Abrams Extra 1/8/16

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Candle Lighting
Community Family Fun Event
Community Family Fun Event
Community Family Fun Event
Alternate Transportation Permission
After School Art Program
Basketball Practice Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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January 8, 2016/  27 Tevet
Candle Lighting 4:34 pm/ Va’era



Rabbi Budow
I am happy to announce that Abrams now has a historic addition to its building, courtesy of the Bristol Jewish Center. The Bristol Jewish Center was the oldest synagogue in Bucks County. It existed in a thriving Jewish community in Bristol, PA until its recent merger with Kol Emet in Yardley, PA. I recently visited the synagogue building on Pond Street and was surprised to see that it was a sizable structure with all of the amenities, including a gym, which one would find in any modern synagogue.
Over the summer I received a phone call from a representative of the Bristol Jewish Center, Alan Vogenberg, asking if Abrams would be willing to help perpetuate the memories of the deceased members of the synagogue by finding a place within the school for the memorial plaques. I thought that would be the extent of our participation in aiding the synagogue, but soon realized that Mr. Vogenberg and his wife had even more in mind. They not only wanted to perpetuate the memories of the deceased, but to memorialize the essence of the synagogue itself.
During the past few months an unused room in the school that was previously a library and chapel was transformed into a miniature replica of the Bristol Jewish Center. The room is set up exactly like the chapel at the Bristol Jewish Center, complete with memorial plaques, original ark, benches, library, and all of the old (many original) artifacts. The Bristol Jewish Center will express its gratitude to Abrams by making a sizable donation to the school, and we are appreciative of the generosity. The room will be used for meetings, ceremonies, and other purposes, but it is most importantly a special place that remembers the deceased, but also keeps the synagogue alive.
I am currently reading a book entitled “Return to Zion- The History of Modern Israel,” and there is a portion in the book discussing the fate of a small shul in Germany attacked by Stormtroopers during the beginning years of the Holocaust. The book describes how “the crowd tore the Holy Ark wide open; and three men who had smashed the ark, threw the Scrolls of the Law of Moses out.” At the end of the attack, “the little synagogue was a heap of stone, broken glass and smashed-up woodwork.” After reading this description of the total desecration of a shul I realized what a mitzvah it is for us to make a space for the Bristol Jewish Center and to keep its memories alive.
Abrams is proud to house photos, plaques and memories of Holocaust survivors in the Holocaust Library, memorial plaques from the Oxford Valley Jewish Center, and now the replica of the Bristol Jewish Center. It is a good thing to teach our children to remember those who came before us and to keep these people and institutions alive.
Rabbi Ira Budow


Important Message from Rabbi Budow
I want to inform everyone about a piece of news that on the surface seems like bad news, but is really good news in the long-run. The bad news is that I found out that I have blockages in my heart arteries that require by-pass surgery, but the good news is that the doctors discovered it before there was any damage to my heart. I am blessed with my wife, who pushed me to seek another medical opinion, and with the friendship of Gregg Pressman, a parent of AHA alums, who is also a great cardiologist and has helped me choose a surgeon. My surgery will take place on January 14, 2016 at Einstein Medical Center, Montgomery.

I have total confidence that Mrs. Kornsgold, Rabbi O, along with the other administrators, teachers and staff will keep things organized and running smoothly while I am not on-site. I anticipate that I will be able to return to school after 5 or so weeks of recuperation at home, and that I will be stronger and healthier than ever.
I ask that you help me by raising money for our upcoming annual fund raising event, since I won’t be able to chase after you for awhile! I also ask for your prayers- my Hebrew name is Yisrael Ben Sima Esther.
Thank you for all of your support,
Rabbi Ira Budow


Abrams Community Family Fun Day



$250 per family (parents & children)

if paid before January 15!!

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

RSVP to dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org

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

Abrams Community Family Fun Day

Abrams Community Family Fun Day!
Join us at this fun-filled occasion FOR FREE! Yes, you can earn FREE ADMISSION for you and your family.
It’s easy to do- Sell only four ¼ page ads or any combination of ads that total $1440 and you get FREE admission to this event for your entire family (parents and children) – You know you can do it!
Everyone knows people whom they can solicit during this once-a-year fund raising appeal to support our school and our children. Ask the people whom you know- your attorney, doctor, accountant, local businesses that you frequent, grandparents and other relatives- you get the idea. All you have to do now is make your list, go out with the ad journal forms, and ask your prospects for their ads!
Help us to make this year’s fund raising event a huge success. We can only do it with everyone’s cooperation, and selling ads is a simple way to make a real difference to the school and to attend this family-centered community event for FREE!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Abrams Hebrew Academy Community Family Fun Day- March 13. 2016!!
Click below to get the ad journal form!!!

Alternate Transportation Permission 
Abrams is thrilled that our students want to spend time together after school, and we are happy to facilitate these after school friendships. We also want to ensure the safety of our children, and part of that responsibility is to make sure that children are not going home on a different bus or in a private car without WRITTEN permission from their parent(s).
Please make sure to write a note for your child to bring into the office or to email the office (cwallace@abramsonline.org) by the morning of the day you are giving permission for your child to go home with a friend. That will allow us to make sure there is room on the bus and that we know with whom your child is traveling home after school.
Thanks for your cooperation.

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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Information about the Extra

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