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וְעַתָּה כִּתְבוּ לָכֶם אֶת הַשִּׁירָה הַזֹּאת וְלַמְּדָהּ אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל

.שִׂימָהּ בְּפִיהֶם לְמַעַן תִּהְיֶה לִּי הַשִּׁירָה הַזֹּאת לְעֵד בִּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל

And now, write for yourselves this song, and teach it to the children of Israel;

place it in their mouths in order that this song will be for Me as a witness for the children of Israel.

-- Deuteronomy 31:19

The last of the 613 commandments is the obligation for everyone to write a Sefer Torah.  Join us as we welcome a new Sefer Torah into our Shul at our Annual Gala on May 26th.  This Torah, sponsored by Chuck and Vonne Kaufman, gives us all a wonderful opportunity to participate in this commandment by helping to dedicate it and at the same time support our Shul.

We will meet at 4 PM at the Jewish Community Center to escort our new Sefer Torah into our building with joy and dancing.  This will be followed by a cocktail reception in front of Tiferet Israel after which we will reconvene in the JCC for a catered dinner.   A live band will be available to continue the festivities.  As in past years, we will have both a live and silent auction. 

At the Gala, we will have the pleasure of hearing from Rabbi Pesach  Wolicki, an educator, writer, columnist, lecturer, public speaker and Canadian-born, pro-Israel activist living in Bet Shemesh in Israel.  Rabbi Wolicki is the Associate Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation.  His talk, entitled The Tree of Life (עץ חיים / Etz Chaim), will compare the Torah, often referred to as the Tree of Life, to a tree, the longest living organism. For a tree to have life, to bear fruit, and to grow beautiful high branches for all to see it must have deep and healthy roots.  These combined traits of longevity and dynamism are the perfect metaphor for Torah.  A Torah scroll is invalid if even a single letter is missing or incorrectly written. The fidelity to tradition must be precise and unwavering. At the same time, every generation brings new fruit from the tree. New challenges, new ways of thinking, and new opportunities call upon us, the Jewish community, to nurture and guard the Tree of Life, thereby bringing forth new fruit for our new and changing world.


New Torah Dedication Opportunities

You can choose to dedicate a Sefer (book of the Chumash), a Parsha, a Pasuk (sentence), a word, or a letter of our new Torah.  By doing so, you are giving yourself and your loved ones an incredibly meaningful gift to our kehilla for generations to come.  These opportunities are summarized below.






Tikkun with inscription; Yad with inscription; Name on plaque permanently located at CTI



Tikkun with inscription



Tehillim with inscription; Certificate with your name and pasuk sponsored



Certificate with your name and word sponsored



Certificate with your name and letter sponsored


To afford yourself of these dedication opportunities and to purchase tickets to join our community in this most unique opportunity, please complete the form below by 8 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019.  If the Sefer, Parsha or Pasuk you would like to dedicate is not shown in the lists below it is already taken.  If you have any questions, please email

Dedicate Our Torah and Sign Up to Attend Our Gala  Here

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About you
About dedicating our new Torah
If you would like a certificate for your dedication,
please complete the section Dedication Tribute below.
Dedicate a Sefer (Book) -- 5 are available at $1,800 / Sefer
Dedicate a Parsha -- 54 are available at $360 / Parsha
Dedicate a Pasuk (sentence) at $180 / Pasuk.
We provide numerous sentences.  To see them, click here. Once you have identified the sentence(s) by number you would like to dedicate, you will need to return to this page and Select options.  You may also select other sentences not included in this list by noting it below.
If you would like to select a Pasuk to dedicate not in the above list, please supply the information needed to identify the sentence here.
Dedicate a Word at $36 / Word.
Please write the word(s) below that you want to dedicate.  We will confirm availability as soon as possible.
Dedicate a Letter at $18 / letter.
Select number of each letter you want to dedicate.  We will make every attempt to satisfy your request, but we cannot guarantee we will be able to.  We will inform you beforehand.
   ל - $18.00
   מ - $18.00
   נ - $18.00
   ס - $18.00
   ע - $18.00
   פ - $18.00
   צ - $18.00
   ק - $18.00
   ר - $18.00
   ש - $18.00
   ת - $18.00
   א - $18.00
   ב - $18.00
   ג - $18.00
   ד - $18.00
   ה - $18.00
   ו - $18.00
   ז - $18.00
   ח - $18.00
   ט - $18.00
   י - $18.00
   כ - $18.00
Dedication Tribute
You may make your dedication(s) "In honor of" or "In memory of" a person or thing.  A separate certificate for each dedication can be provided.  Please indicate your desire below: 
For your first certificate,
For your second certificate,
For your third certificate,
For your fourth certificate,
For your fifth certificate,
To provide information for more than 5 certificates, please email Jeanette or Jenna at
About attending the Gala on Sunday, May 26, 2019
Adult tickets are $100 / ticket.
Tickets for students are $36 / ticket.
Tickets for children, ages 3-16, are $18 / ticket.
Gala tickets are not considered a charitable contribution.
Optional Additional Donation
You can pay by credit card (preferred) or by check.  If you choose to pay by check, you will need to relay the above information to Jeannete or Jenna.  Please mail your check to:
P.O. Box 27254
Austin, TX 78755-2254
Indicate Gala 2019 in the memo section and email indicating you will be paying by check.

If you are paying via credit card or PayPal please click below.


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