June 17-18, 2022
19 Sivan 5782

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Torah portion this Shabbat is Beha'alotecha. We hope to welcome you at our in-person Shabbat services. The Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday starts at 6:30 p.m. Shabbat morning services are at 9 a.m. Saturday. Shabbat afternoon services (Mincha/Ma'ariv) are at 8:15 p.m. Saturday this week.

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.

Note our regularly scheduled events during the week--Mincha service at the JCC on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., Shacharit service at AKSE on Thursday at 9 a.m., and Parsha & Pizza at AKSE (also on Zoom) on Thursday at 6 p.m.

On Sunday morning, Cantor Redfern will appear on the radio program "The Rabbi Speaks." Catch it on WDEL (1150 AM, 101.7 FM, or WDEL.com) starting at 7:32 a.m.

Thanks to all those who attended our (virtual) Annual Congregational Meeting yesterday. There were some well deserved "pats on the back" for all that AKSE has accomplished in the last year, and to the many individuals responsible for that success. Looking ahead, we wish all the best to the incoming officers and Board members effective July 1. Special Mazal Tov and best wishes to my successor as shul president, Martin Cohn. We have been working diligently on a smooth transition.

Shabbat Shalom!



In an email on Yom Yerushalayim on May 29, we presented a video of highlights from past Cafe Tamar concerts. The video includes segments of 44 performances from 20 Cafe Tamar concerts between 1985 and 2019, plus a bonus clip from 1957-58 (without audio). We are providing information about the video here again to make it easily accessible.

You can view the video on YouTube at any time. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/AnJ8sh1oAHw. The video is just under 80 minutes in length. Feel free to share this link with others who might be interested in seeing the video.

Thanks to all the performers and videographers over the years, who gave us this great material. We are dedicating the video with love to the founders and longtime producers of Cafe Tamar, Faith and Lou Brown.

Mark your calendars for the return of Cafe Tamar on Sunday, May 21, 2023. We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Israel's independence, and the concert will be dedicated to our beloved Lou Brown (z"l).

Kol Tuv,
Mark Wagman
Compiler and Editor of the Highlights Video
Sunday, June 19 at 7:32 AM

Tune into WDEL (1150 AM, 101.7 FM, or WDEL.com) at 7:32 AM on Sunday morning to listen to Cantor Redfern's message.


Friday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. -- Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat with in-person service until Mizmor Shir L'Shabbat

Saturday, June 18 at 9:15 p.m. -- Havdalah with in-person service

Thursday, June 23 -- Parsha & Pizza with in-person class - class at 6 p.m., followed by Mincha at 6:45 p.m.

Connection to all AKSE virtual events is the same (unless otherwise indicated) - 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, June 17 & 18

PLACE: Our 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 - MinchaKabbalat Shabbat, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 9 AM - Shacharit, Torah reading, Musaf
Saturday at 8:15 PM - Mincha, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 9:15 PM - Havdalah

Tuesdays at 3:30 PM

Join us for a weekly Mincha service. The services are in the Siegel JCC Kehillah Lounge (to the left of the JCC Lobby--formerly called the Senior Lounge). Thank you to our friends at the JCC for making this space available to us.

If the weather is nice, we will hold services outside in the courtyard adjacent to the Kehillah Lounge. Please note that face masks are required for indoor services.

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.
Thursdays at 9 AM

We are holding Shacharit services with Torah reading on Thursday mornings, in our building at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. Please plan to join us.

If necessary, please update your vaccination record with AKSE

The Board of Governors has adopted a 3-shot standard for an individual to be considered "fully" vaccinated against COVID-19. This standard means that the vaccination database compiled in 2021 must be updated.

If you have not already provided AKSE with proof that meets this newer 3-shot standard, please do so as soon as you can by one of the following methods:
  1. Email bookkeeper@akse.org or a_bleier@verizon.net with an attached copy of your documentation.
  2. Mail a copy of your documentation to the Office at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806 (enough in advance that it will be on file when you plan to attend a service or other activity).
  3. Present your documentation, in person, to Kathleen Taylor during her office hours of 10 AM to 2 PM, Tuesday-Thursday.
  4. Present your documentation "at the door" when you arrive at a service or activity - Note that digital proof of vaccination cannot be reviewed on Shabbat or Yom Tov.

Currently, only Kathleen Taylor, Alan Bleier, and Alan's designate will review and accept proof of vaccination.

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The June 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 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. 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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Gift Cards Available
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Please see details here.
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