Abrams Extra 2/1/19

Abrams Extra February 1, 2019



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Translate the Extra
2019 Matching Campaign
Jerusalem Mural Wall
Parent Information for Annual Campaign
Rabbi Budow’s Live Underground
Super Sunday
New Kosher Supermarket
Scholar-in-Residence Beth El East Windsor
Homefront Donations
After School Art Club
Revised Basketball Schedule 2018-19
Donation Bricks
Security Reminders
Cell Phone Rules
Donor Support
School Lunches
Car Pool Rules
Dress Code Rules

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February 1, 2019/ 26 Sh’vat


Candle Lighting 4:56 pm/ Mishpatim



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Dear Parents:
Next week, for 36 hours beginning at 9 am February 5 and ending at 9 pm on February 6, Abrams will conduct its annual fundraising event. When we set this year’s goal it seemed astronomical- last year donations totaled a little over $300,000, a large increase over previous years when the totals were in the $200,000 range. However, the financial situation at Abrams and all private schools has become more and more precarious, and the school’s financial future depends on a substantial increase in donations. That being said, we set this year’s goal at $600,000! Of course, this is a large amount of money for Abrams to raise, and some people asked, “What makes you think that this is remotely realistic?”
Fortunately, many of Abrams’ benefactors and donors felt the keen sense of urgency and need and believe in the mission of the school and the value of a Jewish education. These “angels” not only increased their own donations, but solicited new sources of funding for Abrams. As a result, we are thrilled to report that the campaign has already raised approximately $275,000 in NEW money! That definitely makes the $600,000 goal doable, and I want to thank everyone who has already contributed to Abrams’ future by donating early.
On February 5 we will launch our campaign, and I will fulfill a dream from my “other life” to be a radio announcer. I grew up in the 60’s when disc jockeys were celebrities in their own right, so it was something I always thought would be fun to do. I will take that opportunity Tuesday evening when I take a trip back to the future and emcee a show for the annual campaign that will celebrate the theme of this year’s fundraising- the anniversary of the 20th annual trip to Israel.


I am proud of this amazing accomplishment for our school- we have taken hundreds of students and their families to Israel in the past 20 years, and the show will feature many people who participated in the trip and allow them to reflect on what it meant to them to see the Holy Land with fellow members of the Abrams community. We want the show to be exciting and diverse, so will interview this year’s 8th grade class to hear their feelings about their upcoming trip, feature guest appearances from local Rabbis, including Rabbis Kornsgold and Shemtov, and include musical interludes, sports, and surprise entertainment in our 2 hour program to motivate everyone to participate in the campaign, donate to the school, and reach out to family and friends for support, too.


This week your children will bring home a small tzedakah box that will house your phone on Shabbat and remind you to answer the call when you are contacted!
I urge everyone to participate in the annual fundraising campaign and help us to achieve our $600,000 goal!
Rabbi Ira Budow


2019 Annual Matching Campaign

2019 Annual Matching Campaign
Abrams has raised $440,000 for the campaign even before we begin the on-line match-a-thon. Please continue the momentum and help us reach our goal of $600,000. With everyone’s participation we can do it!!!!
Donate Online:
9:00 am February 5, 2019-
9:00 pm February 6, 2019
The annual fundraising event starts:
Every dollar you donate to our 36 hour campaign
will be quadrupled thanks to generous donors and the members of the Abrams board of directors.
You can donate for 36 hours beginning 9:00 am Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Volunteers are still needed- if you can give any time to help Abrams reach its goal, please contact Debra Goldfarb: dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org.

Jerusalem Mural Wall

Jerusalem Mural Wall 
Please consider participating in the Jerusalem Mural project commemorating the 20th anniversary of the annual Israel Trip.
A $360 donation earns you a line with your name (along with two other donors) on a plaque on the steps.

Parents Information for Campaign



Our annual fundraising campaign is NEXT WEEK! Abrams needs everyone’s help to make this ambitious $600,000 goal a success. Please donate and volunteer in whatever capacity you can- Abrams is depending on all of us!
Please click on the links for more information about our 2019 annual campaign.

Rabbi Budow’s Live Underground 

Annual Fundraising Match-a-thon
Rabbi Budow’s Live Underground
Tuesday, February 5th 
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tune in at 2019 Annual On-Line Campaign to see Rabbi Budow’s live underground show featuring videos, music, and many surprise guests talking about Abrams, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Israel trip, and raising funds for the school!
This is bound to be a fun, exciting program, so make sure that you mark your calendars to donate and participate!!!





As we all know, recruitment is the lifeline of the school, and we need your help as ambassadors for Abrams.
For example, Alan Vogenberg, a long-time supporter of Abrams, recently spoke at a Jewish War Veterans gathering where there were a number of young people. He told me that he went out of his way to approach these people to discuss Abrams with them for their school-age children, and I thought that was very nice, but didn’t really expect anything to come from that. However, a family recently came to visit Abrams and enrolled their 2 children at the school. When I asked how they heard about the school, they took out Alan’s card and told me that they were at the JWV gathering where Alan spoke to them so glowingly about the school.
Alan Vogenberg is a man who is over 80 years old and still advocates for Abrams and Jewish education. If every person with children at the school would reach out and recruit just one family to enroll at Abrams our enrollment would substantially increase with very little effort on each individual’s part.
As an added incentive to current parents I intend to approach the Board of Directors to approve a tuition credit for parents who recruit new families who enroll their children at the school. I will let everyone know details as soon as I speak to the Board, but I am hoping that this added financial benefit will produce increased enrollment for our school and help to ensure our future.
Rabbi Ira Budow



Jewish Federation Super Sunday







New Kosher Supermarket




Bingo Warehouse
I consider myself somewhat a connoisseur of kosher restaurants and food stores, and I am always on the hunt for new places. I recently visited Bingo Warehouse on Rt. 70 in Lakewood, NJ, and I am really excited to tell you about it!
I say, entirely tongue-in-cheek, that if Hashem opened a supermarket, this would be it! Bingo Warehouse is like a kosher Costco. It is huge, and has everything you could possibly want or need in kosher foods at great prices. For example, uncooked first cut brisket was priced at $8 per pound, and corned beef was $5 per pound. The store also sells house wares, paper goods, etc. The Asbury Press printed an article about the store opening at:
It is definitely a good place to shop for Passover! (Bingo does not have take-out available, but Seasons market is located about 2 miles away, and they do have kosher food to go).













