I recently wrote about my mentor, Rabbi Pinchas Mordechai Teitz (z” l) and his “Learn, Love and Live Torah” philosophy of Jewish education. His steadfast, but pragmatic approach to education led him to reach out to children who did not attend day school. Although he believed that a day school education was certainly preferable to public school, he understood that not every family would choose that path for various reasons. Therefore, in order to keep Jewish children in touch with their religion, he established a free Hebrew school program for students who attended public school.
When I was at JEC I thought this was rather strange; why would the Rabbi support a program that could be seen as competing with his day school? Now that I am older and more experienced I realize the genius of his actions. For many years now I have struggled with the desire to create a Hebrew high school in our community, but even though I truly believe that the high school years are crucial to keeping the Jewish identity alive in our young people, I realized that the demographics in Yardley would not support this endeavor.
Last year, Ofir and Juliette Shavit approached me about starting an after school high school program for Abrams alumni, and the program began last week. It is very simple, but already powerful. Rabbi O is teaching Torah studies on Sunday morning. This class is not your typical Hebrew school for children with little or no background in Jewish studies; rather, it focuses on in-depth learning for students who already have a strong foundation in Torah, Jewish law, and Tanakh.
Sonia Arusy is teaching a Hebrew language/ulpan class on Wednesday evening that immerses students in conversational Hebrew and reinforces the love of Israel and Judaism that they learned during their years at Abrams. We are most fortunate to have Rabbi O and Morah Sonia, two incredibly talented teachers, to lead the group of 6 students who have just begun their post- graduation studies at Abrams.
I am very excited about this new opportunity at Abrams; I pray that it will build a bridge to keeping the spark of Judaism alive in our children so that they will create a Jewish home for themselves and their families in the future.
Rabbi Ira Budow
Early Friday Dismissal
FRIDAY EARLY DISMISSAL BEGINS TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
2:00 Friday dismissal begins TODAY, October 20, 2017- Spring
Car Pool students will be called at 1:50
Sephardic Week Celebration
October 30, 2017- November 3, 2017
AHA Sephardic Week Celebration
The Abrams community includes many Sephardic families whose rich history and culture adds greatly to the diverse and beautiful environment at the school. In celebration of our Sephardic community Abrams will hold Sephardic Week during the week of October 30th, 2017.
During the week Abrams students will participate in a prayer service using a Sephardic Safer Torah, learn about Sephardic culture, hear personal stories from various members of the Abrams community, and eat tasty Sephardic food.
The Bucks County Jewish Coalition Fall Film Fest presents eight Jewish short international films. The film festival celebrates the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience through short films and media. The Fall Film Fest series begins on October 29. There will be screenings on successive weekends in Doylestown, Newtown, and Lambertville.
We have just begun the re-reading of the Torah, and as we know, Rashi is one of its most famous commentators. Rashi’s first commentary on the book of Genesis explains why G-d begins with “In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth,” instead of with the first law given to the Nation of Israel. Why does G-d give us a history lesson before setting out the laws to govern our people? Why do we need a history lesson about creation, Noah’s Ark, our forefathers and mothers, and all of the other stories?
Rashi answers that there will be a time when the nations of the world will claim that Israel “stole the Land of Israel.” This “history lesson” is important to demonstrate that G-d bequeathed the land of Israel including the Temple Mount to the Jews. This seems particularly prescient in light of UNESCO’s determination that the Temple Mount is not a Jewish holy site, but Muslim.
Rashi tells us that G-d begins with creation to establish that everything belongs to G-d and only G-d can decide what will happen to the Holy Land and who should live there. In the text of the Torah we read the stories about our forefathers and mothers and their relationship to the Temple Mount; the binding of Isaac; King David’s purchase from the Jebusites; Noah’s exit from the ark; G-d’s creation of Adam; the murder of Abel; etc. All of these examples clearly show that the Land of Israel was given by G-d to the Jewish People and establishes their irrefutable connection to the Temple Mount.
