Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

13 Shevat 5783 -- February 4, 2023

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Parshat Beshalach

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Rabbi's Reflections

-The Bones of Yosef: Paying Attention to Detail-

How many times in our lives have we totally immersed ourselves in our work, in a project or in a relationship, and then because of one oversight, one slight miscalculation, one moment of negligence, the entire project or relationship falls apart before our very eyes? How many times have we just not saved our work on the computer, seen the screen suddenly go blank, and with it all of our efforts?


Paying attention to detail, not letting the little things slide is an idea found in our parshaParshat Beshalach. This week, the Jewish people finally begin the first stage of their journey out of Egypt as a free people. After centuries of waiting, after centuries of hoping and praying that God would redeem them from their slavery, the people’s dream of freedom and redemption is finally coming true. But amidst the euphoria, the excitement and the hurriedness of the moment, Moshe was nowhere to be found. Where was he? 


Well, the Midrash tells us exactly where he was: "All Israel were busying themselves with silver and gold. But Moshe was busying himself with the bones of Yosef." Why was Moshe busying himself with such a trivial, unglamorous task when the rest of the people were indulging in the spoils and treasures of Egypt? The answer to this question can be found at the end of Parshat Vayechi, as it says, "Then Yosef made the Children of Israel swear, saying, 'When God will indeed remember you, then you must bring up my bones out of here' " (Bereshit 50: 25). 


Thus, we see that the exodus could not have occurred if Moshe did not take out the bones of Yosef from Egypt. All of the wonders, all of the miracles, all of the plagues would have amounted to nothing if Moshe did not take the time and make the effort to fulfill the one instruction Yosef gave to his family – which, when placed within the broader context of the story of the exodus, seems quite trivial. 


But as is so often the case, those seemingly trivial details prove to be the pillars upon which a greater endeavor or relationship depends. If Moshe only focused on the bigger picture – on the exodus, on redemption, on covenant, on land, and lost sight of the tiny details, like the mitzvah of taking out Yosef's bones, the whole enterprise would have failed. But because he made sure that every detail, no matter how small or difficult, was taken care of, the bigger picture of the Jewish people’s national redemption was able to be realized.


This Shabbat, let's all learn from Moshe's focus and attention to detail. When we encounter moments in our own lives which seem to engage every energy and resource we have, let's try to remember that the ultimate success of the bigger picture we're so heavily invested in, whatever it may be, might all hang on one, seemingly tiny detail: On one word that could have or should have been said, on one phone call we could have made, on one click of the 'save' button!


I hope we can all take the time to pause to remember those tiny details when we get overwhelmed, so that when it counts, our "big pictures" can be realized. 

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 Night

Candle Lighting

No later than 5:51PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


Shabbat Morning


9:00 AM

Youth Services


Shabbat Evening








Weekday Services

Monday - Friday




CTI extends its deepest condolences to Vicky Gould and her children, Stephen, Christy, Jonathan, David and AJ, on the loss of our beloved member Jan Gould, Avika ben Avraham. May Jan's memory forever serve as a bracha, and may the whole Gould family be comforted among the Mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

CTI Announcements

Tickets and sponsorships are now available for this exciting event. Please click here for more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities. 

Sponsor Mishloach Manot Here!
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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 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 Chuck & Vonne Kaufman for sponsoring Kiddush in Honor of Vonne's birthday.

Wow! Kiddush Sponsorships are filled up for January and February! Please sign up to sponsor Kiddush in March or April so we can all continue to enjoy Kiddush with our new expanded menus, and give us the opportunity to thank YOU for kiddush!   

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Torah Classes at CTI!

Take Your Tanakh Series

TYT Tuesday Night - The Book of Judges

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! 


Eliana Clifford on February 4

Jennifer (Vonne) Kaufman

on February 6

Lynn Kane on February 7

Diane Radin on February 9

Ava Ronen on February 9


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

please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

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 Howard Abroms for his Aliyah donation.
Thank you to Ben Heyen for his donation to the General Fund.
Thank you to Eric and Beth Shapiro for their donation in memory of Jan Gould, z'l.
Thank you to Charlie Moore, Michael Castellano, Yvonne Masters, Robert Haynes, Butch and Carolyn Canon, Chris Clements, Gary McCloud, and anonymous, for their donations to the Youth Educator Fund in memory of Jan Gould z'l. "What an incredible life he has lived." "May his memory live forever in all those he coached and taught!"

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.

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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
  • 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

 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  

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

Contact Us!

On the web:


Dan Millner: 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 101


Alana Pompa:  

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 102

Vice President:

Sarah Wander 


Chuck Kaufman,


Sarah Church Carroll 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 103


Larry Smith  

Phone: 512-923-3964


Alana Pompa 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 106

Kiddush Committee:

Beth Shapiro

Youth Educator:

Emily Yaffe

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