This week I’d like to give a rabbinical prospective on the Philadelphia Eagles and football! Next week’s Parsha includes a phrase in which Hashem says “I carried you on the wings of eagles.” I am not sure that portends success for the Philadelphia Eagles, but I am just mentioning it….
I began to think about the game of football from a Jewish viewpoint and realized that Jews have a lot to be proud of in the game. The owner of the New England Patriots is Robert Kraft, a proud Jew and a staunch supporter of Israel. The Sagoskin sisters, both Abrams alumna, played flag football on the Israeli team at a world championship held in Germany, and the team won. Mr. Kraft flew the team to New England where they had their photos taken with the Patriots super bowl champions. Kraft is a significant donor to Israel and built the Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem. I am even told that he studies Torah in his office every week.
The Eagles’ owner is Jeffrey Lurie, also a Jewish man. Philadelphia Magazine has written about his childhood, including growing up as a Jew, and he visits his father’s grave at Temple Israel Cemetery outside of Boston every year to honor him. There is no question that he is proud to be Jewish.
Finally, there is Zygmunt Wilf, a major real estate developer, the son of Holocaust survivors, and the owner of the Minnesota Vikings. He is an interesting man, and I know his family from several angles. I studied at JEC in Elizabeth, NJ, I remember that the Krafts always gave generous support to the school and Rabbi Pinchas Teitz z”l. The family made significant donations that supported major scholarship funds, in addition to many other projects, to Yeshiva University, and the Washington Heights campus is named the Wilf Campus in their honor. The Wilfs own hotels in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and are major supporters of Israel. We at Abrams have a direct connection with the Wilf family because our Hebrew Language Director, Dorit Borrus, is a cousin of the Wilfs. I fondly remember Dorit’s mother, Rose Blumenkranz z”l, who was a wonderful person, and recall that all of the Wilf family members were at the funeral to celebrate her life.
It is interesting to me that 3 of the 4 final teams striving to compete at the Super Bowl this year are owned by Jews. Although I am a neutral fan this year, since my favorite team is not in the playoffs, I understand that most people here bleed Eagles green. Therefore, I wish the Eagles the best of luck in their quest to finally play in the Super Bowl again after so many years! I wish the Wilf family much luck in their business and philanthropic ventures, and although I despise the New England Patriots, I respect Robert Kraft for supporting Jewish causes and Israel.
So- good luck to the Eagles this week. Although many articles about the upcoming games have and will be written, I guarantee that no one else is talking about this Jewish aspect to the game of football. Enjoy!!
Rabbi Ira Budow
2018 Annual Matching Campaign
2018 ANNUAL ON-LINE CHARIDY MATCHING CAMPAIGN
Our annual matching fundraising campaign (organized through Charidy) will be held for 24 hours starting Tuesday, March 13 at 1 pm. Donations on-line will be recorded as they are made, so you will be able to see your donation and monitor our progress at: charidy.com/abrams.
This is our opportunity to raise the funds we need to ensure that Abrams can continue to provide a stellar education to our children and also honor our dedicated faculty and staff members who have devoted 10 years or more of service to the Abrams community.
Our mailed piece will be sent shortly, but it is not too early to make your donation- it will be added to our total on the day of the campaign and will quadrupled in value!
A $100 donation = $400 thanks to our generous benefactors who have provided this great opportunity to maximize your gift.
Please note that all donations of $1,000 and more will qualify for a display ad on our digital monitor outside of the office. Your ad will run for the entire year and be seen by everyone who comes into the school. Send your CAMERA-READY ads to email@example.com so that they can be uploaded to our monitor as soon as possible!
Volunteers are needed on March 13 and March 14 to make calls! If you are able to volunteer, even for a short period of time, please let Ellen Weiss firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com know as soon as possible. Last year the volunteers had a lot of fun, so please consider joining us in helping Abrams once again achieve its goal.
More information to follow…..
Unique EITC Opportunity Available NOW
New Unique EITC Opportunity
for a One Year Commitment
The Jewish Scholarship LLC has over $150,000 in funds available NOW for qualified people who pay PA state income taxes personally (not through their businesses) to join the LLC and participate in the PA EITC program.
**This is a unique opportunity to receive a 90% tax credit for a one-time commitment to the program. The tax credit percentage for a one year commitment is normally 75%, but some current LLC members originally made two year 90% commitments and have now decided not to participate for the second year.
As a result, new members can reap the benefit of the larger credit for a one-time commitment! This is a very unusual opportunity, but you must act NOW!
If you are able to participate yourself or know someone whom you believe would be interested, please contact Rabbi Budow immediately!
Thank you for your help- EITC is a huge benefit to the school and our children.
