Services

Our services and activities take place in our building, except for Tuesday afternoon services, which take place at the Siegel JCC. Regardless of your level of familiarity with the prayer service, you are welcome, and you will find yourself davening among friends.

Weekday Services

AKSE invites men and women in the community to join us at weekday services. Currently we have two in-person services during the week. On Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., we meet in the Kehillah Lounge of the Siegel JCC (101 Garden of Eden Rd. in Wilmington) for Mincha. On Thursday morning at 9 a.m., we meet in our building for Shacharit and Torah reading. Please check our monthly bulletin the Shofar or sign up to receive our weekly Shabbat email newsletter for any deviations from this schedule.

Friday Evening Service

The Friday evening service consists of Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, and Ma’ariv. We also occasionally host congregational Shabbat dinners, where we enjoy welcoming the Shabbat together with dinner and zemirot, following the service.

Saturday Services

The Shabbat morning service at AKSE follows the Orthodox davening structure. Our service begins at 9:00 a.m. with Birchat Hashachar and Pesukei d’Zimrah followed by Shacharit and the Torah service. We read the full parsha and Haftorah. The Rabbi’s sermon follows the return of the Torah scroll to the Ark. We continue with Musaf and the concluding prayers. Everyone is encouraged to join in prayerful singing. 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 is currently taking place immediately after Kiddush on a trial basis. Please see the Shofar for the latest schedule.

Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Services

We provide a full schedule of Holiday services. Check the Shofar for details.

Women’s Participation (Partnership Minyan)

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth has a long history of enhancing women’s participation in ritual consistent with a traditional interpretation of Halacha (Jewish law). The most recent innovation, begun in 2016, is the Partnership Minyan, a service involving both men and women where women chant Torah and Haftorah, are called for Aliyot, and lead certain other parts of the service.

By instituting the Partnership Minyan, AKSE, a traditional congregation, joins a growing movement within the progressive wing of Orthodox Judaism. The concept originated in Israel and New York City about 20 years ago and has now been adopted in 40 or so communities in the United States, as well as in the UK, Canada, and Australia. While all our regular services have mixed seating, the Partnership Minyan has separate seating to conform with the practice in other communities.

The Partnership Minyan is a prayer group that is committed both to maintaining Halachic standards and to including women in ritual leadership roles to the fullest extent possible. Talmud (Megillah 23b) states that women can be called up for an Aliyah (Torah honor). The reason given for not implementing this practice in the Orthodox world is the concept of Kevod Ha’Tzibbur (the honor of the congregation), the fear of embarrassing less educated men. But the bigger issue today is the affront to women’s dignity and the larger principle of human dignity (Kevod Ha’Briyot).

The Partnership Minyan meets several times a year on Shabbat morning, with great success.

Adult Education

Once again the Adult Education Committee has arranged an exciting year of learning for you in 5784.

All these classes are open to the community and are free of charge, except as indicated.

Torah Reading and Discussion

Eleanor Weinglass is teaching a class in reading and understanding Torah (the Chumash) on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in person.

There is also an opportunity for a new beginners’ class in Hebrew. If you are interested, please call the office.

Chug Ivri

The Chug Ivri (Hebrew Speaking Club) is an opportunity to listen to and converse in Hebrew, translate a story, and even sing a song or two. All are welcome, whatever your level of proficiency. We help each other. Leader: Sylvia Wagman, virtual monthly meetings on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. (See Shofar for this month’s date)

Films—Viewing and Discussion

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.

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AKSE Academy

Returning in 2024. We shall again offer six classes on different facets of Judaism as they play out in contemporary life. We are considering what would best meet the needs of our congregants—a program in winter on a Saturday evening or a program in summer on a Sunday afternoon. Please send your preferences to haza@verizon.net.

Spaghetti and Talmud

What do spaghetti and Talmud have in common? They are both long, entangled, and delicious. The Talmud is a collection of folklore, jokes, teachings, laws, sayings, wisdom, and practical (or not so practical) life advice deliberated by the ancient sages.

Did you know that the first written reference to pasta comes from the Talmud? Join us in person or virtually via Zoom to find out.

Our source will be: A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Ruth Calderon. This class requires registration in advance and a $5 donation per class to cover the cost of texts and food.

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Wrestling with Halacha (Jewish Law)

An exploration of a variety of (mostly modern) rabbinic responses focusing on how these rabbis have wrestled with assimilation, intermarriage, modernity, and tradition. We will examine how the rabbis relentlessly analyzed and interpreted classical rabbinic texts, endeavoring towards a new pedagogy for progressive Halacha. Sunday mornings, once monthly.

Café Tamar

Save the date for the next Café Tamar: Monday, May 27, 2024.

Here are highlights taken from videos of 20 Cafe Tamar concerts between 1985 and 2019. A short clip (without audio) from 1957-58 is also included. The highlights video was compiled and edited by Mark Wagman.

A slideshow celebrating 60 years of Cafe Tamar was presented at the 2017 celebration. It was assembled by Mark Wagman from photos taken by many individuals over the years. Talia Goren compiled the soundtrack.

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AKSE Shofar – Past Issues

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