Abrams Extra 3/31/17

Abrams Extra March 31, 2017



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
AHA Alumni and Yuval Miara
Help Abrams With EITC
OSTC Referrals
K’Nex Competition
Sefer Torah Project
Sara Goldfarb Volunteers
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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March 31, 2017/  4 Nisan
Candle Lighting 7:08 pm/ Vayikra

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
Over the years I have spoken to you many times about the EITC program and reiterated all the ins and outs of the logistics of participating in this PA tax credit initiative. Today I’d like to discuss the real-world difference that this program makes to you and to Abrams.
Yesterday I met with a potential new family and while speaking to them realized that they live in a neighborhood where the public school their child would attend is considered by the State of PA to be an “under-performing school.” There is a separate part of the EITC program entitled OSTC that funds tuition for children who opt out of the under-performing local public school and attend a private school instead. The OSTC program awards $8500 per child to these families as long as their financial situation meets the requirements for this scholarship aid.
Abrams currently has almost $85,000 in OSTC money available to families who meet the requirements, and of course we want to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain additional scholarship money to benefit our students and the school. If you know a family who lives in PA and whose child (ren) would attend an under-performing school please refer the family to Abrams. You will receive a $1500 reduction in your tuition bill for each qualified family who registers a child as a result of your referral- win-win for everyone!
I also realize that I have not spoken about financial aid for nursery school parents in the past, and I want to let everyone know that we have $30,000 available for Pre-K families who meet the financial requirements. Again- spread the word that this funding is available and ready to be awarded.
We are 3 months away from the July 1, 2017 date to apply to participate in the EITC program and determine the school’s EITC/OSTC funding in 2018-19. If we do what we have to do now we will ensure that we have enough financial aid for all of our students.
Finally, I ask you again to consider participating in the EITC program yourself and to think about anyone you might know who owns a PA business that pays taxes in PA or lives in PA and pays at least $6200 in personal PA state income taxes. The EITC funding benefits all of us, so please remember to try and identify families who might qualify for OSTC and nursery families, too.
Help Abrams to grow, thrive, and continue its mission to provide a Jewish education to as many children as possible.
Rabbi Ira Budow




AHA Alumni and Yuval Miara 
While on my way to Boston yesterday I received a call from Jeremy Pressman ´03, an Abrams alumnus who is currently living in Israel with his wife and three children. He told me that he has collected $1500 from his friends and fellow Abrams alumni living in Israel for the Sefer Torah project in honor of Yuval Miara.
This story is about more than the money raised, although that is significant, and it speaks volumes about Yuval and Abrams. It is heartwarming to see that even 15 years after Yuval taught at Abrams his students still remember him and want to express their feelings by contributing towards this initiative in honor of his memory. It is also important to note that the teachings of tzedakah and love for one another taught at Abrams have remained lasting influences on our former students.
When I spoke to Yuval’s parents today they told me that they are deriving comfort from the outpouring of love and support from the many people whose lives were touched by Yuval. They are very touched by the dedication of a Torah in Yuval’s memory and will take the bus from Netivot with their extended family and friends to attend the ceremony at the Kotel on May 7, 2917.
It is a important tenet of Judaism to provide comfort to mourners, and it is difficult to imagine a situation more heartbreaking than that of losing one’s child. Bringing comfort, even in a small way, to this family is truly a mitzvah and a job well done.
Thank you to everyone who has joined us in offering some measure of solace to the Miara family during their time of extreme grief, and especially to our incredible alumni- Kol Kavod!
Rabbi Ira Budow



Help Abrams Succeed With EITC

You Can Help Abrams Succeed!
 Participate in EITC and Jewish Scholarship LLC
Tax Credit Opportunities
There are two ways you can benefit both Abrams and yourself or a friend if you either own a business located in PA that pays PA income taxes or live in PA and join the Jewish Scholarship LLC as an individual.
  • Participate yourself, or
  • Suggest a friend, family member, or colleague who may be qualified and willing to participate in the EITC program on behalf of Abrams-
 Please think of whom you may know and ask him/her to help the school and receive a tax benefit at the same time!!
1.  EITC for Businesses
EITC is a PA initiative that allows PA businesses to direct a portion of their PA income taxes to private schools. The program allows contributors to claim up to a 90% tax credit on their returns for a two year commitment. This year Abrams received almost $400,000 in EITC funding, and that money is all used to help our school and our children. This is a win-win for businesses to be able to direct their taxes to benefit the school and provide scholarships for our students! There is no minimum amount required to participate in EITC as a business entity.


For information concerning business participation in EITC contact:
Ellen Horowitz Matz
EITC Officer
Foundation for Jewish Day Schools
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Tel:  215-832-0525
Cell: 215-920-8149
 2.     Jewish Scholarship LLC for Individuals
The Jewish Scholarship LLC is a special purpose entity (SPE) that was formed when the PA rules changed to allow individuals to participate in the EITC program, which was previously limited to businesses.


