Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

11 Adar 5783 -- March 4, 2023

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Parshat Tetzaveh- Parshat Zachor

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Rabbi's Reflections

-Your Leaders Need You!-

It is well known that when the holy Baal Shem Tov prayed, he prayed for hours. While his chassidim concluded their silent Amidah's in five or ten minutes, the Baal Shem Tov prayed for what seemed like an eternity! One day, the chassidim had a brilliant idea: "While our holy master is enraptured in his state of prayer, let us sneak off to the closest house from the synagogue. There, we can make Kiddush and enjoy vodka, herring and hearty black bread, and by the time we get back to the synagogue, our holy rebbe will still be praying. He won't even know we’ve left!" This sounded like a fine plan, and so the next Shabbat, the Baal Shem Tov's chassidim decided to implement their clever design. Sure enough, the chassidim finished their Amidah's in five or ten minutes, but the Baal Shem Tov seemed completely entranced, as if in another world. Seeing that their master was totally involved in his prayers, the chassidim began to slip out the back door. One by one they snuck out, very careful not to make so much as a creak on the dry wooden floors. But just as the last chassid stepped out, the Baal Shem Tov made a loud clap with his hands, opened his eyes and finished his prayer. The chassidim rushed back to their seats. Sitting in silence, one brave chassid approached the Baal Shem Tov and asked, "Rebbe, how is it that every Shabbat, you pray for hours, completely unaware of any external distraction. But today, you seemed to notice when we left you, why?" The Baal Shem Tov relaxed his chassidim with a smile, and said, "Holy brothers, the only reason I am able to pray is because I feel your presence with me. When I go to present the prayers of the community before God, I must feel that each and every single one of you is behind me to give me strength. But today, just as I was being escorted into the heavenly Holy of Holies of the Temple above, I felt you slipping away from me, one by one, and before I could reach the threshold of the heavenly Sanctuary, I was thrown down to earth. In order for me to represent your prayers, your hopes and dreams, I need to feel that you are with me."

This powerful story teaches us that in order for any leader to represent his or her community, they must feel that their community is behind them and with them, giving them strength and encouragement. This idea is beautifully expressed in this week's parshaParshat Tetzaveh, in which we learn about the Bigdei Kehuna, the Priestly Garments Aharon wears while serving in the Mishkan. According to tradition, each garment and adornment of the Bigdei Kehuna must be "m'shel tzibur," meaning, it must belong to the whole Jewish people. Thus, says Rav Hirsch, by virtue of these clothes, "the High Priest should approach God not as an individual and not for himself, but as a representative of the community and on their behalf, so that his coming before God should be noted and taken to heart by the community. Without the expression of this idea and this intention, his entry would entail presumptuousness" (Commentary on Shemot 28:43). According to Rav Hirsch, the High Priest's ability to serve as the representative of the people comes from the fact that the clothing he wears represents the people, and without those sacred garments, he cannot serve as the High Priest. In other words, he needs the people, he needs to feel the people, in order to offer prayers and sacrifices on their behalf. Like the Baal Shem Tov, Aharon could not approach God in the inner sanctum of the Mishkan if he lacked one aspect, one element, one soul of the people he was appointed to represent.

This Shabbat, let us realize that our endeavors as leaders and representatives of our community can only succeed if we truly bear the community in mind. This Shabbat, let us realize that as community members, our leaders need us to help accomplish the goals we seek. Success, spiritual and otherwise, is a two-way street. It requires the leadership to hold onto the community, and the community to hold up its leadership. May we always support one another as we continue to grow as a congregation and as a community, and may we always strive to enable one other to let our prayers be heard, and our offerings of the heart accepted. 

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 6:13PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


Shabbat Morning


9:00 AM

Youth Services


Shabbat Evening








Weekday Services

Monday - Friday



Monday (Fast of Esther)

Fast Begins: 5:40AM

Fast Ends: 7:00PM

Purim Schedule

Monday (March 6th)

Youth Program




Maariv and Megillah Reading


BBQ Dinner

8:00PM at the JCC

Tuesday (March 7th)

Shacharit and Megillah Reading


Late Megillah Reading




CTI Announcements

2022 Tax Statements

Statements of 2022 Charitable Donations are being sent on request

only. If you need a statement, please send a request to Larry Smith


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

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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 Lazaro & Fay Brener for sponsoring Kiddush in Loving memory of Lazaro's mother Bronia Brener (z"l) on her upcoming Yahrzeit.

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 March or April, 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! 


Zehava Robbins on March 9


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

please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Paul C Weinburg, MD, Father of Barb Altman, on Wednesday 15 Adar

Bronia Brener, Mother of Lazaro Brener, on Friday 17 Adar

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 Gary Gerstenhaber, Isaac Reitberger, and David Chapin for their aliyah donations.

Thank you to Isaac and Angela Raschkovsky

for their Yahrzeit donation.

Thank you to Gary and Karin Gerstenhaber

for their Purim donation.

Thank you to Ben Heyen and Lionel Marciano

for their donations to the General Fund.

Thank you to Les Weisbrod for his donation to the Youth Educator Fund "in memory of Jan Gould, a wonderful person who embraced Judaism with a passion late in life"

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
  • 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

Chesed Committee:

Jeanette Brickman

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