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

Cafe Tamar 2024

Monday, May 27

This year’s Café Tamar musical program celebrates Israel’s unity and resilience as it marks its 76th year of independence, with the theme Yachad–Lev El Lev (Together–Heart to Heart).

Admission is $12 with advance payment by May 22 , $15 at the door, and children 6 to 12 are $5. Advance orders online here or contact office at 302.762.2705 or

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot, including Dinner

Tuesday, June 11

Come celebrate Tikkun Leil Shavuot at AKSE. Eat, pray, and learn with Rabbi Abe. Service at 6:30 PM will be followed by a festive dinner, a dairy blintz bar and other dairy delights, at 7 PM. Dessert and study at 8 PM.

Cost for dinner: $10/adult, $5/child 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Register and pay by Tuesday, June 4 with check to the office or online here.


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 June 20. To pre-register for the program and for more information, email or call 302-762-2705.

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