This week I am very excited to talk about the Shabbaton- a tradition that we are bringing back from previous years. The first Shabbaton we held at Abrams was 32 years ago, held right here at the school. All I can say is that it was complete mayhem! The other adult chaperones and I were up all night and felt like we were herding cats for most of the time. The children thought it was all terrific and were none the worse for wear the following day, but the adults were all completely exhausted!
After that first experience we held some of our Shabbatons in Brooklyn, NY with Rabbi Katz, where the students enjoyed the sights and sounds of Jewish synagogues, restaurants, and shopping, all within a small geographical area, and some in Lakewood, NJ, where the children also interacted with the Jewish community and celebrated Shabbat. In recent years we have not held the Shabbaton, but we decided to resurrect it for the 7th grade, and today they are going to Lakewood, NJ for Shabbat.
Over the years Lakewood has evolved into one of the most robust Jewish communities in the world. You can find anything and everything Jewish there- Amazing Savings, a discount house wares store offering every conceivable item for the home, numerous bakeries, restaurants, Judaica stores abound, and of course there are synagogues and Jewish schools galore. Abrams is blessed to have staff members who live in Lakewood and offered to facilitate this exciting weekend for our students.
Rabbi O and his Judaic Studies staff have worked extremely hard to make this a great experience- the students will definitely be immersed in the Lakewood community. In addition to attending services, Oneg Shabbats, and enjoying many opportunities to socialize and interact with the friends and neighbors of Rabbi O and Morah Zahava, there are many recreational activities planned, as well. The students will bowl, visit one of the largest kosher supermarkets in the country, Gourmet Glat, and eat in many local restaurants. Another highlight of the visit will be the chance to re-connect with a former teacher, Morah Hendi, who will attend many of the events.
I am proud that 90% of the class will be together in Lakewood this weekend to begin a week of studies about Shabbat culminating in the Cholent Bowl next Friday.
Many thanks to Rabbi O, the AHA staff, and the Lakewood community members who are making this happen!
Rabbi Ira Budow
Did You Know?
Hints for Successful Students and Parents
* All Abrams teachers are available to help their students during recess and lunch most days.
This year we celebrate Abrams’ 36th year in Yardley, PA and 36 years under the leadership of our esteemed Rabbi Ira Budow!
The first announcement of our annual matching fundraising campaign has been mailed. This year’s campaign is totally different, and Abrams is really excited about the opportunity to work with Charidy.com to make this the most successful campaign ever.
Pledges from generous “Matchers” will maximize the impact of your donation. Every $1 that you contribute is quadrupled! Yes, a contribution of $1=$4 for Abrams!
Save the Date- February 28, 2017- and stay tuned for what comes next…..
*Thanks to Carol Wallace, Yvonne Carroll, Debra Goldfarb, Emanuel Zur, Ellen Weiss, and our student volunteers for help with the mailing!
After School Learning
After School High School Learning
The after school high school learning program will begin in 2017-18. The classes will meet twice a week to study Hebrew language and Jewish texts.
This program will consist of a high level, rigorous curriculum and be open to Abrams graduates and selected outside students who already have a strong foundation in Jewish studies and Hebrew language.
Please contact Rabbi Budow if you are interested in this exciting, new program!
Visit with Yuval Miera
Abrams was thrilled to welcome long-time teacher and beloved friend Yuval Miera to Abrams today! Many of the current faculty and staff worked with Yuval when he was at Abrams, and everyone admires and respects him.
All of our prayers are with Yuval in his fight against cancer.
Dr. Donna Parent Meeting
Thanks to all who attended the January meeting.
We will be holding our next group on Tuesday February 7, 8:30 a.m.
February’s topic is “Grit,“ based on the current work of Dr. Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania.
The focus will be how to parent children to be persistent while achieving their goals.
All are welcome
See you then!
Thanks to everyone who came forward to participate in the EITC program for individuals so quickly! We have over $70,000 committed to the program for this year’s bonus funding and are grateful to our AHA community for its support, particularly on such short notice.
Now that we have completed the process for individuals to participate in 2016 our next task is to identify businesses that pay PA taxes and would be willing to participate in EITC on Abrams’ behalf.
The date for new business applications to the EITC program is July 1, 2017.
As you know, the business receives a tax credit in PA and a tax deduction on federal income taxes.
If you or someone you know has a business that can take advantage of this opportunity and help Abrams to offer financial assistance to our qualifying families, please contact Rabbi Ira Budow at 215-584-7919.
**We are starting now so that everyone is ready for he July 1, 2017 application date. The applications are ALL submitted on the same day, on a first-come, first-served basis, so timing is very critical.
Thank you for your consideration.
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Penne with vegetables & Feta
American cheese baguette
Fettuccine with marinara sauce
Egg salad & tuna salad sandwiches
Available Every Day:
Bagels, butter & cream cheese
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.
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 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.
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