Individuals who pay at least $6200 in PA income taxes can join the Jewish Scholarship LLC and direct a significant portion of these taxes to Abrams. This will provide scholarships to our children and a significant tax credit to the participant! Participants receive a tax credit in PA and a tax deduction on their federal income taxes. It is a win-win situation for all.
For information concerning the individual LLC participation contact:
Brian Mono
Jewish Scholarship LLC
Please consider this unique opportunity and help Abrams to thrive and fulfill its mission to provide a Jewish education to as many children as possible! If you or someone you know qualifies as an individual or owns a business that can take advantage of this opportunity and help Abrams to offer financial assistance to our qualifying families, please contact the people listed above or Rabbi Ira Budow at 215-584-7919.
**We are starting now so that everyone is ready for the July 1, 2017 application date for businesses. 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!


Visit to Homefront


This week Ms. Abramowitz and Dr. Porwancher took a group of student representatives from Grades 5-8 to Homefront in Ewing,NJ for a tour of the campus. Homefront provides housing, medical, financial and educational assistance to the homeless.
The students also visited the Homefront food pantry in Lawrence Township to deliver the canned goods they and their classmates collected over the last two months. While at the food pantry they assembled bags of food to be distributed to the homeless, toured the facility, and  participated in a Q&A with people at the facility.
These community projects are yet another way Abrams strives to teach our children the importance of tzedakah and performing mitzvot-
Thank you to Ms. Abramowitz and Dr. P!




OSTC Referrals and EITC for Nursery

PA Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC)


Significant financial aid may be available to families who qualify for the PA Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC).
Children who attend a state-designated underperforming school are eligible to receive scholarship funding from the OSTC program that allows children to attend Abrams Hebrew Academy  at a minimal cost.


**Refer a  NEW family who qualifies for funding from the OSTC program and enrolls a child or children for 2017-18;


**Receive a $1500 discount from your tuition bill for each NEW student who is enrolled! 
Know someone interested who qualifies? Call Rabbi Budow at 215-584-7919.

OSTC Qualifying Schools

** Nursery Parents:
You may qualify to receive EITC funding for Pre-K- call Rabbi Budow to discuss whether or not you can benefit from this program!

K’Nex Competition

7th and 8th Grade at K’Nex 2017


5th Grade at K’Nex 2017
5th Grade at K’Nex 2017



Abrams at Bucks County K’Nex Competition
Abrams is very proud of the students that competed in the Bucks County STEM design Challenge contest last week.
Abrams students competed against 220 of their peers from both public and private schools in Bucks County.
8th grade Team Expedition: Amazon won an award for Best Teamwork and received a nomination for “Most Environmentally Friendly.”
All of our competitors showed off their science and engineering skills using the K’nex pieces to solve the challenge.
Great job everyone!


Sefer Torah Project
Abrams will participate in a special writing of a Sefer Torah whereby acts of chesed are used to acquire individual letters of the Torah.
This project is a joint initiative of The Afikim Foundation and Israel’s Ministry for Diaspora Affairs to write a Global Unity Sefer Torah celebrating the 50th Anniversary of a Reunited Jerusalem.
Jews everywhere can inscribe letters in the Torah, NOT with money, but with simple acts of chesed- everyday kindnesses that positively impact the lives of others.
Since groups may reserve blocks of letters, we’ve taken the opportunity to reserve a block of 1000 letters for Abrams Hebrew Academy. The custom link for our school’s block can be accessed by clicking on:
A digital file of all names and deeds will remain permanently with the Torah, which will be dedicated in Jerusalem on May 28, 2017, Yom Yerushalayim.  (There’s also a Drawing with 3 round-trip tickets to attend the dedication!)
The Torah is being donated to ZAKA in Jerusalem, an emergency response and recovery organization that helps set up houses of mourning whenever the unfortunate need arises.
Challenge yourself to commit many acts of kindness by May 28th – actions that are manageable and within your reach. There is no chesed too small!
Let’s complete the Abrams Hebrew Academy block in the Global Unity Torah and inspire goodness in the world in honor of Jerusalem! (All blue letters are available.)


Click below to find out more about this initiative:


Sara Goldfarb ’13

Sarah Goldfarb ’13 is currently a senior at Barrack Hebrew Academy. Sara chose to do her community service project for the end of her senior year at Abrams, and she is volunteering  at the school for 4 weeks Monday -Thursday.
Sara is helping out with the first grade class in the morning and with individual students in the afternoon.
Sara’s warm smile, willingness to pitch in and help with whatever is needed, plus her love of working with the young students make her a welcome addition to the family!


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

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Wednesday of the target week.


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