Abrams Extra 12/2/16

Abrams Extra December 2, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Additional EITC Opportunity
Thanksgiving Celebration
Student Government
JNF and Israel Fire Relief
Safe Kids Presentation
Ch. Brooklyn
KYHS Open House
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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December 2, 2016/2 Kislev
Candle Lighting 4:19 pm/ Toldot

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
The fires that raged through Israel last week affects all of us, too. The Jewish people collectively are compared to the human body- if one part is damaged the entire body aches. The fires that raged through Israel were violent acts of terrorism and crimes not only against people, but against nature.
I’ve been studying early 20th century Israel and how people came to the country, bought land, and saw that they had to deal with a place that was plagued with mosquito-infested swamps that were breeding grounds for diseases like malaria. In fact, the project to rid the country of these public health hazards originated the term, “drain the swamp.”
The progressive early 20th century settlers in Israel also saw the need to plant trees in this barren land and began a campaign to do just that. I am sure that many of you remember early trips to Israel where you visited JNF forests and planted small trees, an experience that became a beloved tradition for thousands of visitors.
The fires that have spread across Israel have destroyed part of the country’s environment, and we cannot just stand by and do nothing. We are partners with Israel and must help in restoring the balance of nature there. JNF is one of my favorite organizations and has always been at the forefront of planting trees and supporting Israel in many other ways, but if you have your own favorite organization that aids Israel to which you normally contribute, please do so at this time of need.
Remember that when Israel hurts we hurt as well, so it is our duty to do what we can to heal the wounds that this latest tragedy has created.
Rabbi Ira Budow




$85,000 Opportunity
Additional $85,000 Now Available- EITC
Abrams has an opportunity to receive an additional $85,000 in EITC funding! We already have commitments of $20,000, so there is still $65,000 available to Abrams.
Time is of the essence- the deadline for application is December 20, 2016.
Abrams needs your help in identifying people who live and/or work in PA and pay at least $5,000 PA state income tax to participate in this win-win program.
Individuals who live or work in PA and pay PA state income taxes are now eligible to participate in the EITC program by joining a Special Purpose Entity LLC formed by the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools.
The SPE is the Jewish Scholarship LLC, and individuals may join the LLC and direct their PA state income tax dollars to Abrams. Individuals sign up for a two year commitment and receive a 90% tax credit from PA. This is an easy, almost cost-free way to support Abrams and make a huge difference in children’s lives.
If you qualify to participate in the program or know anyone who does, please contact Rabbi Budow immediately! He will talk to the person and connect him/her with someone from the SPE who can walk him/her through the entire process.
Please help us take advantage of this added opportunity to increase our ability to educate Jewish children and perform a mitzvah for the school and Jewish education.
Contact Rabbi Budow- 215-584-7919 as soon as possible- Let’s not leave money on the table!!
The Deadline is December 20, 2016!!

2016 Parent/Grandparent Thanksgiving 


Thanksgiving Performances


5th grade Challah baking 
1st grade Thanksgiving crafts


4th Grade Performance
Our Thanksgiving Extravaganza was once again a huge success! Parents, grandparents, and other loved ones visited their children’s classrooms, were treated to a celebratory concert, and enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal to culminate a festive and filling day of fun and thanks.
Abrams appreciates everyone’s participation in this wonderful event, and thanks all of the incredible volunteers who made this happen:
Sarah and Aaron Weinstein, Meryl Widensky, Monica Matlis, Michelle Schachter, Elissa Gruenberg, Sonia Arusy, Efrat Raz-Attoun, Tali Levin.
Special recognition goes to our new music teacher, Aubrey Maks, who led the performances and organized the entertainment.
Thanks also to the alumni and students who helped to serve the food and to the 8th graders who helped with the set-up.
Finally, many thanks to all of the Abrams faculty and staff who work behind the scenes to make sure that all of these events are successful.

Student Government News

Student Government News
  • December 7th- Pajama Day


  • Come to school dressed in your favorite Pajamas.


Cupcakes will be sold for $1.
  • December 23rd- Karaoke Day


Sign up: 



Contact Lexi Schachter, Abner Gordan, Maya Shavit, Isabelle Waksman or DM@AHA_Student_Government



Must sign up by December 16


Popcorn will be sold for 50 cents
  • Instagram

Student Government has its own Instagram now!


Follow @AHA_ Student_Government for updates and pictures from events.


  • LLS

January, 2017- Student Government will be raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.


More information coming soon!



JNF and Israel Fires
Jewish National Fund is working in cooperation with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), JNF partner organizations, first-responders, and firefighting battalions to address both the immediate needs and those that will arise tomorrow for the land and people of Israel as a result of these fires.
Donations will fund:
  • Intensive reforestation of areas destroyed by fires;
  • Critically needed fire-fighting trucks and equipment;
  • Assistance to those affected by the fires.
To donate to JNF for fire relief efforts:

Safe Kids Presentation

Ch. Brooklyn 
Brooklyn is a Champion!
Dr. Susan Fuchs Budow is proud to announce that her Tibetan Terrier, Brooklyn, won her championship at the Philadelphia Dog Show.
Mazal Tov!

KYHS Open House

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

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