Congregation Tiferet Israel 
Austin, TX
25 Sivan 5781 -- June 5, 2021
What's the Spiel?
Parshat Sh'lach
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.  
CTI Announcements
Mazal tov to Jackson and Nichole Greenberg on the occasion of their Bnai Mitzvah! Mazal to Lauren and Lorne, and the whole Greenberg family!
CTI Mask and Social Policy Update

With the advice and consent of the medical committee, the CTI Board of Directors approved adopting the revised Shalom Austin COVID 19 safety recommendations effective immediately. The new Shalom Austin policies are as follows:

· Masks are optional indoors for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination at this time.
· Masks are required indoors for adults who are not vaccinated. 
· Masks are required indoors for staff, regardless of vaccination status. 
· Masks are required indoors for children under 12 years of age, unless eating or drinking. 
· Masks are optional outdoors for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
· Masks are required outdoors for individuals who are not vaccinated whenever 3 feet distancing cannot be maintained.
· Masks are optional for children outdoors; however, children are encouraged to wear masks when in close proximity (3 feet or less) unless eating, drinking or engaged in sports.  
· Masks are required for staff outdoors when working in close proximity (3 feet or less) of children under 12, regardless of vaccination status. 

We will continue to evaluate and make changes to our COVID health protocols as warranted by local conditions and medical guidance. Further changes will be communicated appropriately. 

These changes take into account the fact that many congregants are or will soon be vaccinated against COVID. With this in mind here is a message from Rabbi Dan:

"The Torah commands us, “You shall therefore keep My statutes, and My ordinances, which if a person does, he or she shall live by them” (Vayikra 18:5). According to the Talmud, this teaches us that the Torah and mitzvot were given to us so that we should live, and not die due to their observance (B. Talmud, Shabbat 74a). Everything we do is in the service of life and safeguarding the welfare of others. We will not check into people's personal decisions. However, we will rely on the Torah’s admonition and the Jewish value, that nothing is above the preservation of life. 

In his Psalms, King David tells us, “Truly, wait quietly for God, O my soul, for my hope comes for Him. He is my rock and deliverance, my haven; I shall not be shaken” (Tehillim 62:6-7). We all seek the day when we can return to normalcy. We all seek the day when masks and social distancing will become things of the past. As our congregation continues to valiantly recover from the hardships of COVID 19, we do so with optimism, hope, and caution. Those who have not been fully vaccinated should take to heart the Torah's words, and continue to follow CTI policy to keep themselves and others safe." 

Start off your week right with Virtual Havdalah, live streamed straight from the shul! Check in and hang out online afterwards! 

Saturday, June 5, 2021 * 25 Sivan 5781

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 Click here for more information on future CTI Virtual Havdalahs. 

As many of you know, I (Miriam Bodian) will be moving to Israel this summer. I’m looking for a home for my affectionate, easy-to-care-for cat Slipper, who is 12 years old, healthy, and loves to snuggle. Unfortunately I can’t take her with me. I’ll gladly offer some financial support for her care. You can reach me at or phone/text 610-331-7598. She’ll be ready to make the transition mid-to-late June.

Are you interested in learning more about the laws, customs, rituals and philosophy of Shabbat? Would you like to enhance your observance of Shabbat, and make it a central feature of your life? If so, please join Rabbi Dan for CTI’s newest class -- “Building a Palace in Time: The Many Meanings of Shabbat.” 

In this class, we will not only explore how to keep Shabbat, but why we do so in the first place. 

  • Why is Shabbat so preciously unique to the Jewish people? 
  • Why did God make the observance of Shabbat so essential for a spiritual relationship with Him? 
  • How does Shabbat and its observance help us better understand ourselves as individuals and as a community? 
  • How do all of the laws and observances of Shabbat help us better understand and experience 
  • what spiritual freedom is really all about?

Building a Palace in Time: The Many Meanings of Shabbat” will operate like a book club and will meet via Zoom on Sunday evenings, from 7:00-8:00, beginning on April 11th. With each new unit, a different book will be assigned, and we will work through each book according to scheduled readings and thought prompts. Individual members are responsible for obtaining the assigned books, all of which can be easily found on

Our first book will be The Sabbath, by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. In this book, we will delve into the deeper meaning of Shabbat, its purpose, its eternal import on Jewish life and on the Jewish people, and how the gift of Shabbat has shaped civilization. 

