September 23-24, 2022

28 Elul 5782

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

The Torah portion this Shabbat is NitzavimWe 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 6:35 p.m. Saturday this week.

Our Shabbat morning service will be a Partnership Minyan. Both men and women will chant from the Torah and have aliyot. There will be a mechitza. This inclusive and inspiring service has become a successful tradition at AKSE over the last few years. 

Joel Chodos is delivering the Torah Talk this Shabbat morning. His engaging title is "What Does It Really Mean to 'Choose Life'?"

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 condolences and Yahrzeits there.


I look forward to greeting many of you at Rosh Hashanah services Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday. Our service schedule is below. Please check your inbox Friday for an email full of information for both in-person and at-home observance.

Please note that Scott Slomowitz will be reciting Kaddish for the Yahrzeit of his father Sam Slomowitz at the Mincha/Ma'ariv services on Monday and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Since these two Rosh Hashanah services usually have light attendance, please consider attending one or both of them to ensure a minyan.

Because of all the fall holidays, our Tuesday afternoon services at the JCC are pausing. They will resume on Tuesday, October 25. Our Thursday morning services continue.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid delivered a powerful speech to the UN General Assembly today. You can view a video of it here.

Join us for a discussion via Zoom of the PBS documentary series The US and the Holocaust this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. See details below.

Shabbat Shalom v'Shana Tova!


Martin Cohn

AKSE President



If you missed Prime MInister Lapid's speech today before the UN General Assembly, please find a few minutes to watch the video of it here.


Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM via Zoom

You may have heard about the special Ken Burns/Lynn Novick/Sarah Botstein documentary series called The US and Holocaust. It is a three-part, six hour series that "examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America."

The series premiered last Sunday on PBS. All 3 episodes are available for streaming at

On Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m., the AKSE Adult Education Committee will sponsor a discussion of the film series via Zoom. Connection info is below.


Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM--Discussion of PBS documentary The US and the Holocaust.

Connection is by 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



As described in the September Shofar,  there will be several Zoom events around Yom Kippur, 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 upcoming events:

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.


This Friday and Saturday, September 23 & 24

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  (PARTNERSHIP MINYAN)

Saturday at 6:35 PM - Mincha

Saturday at 7:36 PM - Ma'ariv, Havdalah


Paused until Tuesday, October 25 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.

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.
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).
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