UNESCO’s assertion that the Temple Mount is not a Jewish holy site is ridiculous and factually inaccurate. We must refute all of these baseless claims by remembering and recounting the numerous events that have tied the Jewish people to the land of Israel and its holiest places for thousands of years.
When you are in Israel I encourage you to walk around the Temple Mount. If we do not go to the Temple Mount we validate UNESCO’s resolution to separate us from our history, so I urge you to claim your rights to that sacred space.
Rabbi Ira Budow
Extracurricular High School
There are still a few openings in Rabbi O’s Sunday morning Judaic Studies class. The class is open to any Abrams alumnus who would like to continue studying Torah topics with Rabbi O. The curriculum includes Foundations of Faith; Tanakh; History; and Jewish Law.
Classes are held at 10:00 a.m. at Abrams. Please contact Rabbi O if you are interested
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.
* This is not a complete list- we will add businesses throughout the year!
Thank you very much to all of our supporters!
2017 Soccer Schedule
Tuesday, October 24 Pen Ryn @ AHA
Thursday, October 26 Doane @ AHA
Note: Makeup game
Monday, October 30 Princeton Charter @ AHA
All games will start approximately 3:50 pm and end at 5:00 pm
Bus transportation is provided
back to AHA for away games only. All home games are played at Macclesfield Park on
River Road. All practices will be held at Abrams Hebrew Academy.
Please contact Mr. Gowton with
any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practice Schedule (3:45 pm-4:45 pm)
Oct. 19, 23
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.
Please do not send meat lunches or snacks to school with your children.
Food sent from home must be
dairy or Pareve only!
Thank you very much for your cooperation
Safety and Security Reminders
Just a reminder of AHA security procedures:
All parents should use the front door to enter the school with key cards and not the back doors. Parent swipe cards only work at front door.
Please do not ask students to open any doors- parents must report to the front office and check-in before entering the school.
No student or other person should use the lunchroom doors other than for dismissal or emergency purposes.
These rules are for our children’s safety.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Car Pool Rules
All Parents who Car Pool:
Please note that the car pool line is for grades N and K only. All other students are to be dropped off in the front of the building.
Parents who use the back for drop off should follow the directions of the teachers in the parking lot. They are there to assist students and maintain a safe environment.
Under no circumstances are parents to park their cars in the middle of the line and leave them unattended to walk students into the building.
** We ask that parents refrain from cellphone use in the parking areas while dropping off and picking up their children.
Birthday Celebrations at School
When sending birthday treats into school to celebrate that special day for your child, please consider sending in a healthy treat, such as frozen fruit bars, rice cakes, fruit salad or cups, sugar free pudding snacks, yogurt cake or pie, cheese sticks, light popcorn or air popped popcorn (when age appropriate), pretzels, carrots/celery (when age appropriate).
Please do not send anything with nuts due to allergies.
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 at a discounted price.
Please call Kim Pierce at 215-321-5707 to place your cake/ cupcake order.
Celebrate Your Simcha at Abrams
Abrams Hebrew Academy is a perfect choice to host your family or social affair, business meeting or athletic event. Whether you’re looking for an inviting space to celebrate a special occasion; a meeting area with state-of-the art technology; a fun, safe environment for a child’s birthday; or a gym or athletic field for a sporting event, Abrams can accommodate your needs and your budget. For more information on room rentals at Abrams Hebrew Academy, call (215) 493-1800 or e-mail email@example.com.
Check Your Child’s Assignments with Homework Now
Parents- all homework will be posted on-line by all teachers grades K-8 by Sunday evening each week.
Instructions for use of homeworknow.com:
Click on homeworknow.com
Click on Parent and Student
Click on find school
Click on Pennsylvania
Click on Abrams Hebrew Academy
Click on your child’s teacher
View homework assignments
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 Dale Sattin, Director of Development & Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
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