This week’s Parsha is Beshallach, which was my Bar Mitzvah Parsha. The Rabbis say that every year the spirit of each Parsha returns, and this week’s portion talks about the parting of the Red Sea. We are all familiar with the story of how the Moses and the men all rose to sing a song of praise to Hashem, and it is important to remember that the women, under the leadership of Miriam, sang songs of praise to Hashem, as well.
The Haftorah talks about Devorah, the prophetess, leader and judge, who is, along with Miriam, a stellar example for Jewish women. In this reading, Devorah is portrayed in all of her greatness, and she embodies everything that women can and should do.
The Girl’s Minyan at Abrams is an important part of the school, and there is a print hanging in the Girl’s Chapel of Miriam at the parting of the Red Sea that depicts women as leaders who show their ruach along with the men. Women should be and are front and center in Judaism and Abrams promotes this tenet throughout the school.
The Boy’s Minyan is also an integral part of Abrams, and it is really nice to see people from Knesset Hasefer and the original Bristol Jewish Center joining the Abrams students and faculty in morning prayers. Alan Vogenberg, Allen Rothenberg, and many others join with us each day and demonstrate the true, inclusive spirit of a minyan. During the service our boys collect tzedakah, gabbais give out aliyahs and thanks to the generosity of Allen Rothenberg, everyone enjoys a monthly special breakfast.
I cannot emphasize the importance of the minyan enough- it builds a foundation that teaches all Jews about the service and allows them to feel comfortable going to any synagogue in the world to pray, say a Mi Shebairach for the ill, and stay connected to their heritage. I am extremely proud of both of our minyans that encourage each of our children to be leaders, both boys and girls.
Rabbi Ira Budow
Abrams 10th Annual Cholent Bowl
The 10th annual Cholent Bowl was the final event culminating a week that celebrated the beauty and importance of Shabbat. The cholent contest gave the Abrams community a true “taste” of the meaning of Shabbat, both figuratively and literally!
This year we were privileged to have 8 judges, and Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg and Joe Glassman, both of whom who have been judges many times, said that this year’s 11 cholent entries were the best ever.
Abrams is proud to announce that the 5th grade class, under the supervision of Morah Bracha, created the winning cholent- “Rockin’ Moroccan.”
Again, thanks to the Beirig family, Epstein’s, and Seasons for donating the cholent meat and fixings.
Girl Scout Cookies
Buy Girl Scout Cookies!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Available during Lunch and Recess
Girl Scout Troop 266 will sell cookies on Wednesday, February 15th during lunch and recess in the lunchroom- support our Girl Scouts and enjoy delicious cookies!
Make sure not to miss out on your favorite flavors…..
Super Sunday Bucks County Jewish Coalition
February 12, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Join Bucks County Jewish Coalition for
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s
SUPER SUNDAY @ JRA
jewishphilly.org/supersunday | 215.832.0630
For more information contact Eve Berger at email@example.com
JRA warehouse, 10980 Dutton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154
Bus will depart from Shir Ami, 101 Richboro Road, Newtown, PA 18940, at 2:15 p.m.
Canned Goods Drive
AHA Canned Goods Drive
Ms. Abramowitz’s 5th 6th, 7th and 8 grades are collecting canned goods to donate to the homeless at HomeFront. This collection drive is intended to bring awareness to the fact that we can all make a difference in the lives of people who are less fortunate than we are, and providing a meal to someone who is hungry is a wonderful act of tzedakah.
The students have been collecting cans of food and created posters that they’ve hung throughout our school to spread the word to everyone that we can all change lives one can at a time.
Please bring donations to Mrs. Abramowitz, Room 34, starting now. The drive will run until mid-March.
Thank you for your support.
Abrams Annual Fundraiser
Save The Date!
February 28, 2017
24 Hours Starting at 1:00 p.m.
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…..
March Special Programs
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10 IDF soldiers will visit Abrams. They will have lunch with the students and then talk about their experiences in the military.
It is always a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet these brave young soldiers discussing Israel and serving their country. We are particularly pleased to welcome 2 women soldiers this year, and it’s bound to be a fun, inspirational, and informative afternoon.
Tal Brody and the film, “ON THE MAP”
During the same week of March 20, 2017 (Date TBA) Tal Brody, Israeli basketball star and cultural icon, will visit Abrams at the screening of the film, “ON THE MAP.”
ON THE MAP tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 win of the European Cup. Through the conduit of sports, ON THE MAP tells a much broader story of Israel and the Jewish people during the Cold War. The film recounts how the underdog Israeli team prevailed over CSKA Moscow (known in the West as “Red Army”) – a team that refused to play against Israel. Moments after this highly charged and historical win, American player Tal Brody captured the heart of the young nation when he famously said, “Israel is ON THE MAP, not just in sport, but in everything.”
Come to my office on Tuesday March 7 at 8:30 when we discuss the role of play in your child’s development.
We will also investigate what Americans value in school and compare that to other nations.
All Abrams parents are welcome!
Friday Dismissal Schedule Change
Our last 1:45 Friday dismissal will be on March 10, 2017 (not March 3)
3:45 dismissal will resume on Friday, March 17, 2017- the end of the year
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!
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 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.
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