Scholar-in-Residence Weekend


Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D. 
Speaking on: 
Jewish Ethical Challenges of this Hour
Rabbi Sabath is a scholar, Jewish institutional leader, author, spiritual leader, higher education administrator and public speaker. Most recently Rabbi Sabath led a four-campus team to achieve the goals of a five-year strategic plan as the National Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC). In 2013 she was also appointed President’s Scholar and most recently was also appointed Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics. Rabbi Sabath has taught courses on liturgy, modern Jewish thought, gender, and theology as an adjunct member of the faculty at HUC for over 16 years.

Prior to her recent national role at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Sabath served as Vice President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and for over a decade as a 

member of the Institute’s faculty, while directing the Hartman Lay leadership, Rabbinic leadership, and
Christian leadership programs for North American leaders as well as programs in pluralism and Jewish identity for officers of the IDF. 
Ordained in New York in 1995, Rabbi Sabath also earned a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary. For more than a decade she also served seasonally as the rabbi of Congregation Shirat HaYam on Nantucket Island. Rabbi Sabath lived in Israel for nearly 15 years and currently lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their three children.


Shabbat lunch and Saturday evening sessions are free of charge and open to the public.
Reservations are requested by Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 to the Beth El Synagogue office: admin@bethel.net or 609-443-4454.
Please contact the Beth El Synagogue office for further information.


Homefront Donations Needed

4th Annual Drive
Canned Goods/Socks 
Donations to Homefront
Ms. Abramowitz and her English classes are holding the the 4th Annual Drive to benefit Homefront, a NJ organization dedicated to helping homeless families become self-sufficient. Homefront offers services and assistance to over 14,000 families a year.
You can participate by purchasing or donating canned goods and new socks with tags on them. The canned goods and socks will be delivered by a group of students and their teacher directly to Homefront. 
Collection Dates:
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – 
Friday, February 8, 2019


Please deliver all donations toMs. Abramowitz – Room 34 (3rd floor)


Thank you for your generosity and for helping Abrams Hebrew Academy teach tzdekah to our students by making them active participants in the community


After School Art
After School Art w/
Donna Moskowitz
After School Art Club 
Tuesday- 3:30-5
January 15-March 19
Cost: $100
Sign up form:

Revised Basketball Schedule 2018/19





 AHA Revised Basketball Schedule
(updated 1/18/19)
Click below to see the basketball schedule for the girls and boys teams. Go Abrams and Mr. G!



Bricks in the Link

Buy a Brick on the Link Wall and
Support AHA



Support Abrams by purchasing a commemorative brick on the wall in the Link for a $100 donation. The bricks are made of colored Plexiglas and visibly located on the wall outside the gym.
Buy a brick to commemorate a special occasion- it is a wonderful and lasting gift to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah,  birthday, anniversary, graduation, or to recognize the memory of a loved one or friend.
Your donation will be acknowledged to the recipient, and Abrams will benefit from your donation.


Please contact the office if you would like to purchase a brick.



“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.


Safety and Security Reminders



Reminder- 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!




Cell Phone Rules
REMINDER: Cell Phone Rules
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society.  However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of school.  Our cell phone/personal electronic devices policy is designed to keep the focus on education.
At the start of the school day, all cell phones MUST BE TURNED OFF (NOT IN SILENT MODE) AND STORED IN THE STUDENT’S LOCKER OR BOOK BAG FROM 8:30 AM UNTIL 3:30 PM. Students are not permitted to carry them on their person or to use them to make or receive any calls or text messages during the given time.
If a student has an emergency, and needs to be in contact with someone, she/he must use a school phone, or have the permission of  a faculty member, to use his/her cell phone.  Parents should contact the school office, if they have an emergency message for their
Electric devices, such as iPods, or hand-held gaming devices may be used on the bus/van transportation to/from school, prior to school, and following school.   Students must turn off and place these items in their locker/backpack during school hours.
If any of these items are out at the inappropriate time, they will be confiscated by staff, and given to the director of discipline.
Students will be allowed to bring cell phones on school trips for emergency use only.  Any hand-held gaming device will be the responsibility of the students on a school trip.
The school is not responsible for lost, misplaced, damaged or stolen electronic devices/cell phones.
1st Offense – Phone confiscated, and returned at the end of the day.
2nd Offense – Phone confiscated, returned at the end of the day, and written notification that requires parent signature.
3rd Offense – Phone confiscated, and parent must pick up phone from director of discipline.
4th Offense – Suspension from school



Support AHA Donor Businesess
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.
Some of these generous people are:
Expert Home Care
McCaffrey’s Food Market
Team Toyota
Swartz & Culleton
Rothenberg Law Firm
Flager & Associates
Princeton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Marcus & Auerbach


Marlowe, Zwillenberg & Ghaderi
Your Eyes Center

Espresso Cafe

Center For SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery
* 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.


School Lunches

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

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 Dress Code
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 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 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 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


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 Communications: dsattin@abramsonline.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Tuesday of the target week.




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