wine Tastings
  • Tickets To Sports Events (This can be for future dates down the road.)
  • Jewelry
  • Other items that would be of interest to congregants

If you have an item to donate, please email Cindy Levy. Additionally, if you know a person or a business whom you believe would be willing to donate, please contact Mark Rosenson
doing business with tifereth israel
You can access your account by going to the Tifereth Israel website and clicking on "Member Login" at the top of the page. If you need help logging in, contact Navah Moore at

Use your credit card or make an electronic funds transfer directly from your bank account. For donations, including yahrzeit donations, contact call Joy Contreras at 614-928-3291 or Virginia Terry at 614-928-3288.

In-person hospital visits are not possible at this time and most area hospitals have stopped sharing their patient census information with us, at least for the time being. As a result, we are relying on our members to let us know if they, a loved one, or a friend has been hospitalized. Please contact Rabbi Skolnik at 614-928-3297 or Rabbi Braver at 614-928-3294 with this information. Thank you for your help and patience as we continue to support each other through this very challenging time.
Entryway paving
bricks available

Paving bricks at Tifereth Israel's parking lot entrance are available to purchase...[more]
Support CTI through Amazon Smile

Help provide needed funds to Tifereth Israel, without changing your shopping habits...[more]
Kroger Community Rewards

Tifereth Israel also earns through the Kroger Community Rewards