June 4-5, 2021
25 Sivan 5781

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Parsha for this Shabbat is Shelach. In his sermon, Rabbi Saks explores the real motivation of the spies who discouraged the nation from going up to the Promised Land.

Those who have seen and are preparing our new building for in-person activities have only good words to report (like the spies Joshua and Caleb). As I mentioned last week, our Health Committee has now approved in-person indoor services there. Rabbi Saks and Cantor Redfern will be conducting a full schedule of Shabbat services on two Shabbatot in June (11-12 and 25-26). See recent photos inside our building, as well as details about the planned Shabbat services, in the June Shofar that may be viewed online here.

Our annual congregational meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Congregants will receive a special mailing with complete details.

Our "Bring Your Shoes to Shul" project continues at our new building. Please consider participating, especially as we begin to hold activities there. See details here.

Finally, with Rosh Hashanah falling in early September this year, it is already time to order New Year's honey greetings. Like last year, there is one project to send greetings with one jar of honey to each member of our AKSE family, and a second project to send greetings and jars of honey to non-member family and friends. See details of both projects below. Please note that members will receive a personalized email tomorrow morning with instructions for sending greetings to AKSE members.

Shabbat Shalom!



Friday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah reading (1st Aliyah), D'var Torah

Saturday, June 5 at 9:30 p.m. -- Ma'ariv, Havdalah

Wednesday, June 9 at 3 p.m. -- Chug Ivri (Hebrew speaking club)

Wednesday, June 9 -- Parsha & Pizza--Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 10 at 8 a.m. -- Shacharit/Hallel (Rosh Chodesh Tammuz)

Thursday, June 10 -- History class--Dead Sea Scrolls--Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

Friday, June 11 at 8 a.m. -- Shacharit/Hallel (Rosh Chodesh Tammuz)

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, June 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 3:30 p.m.

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.

Friday and Saturday, June 11-12, 25-26

With our successful Shavuot services and changes in CDC and State of Delaware guidance, our Health Committee has approved in-person Shabbat services in our new building. We plan to hold in-person services on two Shabbatot in June (11-12 and 25-26). No sign ups are required. See full details on page 1 of the June Shofar.

SHABBAT - JUNE 4 & 5, 2021

25 SIVAN 5781
Candle lighting 8:08 P.M.
Havdalah 9:09 P.M.
Sidrah of the Week
Num. 13:1 - 15:41
Stone - p. 798
Joshua 2:1 - 24
Stone - p. 1184
(Join us for Zoom services both days at 8 a.m.)


Should I Stay or Should I Go?
What was the real reason why the spies discouraged the nation from going up to the Promised Land? Was it simply a lack of faith, or was there more to the story? View Rabbi Saks' sermon here.


This week we observe the Yahrzeit of the following individuals:

June 4 - Morris Glazier, Michael B. McNamara, Gussie Seres

June 5 - Seth Neil Becker, Lena Hockstein, Audrey Rosenberg, Philip Slomowitz,
Beatrice Weinberg

June 6 - Samuel Kates, Gertrude Stromwasser

June 9 - Irving N. Brown

June 10 - Yetta Balick, Manuel Freeman, Terry B. McNamara

May their memory be for a blessing.

Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 PM

Congregants will soon receive a mailing with details about our annual congregational meeting. The meeting will be held via Zoom.


Tomorrow morning you will receive an email with AKSE Rosh Hashanah Honey Greetings in the subject line. This email will guide you through the steps to send honey to all AKSE members for just $118 or designate certain individuals/families. You can even customize your greetings. The deadline to send honey to AKSE members is August 13th, so that we have time to prepare and mail out the lists of those who have contributed.

Payment may be made by check (payable to AKSE Sisterhood) or via credit card online. Checks should be mailed to: Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth, (Attention Sisterhood), 2412 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806.

It's just as simple to send jars of honey to non-member friends and family all over the US by going to www.honeyfromtheheart.org/AKSThese jars cost $13 and delivery is free if you order before July 7th.
Now that we are in our new building, Sisterhood will be able to use the funds that we raise to support activities and events. Support Sisterhood and at the same time start the new year on a sweet note! If you have any questions about ordering either for AKSE members or others, email Sylvia Wagman at srwag8@comcast.net.

Here's how to send honey greetings to fellow AKSE members:

Here's how to send honey greetings to non-member family and friends:
CHUG IVRI - Hebrew Speaking Club
Wednesday, June 9 at 3 PM

The next session of our popular Chug Ivri  is Wednesday, June 9 from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Chug Ivri is composed of people who are at different levels in their knowledge of, and ability to speak, Hebrew. We help each other, so feel free to join us.

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


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 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  


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 June 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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