On Wednesday of this week Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations, wrote a statement marking the historic occasion of the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States. Rabbi Sacks describes the Jewish connection with Jerusalem as “the beating heart of Jewish faith for thousands of years” and the focus of prayers in synagogue and on every momentous occasion in Jewish life. Rabbi Sacks Statement
On Wednesday, as I listened to the pronouncement from the White House, I remember how I felt as a young boy when I heard the news of the Six Day War and realized that the Jews were finally able to visit the Kotel and pray in the Old City as they did for thousands of years in the past. As I sat with our students on Wednesday I thought about the resolution passed by Congress 22 years ago to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and rejoiced that the day had finally come for the U.S. to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital. I was heartened to see that our students understood the importance of this occasion and applauded this moment in history that means so much to the Jewish people.
I find it particularly ironic that this important event for Jews occurred so close to Chanukah, the holiday when we celebrate the re-dedication of the Beit Hamikdash in Jerusalem, and today Abrams will celebrate Israel and Chanukah.
Our Bnot Sherut women have been busy decorating the lunchroom and created a festive, Israeli atmosphere for our party. Students will be led in singing and dancing by Shia Solomon, a wonderful musician from NY, and of course there will be food, including special sufganiyot decorated with blue and white icing.
The Philadelphia Inquirer called to ask my reaction to the announcement and asked if I had concerns about potential violence. Of course I replied that the situation is not an easy one, but Jews have survived violence in the past and will do so again, if necessary. The reporter then asked me whether or not I still intend to take our students to Israel this year. I found her question troubling- in 2003 during the Intifada many Jews were not going to Israel, and Israel’s tourist industry was severely curtailed. Abrams visited Israel as it always did, and I was proud that we were one of the only schools to make the trip that year.
I firmly believe that as Jews we should not respond to difficulties with fear. Rather, we have to show courage- of course, we take the necessary precautions, but we still should live our lives and do what we want to do. If we do not support Israel by actually going there we are essentially giving up on the country, and I am not willing to do that. So, my answer is, “Of course we are going to Israel this year,” and I encourage everyone to make the trip to our homeland and its capital, Jerusalem.
Rabbi Ira Budow
2018 Annual Fundraising Campaign
2018 ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Before you know it we will begin this year’s annual fundraising campaign. Now is the time of year when we give thanks for the blessings we have and make donations to organizations that are meaningful to us. While we are in the giving spirit I ask you to consider making your annual donation to the Abrams fundraising campaign even before it is formally launched. Last year’s crowd-sourcing campaign was extremely popular and successful, so this year we will once again forego the expensive “event” and raise money that will be used towards the education of our children with little to no cost to the school.
We already have an incredible start to our campaign- over $100,000 has been pledged by generous “matchers,” and I am confident that once again our community will step forward and make it possible to reach our goal. Remember- each contribution is worth 4 times as much, thanks to the generosity of our major donors.
More details about the dates and how you can get involved will follow, but please consider making your donation now to be used towards our matching campaign.
This year we are honoring faculty and staff who have been at Abrams for 10 years or more, and it is very impressive that we have 17 people who have served Abrams and our students for over a decade!
2018 Honorees (Donna Moskowitz not pictured)
Our faculty/staff honorees are:
Rabbi Ira Budow
Rabbi Isaac Leizeroski
Rabbi Joshua Ottensoser
Rabbi Chaim Tesser
The Menorah Contest is underway for all students in grade 1 to 8.
Students should bring in their entries which will be displayed in the Lunchroom.
We are in the midst of cold, cough, flu and stomach bug season. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) has determined influenza activity has increased in the Commonwealth for the last two weeks.
The PADOH encourages all people not yet immunized against this year’s flu strains to speak to their primary care providers about vaccination.
We continue to promote student and staff wellness by reinforcing our efforts to decrease the spread of infection. All students will continue to be encouraged in good hygiene practices. Additionally, our maintenance staff will maintain their sanitizing efforts making sure that common use areas are cleaned daily.
We ask that you are mindful of the following guidelines when considering whether to send your child to school.
Please keep your child home if:
Your child has an elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more or has had temperature in the last 24 hours. Students should be free of fever without the use of fever reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
Your child has vomited in the last 24 hours.
Your child has had repeated episodes of diarrhea.
Your child complains of chills, loss of appetite, dizziness, earache, and/or lingering headache.
Your child has a significant amount of untreated nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or green in color.
Your child has a persistent frequent cough and/or sore throat.
Please note that medications such as Motrin or Tylenol can reduce symptoms such as fever and malaise but DO NOT decrease a child’s level of contagiousness.
Keep in mind most doctors recommend 24 to 48 hours on antibiotic before a child is no longer deemed infectious.
Please see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website https://www.cdc.gov/ for more information about seasonal illness care and prevention.
Keeping your child home when he/she is sick will ensure that your child has time to recover and reduce the spread of illness to others. We deeply appreciate your conscious effort to support the comfort and well-being of your child, other students and staff at our school.
Shelley Wigler, RN, BSN
Abrams Hebrew Academy
Parent Meeting with AHA School Psychologist- Dr. Donna Porwancher
Please join us for a discussion of popularity
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
I look forward to seeing you on the 7th day of Hanukkah! – Dr. P
Espresso Cafe Open House
“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.
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