Abrams Extra 10/7/16

Abrams Extra October 7, 2016



New AHA logo 2011


In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Early Dismissal
Abrams Bristol Center
New Crown and Cover forTorah
Chief Kelly Visit
Register for MBM/SBM
Trip to Washington, DC
Lakewood, NJ Trip
Parent Group Meeting
Revised Soccer Schedule
Capitol Steps
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

Join Our List

October 7, 2016/  5 Tishrai
Candle Lighting 6:14  pm/ Vayeilech

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
During the 10 days of repentance we hear and participate in many types of prayers- prayers of confession, contrition, and praise for Hashem. The question that is often asked is, “Does Hashem really listen to our prayers?” I have a friend who was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer and has been undergoing treatment for some time, and I and his many friends and family members continue to pray for his health, but the question of whether or not these prayers mean anything resurfaces time and again.
As many of you are aware, I underwent heart surgery last January. I had been seeing a cardiologist for a number of years when he sent me for a heart catheterization test. The test showed one blocked artery, and the doctor said that it didn’t require surgery because it was difficult to do and the other arteries were able to compensate for the blocked one. My wife was not satisfied with that response, and she convinced me to consult with another cardiologist who recommended a surgeon to perform the procedure I needed. When I was in surgery to have the artery fixed they found I had not one, but 4 blocked arteries. Obviously it was much worse than anyone thought, but everything went well and I am back to work none the worse for wear.
After my surgery I truly felt the hand of Hashem on my side- the doctors said that without the surgery I was a “dead man walking,” so I have to ask, “What made me so “lucky?””  My personal belief is that I had a storehouse of  prayers “banked” in a lockbox- my own prayers, those of my deceased relatives, and who knows how many other people whose lives intersected with mine in this lifetime or another- and that Hashem opened the box, took out a prayer, and saved my life in response.
I am truly convinced that no prayer is for naught. Even when one thinks that the prayer has not been heard, that is not the case- it is just not yet the time for it to be used.  Prayers transcend time and space, lasting through the generations until the moment for their spark to ignite has arrived.
During these 10 days of repentance when so many prayers are recited it is important to believe that not one of these prayers is ever wasted.  My wish for all of you is that Hashem hears and answers your prayers in their proper time.
Shana Tovah-
Rabbi Ira Budow




Early Friday Dismissal

Friday Early Dismissal
2:00 p.m.
Begins Friday, October 21, 2016

Abrams Bristol Center Dedication


10:30 A.M.
Dedication of Abrams Bristol Jewish Center
Abrams Hebrew Academy and the Bristol Jewish Center invite you to attend the dedication of the Abrams Bristol Jewish Center on: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 10:30 am.
A Yiskor service for founders and other deceased members of the Bristol Jewish Center will be officiated by Rabbi Ira Budow and Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski. The service will be followed by refreshments.
The Bristol Jewish Center was established in Bristol, PA in 1904, and was the oldest synagogue in Bucks County when it merged with Congregation Kol Emet in 2015.
Alan Vogenberg, leader of the Bristol Jewish Center, and Rabbi Ira Budow, director of Abrams Hebrew Academy, facilitated the recreation of its sanctuary in a room at Abrams Hebrew Academy. The chapel includes memorabilia from the original chapel, including its memorial plaques, ark, artwork, library, etc. It is a fitting testament to a synagogue steeped in history, and students from the school use the chapel for prayers and meetings regularly. Thus, the tradition of prayer and education continues in a beautiful and historic environment. L’Dor V’Dor!
Please join us at this event.


Abrams Bristol Center Torah
The Torah in the Abrams Bristol Jewish Center received a new Torah cover donated by Dr. David and Ellen Weiss in memory of Ellen’s parents and a beautiful silver crown donated by Alan Vogenberg on behalf of the Bristol Jewish Center.
Our students enjoy davining in the newly created chapel, which is a fitting and lasting testament to what was the oldest synagogue in Bucks County.

Chief Kelly Visit

Chief Kelly Visit to AHA
Chief Joseph Kelly spoke to the middle school about school and community safety issues this week. Students had the opportunity to ask questions of the Chief, and it was an informative and community-building occasion for our students. 
Abrams is fortunate to enjoy a good relationship with the Yardley Borough Police Department, and Abrams thanks Chief Kelly for taking time from his busy schedule to address this important subject.

