July 23-24, 2021
15 Av 5781

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

This Shabbat is called Shabbat Nachamu, or the Sabbath of Comfort. It takes its name from the Haftorah, which speaks of comforting the Jewish people for their suffering. It is the first of seven Haftarot of consolation leading up to Rosh Hashanah. Yes, Rosh Hashanah is only a little more than six weeks away! We also read the Torah portion Va'etchanan, which includes the Ten Commandments.

Kabbalat Shabbat services are at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Note that Jim Lehr will be present at this service to recite Kaddish, so please make an effort to attend to ensure a minyan. Shabbat morning services are at 9 a.m. Saturday. And Shabbat afternoon services (Mincha/Seudah Shlishit/Torah study/Ma'ariv) are at 7:50 p.m. Saturday. Those unable to attend can also join us via Zoom both before (6:30 p.m. Friday) and after (9:05 p.m. Saturday) Shabbat. See details below.

This Shabbat's printed newsletter, which will be available at services, may also be viewed online here. You will find candle lighting, service and Havdalah times, service leaders, Torah and Haftorah readings, and this week's Yahrzeits there.

Safety guidelines for in-person attendees may be found in the printed newsletter, as well as below. Note that documentation of COVID-19 vaccination is required for anyone wishing to be treated as fully vaccinated under the guidelines. Thanks to many congregants who have already presented documentation. The documentation need only be presented once, either in advance to the office or at the door for an event. On Shabbat, per guidance from Rabbi Saks, a physical form of proof (a vaccination card or copy) may be shown, but not a digital form. We believe this requirement is reasonable to assure a safe environment for all attendees.

As a reminder, a memorial tribute to Louis Brown will take place this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Siegel JCC. Faith Brown and Family invite the community to this "Celebration of Life."

Yizkor Book responses are due in the office no later than July 30. See details below.

Finally, there is another reason this Shabbat is special. It is the 15th of Av, Tu B'Av, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Day of Love. It is an ancient holiday that has seen a revival in Israel.

Shabbat Shalom v'Tu B'Av Sameach!



Friday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat together with in-person service (Zoom
will end after D'var Torah before Shabbat psalm Mizmor Shir L'Shabbat)

Saturday, July 24 at 9:05 p.m. -- Havdalah together with in-person service

NO Parsha & Pizza this week.

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

This Friday and Saturday, July 23-24

PLACE: Our new home at 2412 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806. Find it on Google Maps here. Park in the parking lot behind Immanuel Church. Our building entrance faces the parking lot.

Friday at 6:30 PM - Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 9 AM - Shacharit, Torah reading, Musaf, followed by Kiddush
Saturday at 7:50 PM - Mincha, Torah reading, Seudah Shlishit, Torah study, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 9:05 PM - Havdalah

Are you fully vaccinated? Then,
  • Masks are optional.
  • There is no requirement for distancing.
  • Documentation of a fully vaccinated status is required. It need be presented only once, as follows
  • To the AKSE office in advance
  • Upon arrival at an event. AKSE will permit a paper vaccination card or copy to be carried and shown during Shabbat.
Are you unvaccinated? Or Have Not Submitted Proof of Vaccination? Then,
  • Masks are mandatory at all times.
  • Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly.
  • A minimum 6-foot distance separation is to be maintained between you and any other attendee who does not live with you.
  • You are not permitted to be called to the Bimah.
  • During Kiddush and other food activities, you may not eat or drink, although you may chat with anyone if you remain masked and socially distanced at all times.
For all attendees
  • You may not attend if you feel ill.
  • You may not attend if you have had a positive COVID-19 test, and you are still within the isolation period recommended by the CDC
By entering our building, each individual agrees to abide by these guidelines.

Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves will be available.

Tuesday, July 27 at 3:30 PM

Join us for an outdoor Mincha service. The services take place 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. Consistent with current CDC regulations, mask wearing is only required for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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.

Sunday, July 25 at 1 PM
Siegel JCC

Faith Brown and Family invite the community to attend a Celebration of Life for Louis Brown z"l.

Also, the family is soliciting stories and memories of Lou to be added to a memory book. Please email them to mbfogelman@gmail.com.

Monday, August 2 at 11 AM via Zoom

Bayit Brigade presents a program via Zoom in gratitude to AKSE for their support. So who is a "lone soldier"? Where are they from and what drives them to serve in the Israeli army? Come meet Bayit Brigade lone soldiers and hear their story. Why did they join the IDF? What was their experience like?

Please note special Zoom connection info - either of two options:
1) Video and Audio on PC, tablet, or smartphone
2) Phone Dial in to +1 646-558-8656 and input Meeting ID: 890 2647 7650, Passcode: 351411.

Thursday, August 12 at 7 PM via Zoom

Eric Doroshow will present an intriguing program via Zoom. Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors of all time, with a net worth of $109 billion. Although not Jewish, Buffett acquired his fortune utilizing many of the Jewish philosophical precepts known as Mussar. Join us for a fascinating discussion about how vast wealth accumulation and Jewish philosophy intersect in some unexpected ways. 

Zoom connection info - either of two options:
1) Video and Audio on PC, tablet, or smartphone
Click on this link to join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6280813362
2) Phone Dial in to +1 646-558-8656 and input Meeting ID: 628 081 3362

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin


The High Holidays come early this year, and the deadline for this year's Yizkor Book is fast approaching. If you have not sent in your response to the office, please do so by July 30, so that we can properly honor the memories of your departed relatives and friends. If you have any questions, please call (302-287-3344) or email (MARosenberg18@gmail.com) me.

Here's how to send honey greetings to fellow AKSE members (deadline is August 13):

Here's how to send honey greetings to non-member family and friends (shipping charge of $5.50/jar applies now):

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 stevensaks5@gmail.com or 302-494-7928 or through the shul office. 

History Course by Rabbi Saks
Lectures available online (see below)

Rabbi Saks completed the final session of the class on July 1. He will be teaching a new course beginning in October.

If you missed any 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.


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: 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 July-August 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 (office@AKSE.org  and  bookkeeper@AKSE.org) and phone calls (302-762-2705).
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.
Shop at Amazon and Earn Money for AKSE

Visit the AKSE website and scroll down to the "Shop at Amazon" link. Once this link is clicked, any purchases you make from Amazon will  earn AKSE 4%-10% of your purchase total! See the AKSE website  for further instruction. Let your friends and family know how easily they too can raise funds for AKSE!
Purchase Gift Cards and Support AKSE

It's FAST ..... It's FUN ..... It's EASY. AKSE receives 5% of the face value of the gift card and it does not cost you a penny extra!
Gift Cards Available
ShopRite, ACME, Super G ($50, $100 denominations), 
Please see details here.
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