January 21-22, 2022
20 Shevat 5782

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

During this period of mostly virtual activities, Rabbi Saks and Cantor Redfern are conducting Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday afternoon (4 p.m.) and Ma'ariv/Havdalah on Saturday night (6:15 p.m.), both via Zoom.

Rabbi Saks is again recording his sermon for easy access online. His sermon for this week's Parsha, Yitro, entitled "The 8th Commandment Violated in Colleyville Texas," may be viewed here.

The one in-person service we are continuing is Tuesday Mincha at the Siegel JCC. It is again taking place outdoors in the parking lot past the pool. This Tuesday we are back to the usual 3:30 p.m. start time.

Rabbi Saks is continuing his Zoom classes--History of Jewish Thought on Wednesdays and Parsha & Pizza on Thursdays. During the temporary shutdown, Parsha & Pizza is Zoom only. Please note that both classes are now from 6 to 6:45 p.m., followed immediately by a Ma'ariv service.

There are several community-wide events coming up in the next few weeks. See the announcements below. Note especially Federation Shabbat next Friday, January 28, Federation Super Sunday next Sunday, January 30, and Delaware Synagogues' Game Night on Saturday, February 5, all via Zoom. Please take these opportunities to connect with and support our greater Jewish community.

Please be aware that, due to the suspension of indoor, in-person activities, some of the event information in the January Shofar is no longer accurate. Please refer to our online weekly newsletters for the latest information.
Shabbat Shalom!



Friday, January 21 at 4 p.m. -- MinchaKabbalat Shabbat, Torah reading (1st Aliyah), D'var Torah

Saturday, January 22 at 6:15 p.m. -- Ma'ariv, Havdalah

Wednesday, January 26 -- "History of Jewish Thought" class taught by Rabbi Saks - class 6 p.m.Ma'ariv 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, January 27 -- Parsha & Pizza (Zoom only): class 6 p.m.Ma'ariv 6:45 p.m.

Connection to all AKSE virtual 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

SHABBAT - JANUARY 21 & 22, 2022

20 SHEVAT 5782
Candle lighting 4:50 P.M.

Sidrah of the Week
Ex. 18:1 - 20:23
Stone - p. 394
Havdalah 5:52 P.M.

Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6, 9:5 - 6
Stone - p. 1154


The 8th Commandment Violated in Colleyville Texas
What does the 8th commandment prohibit us from stealing? View Rabbi Saks' sermon here.


This week we observe the Yahrzeit of the following individuals:

January 21 - Vivian Edith Fischer, Jack Lieblein, Ruth Moss, Minna Wasserman

January 22 - Rose Lerner, Tatyana Pyanina

January 24 - Loretta Augenbraun, Anna Barshay, Robert Chaiken, Craig S. Price,
Mae Thomas

January 25 - Robert L. Cohen, Abraham Young

January 26 - Lee Goldstein, Alfred Kahn

May their memory be for a blessing.

Tuesday, January 25 at 3:30 PM

Join us for a weekly Mincha service. The services are now outdoors in the Siegel JCC parking lot (past the pool). Masks are 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 so that we can ensure a minyan and let you know of any changes due to the weather.

Wednesdays - Class 6 PM; Ma'ariv 6:45 PM

Rabbi Saks’ Zoom history class is based on the lecture series “Jewish Intellectual History” by David Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania.

An examination of how leading Jewish thinkers have attempted to reconcile Jewish belief with the reality of Jewish life.
See Zoom connection info above.

If you missed any previous lectures, you can link to recordings of them here:
Lecture 3 The Italian Ghetto
Lecture 5 Baruch Spinoza
Lecture 7 Heinrich Graetz
Lecture 12 Zionism
Lecture 13 Socialism

Urge Your Senators to Support Iron Dome Funding Now!

More than 4,000 rockets were fired into Israel this past May by the Iranian proxy Hamas, while Iran-backed Hezbollah’s stockpile of 150,000 missiles threatens Israel’s north. The Iron Dome system intercepted 90% of the rockets fired in May, saving both Israeli and Palestinian lives, and ensuring the conflict remained small and localized.

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add emergency supplemental funding to replenish the Iron Dome system in September 2021 by a vote of 420-9. The funding has bipartisan support in the Senate. It is time to ensure passage of the funding to replenish Iron Dome supply as quickly as possible.

Several national Jewish organizations have combined forces in a final push for passage of Iron Dome funding. You can help by contacting your Senators and urging them to stand with Israel. To easily take action, click here.

We will gather virtually--as one community--for Federation Shabbat, streaming live from Congregation Beth Shalom. Join the Zoom event using this link.

Shofar header
The January 2022 SHOFAR is available online.

Office Hours

Our office hours are 10 AM to 2 PM Monday to Thursday (except holidays). 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).
Rabbi Saks Available for In-Person Meetings

Rabbi Saks welcomes meetings in our new building. To schedule a meeting, please contact him at stevensaks5@gmail.com or 302-494-7928 or through the shul office.
Bring Your Shoes to Shul

Our successful shoe recycling project continues at our new location. Clean out your closets and start looking under your bed for gently used shoes. Every pair you recycle means shoes for those in need, extra funds for us, and less landfill waste. A triple mitzvah! See details here.
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