This class is free of charge. No prior background is required, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

For more information, please contact Rabbi Dan at, or (512) 410-0336 ex. 101.
Grief, It's So Complicated
JUNE 8 @ 10AM (CST)

  •  Learn to define and identify grief
  •  Understand how our relationship with the deceased impacts our grief
  •  Learn about and trust the non-linear way we grieve
  •  Come to terms with feelings associated with a loss
  • Recognize what coping skills you have and learn new ones as life goes on
Presented by: Faye Wilbur, LCSW-R, Director of Community Relations , Mishkon , Coordinator of Special Projects, Boro Park & Crown Heights Clinics ,The Jewish Board
CLICK HERE to Register.
Telling Your Life Story: A Legacy for Your Family
JUNE 10 @ 10AM (CST)

  • How to start a memoir
  • Techniques to jog your memory
  • Strategies to get you to completion
Presented by: Car­ol Ungar, who is a Jerusalem-based jour­nal­ist and writ­ing teacher. She has written and published memoir essays in Tablet, The Forward, Jewish Action, Ami, and other leading publications. She won second place in the Moment Magazine competition for Memoir and has been leading Memoir Workshops for more than a decade in real-time and on ZOOM. She is a moth­er, a bub­bie, and an avid home cook.
CLICK HERE to Register.
Austin Jewish War Vets Post 757 is very interested in gaining new members. We meet monthly on Zoom and would like to invite all of your veterans to our meetings. They are welcome to sit in as guests. 

To join in our next JWV Zoom meeting please contact:

Charlie Rosenblum
Commander, Post 757
Jewish War Veterans of the United States
Austin, Texas

(254) 368-5715

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 Ezekiel
Tuesday 7:00pm
The Book of Ezekiel is one of the most mysterious but essential books of the Tanakh. Who was Ezekiel? When was he prophesying? Were his prophecies meant for his time or the distant future? In this TYT series, we will take an in-depth look at the life, times and ageless message of the Prophet Ezekiel in a way which will make his contribution to Jewish texts, history and destiny truly come to life! A priest stuck in exile, dreaming of the perfect Temple in a perfect homeland - a man pinning for spiritual life, but only experiencing physical privation - what is his message really all about? God asks Ezekiel to do many strange things - things even contrary to Jewish law! Were they literally true, or were they merely metaphorical? Come and join the CTI Tuesday evening Take Your Tanakh class, as together, we learn about the Prophet Ezekiel!

TYT Wednesday Mornings 

The Book of First Samuel
Wednesday 8:15am

In this class, we will examine the life, times and trials of the Prophet Samuel, the last Judge of Israel. The story of Samuel begins the saga of Israel's history, its kings, wars and promises. First Samuel introduces us to a large swath of Jewish history, ranging of King Saul and King David, to questions of military ethics, religious boundaries and moral questions. The Prophet Samuel may be best known for anointing David, but his legacy and story are essential for every Jew to learn, because with Samuel the story of the Jewish people's redemption begins!

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: Josh Rosenberg
Fundraising Committee: Josh Rosenberg
Membership Committee: Beth Shapiro
Chesed Committee: Beth Shapiro
Kiddush Committee: Henna Tatham
Ritual Committee: Joel Tendler
The next CTI Board meeting is Wednesday, June 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! 

Joshua Rosenberg on June 5

Sammi Stromberg on June 6

Offer Shavit on June 8

Jean Woloszko on June 10

Elie Amar on June 11


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

Daniel Reichman, Father of Doreen Joffe, on Sunday 26 Sivan

Albert Gerstenhaber, Father of Gary Gerstenhaber, on Tuesday 28 Sivan

Evelyn Levy, Mother of Malkay Esther Yetta Roth, on Thursday 30 Sivan

Robert Franklin Spertus, Brother of Philip Spertus, on Friday 1 Tammuz

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 Erik and Lindsay Rahimi for their donation in Honor of CTI.

Thank you to Joel and Debbie Tendler for their donation dedicated: Mazal Tov to Sky, Severin and Sean Lukic on their sterling High School graduation. May you continue to succeed in all your personal and academic endeavors with fervor and joy and in health! Mazal Tov to Sylvia Spertus on her special birthday. L’Chaim! Mazal Tov to Lauren and Salen Churi and their families on Rami’s birth. May you always feel this joy! Mazal Tov to Rebekah and Matthew Ross and their families on Nathan’s birth. May you always sheb nachas! Wishing Harold Liebowitz a sped up

Thank you to Jake Wolfson for his Aliyah donation.


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: 
  • Eitan Nissim Tsvi ben Vera Feiga v' Adiel HaLevi (Larry & Esther Smith's grandson)
  • Allene Novy-Portnoy; Hannah Bassa bat Sarah Osnat 
  • Avshalom ben Hannah Bassa
  • Cindy Newman 
  • Debbie Tendler; Devorah Rachel bat Rivka Leah
  • 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
  • Shimon ben Sarah
  • Hinda bat Yehudit
  • Tamar bat Chaya
  • Ilana bat Gheita
  • Joel Tendler; Yehoshua Mordechai ben Tziporah Perel
  • Barb Altman; Devorah Yeril bat Leah
  • HaRav Avram Meir ben Eli Yosef v'Shira Chanah.
  • Rabbi Harold Liebowitz, Ha Rav Chaim Alter ben Necha. 
  • 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
  • Cindy Duckworth; Dinah Yehudit bat Sarah
  • 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
 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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Using the CTI Website
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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!

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