Congregation Tiferet Israel 
Austin, TX

2 Adar II 5782 -- March 5, 2022
What's the Spiel?
Parshat Pekudei
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.  
Come for Cholent!
Thank you Arthur & Barb Altman for sponsoring Kiddush with best wishes for a successful IGNITE celebration.
CTI Announcements
CTI extends its deepest condolences to the family of Joel Tendler (Yehosha Mordechai ben HaRav Shraga Feivel v'Tziporah z''l). We pray that Philip, Stuart, David and their families be comforted among the Mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and that the memory of Joel Tendler forever serve as a blessing.
 CTI Mishloach Manot Fundraiser Is Here
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.
Shalom Austin Mask Policy Update

Based on the increasing COVID-19 reported incidents, the CTI Medical Committee recommended a revised mask policy that was approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Masks are mandatory for all individuals attending services.
  • Children are welcome at shul, but all children over the age of 2 must be masked. Children under 2 do not need to wear a mask but must be accompanied by a parent at all times.
  • We will continue to monitor the local situation and modify these policies as circumstances change.
Additionally, the Medical Committee strongly recommends that all members get vaccinated for the protection of everyone in our community and beyond.

Please bring your mask to synagogue. 
Backup masks will be available if needed.
CTI, please join us as we honor Dan Kraus and Phil Loewy - our 2022 IGNITE honorees!
Learn about how our support of the Annual Campaign inspires Jewish journeys and elevates Jewish life in meaningful and transformative ways.
Come celebrate our incredible Jewish community!
Sign up today- Kosher options are available.         

Please Note: 
1. Shalom Austin is committed to holding this event safely and its COVID protocols will be appropriate for the time. More information will be provided as we get closer to April 3.
2. Unlike IGNITE! Home Edition (which we promoted as a family-friendly virtual event); this year’s IGNITE! is adults only. Shalom Austin is offering a discounted rate for parents who have kids in preschool to help offset babysitter costs.
SPIRIT: Generational Generosity: How to instill the love of tzedakah to your offspring
MARCH 8 @ 10AM (CST)

Learn about how:
  • Tzedakah starts in the home: Modeling tzedakah is the only way to instill the value in your children
  • Tzedakah should be a personal experience: The importance of letting your children make their own charitable decisions 
  • Hilchot tzedakah: Tzedakah is not about the receiver, it’s about the giver. How to make your tzedakah transform you
  • You can be a philanthropist at any age and any dollar amount: teaching the next generation that any dollar amount, given intentionally, turns them into a philanthropist 
  • MyTzedakah’s gifting feature: how to set up your children and grandchildren to be tzedakah givers in 1 easy step.

Presented by: Carly Rothenberg Friedman, founder of

Carly Rothenberg Friedman was born in New York, attended Queens College where she graduated with a double major in English Literature and Psychology, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Carly has always been driven by a deep desire to right the wrongs of the world, constantly seeking for and yearning for tzedek, justice. This drive led her to dedicate her life to the Jewish community through nonprofit work. She has been able to combine her love for Jewish nonprofits and her entrepreneurial spirit in the creation of, a tech platform dedicated to bridging the gap between next generation philanthropists and worthy Jewish charities all over the world. Carly lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Marc and daughters, Noa and Amalya.
About MyTzedakah:

MyTzedakah is empowering the next generation of Jewish philanthropists to give tzedakah in the most impactful and meaningful way possible. As the only Jewish nonprofit using a sophisticated tech platform, we are creating the marketplace for donors and global Jewish charities to meet in a way that’s personal and intentional. We aggregate and automate charitable giving, meeting the unique giving needs of a new generation of donors.
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.
CTI is virtually open for all classes! Attend online with video and audio, or join through phone call alone. Visit for more information on how to join these exciting classes:

TYT Tuesday Night 

The Book of Judges
Tuesday 7:00pm

The Book of Judges teaches us about unexpected and underestimated spiritual and political leadership. Prior to the establishment of the Jewish monarchy, the nation was constantly enmeshed in fighting foreign enemies, spiritual and moral backsliding, oppression, as well as tribal in-fighting. It was a vicious cycle. The Judges came about in order to resolve these political, spiritual and moral issues and to set the people on the right track. Who were the Judges of Israel? How were they chosen, and why? While names like Shimshon, Devorah, Gidon and Yeftach may be familiar, their stories, complex personalities and murky legacies require a great deal of study. In this brand new TYT series, we will explore the life and times of the Judges of Israel – who they were, what they did, and what their contributions to Jewish history are all about. You won’t want to miss out on learning about these early leaders of the Jewish people, whose stories and personalities are as captivating as their contributions to the Jewish people are timeless. 

