April 9-10, 2021
28 Nisan 5781

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Parsha for this Shabbat is Shemini. In his sermon, Rabbi Saks describes how the concept of Betzelem Elokim (in the image of God), echoed in the Declaration of Independence, can help heal the world.

We welcome the month of Iyar with Shacharit services this Monday and Tuesday at 8 a.m. Those (virtually) present will be treated with Hallel led by Sam Romirowsky on Monday and by Scott Slomowitz on Tuesday.

We have Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) covered for you this week. Start off virtually with an All-Star Celebration hosted by the Jewish Federation on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. (there will be no Parsha & Pizza this week to avoid a conflict). Then Shacharit and Hallel on Thursday at 8 a.m. And a global celebration of Israel's 73rd birthday at 7 p.m.

That's not all! We also have a special "in-person" event Thursday afternoon. This will be the first "pop-up minyan" outside a member's home--the Home of Martin and Lorraine Cohn. Following Mincha at 3 p.m., there will be socially distanced Israeli folk dancing and a nosh to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut. See below for details on all these events.

As a reminder, we are no longer using the P.O. Box address. Please send mail now to our 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. address. We will still receive mail addressed to the P.O. Box, but it will take longer to get to us.

Shabbat Shalom!



Friday, April 9 at 6 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah reading (1st Aliyah), D'var Torah

Saturday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. -- Ma'ariv, Havdalah

Monday, April 12 at 8 a.m. -- Shacharit/Hallel (Rosh Chodesh Iyar) - Hallel chanted by Sam Romirowsky

Tuesday, April 13 at 8 a.m. -- Shacharit/Hallel (Rosh Chodesh Iyar) - Hallel chanted by Scott Slomowitz

Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. -- All-Star Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration (community event--register at ShalomDelaware.org/rockradio)

Thursday, April 15 at 8 a.m. -- Shacharit/Hallel (Yom Ha'atzmaut)

Thursday, April 15 -- History class--Dead Sea Scrolls - Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. -- Celebrate Israel (global celebration--register at www.jfeds.org/Israel73)

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, April 13, 20, and 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.

Thursday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m.
617 Black Gates Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803

In honor of Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), we will meet in Martin and Lorraine Cohn's backyard for Mincha followed by some socially distanced Israeli folk dancing and a nosh. Face masks required.

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 event in case of inclement weather.

SHABBAT - APRIL 9 & 10, 2021

28 NISAN 5781
Candle lighting 7:16 P.M.
Havdalah 8:18 P.M.
Sidrah of the Week
Lev. 9:1 - 11:47
Stone - p. 588
II Samuel 6:1 - 7:17
Stone - p. 1168


Bringing Lofty Goals to Life
The Declaration of Independence uses language that echoes the biblical concept of Betzelem Elokim (created in the image of God). How can the concept of Betzelem Elokim help heal our world? View Rabbi Saks' sermon here.


This week we observe the Yahrzeit of the following individuals:

April 9 - Elizabeth Murphree

April 10 - Nathan Michlin, Pauline Potter, Dorothy Kessler Weinberg

April 11 - Irving Freiberg, Maurice Kauffman, Lea Kruger

April 12 - Rebecca Bank, Pauline Fisher, Louis Miller, Irene B. Russell, Esther Seidel,
Max Sitzer, Rosalyn Weiss

April 13 - Harry Cherrin, Albert M. Jacobs, Molly Kagen, Ruth Pratt

April 14 - Irving Kursh

April 15 - Terry Dannemann, Selma Schwartz, George Slonsky

May their memory be for a blessing.

Register to receive a Zoom link here.
A Global Celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day
-- Special Farewell Address by His Excellency Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel --
Register to receive a Zoom
link here.
On Thursday, April 15 at 7 PM ET The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod and additional partners will host a one-hour virtual event to mark Israel’s 73rd Independence Day. The event will begin with a farewell address by His Excellency Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, and include a look back on his legacy as the Jewish State’s 10th President. It will also feature special appearances by Israeli Olympic-gold-medal-hopefuls who are on their way to Tokyo this summer, Jewish athletes from around the world and more.

Friday, April 30 from 9 AM to 4 PM
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  


Governor Carney announced an expansion of the vaccination program effective April 6 to include 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:
Shofar header
The April 2021 SHOFAR is available online.

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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 (office@AKSE.org  and  bookkeeper@AKSE.org) and phone calls (302-762-2705).
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