Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

28 Elul 5782 -- September 24, 2022

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Parshat Nitzavim

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Rabbi's Reflections

-The Power of Crying-

The Ba'al Shem Tov tells the story of a king who sent his son to a distant land in order to become wise. The king supplied his son with generous quantities of silver and gold to afford him every opportunity to succeed, and told his son that he would write him every day. Far away from home, the prince squandered his father's money, and bandits intercepted his father's letters. Alone and destitute, the prince forgot all about his royal heritage and because he never received any letters, he even forgot his native language. One day, the prince, now a poor wanderer, happened to arrive back at his father's palace. Instantly the prince recalled his former life and wanted to go back home, but because of his disheveled appearance, the palace guards did not recognize him and stopped him at the gate. When the palace guards questioned him, the prince could not answer because he could no longer speak his native language. The guards would not let him through to see his father, the king. In his utter despair, the prince fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice. The king heard this cry from his innermost chamber, and recognized the weeping as that of his son's. The king ran outside, embraced his long lost child, lifted him up, and took him back into the palace. 

The Ba'al Shem Tov explains the meaning of this parable in the following way: God is the King Who sends souls out into the world in order to fulfill their missions. But with the passage of time, the soul becomes distant from its Creator and forgets all about its mission, it even forgets its own spiritual language. So the soul utters a simple cry to its Heavenly Parent, which is instantly recognized and received, just as we instantly recognize the cries of our own children, no matter where they are or what they look like. This is the cry of the shofar. It is the cry of our souls which have been separated from their Source for too long. It is a cry that God, as our Parent, immediately understands, eliciting His mercy and love for us. 

Returning to our Source through the process of teshuva, repentance, is no easy task. Sometimes, we do not even have the words to express our feelings of remorse and yearning to be close to God. Sometimes, the wanderings of our exile, in both a physical and spiritual sense, can take such a toll on our spirits, that all we can do is cry out. The idea of crying out to God and being returned to Him from a state of exile is discussed in this week's parshaParshat Nitzavim, as it says "It will happen that when all these things come upon you- the blessing and the curse...then you will take it to heart among all the nations where the Lord, your God, has dispersed you; and you will return unto the Lord, your God...Then the Lord, your God will return you from your captivity and have mercy upon you and He will gather you in from all the peoples to where the Lord, your God, has scattered you. If your dispersed will be at the ends of the heavens, from there the Lord, your God, will gather you in and from there He will take you" (Devarim 30:1-4). According to Rashi, "So great is the day of the ingathering of the exiles, and [it will come about] with [so much] difficulty, [that it will be] as if God Himself must actually hold each and every person with His hands to take them [them] from [their] place [in exile]" (Rashi on Devarim 30:3). 

Returning to God from exile - from physical, emotional and spiritual exile - requires us to cry out to our Source, and when we do, God will hear our cries, and like the king in the Ba'al Shem Tov's parable, God will "hold every person with His hands and take them from their place in exile." 

This Rosh HaShanah, may we all hear the cries of the shofar as the cries of our hearts seeking to return and reunite with God. No matter how far away from our spiritual source we may have wandered throughout the year, Rosh HaShanah presents us all with the opportunity to return. Let us take this sacred and special occasion to express our longings, take hold of the hand which is extended to us, and return to our Source, so that we can have the strength, the confidence and the faith to continue on our journey in the year ahead.


Shabbat Shalom, and Shanah Tovah u’Metukah!

May you and yours be blessed with a good, sweet, safe, happy and healthy new year!

-Rabbi Dan

Shabbat Morning Drasha: "Try to Stand Still: Dealing wit Transitions"

Shabbat Afternoon Shiur: "Learning Tefillah with Rav Schwab: Morning Blessings Part 4"

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 7:08PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

7:10 PM

Shabbat Morning


9:00 AM

Youth Service

 10:30 AM

Shabbat Evening


7:00 PM


8:01 PM

Erev Rosh HaShanah Selichot

9:00 PM

Sunday - Erev Rosh Hashanah

Shacharit/Hatarat Nedarim

8:00 AM

Candle Lighting


Mincha & Ma'ariv


Monday - 1st Day Rosh Hashanah



Rabbi's Sermon

10:30AM (Approximate)


10:50AM (Approximate)



