April 2-4, 2021
21-22 Nisan 5781

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

This Shabbat is also the seventh day of Pesach, and Pesach concludes Sunday evening. In his sermon for the last days of Pesach, Rabbi Saks describes what we can learn from the similarity in spelling between Chametz and Matzah.

Please plan to join us Friday at 11 a.m. via Zoom for Hallel and Yizkor services for Pesach.

On Thursday, April 8 at noon, there will be an important community-wide program commemorating Yom HaShoah. See details below. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

The April Shofar will be arriving in congregants' mailboxes in a few days. In the meantime, you can read it online here. Page 1 of the Shofar includes important and exciting information about planning underway to expand in-person events over the next few months.

Note from the header of this email that we are no longer using the P.O. Box address. Please send mail now to our 2412 Pennsylvania Ave. address. We will still receive mail addressed to the P.O. Box, but it will take longer to get to us.

Finally, as virtually all Delawareans know by now, beginning Tuesday, April 6 all adults 16 and over will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please take advantage of this opportunity. Help is available in obtaining an appointment--see details below.

Wishing you and your family a joyous finale to the Passover holiday.

Shabbat Shalom! Chag Sameach!



Friday, April 2 at 11 a.m. -- Hallel and Yizkor services (last days Pesach)

Friday, April 2 at 6 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat (shortened for Yom Tov), Torah reading (1st Aliyah), D'var Torah

Sunday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m. -- Ma'ariv, Havdalah (end of Pesach)

Wednesday, April 7 at 3 p.m. -- Chug Ivri (Hebrew Speaking Club)

Wednesday, April 7 -- Parsha & Pizza - Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 8 at 12 noon -- Yom HaShoah community program (Register at ShalomDelaware.org/WeRemember to receive Zoom link)

Thursday, April 8 -- History class--Dead Sea Scrolls - Mincha at 5:45 p.m., class at 6 p.m.

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

Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a socially distanced outdoor Mincha service at the Siegel JCC. We will be gathering 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. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced.

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.

SHABBAT & 7TH DAY PESACH - APRIL 2/3, 2021  21 NISAN 5781
Candle lighting 7:09 P.M.
Havdalah after 8:11 P.M.
Torah Reading
Exodus 13:17 - 15:26
Stone - p. 366
Num. 28:19 - 25
Stone - p. 892
II Samuel 22:1 - 51
Stone - p. 1225
8TH DAY PESACH - APRIL 3/4, 2021  22 NISAN 5781
Candle lighting after 8:11 P.M.
Havdalah 8:12 P.M.
Torah Reading
Deut. 15:19 - 16:17
Stone - p. 1018

Num. 28:19 - 25
Stone - p. 892
Isaiah 10:32 - 12:6
Stone - p. 1226

Chametz vs. Matzah
The words Chametz and Matzah are similar in spelling. What can we learn from this? View Rabbi Saks' sermon here.


Watch it on Youtube here (In Israel, most adults are vaccinated, which explains why they feel safe being together; they say they are making "a cautious return to routine.")


Friday, April 2, Chol Hamoed Pesach
 Virtual Hallel and Yizkor conducted by
 Cantor Redfern and Rabbi Saks 11 AM (ZOOM)
 Kabbalat Shabbat 6 PM (ZOOM)
 Candle Lighting 7:09 PM
Saturday, April 3, Seventh Day of Pesach
 Havdallah and Candle Lighting after 8:11 PM
Sunday, April 4, Eighth Day of Pesach
 Havdallah 8:12 PM
 Ma’ariv 8:30 PM (ZOOM)
Do not eat any Chametz sold for you by Rabbi                                              
Saks prior to 9:30 PM.     


This week we observe the Yahrzeit of the following individuals:

April 3 - Earl Erdman, Maurice Kaye, Grace Weintraub, Samuel William Wilde

April 4 - Helen Goldstone

April 5 - Bernard Bleiberg, Jacob Goldberg, Louis Leibowitz

April 6 - Gloria Gorin, Roseamond Levering, Anna R. Seidel, Benjamin Simon

April 7 - Irving Schwedelson, Miriam Swerdlow

April 8 - Jack Gold, Albert Golden, Robert Lattin, Nathan Schwartz, Howard Simon

May their memory be for a blessing.

CHUG IVRI - Hebrew Speaking Club
Wednesday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

The next session of our popular Chug Ivri is Wednesday, April 7 from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Chug Ivri is composed of people who are at different levels in their knowledge of, and ability to speak, Hebrew. We help each other, so feel free to join us.

Zoom connection info - either of two options:
1) Video and Audio on PC, tablet, or smartphone
Click on this link to join Zoom meeting:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6280813362
2) Phone  Dial in to +1 646-558-8656 and input Meeting ID: 628 081 3362
Register to receive a Zoom link here.
Register to receive a Zoom link here.
A Global Celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day
-- Special Farewell Address by His Excellency Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel --
Register to receive a Zoom
link here.
On Thursday, April 15 at 7 PM ET The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod and additional partners will host a one-hour virtual event to mark Israel’s 73rd Independence Day. The event will begin with a farewell address by His Excellency Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, and include a look back on his legacy as the Jewish State’s 10th President. It will also feature special appearances by Israeli Olympic-gold-medal-hopefuls who are on their way to Tokyo this summer, Jewish athletes from around the world and more.
April 1, 7, 15 and 22

AKSE member Ellen Feingold has extended an invitation to us to join a special series of Holocaust Remembrance programs during April. These virtual programs are hosted by Chavurat Shalom, a group to which Ellen belongs in Fort Myers, Florida.

To learn more about the programs, see the article here. Anyone interested in learning can access the programs. To request the opportunity to virtually join one or more of the programs by Zoom, send an email to: chavuratshalom@gmail.com.
History Course via Zoom by Rabbi Saks
Thursdays at 6 PM

If you missed previous lectures, you can view them here:

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide us with an invaluable window into the Judaism of the latter Second Temple Period. This is the Judaism from which modern Judaism and Christianity were born. 
Based on the lecture series of Professor Lawrence Schiffman:
The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth Behind the Mystique.
Regularly on Thursdays at 6 PM. Lecture subjects are:
The Qumran Library 
Scandal and Publication 
Sects of the Second Temple 
The Halachic letter and the Sect’s
The Qumran Sect
Women and the Dead Sea Sect
Beliefs of the Sect
Biblical Interpretation
The Torah During the Second Temple 
The Messiah and the End of Time
The Temple Scroll 
The Scrolls, Judaism and Christianity 
Controversial Messianic Text 
The Scrolls Today  


Governor Carney announced an expansion of the vaccination program effective April 6 to include all adults 16 and over.

You can go to Delaware (COVID-19) Vaccination Info for information about where to get a vaccine. There are three possible places to get the vaccine in Delaware: public vaccination events, pharmacies, and doctors. You can sign up for a vaccination event here. Signing up places you on a waiting list. You will then receive an invitation when an appointment is available.

Here are the links for several pharmacies currently giving COVID vaccines:
See other pharmacy options here. Please know that you may need to try several times to find available appointments, so please be patient.

You can also contact your doctor to ask whether he/she is offering vaccinations or can help direct you to where to get vaccinated.

Here are two websites that can help you identify locations near you with available vaccine appointments: vaccinefinder.org/search/ and vaccinespotter.org/DE/. Please note that the following individuals are also helping those eligible for the vaccine to schedule appointments. You can email them and leave your name, date of birth, and best phone number to contact you:
Shofar header
The April 2021 SHOFAR is now available online.

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