October 15-16, 2021
10 Cheshvan 5782

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

This week's Torah portion is Lech Lecha. We hope to welcome you at our in-person Shabbat services. Kabbalat Shabbat services are at 6 p.m. Friday (Please note the earlier time, which will remain as our start time until March). Shabbat morning services are at 9 a.m. Saturday. And Shabbat afternoon services (Mincha/Ma'ariv) are at 6 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, condolences and this week's Yahrzeits there.

Join us for our popular Tuesday afternoon outdoor service at 3:30 p.m. in the Siegel JCC parking lot.

On Wednesday, Rabbi Saks continues his new history class, "History of Jewish Thought," via Zoom. Mincha at 5:45 p.m.; class at 6 p.m.

On Thursday (not Wednesday as in the past), Rabbi Saks teaches his Parsha & Pizza class. Mincha at 5:45 p.m.; class at 6 p.m.

Finally, now that we again have our own kitchen, we are resuming preparation of meals on three dates for the Emmanuel Dining Room. Thank you to Karen Moss and Wendy Shlossman for chairing this project. See details below, including how you can help with our first assigned meal on November 7. Please consider volunteering in the important mitzvah of feeding the hungry.

Shabbat Shalom!


Our first scheduled day is Sunday, November 7

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth - along with the other Wilmington synagogues - has been providing nutritious meals for needy individuals and families for close to 40 years. A few years ago, we were forced to step away from our commitment. Now that we are back in our own building, which contains a beautiful kitchen, we are ready to pick back up where we started!

Feeding the hungry is such a basic mitzvah; for some of the people served by Emmanuel Dining Room, the meal we provide is their only meal of the day.

Because of COVID-19, we will prepare food and drop it off at EDR East, where they will portion it out into "meals-to-go" packages. Meals are no longer served at Emmanuel Dining Room, but people are still served. We will continue to provide food on our formerly scheduled days of November 7, December 7 and January 7.

We need volunteers to assist in four different capacities:

1. To help prepare tuna fish sandwiches in our synagogue kitchen on Friday morning, November 5

2. To bake brownies, cookies or cupcakes in your own home

3. To contribute money, which will be used to purchase ingredients

4. To shop for fruit at Produce Junction

Please contact Karen Moss at 302-478-4991 or Wendy Shlossman at 302-479-5599,
EDR Co-chairs, to volunteer your assistance for this important mitzvah.


Saturday, October 16 at 7:03 p.m. -- Havdalah together with in-person service

Wednesday, October 20 -- "History of Jewish Thought" taught by Rabbi Saks - Mincha at 5:45 p.m.; class at 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 21 -- Parsha & Pizza: Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 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, October 15-16

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 6 PM - Mincha, Torah reading, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 7:03 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, October 19 and 26 at 3:30 PM

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. Because we are outdoors, 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.

Wednesdays - Mincha 5:45 PM; Class 6 PM

Rabbi Saks’ new 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.

New class--taught by Karen Moss

Weekly in-person class taught by Karen Moss. Learn or sharpen your Torah reading skills. Beginners welcome. Musical background not necessary, but basic Hebrew reading skills are required. Timing to be determined.

If you are interested in the class or have questions, please contact Karen at mossaz@verizon.net.

Click here to register online.
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The October 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 (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 new 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 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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