TYT Wednesday Mornings 

The Book of Second Samuel
Wednesday 8:15am

Come and join the TYT community and learn about the life and times of King David! II Samuel explores how a young David establishes both his kingdom and his kingship. Despite great promise, potential and ability, David is nevertheless beset by external and internal enemies, fighting both physical and spiritual wars. Come and see how David struggles to unite a broken and battered kingdom, establish a capital city and win the support of his people, while at the same time, striving to remain true to God’s Torah and lead a righteous life. No longer the ruddy youth, playing the harp and running for his life, II Samuel takes us through the long journey of David’s maturation process, omitting nothing, all the while exploring larger questions of morality, repentance, power and politics. While we extol David as one of the greatest Jewish heroes and leaders of all time, this book will frame his life and story in its proper context, look under the surface, and examine the complex personality of King David! This class meets each Wednesday morning, except of Jewish holidays, at 8:15am. 

Mishne Torah k'Seder Friday Mornings

Mishne Torah k'Seder
Friday 8:15am

Come and join Rabbi Dan on Friday mornings at 8:15am for an in-depth exploration of the Rambam's Mishne Torah. This class will go through the Rambam's classic work on halakha (Jewish law), in a way which both engages and transforms the reader on a spiritual and intellectual level. Why did the Rambam write the Mishne Torah? What was he trying to achieve? How does the Rambam's interpretation of Jewish law, theology, history and culture differ from his rabbinic contemporaries who also wrote comprehensive Jewish legal works? What were some of the great disputes this work sparked, and why? You don't want to miss out on this great opportunity to learn what the Mishne Torah is all about.
Questions? Suggestions? Interested in Volunteering? Please contact our Committee Chairpersons. 

Finance Committee: Gary Gerstenhaber
Fundraising Committee: Beth Shapiro
Membership Committee: Sarah Wander
Chesed Committee: Lynn Kane
Kiddush Committee: Henna Tatham
Ritual Committee: Eric Shapiro
The next CTI Board meeting is Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00pm. If you are a CTI Member you can login to our website and see all scheduled Board meetings by clicking  here.
For those new to the community, check out this introductory video 
featuring Rabbi Dan and a few of our wonderful CTI community members! 

Theodore Arshawsky on March 7

Zehava Robbins on March 9

Etai Klein on March 11

If you have any birthdays or anniversaries you would
like to add, please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

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 Anonymous donors.
Thank you to Arthur and Barb Altman for their donation in Memory of Joel Tendler (Yehoshua Mordechai ben HaRav Shragah Fivel) (z’’l).
Thank you to Reese Carroll for his Aliyah donation.

Thank you to David Chapin for his Aliyah donation.
Thank you to David and Rita Chapin for their donation in Memory of Joel Tendler (z”l).
Thank you to Reese and Sherry Fishman- Carroll for their donation to the Chesed Fund.
Thank you to Mitch and Patti Davis for their donation in Memory of Debbie Tendler (z”l).
Thank you to Ruth Soslavsky (Florida) & daughters Debi Farrell and Jodi Singer for their donation in Memory of Debbie Tendler (z”l)..
Thank you to Reuven and Rosemary Klein- Robbins for their donation in Memory of Debbie Tendler (z”l).
Thank you to Matthew Schmerer for his donation in Memory of Debbie and Joel Tendler (a”h).
Thank you to Offer Shavit for his Aliyah donation.
Thank you to Offer and Ilana Shavit for their donation to the Torah Fund.
Thank you to David Soudry for his donation in Honor of CTI.
Thank you to Henna Tatham for her donation in Memory of Debbie Tendler and Joel Tendler (z”l).
Thank you to Nancy Tuggle for her donation in Memory of Debbie and Joel Tendler (z”l).

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, 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 
  • 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, Faival ben Tzur
  • 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
 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  
Online Shopping that Benefits CTI

Don't forget to bookmark our special links to AmazonSmile and -- you will have the same shopping experience and CTI gets a generous percentage of your shopping dollar. Please bookmark and start shopping!

To Get Started with AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile will make a donation to CTI based on the amount of your eligible purchases made on the AmazonSmile website. The AmazonSmile website looks identical to the regular website, except that when you log in the banner at the top of the window shows that you are on the AmazonSmile website and displays the charity that you are supporting. There is also an additional item in the dropdown menu labelled “Your AmazonSmile”. The AmazonSmile page offers a convenient shortcut icon or bookmark for your browser to take you to AmazonSmile for your shopping.

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, and so on.

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 Joel Tendler at