Abrams Extra 11/27/15

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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Community Family Fun Event
Israel Solidarity Trip
November 30 Speakers
Hillel Zaremba to Speak
Earth Science Week
Basketball Uniforms Needed
Six13 Concert
Basketball Practice Schedule
Soccer Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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November 27 2015/   15 Kislev
Candle Lighting 4:20  pm/ Vayishlach


Thanksgiving/Chanukah Extravaganza
Turkey(2) Chanukah
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving and Chanukah Extravaganza
9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
  • Participate in classroom activities with your children/grandchildren
  • Enjoy performances by AHA students
  • Gobble a delicious Thanksgiving lunch including yummy desserts


All are welcome!
Please bring grandparents!
School Dismissal – 12:30 p.m.

Rabbi Budow
In light of everything that is happening to our Israeli brethren it is vitally important that we help in whatever way possible. We must continue to speak out in Israel’s defense, buy Israeli goods, and visit Israel ourselves. The Chief Rabbi of Brussels, Rabbi Avraham Gigi, just stated that there is no future for Jews in Europe, and that it is time for Jews to leave. That was also true in the 1930s, but the difference between then and now is that there was nowhere for those Jews to go, but now we have the land of Israel.
Any Jew can go to Israel to live- those borders are open to us, unlike the borders of many countries which closed their doors to our relatives seeking refuge from the Nazis. Israel is a safe haven for all Jews, but we have to make sure it continues to exist, and that is why our support must be stronger than ever.
With this in mind, next week Abrams will host discussions with several people who are all important advocates of Israel. If you are able to attend one or more of these discussions, please do- everyone is welcome to come and hear them speak.
At 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, Jack Engelhard will speak to the 8th grade class about his book Escape from Mount Moriah “Trials and Triumphs of Making it in the New World,” and also discuss his fascinating life story. Jack is an ardent Zionist who speaks softly, but with tremendous insight.


At 2:00 p.m. on Monday we will welcome a young hero and athlete, Ron Halevi. Ron’s story is truly inspiring- he lost his leg while serving in the IDF, and rehabilitated enough to participate in competitive rowing. He will soon accept an award for disabled Israeli Army veterans in NYC, and we are proud to host him at AHA.
On Wednesday, December 2, Hillel Zaremba, the Community Relations director at the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia, will speak to our students at 9:30 a.m. and discuss his duties at the Consulate and the many issues facing Israel and Jews during these turbulent times.
Finally, as we all know, this has been a horrific week for Israel with the loss of many innocent lives. The story of an 18 year old American student, Ezra Schwartz, who was shot and killed while spending a gap year in Israel as a volunteer was particularly moving, and our hearts go out to his and all of the families who have lost relatives and friends in these senseless killings.
It may seem somewhat insane for me to organize a trip to Israel now, but I say that we cannot forsake Israel in its time of need and that we should go forward with the trip. The itinerary is incredible- we will have the opportunity to meet people and do things that will be once in a lifetime events! We only need a few more people to be heroes and step forward to join our mission- I challenge you to be one of them!
Rabbi Ira Budow


Abrams Community Family Fun Day


$250 per family (parents & children)

if paid before January 15!!

After January 15- $360 per family 
(parents & children)


RSVP to dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org
**Be sure to include # of adults. # of children,
and ages of children with your RSVP

Israel Solidarity Trip

Israeli flag


Last Chance for Israel Solidarity Trip
We have an incredible itinerary planned for the Solidarity Trip, but we need  a few more people to get on board to make this happen! If you want to participate in this mission you MUST call Rabbi Budow at (215) 584-7919 as soon as possible. If we do not have enough people signed up shortly we will not be able to take advantage of this great opportunity to show solidarity with Israel.
The cost of the trip is $1650 per person. This price is based on two people in a room and includes all transfers, transportation ( including airfare and buses to and from airport), hotel accommodations, a professional tour guide, the religious guidance of Rabbi Leizerowski, Shabbat meals, a daily Israeli breakfast, and tours of important Israeli sites. We will depart the U.S. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 arriving in Israel on Friday, January 8, 2016. We leave Israel on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 and return to the U.S. on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
The itinerary includes visiting the Temple Mount with Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, touring the Old City, Shabbat services at the Great Synagogue, a visit to the Knesset (including a meeting with Knesset member and former Ambassador, Michael Oren),Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, and the tomb of Rachel and Hebron (with the protection of the Israeli Army), and much more!! * Please note- the itinerary may be affected by security issues. Be assured that safety is a primary concern for our group, and we will adjust our plans accordingly.
Alumni and students who need financial aid will get top priority to receive stipends of $500 towards their trips.  If there are adults who also need financial assistance, we will try to accommodate them with $500 stipends if there is any remaining funding.
Rabbi Ira Budow

November 30, 2015 Speakers

Abrams is privileged to welcome two distinguished guest speakers on November 30, 2015. Both of these presentations are open to parents who would like to attend- please just let the office know if you plan on participating.
Wednesday, November 30, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Jack Engelhard will speak to the 8th grade class about his memoir Escape from Mount Moriah “Trials and Triumphs of Making it in the New World,” Mr. Engelhard will  speak about being an author, Zionism, and Israel. Jack is a prominent Jewish author whom we are honored to welcome to Abrams.
* Parents- if you want to attend, please read the newest version of the book (the one with 10 additional chapters), and join us for this special treat.
Wednesday, November 30, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Ron Halevi was a recreational kayaker before becoming an IDF solider and losing his leg fighting in Operation Protective Edge. After rehab he was fitted for a prosthetic leg and soon began walking again. Within 6 months he began wearing a prosthetic leg that can be used in water, and he began kayaking in competition regularly. In August, 2015 he competed at the world championships for competitive kayaking. He will talk to the Middle School students about his experiences and his inspirational  life story.


Hillel Zaremba to Speak December 2, 2015 

Abrams is privileged to welcome Hillel Zaremba, the Director of Community Relations at the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia, to speak to our students on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 9:30 am. 
Mr. Zaremba will speak about his career at the Consulate and discuss the pressing issues that Israel is currently facing.
The presentation is open to parents who would like to attend- please just let the office know if you plan on participating.


Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week
Monday, November 30 –Friday, December 4th
Join us in celebrating Planet Earth during Earth Science Week as Abrams students in 
Grades K-8 complete the Earth Science Unit 
in each of their classes!
Monday – Earth Science Literacy day – Read a story about the Earth.
Tuesday – Leave No Child Inside – Put on a coat and go for a walk.
Wednesday – Map day – Where on Earth are you?
Thursday – Geo Science Careers – What would you like to be when you grow up?
Friday – Space the Final Frontier – Observe the night time sky.


Sponsors Needed

Basketball Team Uniforms Needed
The AHA Basketball team needs new uniforms! If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the team and fund new uniforms, please contact Mr. Gowton to discuss. Corporate sponsors are welcome!!

Six13 Concert

Six13 Chanukah Concert
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Menorah lighting & Concert- 7:30 pm
Glazier Jewish Center
25 N. State St.
Newtown, PA

Basketball Schedule Revised
Revised Basketball Schedule 2015-16

Soccer Schedule
Soccer Game Schedule 2015

Lunch Program
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Falafel, pita, hummus, Israeli salad
Couscous with vegetables, Caesar salad
Fettuccine with marinara sauce, Greek salad

* Note Change*
Egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches
Available Every Day
Bagels, butter & cream cheese 
French Fries
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


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