Abrams Extra 12/9/16

Abrams Extra December 9, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
EITC Update
Judy Kozak News
Chanukah at the Abrams Residence
Safe Kids Presentation
Spotlight on Judaic Studies Class
Parenting Meeting
Student Government
JNF and Israel Fire Relief
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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Candle Lighting 4:16 pm/ Vayetze

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
As the Presidential election has shown, the media now plays an increasingly important role in influencing politic and policies, and Dan Lieberman ’01, is an Abrams alumnus who is a rising star in the broadcast field. The bright lines between traditional media coverage and digital venues like Facebook, Snapchat, etc., are becoming more and more blurred, and Dan’s digital reports will be shared with CNN’s TV and digital audiences.
 Dan has held positions both on-air and behind the scenes as a correspondent, anchor and producer at news outlets that include ABC, Nightline, and Fusion.  His new position is with CNN as a long-form/original series correspondent for digital and TV. Dan conceptualizes and presents stories that focus on social issues such as criminal justice, the war against drugs, addiction, and violent extremism in the U.S. His reporting focuses on the most marginalized populations in the U.S., demonstrating how politics and policies affect the lives of average citizens.
Abrams is proud of Dan and the path he has taken to make a difference in the world. It is gratifying to watch our alumni build on the education and Jewish values taught at Abrams as their careers unfold. Dan is one of many Abrams alumni who have exciting, meaningful careers, and we will showcase more of our alums in the future.
P.S.- I usually watch Fox News, but now that Dan is at CNN I might have to watch that, too!
Rabbi Ira Budow



EITC Update
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.



Judy Kozak
Abrams is pleased to announce that Judy Kozak will be assisting in the Kindergarten class along with Ms. Miller! Mrs. Kozak will be in the classroom 3 days a week.
We are extremely fortunate to welcome our beloved Mrs. Kozak back to the Abrams family to add her special touch to Kindergarten.
Many thanks to Judy for her devotion to the Abrams community!




Chanukah at the Abrams Residence 



Chanukah Visit to Abrams Residence

Our 8th grade students visited “their” seniors at the Abrams Residence and shared the experience of Chanukah. They talked, created craft projects, and enjoyed donuts together as part of the monthly get-togethers funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund.
Once again, our students brought their ruach to the Abrams Residence and continued to forge inter-generational bonds with new friends.
This interaction is definitely a win-win for all concerned.

Safe Kids Presentation

Spotlight on Morah Bracha


Morah Bracha’s 5th grade Dinim (Jewish Law) students are currently studying the laws relating to the Beit Knesset.
The class is learning everything there is to know about the synagogue- i.e., Tefilot, the ark, the Bimah, and the Ner Tamid, customs, and the Torah service.
The Synagogue is the focal point of Jewish life, and Morah Bracha’s goal is to give her students a full appreciation and understanding of the magnitude of its’ importance.
The students will each be assigned a historic synagogue to research and replicate in a model to be displayed at the school. Stay tuned for pictures of the exhibit…..



Parenting Meeting with Dr. P


Next Parenting Meeting January 10, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8:30 a.m.
Thanks to those who participated in the “parenting styles” meeting. Our next group will focus on acquiring literacy skill.
Looking forward to seeing you,
Dr. P


P.S. We now have a coffee maker!


Student Government News

Student Government News
  • 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:

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


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