The First Synagogue in the First State

Welcome to
Adas Kodesch
Shel Emeth!

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth, a Synagogue in Wilmington, Delaware, has been serving the needs of Delaware’s Jewish community for 139 years. We are an innovative, inclusive traditional congregation, part of Judaism’s religious center. We are a warm and caring congregational family, embracing our members at every stage of life. We are a place to grow Jewishly, engaging and enriching our members as they participate in religious, educational, cultural, community service, and social activities.

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Embracing. Engaging. Enriching.

Learn with AKSE

Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, AKSE is a place you can grow and experience the joy of Judaism. Classes in reading Hebrew and chanting Torah enable congregants to feel comfortable attending and participating in services. We provide a full schedule of Shabbat and holiday services, including a full Torah reading. Kiddushes, Friday night dinners, and Community Seders are occasions for camaraderie, ruach (spirit), and tasty food and drink. We also offer select weekday services, both in our building and where congregants live.

Our members choose from diverse learning opportunities. Our active program of adult education includes classes, speakers, Shabbatons, and trips. Our Hebrew speaking club (Chug Ivri) meets monthly. Though most of our programs are in-person at our Wilmington, Delaware Synagogue, some are virtual, and some are hybrid.

Get musical with AKSE

AKSE is a musical congregation. A choir assists the Cantor on the High Holidays. Many of our congregants help to lead parts of the service and read Torah. We have a performing Israeli dance group. AKSE has presented an annual musical celebration of Israel called Cafe Tamar for over 60 years. The program always includes dance, vocal, and instrumental performances, with soloists from throughout the community.

Meet Rabbi Abe

Our new spiritual leader, Rabbi Abe, embodies the ideals of AKSE—being committed to tradition, while also being open-minded and progressive within the bounds of Halacha (Jewish law) and a strong advocate for a pluralistic Judaism. He loves the slogan of the congregation: “Embracing, Engaging, Enriching.” He describes us as a “unique and historic congregation, small but mighty, with many members who are knowledgeable and talented; AKSE provides many opportunities for members to exhibit their religious, intellectual, and musical skills.” Rabbi Abe is committed to building on AKSE’s reputation as a welcoming community with high expectations for Jewish life.

Rabbi Abe, Wilmington Delaware Synagogue

Upcoming Events

Musical Sing-Along Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, June 28

Please join us for a Happy Prayer Hour. Wind down the week with a musical and festive Kabbalat Shabbat. Enjoy a beer or a glass of sangria and some light appetizers and join Rabbi Abe and Cantor Redfern on guitar to welcome in Shabbat with some of your favorite Shabbos songs! The event is free, but please let us know you are coming by contacting the office by Monday, June 24.

6 PM – Drinks, Apps and Shmooze               

6:30 PM – Musical Kabbalat Shabbat


AKSE Academy

Sunday, June 30

At the Siegel JCC from 2 to 5 PM. Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth presents its 13th AKSE Academy, an afternoon of learning about different facets of Judaism as they play out in contemporary life. Instructors include Rachel Blumenfeld (Albert Einstein Academy), Donna Schwartz (UD Hillel), Yuval Moha (community Israel shaliach), Rabbi Abraham Rabinovich (AKSE), and Richard Plotzker (endocrinologist). Schmooze and nosh between sessions. This event is free but pre-registration is required by Monday, June 24. To pre-register for the program and for more information, email or call 302-762-2705.

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