Abrams Extra 10/23/20

October 23, 2020/ 5 Cheshvan
Candle Lighting 5:51p.m. / Noah
Dear Parents,

Please view my video blog this week:


Rabbi Ira Budow

Internet Update

Abrams has upgraded the WIFI in the school which has extended the strength, expanded the reach and has increased the security of the network.

Verizon is in the process of installing new fiber which will help with connectivity issues.

Please view this short video on how easy it is to redirect your PA taxes to support scholarships at Abrams.

The EITC deadline has been extended to the end of December. Please consult with your accountant, participation in this program will make a difference in scholarships for next year.

For more information or to sign up for the program, please contact:

Gwen Horowitz
Executive Director of Pennsylvania Education Partnership LLC
(610) 668-0044

Rabbi Budow
(215) 584-7919

Debra Goldfarb
(215) 493- 1800 ext. 22

Visit the website www.paeitc.com.
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please note that the date for Parent-teacher conferences has changed.

Parent-teacher conferences will now take place on Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10.

There will be NO school for students on Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10.

There WILL be school for students on Wednesday, November 11 (the previously scheduled conference day).

Please sign up for conferences, instructions were emailed to parents on Tuesday, October 20th.

Please note: There will be no busing provided by the public school districts on November 11th as it is Veteran’s Day.

Department of Education

Congratulations to Sarah Chairnoff, our 4th Grade Teacher, for writing a blog post for the Department of Education as part of a series on teachers returning back to school during the pandemic.

The Department of Education has been sharing the blog and highlighting different schools and teachers across the country via social media. 

PTO Corner
School Choir

The PTO is very excited to offer the possibility of assembling an Abrams School Choir for students in 1st through 8th grade. We have a highly qualified teacher ready to teach vocal lessons over zoom. Hope Krick-Smith is a Soprano that has performed in many operatic roles in a variety of prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center. She has taught for over 16 years various vocal and choral Masterclasses.

Classes would be 1/week for 30 or 45 minute over zoom. Cost would be $100 for 8 sessions. Final details are TBD based on interest. The kids would meet with Hope all together on zoom. We will plan to have School Recitals for the Choir.

It would be on a 1st come 1st serve basis. We are looking for about 10 kids. Reach out to rutistark@gmail.com with any questions or interest in this exciting opportunity.

Social Media

Abrams Hebrew Academy (public, open to all)
Abrams PTO (private page)


Bricks in the Link
Buy a Brick on the Link Wall and Support AHA
Support Abrams by purchasing a commemorative brick on the wall in the Link for a $100 donation. The bricks are made of colored Plexiglas and visibly located on the wall outside the gym.

Buy a brick to commemorate a special occasion- it is a wonderful and lasting gift to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, birthday, anniversary, graduation, or to recognize the memory of a loved one or friend.

Your donation will be acknowledged to the recipient, and Abrams will benefit from your donation.

Please contact the office if you would like to purchase a brick.
Support AHA Donor Businesess
Abrams is greatly appreciative of all of the benefactors who donate generously to the school through participation in EITC, LLC, grants, cash donations, etc. Many of these donors are business owners, and Abrams encourages the AHA community to support the businesses of these people whose largess supports the school.

Some of these generous people are:

Expert Home Care
McCaffrey’s Food Market
Team Toyota
Swartz & Culleton
Regional Orthopedic Medical Associates
Rothenberg Law Firm
Flager & Associates
Princeton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Marcus & Auerbach
Marlowe, Zwillenberg & Ghaderi
Your Eyes Center
Espresso Cafe
Center For SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery

* This is not a complete list- we will add businesses throughout the year!

Thank you very much to all of our supporters!
Abrams thanks Oorah, a nonprofit organization located in Lakewood, NJ for all of its financial support to our students.

Oorah sponsors numerous programs that all share the common goal of opening doors for Jewish children and families. The mission is to reach out to Jewish families everywhere with opportunities to make their Judaic heritage more personal, relevant and meaningful.

Abrams received $100,000 in scholarship aid for qualified families this year from Oorah and is extremely grateful for the generosity of this organization.
Abrams Notes
Please note our updated dress code and cell phone policies.

Dress Code Policy (click to view the entire policy)
Abrams strives, through the dress code, to maximize the learning environment. Respect for the sensitivities of others requires that students/parents/guests follow reasonable standards of modesty and privacy. We ask that students/parents/guests dress in a manner befitting a Jewish day school when entering the building.

Cell Phone and Personal Device Policy (click to view the entire policy)
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society. However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of school. Our cell phone/personal electronic devices policy is designed to keep the focus on education.

Birthday Celebrations 
In order to maintain a consistent kashrut policy and to avoid confusion, ALL orders for birthday cakes/cupcakes MUST be ordered from Cramer’s Bakery, 16 E. Afton Avenue, Yardley. Cramer’s will deliver the order to the school. Please call Cramer’s, 215-321-5707 to place your order.

Share Abrams News With Others
Is there a family member (such as a grandparent) or friend who would be interested in hearing about everything going on at Abrams? Sign them up for our e-mail list today! Please contact the Main Office.

Information about the Extra
Please submit any information to be considered for inclusion in the Extra to Debra Goldfarb, Director of Development, dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by Wednesday of the target week.
31 West College Avenue
Yardley, PA 19067
(215) 493-1800