Abrams Extra 12/25/15

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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Community Family Fun Day Honorees
Community Family Fun Event
After School Art Program
Basketball Practice Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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December 25 2015/  13 Tevet
Candle Lighting 4:23 pm/ Veyechi



Rabbi Budow
As we prepare for winter break I’d like to give you an update on a few important matters, the first being our relationship with the Technion in Israel. Our liaison at Technion recently spoke with our science coordinator, Amy Hamacher, about the final section of the multi-year collaborative science program Technion has designed for Abrams. This program is the first of its kind for both Technion and AHA, and Technion is so enthusiastic about the results that it is hoping to make the curriculum available to other schools throughout the U.S. We at Abrams are proud to have been at the forefront of this innovative endeavor and to have provided the impetus for Technion to develop this interactive science program. It is an honor to be affiliated with such a prestigious world-renowned institution.


Some of you may have wondered what we are doing with the old library room in the nursery area, and I am very pleased to report that the room has been transformed into a mini-synagogue that replicates the Bristol Jewish Center. The Bristol Jewish Center was formed over 100 years ago and was the first synagogue in Bucks County. It recently merged its congregation with Kol Emet in Yardley, and its leadership asked if Abrams would be willing to take its furnishings and its memorial plaques to ensure that they had a place to be displayed. According to the Torah it is a Mitzvah to remember the departed, so it is our honor to be able to make sure that these people continue to be memorialized. The room can be utilized as a conference room, a meeting space, for adult education, or many other purposes. The Bristol Jewish Center kindly donated funds to the school that will be matched by the PEJE grant we’ve been awarded, so we offer sincere thanks to the Center and its leadership, primarily Alan Vogenberg.
Finally, I am happy to give you an optimistic update on Yuval Miara’s health. As many of you know he has been receiving chemotherapy for over 2 years. He just began a new course of treatment that will hopefully extend his life for a number of months, so this is really good news. Let us continue to pray for his health.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy New Year and a well-deserved break.
Rabbi Ira Budow


Abrams Community Family Fun Day

Abrams Hebrew Academy 
Community Fun Day
Mr. Brian Chevlin & Dr. Jill Schwartz-Chevlin and 
Michael Segal ’00
It is very fitting that Mr. Brian Chevlin, Dr. Jill Schwartz-Chevlin and Michael Segal ’00 are this year’s honorees at our first Community Family Fun Day. 
Brian and Jill Chevlin epitomize everything that makes Abrams the special, family community that it is. Their two older children are Abrams alumni, and their third child, Sabrina, graduates this year. The Chevlins are devoted supporters of Abrams, Israel, and Jewish education. Their children have gone on to attend Jewish high schools after graduation from AHA and continue to live their lives with Jewish values.
The Chevlins are active members of their community- whether it is their support of Beth El Synagogue East Windsor, their involvement with Federation, AIPAC, or Abrams Hebrew Academy- they are always champions of Jewish organizations and causes. As we all know, their commitment to our school is long-standing and steadfast, and they are worthy recipients of special recognition this year.
Michael Segal ’00 is not only an Abrams alumnus, but currently serves on the AHA Board of Directors. Michael was an active participant in student government and devoted to his Judaic studies while at Abrams. He remains a part of the Abrams community, and has taken on the role of board member to continue his family’s commitment to AHA. His parents are also long-time supporters of Abrams, and they are whole-heartedly committed to advancing Jewish institutions and Zionism.
Our honorees all embody Abrams teachings -a commitment to not only promote Jewish causes individually, but to pass on this love and dedication to our children. They are truly examples of what it means when we say, L’dor v’dor, and we are happy to honor them.


Abrams Community Family Fun Day


$250 per family (parents & children)

if paid before January 15!!

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

You will need ALL the strength you can muster to ride the mechanical bull (aptly named “The Beast!”.
Use the winter break to exercise and burn enough calories to eat LOTS of the delicious BBQ served at this fun-filled event.
Don’t miss the discount deadline!  January 15th will be here in the blink of a “Bulls”eye!!


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

After School Art Club
After School Art Club

After School Art Club will continue!
January 25-April 4
See below for registration form and details.
Contact Donna Moskowitz at dmoskowitz@aha.jdschools.org.

Basketball Schedule Revised
Revised Basketball Schedule 2015-16

Lunch Program
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Falafel, pita, hummus, Israeli salad
Mac & Cheese, 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
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


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