Math and Science By Mail

Join us after school on Tuesdays for an online world forum of math and science enrichment for grades 4-6 put together by The Weizmann Institute in Israel.
The cost of the program is $60 for one class or $120 for both classes, and will be offered on alternating Tuesdays, beginning with MBM on November 1st from 3:45 P.M. to 4:45 P.M.  Science by Mail will start on November 8th.
Pick up time is promptly at 4:45 P.M. at the front door of the school.  Any children not picked up by 4:45 will be sent to aftercare, and you will be charged for the service.


You can register online at:  Registration MBM



There is one link for Math by Mail, one link for Science b y Mail, and one link if a student wants to participate in both.  Click on your choice of class and follow the directions they provide.
Once you have registered please let Mrs. Lamkey (jlamkey@abramsonline.org) or Mrs. Hamacher (ahamacher@abramsonline.org) know, so that they can give you the necessary paperwork to be filled out prior to the start of the class.

Middle School Trip to D.C.
Middle School Trip to Washington, D.C.
Thursday, October 20th
6:15 Departure from Abrams
  • Davening and breakfast at Chabad of Wilmington
  • Tour U.S. Mint 
  • Tour U.S. Capitol
  • Tour Holocaust Museum
  • Mincha/Pizza dinner at Ben Yehudah Pizza
10:15 Arrival at Abrams


Every four years Abrams takes the middle school students to visit our nation’s capitol. They experience the excitement of Washington, DC first-hand, and it is always an inspirational, educational, and fun trip for everyone.
**Due to the cost of the buses, this is a very expensive undertaking for our school. 
If you would like to help underwrite the cost of the trip, please contact Rabbi Ottensoser, Mrs. Kornsgold, or Rabbi Budow. 
***Thanks to those of you have generously contributed to the cost of the trip!


Lower School Trip to Lakewood, NJ
Lower School (grades 2-4) Trip to Lakewood, NJ
Thursday, October 20th
Abrams lower school students (grades 2-4) will visit Lakewood, NJ to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot.


**Due to the cost of the buses, this is a very expensive undertaking for our school. 
If you would like to help underwrite the cost of the trip, please contact Rabbi Ottensoser, Mrs. Kornsgold, or Rabbi Budow. 
***Thanks to those of you have generously contributed to the cost of the trip!


Parent Group Meeting

Abrams Parent Group Meeting
Thanks to all who came to the introductory meeting on September 27. Our next meeting will be held on:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
The topic is: Children’s Temperament
Feel free to email me at dporwancher@abramsonline.org or call me if you have any questions or concerns beforehand.
I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Donna Porwancher

Revised Soccer Schedule
Revised Soccer Schedule 2016
Game Schedule:

Tuesday September 27 AHA @ Pen Ryn
Thursday September 29 Scrimmage at Macclesfield
Thursday October 6 Barrack @AHA
Thursday October 13 Doane @ AHA
Wednesday October 19 Scrimmage at Macclesfield
Thursday October 20 No game-Washington Trip
Wednesday October 26 AHA @ Doane
Thursday October 29 Pen Ryn @ AHA

Note: All games will start approximately 3:50pm and end at 5:00pm. 
**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:





Practice Schedule (3:45pm-4:45pm):

Sept. 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26
Oct 10

Capitol Steps Performance

Cong. Beth El of Yardley Presents:
Capitol Steps
Sunday, November 6, 2016
3:00 pm
Pennsbury High School East Theater
705 Hood Blvd.
Fairless Hills, PA 19054
Tickets start at $45 ($25 full-time students)

To order tickets: order on-line at:

smarttix.com; or call 877-238-5596 
Need more information?
Contact Beth El- 215-493-1707 


Lunch Menu
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Penne with vegetables & Feta
 Israeli salad
American cheese baguette
Caesar salad
Fettuccine with marinara sauce
Greek salad
Egg salad & tuna salad sandwiches
Available Every Day:
Bagels, butter & cream cheese
French Fries
Hash Browns
Lunch cost:  $5 per day


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.


Abrams Notes

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 avoid nuts because of 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 info@abramsonline.org.

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: dsattin@abramsonline.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by

Wednesday of the target week.


Abrams Hebrew Academy, 31 West College Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067
Sent by dsattin@abramsonline.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact