April 23-24, 2021
12 Iyar 5781

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Parsha for this Shabbat is Acharei-Kedoshim. In his sermon, Rabbi Saks explains why religion is so important in a free society.

Next Friday, April 30 is Lag B'Omer. We shall hold a virtual Shacharit service in the morning. Also on April 30, there will be a "Stuff the Bus" Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware at the Shoprite on Concord Pike. Please make plans to donate nonperishable food items to assist fellow Delawareans in need at this time. See details below.

Save the date for a pre-Shavuot lecture with singing presented by Cantor Redfern on Sunday, May 9 at 5 p.m. Learn about some of the special music of the holiday. See details below.

On Erev Shavuot, May 16, there will be a community-wide virtual Tikkun Leil Shavuot study session, with 10-15 minutes teaching by each of the Rabbis and Cantors in the community, including our own Rabbi Saks and Cantor Redfern. See details below.

Finally, we are excited to be planning in-person services for both days of Shavuot, outdoors in the parking lot adjacent to our building. Stay tuned for details about these services, including how to sign up to attend.

Shabbat Shalom!



Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah reading (1st Aliyah), D'var Torah

Saturday, April 24 at 8:45 p.m. -- Ma'ariv, Havdalah

Wednesday, April 28 -- Parsha & Pizza--Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 29 -- History class--Dead Sea Scrolls - Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

Friday, April 30 at 8 a.m. -- Shacharit (Lag B'Omer)

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

Tuesday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a socially distanced outdoor Mincha service at the Siegel JCC. We will be gathering 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 stevensaks5@gmail.com. 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.

SHABBAT - APRIL 23 & 24, 2021

12 IYAR 5781
Candle lighting 7:30 P.M.
Havdalah 8:32 P.M.
Sidrah of the Week
Lev. 16:1 - 20:27
Stone - p. 636

Amos 9:7 - 15
Stone - p. 1173

Balancing Liberty and Order
Why is religion particularly important in a free society? View Rabbi Saks' sermon here.


This week we observe the Yahrzeit of the following individuals:

April 23 - Louis Balick, Freida Geller, Selma Goldstein, Ruth Inden

April 24 - Marvin Dorph

April 25 - Irving Glass, Cissie Golden, Samuel Jacobs, Laura Klein, Isadore Stern

April 26 - Rose Greenberg, Irwin Pearl

April 27 - Solomon Berengut, Morris N. Goldberg

April 28 - Bella Hoffman, Lillian Turnauer

April 29 - Sam Barshay

May their memory be for a blessing.

Cantor Yehoshua Redfern
Sunday, May 9 at 5 PM
Cantor Redfern will present another Jewish Music ZOOM lecture in anticipation of the holiday of Shavuot, which takes place Sunday night May 16 through Tuesday evening May 18. The Cantor will discuss and sing some of the music unique to the holiday.
The presentation will include several fascinating topics, including the special Akdamut melody utilized in the Festival Evening Kiddush, the distinctive chanting of the Ten Commandments on the first day of Shavuot, and the chanting of the Book of Ruth on the Second Day of the festival.
Register here to receive Zoom link.

Friday, April 30 from 9 AM to 4 PM
Register here to receive Zoom link.
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 all adults 16 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. You can sign up for a vaccination event here. Signing up places you on a waiting list. You will then receive an invitation when an appointment is available.

Here are the links for several pharmacies currently giving COVID vaccines:
See other pharmacy options here. Please know that you may need to try several times to find available appointments, so please be patient.

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: vaccinefinder.org/search/ and vaccinespotter.org/DE/. 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:
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The April 2021 SHOFAR is available online.

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