November 19-20, 2021
16 Kislev 5782

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

This week's Torah portion is Vayishlach. We hope to welcome you at our in-person Shabbat services. Kabbalat Shabbat services are at 6 p.m. Friday. Shabbat morning services are at 9 a.m. Saturday. And Shabbat afternoon services (Mincha/Ma'ariv) are at 4:25 p.m. Saturday. 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.

Please note that we will hold our usual Tuesday Mincha service this week at the Siegel JCC Senior Lounge. However, our Wednesday and Thursday activities--"History of Jewish Thought" class, Thursday morning Shacharit, and Parsha & Pizza--will NOT meet this week. Please enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!
Chanukah begins in November this year--not quite Thanksgivikah, but close. Beginning Sunday, November 28, we will have Ma'ariv and candle lighting via Zoom every evening of Chanukah (of course, earlier in the afternoon on Friday). And Hallel will be recited during Chanukah when we meet in person--on Tuesday for Mincha, on Thursday for Shacharit, and on Shabbat. Look for details in next week's newsletter.

Shabbat Shalom!



Kitchen helpers and bakers for our December 7 Emmanuel Dining Room meal commitment are needed. Please contact Karen Moss (302-478-4991 or mossaz@ or Wendy Shlossman (302-479-5599 or, EDR Co-chairs, to volunteer your assistance for this important mitzvah.


Saturday, November 20 at 5:25 p.m. -- Havdalah together with in-person service

NO "History of Jewish Thought" or Parsha & Pizza class this week. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!

LOOKING AHEAD: Ma'ariv and Chanukah candle lighting beginning Sunday, November 28 at 7 p.m.

NO ZOOM of Kabbalat Shabbat until March.

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, November 19-20

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 PM - Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 9 AM - Shacharit, Torah reading, Musaf
Saturday at 4:25 PM - Mincha, Torah reading, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 5:25 PM - Havdalah
Please note that indoor Kiddush and Seudah Shlishit are suspended due to the masking mandate. Weather permitting, there will be a small Kiddush outside on Saturday morning.

Tuesdays, November 23 and 30 at 3:30 PM

Join us for a weekly Mincha service. NEW LOCATION - The services have moved indoors to the Siegel JCC Senior Lounge (to the left of the JCC Lobby). 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 Senior 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.

will NOT meet this Thursday, November 25. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

We have restarted Shacharit services with Torah reading on Thursday mornings, in our building at 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. By popular demand, the start time will be the more snooze-friendly hour of 9 AM. Please plan to join us.

Parsha & Pizza will NOT meet this Thursday, November 25. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!
Wednesdays - Class 6 PM; Ma'ariv 7 PM

The class will NOT meet this Wednesday. It will resume on Wednesday, December 1.

Rabbi Saks’ Zoom history class is 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. We shall examine questions such as:
  • In a world having a history of untold suffering—especially, it seemed, for Jews—was the existence of an all-powerful and comforting G-d still tenable?
  • What were the purpose and meaning of Jewish practices and customs, given the increasing number of Jews who placed greater value on their own autonomy?
  • Could Jews still justify the notion of a "chosen people" in a society where Jewish integration and full participation with the rest of humanity had become the norm?
See Zoom connection info above.

If you missed any previous lectures, you can link to recordings of them here:
Lecture 3 The Italian Ghetto
Lecture 5 Baruch Spinoza
Shofar header
The November 2021 SHOFAR is available online.

The Kol Nidre supplement for 5782 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.
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.
web site:
2412 Pennsylvania Ave.
Wilmington, DE 19806

Copyright © 2021. All Rights Reserved.