Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

21 Sivan 5783 -- June 10, 2023

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Parshat Beha'alotcha

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Rabbi's Reflections

-Mentioning the Holy One in All Things-

Whenever we embark on a journey, we recite Tefilat HaDerech, or the Wayfarer's Prayer. In this prayer, we ask God to deliver us safely to our destination, to protect us from all danger we might encounter on the way, and to return us to our homes in peace. For many, simply saying words which invoke God's steady, protective presence while on a journey, the outcome of which is uncertain, gives us comfort and confidence. However, we need not wait to invoke God's reassuring, calming, protective presence just when we embark on perilous travels. Rather, we should mention God and recognize His providence whenever we engage in any activity, no matter how great or small. We learn this principle from this week's parshaParshat Beha'alotcha, which teaches us, "According to the word of the Lord [the people] made camp and according to the word of the Lord they journeyed" (Bamidbar 9:20). 

According to the Shelah HaKadosh (Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz, 17th century, Prague), this pasuk instructs us, "We should not make a move in life without prefacing it with a remark that indicates that we hope what we are about to do meets with God's approval. Whenever we arrive at our destination or complete an undertaking, we are to mention that we hope that what we have accomplished meets with God's approval, and to thank Him for having enabled us to carry out what we set out to do. By doing this, our awareness of God will be constant, both when we set out to do something, while we are involved in it, and when we have completed it" (Shnei Luchot HaBrit, Beha'alotcha, Derech Chaim, Tochachot Mussar). Thus, by mentioning God in all of our undertakings, saying phrases like, "be'ezrat Hashem," "with God's help," or "im yirtzeh Hashem," "God willing," or even just "please God," we elevate even the most mundane activity to a holy level, recognizing our constant dependence on God on the one hand, and God's constant, benevolent protection on the other.

There is never a moment when we are not reliant on God's protection. Yet, more often than not, we only become aware of our vulnerability when placed in perilous situations. However, by mentioning God in everything we do, recognizing God's oversight and involvement in every aspect of our lives, we can cultivate a religious personality which shows gratitude to God every day, demonstrating that God is with us in all that we do, believing and feeling that "at the word of the Lord [we] encamp, and according to the word of the Lord [we] journey" (Bamidbar 9:23). 

Shabbat Shalom!

-Rabbi Dan

Schedule of Services at B'nai Abraham

We encourage everyone to daven privately when unable to attend services. Use the private time to connect to Hashem. Public prayer definitely adds to our prayer experience. Yet we also have the capacity to create a profoundly meaningful private experience with the Divine. Let us seek such an experience in the coming days.  

Friday Evening, June 9th


Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat


Candle Lighting

Saturday, June 10th







Sunday, June 11th



Weekday Services

Monday - Friday

June 12th-16th



CTI Announcements

CTI is looking for a man or woman to serve as a backup shmira coordinator for when Larry Smith is out of town of otherwise unavailable. This involves a couple of hours of training to learn how to set up and manage shifts and communicate with the shomrim. Please contact Larry at 512-923-3964 or by email at [email protected] if you are interested or would like more information.

If you are new to the community and want more information about Austin Shmira, here is a link to their website:

Sponsor Kiddush!

Thank you Matt Ronen & Amanda Bresler for sponsoring Kiddush in honor of angel baby Dalia

Sponsoring a Kiddush is a lovely way to honor a loved one on their birthday, for an anniversary, to commemorate a Yarhtzeit, or just because you want to help out the community! Please consider sponsoring a Kiddush in June, July or August and give us the opportunity to thank YOU for kiddush! 

Sponsor a Kiddush


Click Here! for more information on how to join these exciting classes:

Torah Classes at CTI!

Take Your Tanakh Series

TYT Tuesday Night - The Book of Isaiah

Tuesday 7:00pm

TYT Wednesday Mornings - The Book of Job

Wednesday 8:15am

For those new to the community, check out this introductory video 
featuring Rabbi Dan and a few of our wonderful CTI community members! 


Jean Woloszko on June 10

Jacob Weiss on June 15

Gabriel Yaffe on June 15


If you have any birthdays or anniversaries you would like to add,

please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Merilee Werner, Mother of Gary Gerstenhaber, on Saturday 21 Sivan

Rachel Abitol, Grandmother of Isaac Raschkovsky, on Monday 23 Sivan

May their souls be bound up in the bond of life.

If you have a Yahrzeit that you would like the congregation to acknowledge, or if you have a correction that needs to be made, please update your profile on our website.


Thank you to our anonymous donors.

Thank you to Jay Rubin for his aliyah donation.

Thank you to Reuven Robbins and

Larry Smith for their yizkor donations.

