Abrams Extra 2/17/17

Abrams Extra February 17, 2017



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Volunteers Needed
Support the Campaign
Wax Museum
Parenting Group
Model Synagogues
Upcoming Programs
Canned Goods
Friday Dismissal Date Change
After School High School Learning
EITC Update
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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February 17, 2017/  21  Shevat
Candle Lighting 5:23 pm/ Yitro

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
At Abrams we are extremely proud of our enduring bond with the land of Israel. We incorporate Israel into our day-to-day lives at school all year long in many ways- love and knowledge of Israel is woven into our curriculum throughout the grades; we celebrate all of the Jewish holidays along with Israeli culture; and the culmination of our student’s education at Abrams is the annual 8th grade graduation trip, an experience that is often a changing point in their lives.
On March 20 and March 21, 2017, we will celebrate Israel in two ways. On March 20 we will welcome a long-time friend, Tal Brody to visit the school. Tal Brody grew up in Trenton, NJ, and actually belonged to Rabbi Leizerowski’s synagogue when he was young. He was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets, but gave up his opportunity to play basketball in the NBA to bring the game to Israel and play for the Maccabi team at the behest of Moshe Dayan.
Tal will visit with the students and staff and present a film, ON THE MAP, about his experience as a basketball star leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to victory over the Russians in 1977and win the European Cup. He captured the heart of the young Israeli nation when he famously said, “Israel is ON THE MAP, not just in sport, but in everything.” The movie has been very successful in Israel, and Tal is now touring with the film throughout the U.S.
Each year when we go to Israel with the 8th grade Tal makes sure to arrange for the group to attend a Maccabi game, and last year he arranged for a tour of the stadium, as well. Tal is truly an icon to me- from Trenton to Tel Aviv he remains an incredible and special person. Whenever we are together in Israel people come over to thank him for everything he has done for Israel as a player and good will ambassador.
On March 21 we will once again welcome soldiers from the IDF. The soldiers will visit our students and share lunch together, when they will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences in the Army and talk about their everyday lives. This year the soldiers will include several young women, and we are happy to bring these women as examples to our female students of the independence and equality that women enjoy in the IDF along with their male counterparts. Some of our students have gone on from Abrams to make Aliyah and serve in the Israeli military, so these visits may encourage others to make Aliyah and follow in these soldiers’ footsteps.
I am looking forward to these two upcoming special days at Abrams that will further demonstrate and strengthen our bonds with the state of Israel, and I am sure that both of these events will be exciting for our students, as well.


Rabbi Ira Budow




Abrams Annual Fundraiser
Volunteers Needed for our Matching Annual Fundraising Campaign
February 28, 2017
24 Hours Starting at 1:00 p.m.- 
1:00 pm March 1, 2017
We are in need of volunteers to make phone calls at Abrams on February 28th from 1:00pm until 8:00pm and on March 1st from 9:00am until 1:00pm.in the “Operations Room”. 
Please contact Ellen Weiss, our board president elkie519@aol.com , or Dale Sattin, director of development & communications (dsattin@abramsonline.org)  if you are available at these times or if you can help with preparations in advance of the event.
The Abrams on-line fundraising campaign begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and ends at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Our campaign page is Matching Campaign link
Please share this link with friends and/or family who may want to contribute to this effort starting at 1:00 pm on February 28 – as you know, it is a matching campaign, and each donation is quadrupled! A $50 contribution equals $200 for Abrams.
Please help us to raise the funds to provide the best education for our children.
Thank you for your help!



Abrams Annual Fundraising Campaign
It is no surprise that keeping day schools alive today is difficult, and unfortunately many schools have been forced to close their doors. Abrams has not cut back in any way- in fact; we have increased our services to our students by adding faculty and programming that have greatly enhanced our educational environment.
We also know that tuition, even full tuition, does not cover the total cost of education, which is why we need to do fundraising, as well. This year, one of our board vice presidents, alumni parent, and strong supporter of the school, Steve Milstein, suggested that we replace the annual event, a costly and time-consuming undertaking, with a fundraising idea that would cost substantially less money and allow almost all of the proceeds to be used directly for education.
He suggested that we try a new concept and use Charidy.com to help us to raise the money for this year’s campaign. Steve and his wife, Eve, generously pledged a substantial amount of money to be one of our “matchers,” the board of directors came forward to be another “matcher,” and a group of generous individuals made up the third “matching” piece. These three groups of generous “matchers” mean that a $100 donation=$400 for the school!
We now ask you, our Abrams community, to join together in making this campaign a huge success by participating in any way you can. The live campaign will start at 1:00 pm. February 28, 2017 and run for 24 hours at Charidy.com/abrams. You can donate on-line on February 28, or send a check or call the office with your charge NOW.
Please be generous- there are no tickets to purchase, no money needed for clothes or babysitting- give your money directly to educating your children! We count on each and every family to participate in this worthwhile and necessary campaign to continue to provide the best education possible for our upcoming generations of Jewish leaders.
People are already responding to our mailing and social media outreach- for example, through the efforts of Alan Vogenberg, the Bristol Jewish Center donated $10,000, and Alan and his wife Audrey, along with many others, are donating money individually. There will be more outreach efforts soon, so stay tuned….!!
Thank you for your support!



Wax Museum
Wax Museum
Abrams 3d and 4th grade students participated in the annual Wax Museum. The children each chose an American public figure to represent, researched his/her biography, wrote reports, and dressed in costume for this fun and extremely educational event.
Thanks to Janet Zuazo for all of her hard work!

Parenting Group Meeting
Parenting Group
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.
Dr. P
All Abrams parents are welcome!   



Model Synagogues
Beit Hamikdash Re-creations


The 5th Grade, taught by Morah Bracha, recently completed a research project about famous historic synagogues. Their final assignment was to re-create one of the historic synagogues, and the students did an incredible job!
The model-building was the culmination of a study unit that focused on the laws concerning both the Beit Knesset and prayer.


Upcoming Programs
March Special Programs
Monday, March 20, 2017
Tal Brody and the film, “ON THE MAP”

Monday, March 20, 2017 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.”




Tuesday, March 21, 2017
IDF Soldiers
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.



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.



Friday Dismissal Schedule Change
Spring forward clock
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!



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.



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


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: dsattin@abramsonline.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by

Wednesday of the target week.


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