Congregation Tiferet Israel 

Austin, TX

11 Av 5783 -- July 29, 2023

What's the Spiel?

Shabbat Nachamu - Parshat Vaetchanan

View as Webpage

Austin Community Eruv

For more information, a map and current status click here.

Our website

Sign Up to Receive

our Emails


Email Rabbi Dan

Email CTI President

Learn More about

our Hebrew School

CTI Kashrut Standards

Common Reliable Kosher Certifications Found Locally

Join CTI Youth Newsletter

Donate to CTI

Shop & Support

ArtScroll online

Membership Information

Become a member of a congregation that feels like a family!

Contact Sean Clifford

for more information: [email protected]

Renew Your

Membership Here!

Rabbi's Reflections

-Singular and Plural: Two Ways to Seek and Find-

In Parshat Va’etchanan, Moshe tells the people, “But if you search there, you will find the Lord, your God, if only you seek Him with all your heart and soul” (Devarim 4:29). It is interesting to note that in Hebrew, the first part of Moshe’s statement (if you search) is in the plural, whereas the second part of the statement (you will find) is in the singular. Why does the Torah switch its use of language from plural to singular in the very same verse? Also, what is the significance of that switch when discussing how one can access God?

According to Rebbeinu Bachya, “Had Moshe continued in plural…it would have sounded as if God responds only to communal prayer, communal requests and not to those of the individual” (Commentary on Devarim). Indeed, prayer is most effective when conducted within the community, as the Talmud says, “When is a time of favor? It is at the time when the congregation is praying. It is therefore beneficial to pray together with the congregation, because God does not fail to respond to the entreaties of the congregation” (B. Talmud, Berachot 8a). Nevertheless, one should not think that God only responds to communal prayer. Rather, God hears and responds to all of our prayers, at all times, in all places in all circumstances. Thus, the significance of the switch from plural to singular is that that if we seek God, whether in a communal setting or in a private, individual setting, we will find Him.

Developing a healthy relationship with tefillah (prayer) is essential for every Jew. Working on our communal prayer skills is so important to our spiritual health – attending minyan, surrounding ourselves with others in spiritual moments, growing in our davening abilities and siddur skills – these are all indispensable, for in these ways, we can ensure that our voices will be heard by God, and that His presence can be felt in our midst. However, we must also work on developing a healthy relationship with our own tefillah – prayers that come from our hearts, with our own words, believing that the meditations of our minds and souls will certainly be heard. Working on both – our communal and personal prayers, is truly how we should seek God, and it is through both our communal and our personal prayers, that God will be found.

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, July 28


Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat


Candle Lighting

Saturday, July 29







Sunday, July 30



Weekday Services

Monday - Friday


CTI Announcements

Thank you to everyone who made this year's CTI Tisha b'Av experience so meaningful, including Eric Shapiro and the Ritual Committee, Reuven Robbins, Dr. Jake Wolfson, and Rabbi Dan.

*Members, please renew your membership by filling out the form linked below. Renewal is not automatic and it's important that the form is filled out and we get updated information

Renew Your Membership for 2023-2024!

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 Phil Spertus for sponsoring a "special enhanced" Kiddush in loving memory of his wife Sylvia, z'l, on her upcoming Yahrzeit

A BIG THANK YOU to the CTI Community for stepping up to sponsor a Kiddush! It is a special way to help our Chevrah while honoring a loved one for a special event or to commemorate a Yahrtzeit. Your sponsorships have been filling up our kiddush calendar nicely, and we are booked many weeks out at this point.

If you would like to sponsor a kiddush in September or October, please take a look at our calendar and reserve your spot as the calendar has been filling up quickly! And THANK YOU for supporting CTI and our community with your sponsorship!

Sponsor a Kiddush


Click Here! for more information on how to join these exciting classes:

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! 


Vicky Gould on July 29

Avi Robbins on July 30

Levi Clifford on August 1

Lowell Brickman on August 2


Eric & Beth Shapiro on August 4

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

please update your profile on our website.

Yahrzeit Remembrances

Ruth Stavchansky, Wife of Salomon Stavchansky on Sunday 12 Av

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 Eric Shapiro, Jay Rubin, and

Solomon Sultan for their aliyah donations.

Thank you to Eric and Beth Shapiro

for their yizkor donations.

Thank you to Ben Heyen for his

contribution to the General Fund.

Thank you to Isaac Raschkovsky for his

donations to the Torah and Tendler Funds.

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: 
  • Shoshana Yael bat Sarah
  • 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]  

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 [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:

Dan Ledeen [email protected] 


Vicky Gould [email protected]


Sarah Church Carroll 

[email protected] 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 103


Larry Smith [email protected]  

Phone: 512-923-3964


Sean Clifford

[email protected] 

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 106

Kiddush Committee:

Beth Shapiro [email protected]

Youth Educator:

Emily Yaffe [email protected]

Phone: 512-410-0336 ext 107

Chesed Committee:

Jeanette Brickman [email protected]

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram