May 14-15 (Shabbat), May 16-18 (Shavuot), 2021
4,6,7 Sivan 5781

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Parsha for this Shabbat is Bamidbar. In his sermon, Rabbi Saks discusses how a people can build a successful state.

Shavuot begins this Sunday evening. See the full Shavuot schedule below.

We are looking forward to our first in-person Yom Tov services in more than a year on Monday and Tuesday mornings. For those who signed up, please see information below with directions to our new home and what to bring with you. Please note that there is also an in-person Mincha service this Tuesday afternoon at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. (NOT at the JCC). Cantor Redfern will be chanting the first chapter of the Book of Ruth during this service.

For those who will not be joining us on Monday or Tuesday in person, there will be a Zoom Yizkor service on Sunday at 6 p.m. See details below.

The community-wide virtual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot study session sponsored by DERECH (the Delaware Association of Rabbis and Cantors) begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Each member of clergy will present a 10-15 minute lesson. Rabbi Saks and Cantor Redfern will present in the first hour (7 to 8 p.m.). See details below, including how to register to receive the Zoom link.

As a reminder, the office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday in observance of Shavuot.

Shabbat Shalom v'Chag Sameach!



Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah reading (1st Aliyah), D'var Torah

Saturday, May 15 at 9:15 p.m. -- Ma'ariv, Havdalah

Sunday, May 16 -- Yizkor service at 6 p.m. (led by Rabbi Saks and Cantor Redfern, with two Memorial prayers chanted by Ahron Augenbraun), Mincha at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m. -- Tikkun Leil Shavuot community program (Register at

Tuesday, May 18 at 9:15 p.m. -- Ma'ariv/Havdalah (end of Shavuot)

Wednesday, May 19 -- Parsha & Pizza--Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 20 -- History class--Dead Sea Scrolls--Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

Connection to all AKSE events is the same - either of two options:

1) Video and Audio on PC, tablet, or smartphone
Click on this link to join Zoom meeting: 

2) Phone
Dial in to +1 646-558-8656 and input Meeting ID: 628 081 3362

Tuesdays, May 18* and 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a socially distanced outdoor Mincha service. On May 18, the service will be in the parking lot adjacent to our building at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. On May 25, the service will be (as usual) at the Siegel JCC, in the parking lot past the swimming pool.

If you would like to sit during the service, please bring a lawn chair or other portable chair; also, please bring a siddur. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced.

If you plan to attend, please let Rabbi Saks know by texting or phoning him at 302-494-7928 or emailing him at That way we can ensure a minyan and also inform you of any changes due to weather. A decision will be made by 12 noon on the day of the service in case of inclement weather.

*Please note that on May 18, the second day of Shavuot, the Mincha service will take place in the parking lot outside our building at 2412 Pennsylvania Avenue. Cantor Redfern will chant the first chapter of the Book of Ruth during this service.

Monday and Tuesday, May 17 and 18 at 10 a.m.

For those who signed up, we look forward to welcoming you to one or both of our outdoor services in the parking lot of our building at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. Please try to get there by 9:45 a.m., so we can get set up. The service each day will last 90 minutes.

Where We Are:
Our location may be found on Google Maps here. Our building is reached via the parking lot of Immanuel Church; it is not right on Pennsylvania Ave. If you are approaching from downtown Wilmington on Pennsylvania Ave., turn left on Greenhill Ave., then immediately turn left into the parking lot. If you are approaching toward downtown Wilmington on Pennsylvania Ave., turn right on Greenhill Ave., then immediately turn left into the parking lot.
What to Bring:
The following for your personal use, if possible: Lawn or folding chair, Face mask, Head covering, Tallit, Yizkor book (Siddurim will be provided, and some Yizkor books will be available). Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. to allow time for set up.

Please also bring your used shoes at this time (or any other time you are visiting our building). Brad Glazier is continuing the shoe collection project there.
Read complete details beginning on page 1 of the May Shofar here.

SHABBAT - MAY 14 & 15, 2021

4 SIVAN 5781
Candle lighting 7:51 P.M.
Havdalah 8:52 P.M.
Sidrah of the Week
Num. 1:1 - 4:20
Stone - p. 726

Hosea 2:1 - 22
Stone - p. 1180

Going Beyond Yourself
How do a people build a successful state? It starts with the individual. View Rabbi Saks' sermon here.