Thank you to Loretta Magill for her donation in memory of her brother Yoel Ben Tsion ben Yaakov

Thank you to Loretta Magill for her

donation of a tefillin bag.

We encourage you to use electronic payments by credit card or eCheck through CTI's website at when fulfilling the mitzvah of giving Tzedakah to mark family events and milestones, including Yahrzeits, and in honor of CTI and our community. 


Spiel sponsorships are now available for a donation of $18. Advertise your business or dedicate an issue of the spiel in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a Simcha.

Contact admin for more details. 

Donations can be made via our website at or by sending your check to:

Tiferet Israel P.O. Box 27254, Austin, TX 78755. Please make check payable to Tiferet Israel and please indicate what the donation is for. 

Refuah Shelayma to: 
  • Allene Novy-Portnoy; Hannah Bassa bat Sarah Osnat 
  • Avshalom ben Hannah Bassa
  • Cindy Newman 
  • Janet Goldberg; Shayna Masha bat Chasha Mina
  • Ken Friedman
  • Rebecca Millner; Rivkah bat Shoshana
  • Sheina Ruchel bat Henya Leah
  • Tzvi David ben Rivka Golda
  • Yoel Simcha ben Chaya Risha 
  • Sulta bat Nedgma
  • Zvi Aharon ben Bayla
  • Yaira bat Sarah
  • Tamar bat Chaya
  • Ilana bat Gheita
  • HaRav Avram Meir ben Eli Yosef v'Shira Chanah.
  • Rabbi Harold Liebowitz, Ha Rav Chaim Alter ben Necha. 
  • Baruch Akiva Ben Rivka
  • Miriam bat Helen
  • Rivka Michal bat Sarah Chana
  • Lori Garza 
  • Yisroel Natan ben Sarah
  • Masha Gitil bas Chaya Yita
  • Allen Levinson; Avraham Yitzchak ben Gittel
  • Moshe ben Reizel
  • Sandra Freed
  • David Chapin
  • Avigail Malkah bat Devorah
  • David Moshe ben Sylvia
  • Shoshana bat Yocheved
  • Miriam bat Rachel v'Mordechai
  • Alta Shoshana bat Shulamit
  • Meir Psachia ben Tziril
  • Geni Berman Abitbol
  • Beilya Golda bat Leah
  • Yosef Yehoshua ben Sarah
  • Jonathan Malawer (Yosef ben Bracha)
  • Bowie Alarcon
  • Fivel ben Sarah HaLevi
  • Adam ben Chanah
  • Rafael ben Sheindal Leah
  • Aharon Asher ben Chaya Naomi
  • Esther Malka Fraida bat Serel Chaya Raiza
  • Kalev Boaz Chai ben Aliza
  • Esther Reva bat Malka
  • Avraham ben Rut
  • Peter Janson, Fievel ben Devorah
  • Sheva Eva bat Bella.
  • Dorit Iken, Dorit Chana bat Orah
  • Moshe ben Rut
  • Shulkah Malka bat Tziporah
  • Chandal bat Basia
  • Shmuel Dovid bat Malka
  • Anthony Ben Devorah
  • Shayna Leah bat Yehudit
  • Reuven ben Shira
  • Batyah bat Sara
  • Akiva ben Sara
  • Jake Wolfson
  • Rachel Tzivia bat Malka
  • Rachel Golda bat Leah

 Wishing all Cholei Yisrael a Refuah Shlayma. 

Dear Tiferet Friends, 

If you placed a name on the Refuah Shelayma list and G-d willing the person is well, 

please let us know. Also, if you have a friend or family member who needs 

prayers for healing, again please let us know at [email protected]  

Using the CTI Website

Logging in is easy via the login button at the top of the web page. Your login ID is your email address. Once logged in, many of the fields are pre-filled for you, to make it easier and quicker to register for an event or make a donation.

But that's not all! You will also have access to the online Member Directory, the CTI Bylaws, the minutes of Board meetings and the President,Treasurer and Rabbi Reports and other documents, all under the Resources tab. With more coming all the time!

If you have any questions or comments about the website, please contact our webmaster at [email protected].

Contact Us!

On the web:


Dan Millner: [email protected] 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 101


Alana Pompa: [email protected]  

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 102

Vice President:

Sarah Wander [email protected] 


Chuck Kaufman, [email protected]


Sarah Church Carroll 

[email protected] 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 103


Larry Smith [email protected]  

Phone: 512-923-3964


Alana Pompa 

[email protected] 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 106

Kiddush Committee:

Beth Shapiro [email protected]

Youth Educator:

Emily Yaffe [email protected]

Chesed Committee:

Jeanette Brickman [email protected]

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