May 13-14, 2022
13 Iyar 5782

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Torah portion this Shabbat is Emor. We hope to welcome you at our in-person Shabbat services. Beginning this Shabbat, the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday starts at 6:30 p.m. It will remain at this time until after the Fall holidays. Shabbat morning services are at 9 a.m. Saturday. Shabbat afternoon services (Mincha/Ma'ariv) are at 7:50 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.

On behalf of Rabbi Saks, Cantor Redfern, The Board of Governors, and all of our AKSE Congregants, I extend a hearty Mazel Tov to Art Cohen. This Shabbat, Art (aka "Reb Art") celebrates the 55th Anniversary of his Bar MitzvahIn honor of this wonderful simcha, Jonathan Jaffe is sponsoring the Kiddish Luncheon. A warm thank you of appreciation goes to Judy Berlin and her committee for the planning and preparation of the Kiddush.

We are back to a regular schedule 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.

The Adult Education Committee is presenting another film and discussion. From Saturday night, May 14 to Tuesday night, May 17 the documentary film "Why the Jews?" will be available for streaming online. Then, on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Art Moss will lead a discussion of the film via Zoom. Please note that this film is available for viewing by AKSE's friends reading this email as well as by AKSE congregants. See details with links below.
Shabbat Shalom!


Saturday Night, May 14 to Tuesday Night, May 17
AKSE Education Committee presents the 2019 documentary film “Why the Jews?” The stunning accomplishments of the Jews raise a question no film has dared ask before. How do they do it? Some of the world’s most prominent thinkers tackle a mystery shrouded in ignorance and prejudice. They tear back the curtain on a taboo and draw a startling link between a people’s achievements and the darkest hours in its history.

Online viewing window May 14 to 17 at streaming link, Password: Menemsha.

Online discussion Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. led by Art Moss via Zoom at


Friday, May 13 -- Kabbalat Shabbat - 6:30 p.m. (New Time!)

Saturday, May 14 -- Havdalah - 8:51 p.m.

Thursday, May 19 -- 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, May 13 & 14

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 7:50 PM - Mincha, Torah Study, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 8:51 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 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.

Recordings of Lectures Available

Rabbi Saks has completed a Zoom history class based on the lecture series “Jewish Intellectual History” by David Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania.

An examination of how leading Jewish thinkers have attempted to reconcile Jewish belief with the reality of Jewish life.

If you missed any lectures, you can link to recordings of them here:
Lecture 3 The Italian Ghetto
Lecture 5 Baruch Spinoza
Lecture 7 Heinrich Graetz
Lecture 12 Zionism
Lecture 13 Socialism
Lecture 14 Herman Cohen
Lecture 15 Leo Baeck
Lecture 16 Martin Buber
Lecture 17 Buber vs Rosenzweig
Lecture 18 Mordecai Kaplan

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 or 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 May 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 (  and and phone calls (302-762-2705).
Rabbi Saks Available for In-Person Meetings

Rabbi Saks welcomes meetings in our new building. To schedule a meeting, please contact him at or 302-494-7928 or through the shul office.
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.
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