March 17-18, 2023

25 Adar 5783

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The (double) Torah portion this Shabbat is Vayakhel-Pekudei. It is also Shabbat Hachodesh, the last of four special Shabbatot before Pesach. We hope to welcome you at our in-person Shabbat services. Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday start at 6 p.m. Shabbat morning services are at 9 a.m. Saturday. Shabbat afternoon services (Mincha/Ma'ariv) are at 6:50 p.m. Saturday this week. Cantor Redfern is officiating at Shabbat services.

The Torah Talk this Shabbat is being given by Martin Cohn (yours truly). My topic is "Kohanim of Ancient Times."

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, condolences and this week's Yahrzeits there.

Please note that Immanuel Church is holding an all-day event this Saturday. 15-20 parking spaces will be reserved for our use in front of our building. If you arrive late, it is possible there will not be any parking spaces remaining. Alternative parking is available on Greenhill Avenue northbound between 11th and 7th streets. More details about overflow parking are available here.

Rosh Chodesh Nisan is this Thursday. So we will welcome the new month at our usual 9 a.m. Shacharit service on Thursday, of course including Hallel.

Shabbat Shalom!


Martin Cohn

AKSE President

CHUG IVRI - Hebrew Speaking Club

Wednesday, March 22 at 4 PM via Zoom

The next session of our popular Chug Ivri is Wednesday, March 22 from 4 to 5 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:

2) Phone Dial in to +1 646-558-8656 and input Meeting ID: 628 081 3362


Virtual tour of Jaffa


In case you missed the wonderful virtual tour of Jaffa by Mara Seidel, you can view a video of it here.

Jaffa is one of the oldest port cities, located in the center of the world. Incredible stories are told on its shores—from King Solomon to Jonah and the whale to even Ramses II and Napoleon, all left their footprints. Hear how Jaffa was the port of aliyah and gateway to the land of Israel. We will discover its secrets and uncover its charm on our virtual hour tour. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­



Click here for a description of this year's sale of chametz and Passover appeal, as well as a form for appointing Cantor Redfern as your agent for selling chametz before Passover. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, April 3.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


Wednesday, March 22 at 4 PM--Chug Ivri (Hebrew Speaking Club)

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, Mar. 17 & 18

PLACE: Our home at 2412 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806. Find it on Google Maps here. Our building entrance faces the parking lot behind Immanuel Church. Park on the side of the lot in front of our building. In the rare instance that there are no available parking spots there, use overflow parking nearby in the areas described here.


Friday at 6 PM - Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma'ariv

Saturday at 9 AM - Shacharit, Torah reading, Musaf

Saturday at 6:50 PM - Mincha, Study, Ma'ariv

Saturday at 7:52 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 now recommended but not required.


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.

This Thursday is Rosh Chodesh Nisan. So we will welcome the new month, including Hallel, at the in-person Shacharit service.

The AKSE Education Committee is continuing a new program on Shabbat mornings. Torah Talks are taking the place of sermons or Divrei Torah. These talks are being led by members of the AKSE community, as well as by members of the wider Jewish community.


A variety of formats are available to those who volunteer to lead Torah Talks: traditional Divrei Torah, short discussions of ethical or historical questions raised by the text, reflections on seasonal holidays and traditions, and talks that connect with the speakers’ personal interests and expertise in Jewish culture. Our goal is to bring variety, innovation, and creativity to Shabbat learning. Look for announcements of the speakers and topics for upcoming Torah Talks in future Shofars and email newsletters.

Read more about the Torah Talk program in this article published in the March issue of Jewish Living Delaware.


If you have wisdom to share, a favorite parsha to delve into, or a special interest to showcase, please get in touch with Lisa Elliott ( or Harriet Ainbinder ( to schedule your Torah Talk.



House of Kosher at 9806 Bustleton Ave.

in Philadelphia, 215-677-8100

House of Kosher is a kosher supermarket in northeast Philly. They offer a complete line of kosher foods--meat, dairy, prepared foods, pizza, sushi, baked goods, and packaged foods. Several of our congregants already shop there.

Here's the win-win opportunity:

1) Just mention our Shopper Code 2705 when you check out--2% of your purchase will be credited to AKSE. Applies each time you shop on any amount.

2) Any first-time customer who mentions our Shopper Code will receive a 10% discount on their shopping over $100.

They also deliver (for a fee) and offer catering. We will let everyone know if they begin regular deliveries to Delaware.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Community Events

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Jewish Federation of Delaware has released the results of the 2022 Community Study of Jewish Delaware & the Brandywine Valley. The Study, a socio-demographic portrait of the Jewish community in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, was prepared by an independent professional team from Brandeis University.

Highlights of the study were presented in a Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The presentation was recorded and is posted on the Federation website. The Executive Summary, Full Report, and Appendices are also available to download on the Federation website. Access them here.


The March 2023 SHOFAR is available online.

Click here to view it in its entirety

Office Hours

Our office hours are 10 AM to 2 PM Monday to Thursday (except holidays). During these times our Office Manager will be in the office and respond promptly to emails (  and and phone calls (302-762-2705).

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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