Welcome to Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth!

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth is a traditional congregation in Wilmington, Delaware, now located a few minutes from Exits 7 and 8 off of I-95, just north of Wilmington. You can find us at our transitional home,  1801 Baynard Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19802, on Google Maps.

We are an embracing, engaging and enriching congregation and welcome you wherever you are in your spiritual journey.

Special Notice: March 21, 2020 — 25 Adar 5780

In light of national guidelines to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19,
and for the safety of our congregants, AKSE services are cancelled until further notice.

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:    

       Like all of us, AKSE continues to adjust to the current situation.
       During this time we are publishing the monthly Shofar only online. And although we are not preparing a printed Shabbat newsletter, we continue to send out weekly Shabbat e-mail blasts. These include links to the Rabbi’s Shabbat sermon, a schedule of virtual events, the Yahrzeit listing for the week, and other updates and useful information. Subscribe to our e-mail distribution list to receive them. The latest weekly email may be viewed here.
       We are utilizing Zoom for our virtual events, which regularly include Parsha & Pizza on Wednesdays at 6 PM, Kabbalat Shabbat and a D’var Torah on Fridays at 6:30 PM, and Ma’ariv and Havdallah on Saturday night a few minutes after the posted Havdallah time for Washington, DC. See the weekly Shabbat email for details, including how to connect.
       AKSE also has a public Facebook group page. We expect to expand usage of this page as a means of two-way communication with our congregants and friends. If you use Facebook, but have not joined our group page, please go to it here and click on the “Join” button.
       We want you to be able to contact us as well. AKSE office hours are currently suspended, but office staff will be monitoring their e-mail from home (their addresses are office@AKSE.org and bookkeeper@AKSE.org), as well as checking any voicemail left at 302-762-2705.
       Rabbi Saks wishes to maintain contact with all congregants. Feel free to reach him by phone or e-mail (rabbi@akse.org).
       And please feel free to contact either of us as well (prez@akse.org). Let us know how we can help.
We are all in this together. By remaining a caring community, we will make the best of this difficult time and come out of it stronger than ever.
From strength to strength!
Alan Bleier, AKSE President
Max Rosenberg, AKSE Executive Vice-President

For the latest news and our virtual event schedule, please read our current weekly Shabbat email by clicking AKSE Newsletter – May 23, 2020. Our Kol Nidre supplement is chock full of information on the congregation and activities planned for 5780 / 2019-2020. See a video and photos of our virtual Model Seder held on Sunday, April 5, 2020 here.

Activity on Hold: We are now scheduling “Mobile Minyanim” at places where some of our less mobile members live on a monthly basis. See an article about it here. There will be a “Mobile Minyan” followed by “Parsha and Pizza” at Lodge Lane at 6 p.m. on March 18 and May 6.

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Here’s (Rabbi Jonathan) Sacks with (AKSE’s own Rabbi Steven) Saks — Really!

Sacks picture

AKSE Time Capsule Extracted

On June 3, 1962, before the completion of our new synagogue building, a time capsule was placed in the cornerstone between the large concrete tablets of the Ten Commandments facing Washington Blvd. On June 12, 2018, 56 years later, the time capsule was extracted. On the next day, June 13, the contents of the time capsule were revealed before our annual congregational meeting.

Thanks to Paula Gordon for coordinating this project and for assembling a slideshow detailing the extraction of the time capsule and the revelation of its contents. You can view the slideshow here.

time capsule 2

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Announcing a New Kosher Restaurant in Wilmington!!! 

See Wilmington News Journal article here.

Rabbi Saks presents certificate of kashruth to Abundance Child, owner of Drop Squad Kitchen:

Rabbi Saks and Abundance Child


Slideshow: 60 Years of Cafe Tamar Memories

Café Tamar 60 year slideshow pic

Click the “full screen” symbol in the lower right of the box above and then the play button to view a slideshow celebrating 60 years of Cafe Tamar, AKSE’s signature annual musical celebration of Israel and the longtime labor of love of Faith and Lou Brown. The slideshow was presented at this year’s show on May 29. It was assembled by Mark Wagman from photos taken by many individuals over the years. Talia Goren compiled the soundtrack. Enjoy!!!

If desired, you can also download the slideshow as a Powerpoint presentation by clicking here, which will allow you to view the slideshow more slowly, extract individual photos or edit the show. If you do not have Powerpoint, you can download the free Powerpoint Viewer here.


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When you follow this link–Shop At Amazon–any purchases you make from Amazon will earn AKSE 4%-10% of your purchase total.  When the link is clicked, a new window will open and take you to Amazon.com.  Once there, shop as you normally would.  This link will work for Prime Members as well as the occasional Amazon shopper.  Use this link each and every time you shop at Amazon.  If you forget to use the link prior to checking out, simply return to the AKSE website and click on the link.  A new window will open at Amazon and your cart will still be there ready for checkout.  Let your friends and family know how easily they can raise funds for AKSE too!  Please email Kerry Shweiki if you have any questions at khshweiki@gmail.com.

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