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 and a Klezmer band. These groups, as well as soloists from throughout the community, perform in a celebration of Israel every May called Café Tamar.

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

Winter Film Fest 2024
January 13-16, February 17-20, March 16-19

Chase away those winter-time blues with thought-provoking Jewish-themed movies and spirited discussions. Movies will again be available for streaming from Saturday evening (after Shabbat) through Tuesday evening, and will be followed by a virtual discussion on Tuesday evenings. Look for them in January, February and March. Open to AKSE members only.

View details here


Shabbat Across America

Friday, March 1

Join AKSE in celebration of SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA!!! Taking place in Miller Hall in Immanuel Church (next to AKSE building). Special Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6 PM will be followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner and desserts in honor of Rabbi Abe’s birthday!

Cost: $25/adult, $10/child 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Registration with payment by Thursday, February 22 at noon, online here or by check to the AKSE office.

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Wine Tasting and Sale

Sunday, March 17

Taste a selection of Kosher for Passover wines from the Backsberg Estate and Lion & Dove wineries between 2 and 4 PM. The event will begin with a presentation by our own wine expert, Alan Goldberg. Wines will be available for order, to be picked up and purchased at Fairfax Discount Liquors, 2219 Concord Pike. Free to attend! Register by March 5 by contacting or 302-762-2705.

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