Services

Daily Minyanim

AKSE invites men and women in the community to join us at daily services. The morning minyan schedule is as follows: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7 a.m., Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 a.m., and Sunday and civil holidays at 8 a.m. Please note that on Wednesday and Friday mornings, AKSE participates in a joint community minyan with Congregation Beth Shalom. This minyan meets at Congregation Beth Shalom, located at 18th Street and Baynard Boulevard, on Wednesday mornings, and at AKSE on Friday mornings. Please check the Shabbat newsletter for any deviations from this schedule.

Regardless of your level of familiarity with the prayer service, you are welcome and you will find yourself davening among friends. Perform an important mitzvah and enjoy delicious coffee and cake and fellowship following services.

The weekday evening minyan is held, Monday through Thursday, at 5:30 P.M.

AKSE Shabbat Worship

The Friday evening service consists of mincha, ma’ariv, and Kabbalat Shabbat. Several times a year, our Talmud Torah students participate in the service. We also host some congregational Shabbat dinners where we enjoy welcoming the Shabbat together with dinner and zemirot, following the service. The Shabbat morning service at AKSE follows the Orthodox davening structure. Our service begins at 9:00 a.m. with pesukei d’zimrah followed by shacharit and the Torah service. We read the full parsha and haftorah. The Rabbi’s sermon follows the haftorah. We continue with musaf and the concluding prayers. Everyone is encouraged to join in prayerful singing. All children are invited to the bimah to join in Adon Olam and kiddush. Services usually conclude before noon – in time to adjourn to the social hall for a lovely kiddush prepared by our Sisterhood. Many congregants choose to sponsor a Shabbat kiddush to share a personal event with their AKSE family. The Shabbat kiddush affords the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the Shabbat together. Shabbat afternoon Mincha, Ma’ ariv and Havdalah conclude the Shabbat services. Please see the newsletter link for the time.

Jr. Congregation

Jr. Congregation meets on Shabbat morning, from September through May, when school is in session and is a service geared to school age children. The program begins at 10:30 am and consists of prayer, games, stories, and reading practice. Co-led by High School students, this program is supervised by AKSE educational director, Gail Weinberg.

Adults Learn to Read Hebrew

Adults Learn to Read Hebrew each Saturday morning with Eleanor Weinglass who conducts a class in the Bell-Kursh library from 9:30-10:30. This class provides an opportunity for adults who have little or no knowledge of Hebrew to learn how to read the prayers and to be able to participate in the Shabbat morning services. In addition to time spent learning to read, there is a discussion of prayer vocabulary and concepts so that participants will have an understanding of the meaning of the prayers. This class is open to AKSE members and to the community.

Adults Learn to Chant Torah Trope

Karen Moss is teaching the ancient technique of Torah cantillation — ta’amei hamikra or Torah trope — on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Musical knowledge or ability is not required, but basic Hebrew reading capability is recommended. You can listen to a recording of  the cantillation of many of the trope notes by clicking on the audio file below. For a practice handout or further information, contact Karen at mossaz@verizon.net.