Tashlich at Gan Yaniv




Candle Lighting

After 7:57PM

Tuesday - 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah



Rabbi's Sermon

10:30AM (Approximate)


10:50AM (Approximate)



Ma'ariv & Havdalah


Weekday Services

Wednesday - Fast of Gedaliah

Fast Begins

6:11 AM

Selichot and Shacharit

6:30 AM

Mincha followed by Maariv

7:10 PM

Fast Ends

7:46 PM

Shacharit Thursday - Friday

*6:30 AM*

CTI Announcements

Depression Has No Age Limits: The Rise of Mental Health Issues

Thursday October 6, 2022

7:00pm-8:45pm Zoom

Join NCJW Austin to discuss the rise in mental health issues in teens over the last few years. Shanti Duncan and Ilene Gray will lead our discussion and there will be plenty of time for Q and A. This is an online event. We will send the Zoom link to everyone who registers here.

The Israel American Council (IAC) will hold its annual meeting this year in Austin TX, on January 19-21st, 2023 at the Fairmont Hotel downtown.  We at CTI are excited to have them here in Austin.

The IAC Conference in Austin is expected to draw several thousand people and may be the largest Jewish event in Austin’s history. Austin was chosen for this honor because of its rapidly growing and dynamic Israeli/American Community.

For those who are not familiar with the organization, it was founded in 2007, and has quickly become one of the most influential Pro-Israel groups in the United States, It works closely with other non-profits as well as the American/Israeli/Jewish communities.

Please check out the link below. Some of our members have already signed up and plan on attending. We encourage you to do the same. Click on the link below to signup:


On Shabbat, Saturday, October 8, CTI will have with us Shelly Shwartz, IAC’s, Austin Regional Director. She will talk about IAC and its conference. Please come by to listen to an extremely exciting presentation and  enter the date on your calendar. Come and show your support for IAC and learn a little more about them.

Find out more about our impact:

As a service to the wider community, the Orthodox Union has researched various online platforms and has organized, collected and curated many key resources in one centralized location for your convenience. Please visit for a wide range of information covering the following areas: Adults, Leadership, Parenting, Seniors & Elders, Technology, Torah and Youth. Check back at as updates will occur regularly.

Visit for more information on how to join these exciting classes:

TYT Tuesday Night  - The Book of Judges

Tuesday 7:00pm

TYT Wednesday Mornings - The Book of Jonah

Wednesday 8:15am

Questions? Suggestions? Interested in Volunteering? Please contact our Committee Chairpersons. 

Finance Committee: Larry Smith
Fundraising Committee: Daniel Ledeen
Bylaws Committee: Jay Rubin
Education Committee: Sarah Wander
Membership Committee: Alana Pompa
Chesed Committee: Lynn Kane
Kiddush Committee: Henna Tatham
Ritual Committee: Eric Shapiro
For those new to the community, check out this introductory video 
featuring Rabbi Dan and a few of our wonderful CTI community members! 


Sandy Kress on September 26

Patti Davis on September 27

Gabriel Wander on September 28

If you have any birthdays or anniversaries you would

like to add, please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Carol Ronsheim Martin, Mother of Kendra Fox, on Tuesday 2 Tishrei

Bob Tatham, Husband of Henna E Tatham, on Friday 5 Tishrei

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 Loretta Magill for her donation to the Tendler Memorial Fund.

Thank you to Beth Steinberg and Sam Glassman for their donation to the general fund.

Thank you to Emily and Gabe Yaffe for their donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund.

Thank you to Daniel Iken for his donation In Memory of Joel and Debbie Tendler.

Thank you to Gary Gerstenhaber for his aliyah donations.

Thank you to Marshall Sack for his aliyah donation.

Thank you to Gary and Karin Gerstenhaber, Lynn and Jeffrey Kane, Daniel Iken, Jay and Carol Rubin, Basil and Doreen Joffe, Chuck and Vonne Kauffman, and Jeanette and Lowell Brickman, for their donations to the High Holiday Appeal.


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. 



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Donations can be made via our website at, by pressing "Make a Donation" in the sidebar, using the "Donate to CTI" button on the top left of this email, 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
  • 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
  • Yehudit bat Sara
  • Chandal bat Basia
  • Shmuel Dovid bat Malka
  • Anthony Ben Devorah
  • Shayna Leah bat Yehudit
  • Reuven ben Shira
 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  

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