September 16-17, 2022

21 Elul 5782

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Torah portion this Shabbat is Ki TavoWe hope to welcome you at our in-person Shabbat services. The Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday starts at 6:30 p.m. Shabbat morning services are at 9 a.m. Saturday. Shabbat afternoon services (Mincha/Ma'ariv) are at 6:45 p.m. Saturday this week. Cantor Redfern is officiating at services.

Jonathan Jaffe is delivering the Torah Talk this Shabbat morning. His provocative title is "My Support for Israel - Slipping Away?"

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 this week's regular events:

Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. -- Mincha at the JCC

Thursday at 9 a.m. -- Shacharit at AKSE

Please make an effort to attend so that we will have a minyan.


Preparations for the High Holidays are in high gear. Cantor Redfern and the High Holiday Choir have been rehearsing for the last two months. They will be leading Selichot services Saturday night. Join us for refreshments at 9 p.m., followed by services at 9:30 p.m.

Besides in-person attendance, there is also a Zoom option for experiencing Selichot services. Registration here is required to receive the Zoom link. This single registration will also provide access to several other Zoom events on Erev Yom Kippur and immediately following Yom Kippur. See details below.

The Union for Traditional Judaism (UTJ) is offering a series of webinars via Zoom on High Holiday topics. See the announcement below.

Next Thursday is the deadline for ordering a lulav and etrog for Sukkot. The order form is available online here.

Shabbat Shalom!


Martin Cohn

AKSE President



As described in the September Shofar,  there will be several Zoom events around the High Holidays, especially for those who do not want to attend in-person services. All (members and non-members) are welcome to attend these events via Zoom.

Here are the events:

Saturday, September 17 at 9:30 PM

Selichot services (led by Cantor Redfern and the High Holiday Choir)

Tuesday, October 4 at 3 PM

Yizkor (on Erev Yom Kippur, led by Rabbi Gradofsky and Cantor Redfern)

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:15 PM

Kol Nidre (Kol Nidre prayer only, signing off by sundown, 6:40 PM)

Wednesday, October 5 at 7:20 PM

Shofar blowing, Ma'ariv, Havdalah (end of Yom Kippur)

Instead of the usual AKSE Zoom link, these events require a single registration at this link. Once you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom link for connecting to these events. Use the link in that email to connect to any or all of these events.


Saturday, September 17 at 9:30 PM--Selichot services led by Cantor Redfern and the High Holiday Choir (with in-person service). 

Register here to receive an email with the Zoom link for connecting to the event.


This Friday and Saturday, September 16 & 17

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 6:30 PM - MinchaKabbalat Shabbat, Ma'ariv

Saturday at 9 AM - Shacharit, Torah reading, Musaf

Saturday at 6:45 PM - Mincha, Torah study

Saturday at 7:48 PM - Ma'ariv, Havdalah


Saturday at 9 PM - Refreshments

Saturday at 9:30 PM - Service (in person and Zoom)

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.

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.


Order your lulav and etrog for Sukkot. The cost is $38 or $60, depending only on the quality of the etrog.

The order form is available online here. Orders must be received in the AKSE Office by Thursday, September 22.

The AKSE Education Committee has begun 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.
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.

Community Events

Register for Zoom here.

The September 2022 SHOFAR is available online.

Click here to view it in its entirety

AKSE Standard For Full Vaccination
(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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