It is said that each week’s Parsha imparts its spirit to us today. This week’s Parsha Beshalach is the one I read at my Bar Mitzvah 52 years ago, and most people believe that the retelling of the splitting of the Red Sea is the highlight of the Parsha. However, I believe that the true spirit of this Parsha is that of Jewish women. The Torah portion focuses on Miriam, who not only saved her brother Moses, but the Nation of Israel, as well.
After Pharaoh’s death decree for all Jewish baby boys, Miriam’s father Amram was so distressed that he decided not to have any more children whom he knew would be killed. He even divorced his wife, Jochebed, to ensure this. Miriam bravely went to her father and convinced him that by divorcing Jochebed and refusing to have children he was actually acting worse than Pharaoh. She argued that some of these as-yet unborn children would be girls and would be permitted to live. These girls would have the potential to reproduce and save the Jewish people from extinction, and therefore deserved to be born. Miriam managed to convince Amram of the rightness of her argument, and he remarried Jochebed, who subsequently bore Moses. As we all know, Miriam then saved Moses as a baby who lived to lead the Jews out of Egypt.
When Hashem parted the Red Sea and the Israelites celebrated the miracle of their survival Moses led the men in celebratory songs of praise to Hashem, while Miriam played the tambourine and sang her song of praise along with the women. In this Parsha we see a strong, independent, woman leader who played a vital part in the survival of the Jewish people.
This week’s Haftorah, which I am keenly aware is the longest, also showcases the spirit of a strong and impressive Jewish woman, Devorah, who was a prophetess and a judge. Devorah was chosen by Hashem to be the judge and commander-in-chief of the Jewish people. It was her mission to lead the Jews to a return to the following of Torah. When Devorah told her husband Barak that Hashem commanded them to gather their troops and fight Sisra, King Yavin’s general, Barak told Devorah that he would only go to war if she went along with him. The Israelites won their battle with Sisra’s troops, and although Sisra escaped the battle, he was drugged and killed by a Canaanite woman, Yael, with whom he sought shelter, giving the Jews total victory.
In honor of Hashem and to celebrate their military victory and the Jewish Nation’s spiritual return to Torah, Devorah and Barak sang a celebratory song of blessings and gratitude to Hashem. Devorah believed wholeheartedly in Torah and knew that it was imperative for the Jews to return to its wisdom and to Hashem. She was chosen by G-d to be a leader of the Jewish people and is a formidable Jewish heroine.
This week’s Torah Parsha is one that celebrates women like Miriam and Devorah- leaders, visionaries, and matriarchs of the Jewish people. Abrams encourages and teaches our young women to be strong, independent thinkers who know that they can be whomever and whatever they strive to be in their unlimited future lives.
Rabbi Ira Budow
EITC Opportunity Update
for a One Year Commitment
Abrams now has commitments of $85,000 from 3 new EITC participants thanks to the help of Brandon Swartz!!
The Jewish Scholarship LLC still has $100,000 available, but this opportunity only lasts for the next 2 weeks.
If you are able to participate yourself or know someone whom you believe would be interested, please contact Rabbi Budow immediately!
This funding will make a significant positive impact on AHA’s 2018-19 budget- you can make the difference!!
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 is on its way, and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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…..
Many thanks to the AHA PTO volunteers and Office Personnel who came together to make sure that the mailing to our annual fundraising event was sent out on time.
Morah Sonya’s first grade class once again presented a beautiful program at the annual Siddur Play. Each child created a unique and special Siddur that will remain an important part of her/his Abrams experience throughout the years.
This beautiful ceremony with its heartfelt performances is a beautiful testament to the warm and nurturing Jewish environment Abrams creates for its students every day.
Thanks to Morah Sonia once again for her hard work, and thanks to our music teacher, Audrey Maks, as well.
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.
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…
“New Family Recruitment”
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.
Parenting Meeting with Dr. P
February 13, 2018
On February 13, our meeting will review the latest research on children’s friendships. Join us with questions, concerns, and opinions!
See you then,
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (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