New Jersey Open House
Leslie and Jay Kornsgold
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
49 Maple Stream Road
East Windsor, NJ
Abrams Hebrew Academy Associate Principal Leslie Kornsgold and her husband, Rabbi Jay Kornsgold, will host an open house at their home to talk about Abrams Hebrew Academy with potential new families and discuss new financial aid opportunities available to NJ residents. Prospective parents will meet with Rabbi Ira Budow, the school’s director, as well as faculty members in an informal setting.
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, Abrams is able to offer financial aid (similar to the PA EITC program) to qualified NJ families who are interested in day school education for their children.
Please help to spread the word and invite any of your friends and family who may be interested in learning more about Abrams and the affordability of providing a Jewish day school education to our children.
Temple Judea Newsletter Message
Rabbi Elliot Strom’s Message
Rabbi Elliot Strom, founding Rabbi of Shir Ami, a Reform synagogue in Newtown, wrote a message in this month’s Temple Judea newsletter about the future of non-Orthodox Judaism.
He cites attendance at day schools as a key component in retaining children as committed Jews as they grow into adulthood, and talks about the importance of giving Judaism a high priority in our lives and “loving” being Jewish.
Erica Brown, an associate professor at George Washington University, wrote an article in the New Jersey Jewish News about the value of a day school education and it’s long-lasting positive impact on attendees’ lives.
Open houses in people’s homes is an effective way to meet with families who are potentially interested in enrolling their children at Abrams. Rabbi Budow and a small group of faculty members are happy to travel to meet informally with your friends and neighbors to discuss the advantages and opportunities that Abrams offers to Jewish children.
If you would like to volunteer to host one of these gatherings, please contact Rabbi Budow.
Wear your favorite
Wednesday, January 24th
Cupcakes will be sold for $1
Troop 266 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies during lunch on 1/23 and 1/31.
Cookies will also be sold during the home basketball games on 1/23, 1/31 and 2/7.
Tu B’shevat Celebration
Tu B’shevat Celebration at Abrams
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Abrams will celebrate Tu B’shevat with a recreation of the Machane Yehuda Shuk!
More exciting surprises and details to follow…
Beth El (East Windsor)
Canned Food and Socks Drive
Canned Food and Socks
Ms. Abramowitz and Ms. Zuazo will collect cans of food and warm socks for the homeless from now until February 16, 2018.
Abrams teaches our students the mitzvah of tzedakah, and providing food and warmth to people who are less fortunate benefits both the donors and the recipients.
Please bring or send donations of canned food and/or new socks to school with your children- Donations should be brought to Room 34.
After School Art
After School Art Club with Donna Moskowitz begins January 22, 2018.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
Abrams Dress Code
Studies have found that appropriate dress influences behavior and learning. 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.
Dress Code for Grades 1-8
Clothing cannot advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco or weapons.
Clothing cannot display writing or pictures that are obscene or suggestive.
No writing or pictures on the back of pants.
No sleepwear or bedroom slippers to be worn at any time, unless pre-approved for a special occasion.
Heavy linked chains may not be worn as jewelry.
No extreme hair colors are permitted.
All boys must come to school wearing a kippah. Baseball caps and other head coverings are NOT permitted.
No sleeveless shirts, tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, crop tops, belly shirts, or tight shirts.
Dress Code for Boys Grades 5-8
Shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and tee-shirts should be appropriate for school. Students may not wear undershirts.
Pants or denim jeans must be properly hemmed and not dragging on the floor. Pants will not have rips, holes, or fraying and will not be too tight or over-sized.
Shorts must be to the knee.
Pants/shorts will not sag, as underwear may not be visible.
Boys are to be clean-shaven.
Hair is to be well groomed. Partially or fully shaved heads and ponytails are not allowed.
Piercings of any kind are not allowed.
Dress Code for Girls Grades 5-8
Dresses/skirts/shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
Pants or denim jeans must be properly hemmed and not dragging on the floor. Pants or shorts will not have rips, holes, or fraying and will not be too tight.
Leggings of any type are not permitted to be worn in place of skirts or pants, but may be worn under clothing. If worn, they must be accompanied by a fingertip length or longer, dress, skirt, or top.
Clothing that exposes any part of the midriff, cleavage (front or rear), or any clothing excessively revealing may not be worn.
Clothing materials for tops and bottoms must be opaque (not see-through).
Consequences for Students Who Do Not Follow the Dress Code:
1st Offense – Explain to student what is wrong with his/her attire. Student must change into appropriate clothing.
2nd Offense – Written notification that requires parent signature. Student must change into appropriate clothing.
3rd Offense – Student must change clothes to follow guidelines and parent is called on the telephone immediately.
4th Offense – Suspension from school.
Parent conference required for student to return to school.
Abrams Hebrew Academy, 31 West College Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067