Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

14 Sivan 5783 -- June 3, 2023

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Parshat Nasso

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Rabbi's Reflections

-Nachshon's Title: The Mark of a Leader-

Nachshon ben Aminadav, the head of the Tribe of Yehudah was a true trailblazer who acted on faith and set a powerful example for others to follow. According to tradition, when the Jewish people were encamped on the banks of the Sea of Reeds, fearing what would become of them, it was Nachshon who leapt into the watery depths, wading in the Sea’s icy embrace up to his nose, until it miraculously split. Nachshon led by example, and it was in his merit and by his model of leadership that the Jewish people crossed the Sea of Reeds.

However, in this week’s parsha, Parshat Nasso, Nachshon appears again, only this time, as the first among the tribal leaders to offer gifts for the inauguration of the Mishkan, as it says, “The one who brought his offering on the first day was Nachshon ben Aminadav, of the tribe of Yehudah” (Bamidbar 7:12).  Now, the reason why Nachshon was chosen to be the first tribal leader to bring his contributions was because “the one who sanctified the Name of God at the Sea, [should be] the one who should bring their offering first. This was Nachshon” (Bamidbar Rabbah 13:7). However, when referring to Nachshon, our parsha does not use his proper title, “Nasi,” or “Prince,” as it does with the other tribal leaders. Instead, the Torah simply calls him by his name. Why? After all, “the hero of the Sea of Reeds,” the first person selected to lead the tribal procession should surely be referred to in the most dignified way possible. And yet, he is not. What is our parsha teaching us?

According to the Midrash, the reason is, “because [of the fact that Nachshon] was the first to bring his offerings, he might flaunt his station over the other tribal leaders, saying, ‘I am a king over you because I was selected to bring my offerings first!’ And so, the other leaders would reply, ‘No, you are an ordinary person, for behold, we (the rest of the tribal leaders) are called princes and you are not!'” (Bamidbar Rabbah 13:17). Thus, by not calling Nachshon a “Nasi,” a “Prince,” the Torah is teaching us that even though he was given such a lofty, glorified position among the Israelite nobles, as a leader, he needed to maintain his humility, his piety, and his awareness that every tribe, no matter how great or small, was just as important as he was. 

The mark of a true leader is not how high you can rise above others, but rather, how high you can raise others up along with you. Nachshon, displayed that essential leadership quality both at the Sea of Reeds and during the inauguration of the Mishkan, never flaunting his spiritual prowess, but always staying grounded, seeing how his actions could set an example for others to follow, thus establishing a positive foundation for his community to build upon. By not referencing his title, the Torah teaches us that titles are not everything, and that true leadership is about action, not accolades.   

This Shabbat, as we consider the leadership roles we play in our personal and professional lives, let us follow the example of Nachshon. May we always jump at the opportunity to Sanctify the Name of God, may we always strive to serve God and each other with humility, quiet faith and spiritual strength, but may we also always view ourselves, our words and our deeds as being part of a bigger picture, enabling those around us to make their contributions to the community each in their own way, for the benefit of the Jewish people and all Creation. 

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 2nd


Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat


Candle Lighting

Saturday, June 3rd




Children's Services

*Last week of children's services for the summer*





Sunday, June 4th



Weekday Services

Monday - Friday



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 Matthew & Rebekah Ross for sponsoring Kiddush in Honor of Miriam's 4th Birthday

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


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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! 


Jackson Greenberg on June 3

Joshua Rosenberg on June 5

Miriam Ross on June 5

Offer Shavit on June 8


Robert & Susan Millner on June 5

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

please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Max Green, Father of Judy Liebowitz, on Friday 20 Sivan

Harry Spertus, Brother of Philip Spertus on Friday 20 Sivan

Lipo Solomin, Father of Henna Tatham, on Friday 20 Sivan

Pearl Glosser, Mother-in-law of Betty Glosser, on Friday 20 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 Ben Heyen for his donation

to the General Fund.

Thank you to David Chapin for his aliyah donations.

Thank you to Marty and Katie Price for their donation to the Tendler Fund In memory of Richard Sack z"l brother of Marshall Sack.

Thank you to Arthur and Barb Altman for their donation in the memories of Beatrice Altman z" l, Paul C. Weinberg, MD z" l, Bruce M. Weinberg z"l, and Lenore C. Weinberg z"l, and in honor of Rabbi Dan and our two lead Gabbaim, Larry Smith and Eric Shapiro, for an amazing job well done over Shavuot 5783.

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]  

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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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