January 9, 2021
25 Tevet 5781

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is Shemot. In his sermon, Rabbi Saks presents a Torah response to the Capitol Hill riots. The Orthodox Union has also issued a statement on the events of January 6 at the US Capitol.

You can still participate in the Delaware Synagogues Game Night this Sunday evening if you RSVP to Sylvia Wagman at srwag8@comcast.net by Sunday morning.

The outdoor minyan continues this Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the JCC parking lot. Please contact Rabbi Saks as usual to let him know you will be there.

Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat is this Thursday. Join us for a virtual Shacharit and Hallel at 8 a.m.

Rabbi Saks is beginning a new history class this Thursday at 6 p.m. The topic of the class is the Dead Sea Scrolls. See details below.

If you missed the Chanukat Habayit, informational meeting about the coronavirus response and the vaccine, or the 12 Tribes of Israel presentation this week, see the information below, including links to view Zoom recordings of the latter two events.

Shabbat Shalom!



Friday, January 8 at 4 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah reading by Cantor Redfern (1st Aliyah), D'var Torah

Saturday, January 9 at 6 p.m. -- Ma'ariv, Havdalah

Sunday, January 10 at 7 p.m. -- Delaware Synagogues Game Night and Hot Drink Social (RSVP to Sylvia Wagman at srwag8@comcast.net by Sunday morning to receive connection info for the event)

Wednesday, January 13 -- Parsha & Pizza, class at 6 p.m., Ma'ariv at 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, January 14 at 8 a.m. -- Shacharit/Hallel (Rosh Chodesh)

Thursday, January 14 -- NEW History Class--Dead Sea Scrolls--taught by Rabbi Saks - class at 6 p.m., Ma'ariv at 6:45 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, January 12, 19, and 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a socially distanced outdoor Mincha service at the Siegel JCC. We will be gathering in the area near the parking lot past the swimming pool (the same place we gathered for the Shofar blowing in September).

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 - JAN. 8 & 9, 2021    25 TEVET 5781
Candle lighting 4:34 P.M.
Havdalah 5:36 P.M.
Sidrah of the Week
Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
Stone - p. 292
Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13, 29:22 - 23
Stone - p. 1146
ROSH CHODESH SH'VAT - Thursday, January 14


The Pyramid vs. the Chuppah
The Torah's response to the Capitol Hill riots. View Rabbi Saks' sermon here.


This week we observe the Yahrzeit of the following individuals:

January 8 - Benjamin Chanin, Patricia Jaffe, Alan Schoenberg

January 9 - Jacob A. Jacobs, Nora Taub

January 10 - Jerry Gosler, Selma Mersky, Seymour Sands

January 11 - Mayer Bleiberg, Beatrice Goldberg, Sarah Kates

January 12 - Gerald Cohn, Nathan Meritz

January 13 - Abraham Aaron, Sheila E. Bernstein

January 14 - Sam Kesselman, Diane Schenk, Phyllis Winokur

May their memory be for a blessing.

New History Course by Rabbi Saks--
beginning January 14 via Zoom

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.
Starts Jan. 14, 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  

CHANUKAT HABAYIT (Dedication of the House)

We got the year off to a celebratory start on January 5 with a Chanukat Habayit ceremony at our new home at 2412 Pennsylvania Avenue. After brief remarks and the appropriate blessing by Rabbi Saks, a mezuzah was affixed to the doorpost of the front door. Some attended the ceremony in person, with masking and social distancing; others viewed it via Zoom, including Cantor Yehoshua Redfern, who led the singing of Siman Tov u'Mazal Tov on this happy occasion. Several attendees were excited to see the new home for the first time. Immediately after the ceremony, an afternoon service was held in the adjacent parking lot.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - New Castle County's Response to the Coronavirus and Plan for Vaccine Rollout
County Executive Matt Meyer, Dr. Karyl Thomas Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, and Dr. Rick Hong, State Medical Director

Approximately 300 participants watched the speakers' presentations and asked questions. A recording of the Jan. 6 Zoom event may be viewed here. The chart below lists different ways to get vaccine information from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL -- Eric M. Doroshow
After a trip to Israel, Eric Doroshow was inspired to do a watercolor painting for each of the 12 Tribes of Israel. He then created a book about the 12 Tribes, using his paintings as illustrations. In the book, Eric tells the story of the challenges faced by the Tribes after they settled in Ancient Israel. He goes on to discuss how their struggles have relevance for us today.

Learn more about the painting and book and how to order them here.

In case you missed Eric's excellent Zoom presentation, you can watch it here.

Shofar header
The January 2021 SHOFAR is available online.

Listing of Community Resources

A listing of community resources to help you weather the pandemic may be viewed here. Thanks to Gail Weinberg for assembling it.
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