This week we observe the Yahrzeit of the following individuals:

May 14 - Mary Brother, Irving Echt, Jacob Sklut, William Weiner

May 15 - Jack Bloom, Isadore Levy, Rhoda Meizell, Samuel Wolinsky

May 16 - Manuel Skversky

May 17 - Rose Cohn, Samuel Golder, Ruth Plafker, Isadore Silverman, Joseph Stutman

May 18 - Frances Maisel

May 19 - Celia Bleiberg, Arnold Moss, Henry Weiner, Morris Weintraub

May their memory be for a blessing.

SHAVUOT SCHEDULE - MAY 16 - 18, 2021

6 & 7 SIVAN 5781
6 PM - virtual Yizkor service
6:30 PM - virtual Mincha service
7 PM - virtual community-wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot (register at Saks and Cantor Redfern will present in the first hour before candle lighting; Rabbi Saks will present on "Why Be Jewish?"; Cantor Redfern will present on the special music of Shavuot.
7:51 PM -- candle lighting

10 AM - in-person outdoor service at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. (90 minutes including Yizkor and brief D'var Torah)
Torah Reading
Exodus 19:1 - 20:23
Stone - p. 400
De Sola Pool - p. 783
Num. 28:26 - 31
Stone - p. 892
De Sola Pool - p. 789
Ezekiel 1:1 - 28 & 3:12
Stone - p. 1228
De Sola Pool - p. 791
after 8:55 PM - candle lighting

10 AM - in-person outdoor service at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. (90 minutes including Yizkor and brief D'var Torah)
Torah Reading
Deut. 15:19 - 16:17
Stone - p. 1018
De Sola Pool - p. 775
Num. 28:26 - 31
Stone - p. 892
De Sola Pool - p. 789
Habakkuk 2:20 - 3:19
Stone - p. 1229
De Sola Pool - p. 795
3:30 PM - in-person outdoor Mincha service at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. (Cantor Redfern will chant first chapter of Megillat Ruth)

9:15 PM - virtual Ma'ariv and Havdalah (end of Shavuot)

Register here to receive Zoom link.
Register here to receive Zoom link.

Here is Rabbi Saks in his office in our new building. He welcomes in-person meetings there. To schedule a meeting, please contact him at or 302-494-7928 or through the shul office. 
History Course via Zoom by Rabbi Saks
Thursdays at 6 PM

If you missed previous lectures, you can view them here:

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide us with an invaluable window into the Judaism of the latter Second Temple Period. This is the Judaism from which modern Judaism and Christianity were born. 
Based on the lecture series of Professor Lawrence Schiffman:
The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth Behind the Mystique.
Regularly on Thursdays at 6 PM. Lecture subjects are:
The Qumran Library 
Scandal and Publication 
Sects of the Second Temple 
The Halachic letter and the Sect’s
The Qumran Sect
Women and the Dead Sea Sect
Beliefs of the Sect
Biblical Interpretation
The Torah During the Second Temple 
The Messiah and the End of Time
The Temple Scroll 
The Scrolls, Judaism and Christianity 
Controversial Messianic Text 
The Scrolls Today  


Delaware's vaccination program now includes everyone 12 and over.

You can go to Delaware (COVID-19) Vaccination Info for information about where to get a vaccine. There are three possible places to get the vaccine in Delaware: public vaccination events, pharmacies, and doctors.

Here are the links for several pharmacies currently giving COVID vaccines:
See other pharmacy options here. Some pharmacies are planning walk-in options.

You can also contact your doctor to ask whether he/she is offering vaccinations or can help direct you to where to get vaccinated.

Here are two websites that can help you identify locations near you with available vaccine appointments: and Please note that the following individuals are also helping those eligible for the vaccine to schedule appointments. You can email them and leave your name, date of birth, and best phone number to contact you:
Shofar header
The May 2021 SHOFAR is available online.

Office Hours

Our office hours are 10 AM to 2 PM Monday to Thursday. During these times at least one of our office staff will be in the office and respond promptly to emails (  and and phone calls (302-762-2705).
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