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CTI Welcomes Rabbi Stephen Belsky

While Rabbi Dan is on deployment at Operation Lone Star, Rabbi Stephen Belsky will serve as interim rabbi for the Congregation, meeting its halakhic, spiritual and pastoral needs. We are excited to learn from and grow with Rabbi Belsky during his three-month association with CTI, and we welcome him with open arms! Baruch HaBah!

Rabbi Stephen Belsky grew up in the seaside fishing village of Brooklyn, NY, but has spent the last dozen years of his life in Michigan, surrounded by the Great Lakes. A graduate of the Pardes Educators Program and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, he has taught both children and adults at schools, synagogues, and other institutions; and when he isn't on the road working as an eruv builder, he is a regular speaker and teacher in Detroit's Modern Orthodox community. He loves language, speculative fiction, and the prophetic poems of doom in Tanakh, and is excited to have this opportunity to spend the summer with CTI.

Tehillim Class, 7 PM Mondays (on Zoom)

*Class Cancelled Monday July 4th*

Many people find solace in times of pain or stress by reciting Psalms, but even greater depths of meaning can be found in studying and analyzing the words of the holy poems themselves. In Rabbi Belsky’s Tehillim class, we unpack the poetry and imagery of the psalms, gaining a greater understanding of this book, which includes within it the full range of human experience, and has sustained our religious lives as Jews for millennia.

Recordings of previous classes can be found at

Given the significant decline in the occurrence of COVID cases in the Travis County area (which is currently listed as being in Stage 2, and continuously dropping), the Medical Committee has unanimously agreed that:

  • Masks should no longer be mandatory at any CTI-related functions
  • Kiddush can move back inside, without any restrictions
  • Individuals who feel safer wearing masks at Shul-related events should feel free to continuing doing so
  • Anyone who has symptoms should NOT attend synagogue 
As always, we will continue to review and address the situation related to COVID on an as—needed basis, and make updated recommendations, as necessary.

Special CTI fundraiser for some much-needed improvements of our Torah and shul, for more information on this fundraiser and how to participate, please click here.

Tue, July 5 2022 6 Tammuz 5782