Abrams Extra 4.24.15


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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Ellen Hartenstein Brunch
The Budowsphere
Spring Book Fair
Barbara Wisnoff and Caren Solomon to Retire
School Psychologist
Greenwood House Visit
Naming/Endowment Opportunities
After School Art Enrichment
School Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
School Spirit Day
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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April 24, 2015/ 5 Iyar 
Candle Lighting 7:29 pm/ Tazria-Metzora


Ellen Hartenstein Celebration Brunch


  Ellen Hartenstein Celebration Brunch



Join us in celebrating Ellen Hartenstein’s retirement at a brunch where we will dedicate the school library in honor of her outstanding contributions to Abrams.


May 31, 2015

12:15 pm

Abrams Hebrew Academy



Contribute $118 and have your name added to the plaque in the library recognizing Ellen’s legacy to the school.



 **Your $118 donation will place your name(s) on the plaque and enable you and your family to attend the brunch.

The plaque is being designed by Judaica Engraving International, a well-respected manufacturer of beautiful tribute plaques, and will be a permanent addition to our library.

Here’s an example of JEI’s work:


All donations will be matched by the Kohelet Foundation and an anonymous benefactor in honor of Ellen’s Simchah.

Please register on-line at our website:

Ellen’s Brunch



Be sure to type your name on the form EXACTLY as you want it to appear on the plaque!

We hope to see you at this momentous occasion to honor someone who has made a lasting and significant contribution to Abrams Hebrew Academy.

Join the list of Ellen’s supporters by the May 1 deadline!

Audrey B. Abramowitz
The Arusy Family
The Bennov Family
Samantha Brandspiegel ’09
Heather Brandspiegel ’12
Jeremy Brandspiegel ’17
The Buch Family
The Fuchs-Budow Family
The Check Family
The Dardashti Family
The Doshna Family
Deborah Galing & Family
The Vega-Gordan Family
Kevin Gowton
The Hamermesh Family
The Jaffe Family
Michael Joseph
Judy & Mark Kozak
Rabbi & Mrs. Isaac Leizerowski
Debbie B. Marks
The Matlis Family
The Milstein Family
The Neuhaus Family
Rabbi & Mrs. Joshua Ottensoser
Dale & Bruce Sattin
The Sherman Family
The Simmens Family
Mrs. Arthur Sugerman
Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Tesser
Meryl Widensky & David Waksman
Carol & Dave Wallace
Janet M. Zuazo
The Zilberberg/Ferrara Family



The Budowsphere


Rabbi Budow  

The Budowsphere

Welcome to the Budowsphere! This is where Rabbi Budow shares his thoughts, musings, and insights on Jewish education and various other topics of interest to the Jewish community.


This is my 16th trip to Israel with our 8th grade class, and I have probably seen Masada more than most Israelis! Unlike many other school directors who lead their trips for the first couple of years and then turn over the responsibilities to other staff members, I lead every excursion. How do I keep my enthusiasm and motivation to do this year after year? I do it by endeavoring to make each trip unique and challenging and a richer experience for each class that accompanies me.

Once again, this year’s trip will be different than the last. On this visit our students will reunite with many people whom they’ve either met here at Abrams or who once walked the same halls as the current students do. We are privileged to have graduated alumni who made Aliyah or have chosen to study in Israel, and this year some of those alumni will meet with the current students as we travel through Israel.




Jill Meltzer will meet us in Tel Aviv- she is an alumna who made Aliyah and is currently serving in the Israeli Army. It is amazing to me that this former student is now a grown woman serving in the Army, and I am proud that the seeds of Zionism were planted here at Abrams Hebrew Academy. Sarah Couzens will meet us at the “Shuk,” the Israeli marketplace in Jerusalem, where she has promised to show the 8th graders the “ins-and-outs” of Israeli shopping. Ben Chevlin, who is an intern at the Begin Center, will give the students a guided tour through the Center and relate the history of the institution. Ross Abramson will speak at graduation.




During this past year at AHA we have hosted people and held events that prepared the 8th grade class for their trip this spring. People from the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind visited the school with a soldier and his guide dog, and we will visit the Guide Dog Center while we are in Israel. Naftali Gross, a medic in the Magen David Adom, visited the school with other Israeli soldiers this year, and he will also speak at graduation and share his experiences as a medic. Finally, students from Mor High School in Ra’anana, who spent the morning with AHA 8th grade students in Yardley, will host us at their school in Ra’anana.

As you can see, ours is not your typical trip. We build a bridge from W. College Avenue to Israel by involving our students with alumni, special guests, and programs that familiarize them with the people of Israel before they ever step foot on the land. We are not just tourists visiting another country- we are truly part of the Israel experience. This is what energizes and excites me every year when it is time for our annual graduation trip.

My next communication with you will be from Israel- I am blessed to be able to do this year after year.

Rabbi Ira Budow




New Associate Vice Principal- Leslie Kornsgold

We are pleased to announce that Leslie Kornsgold will assume the position of Associate Vice Principal for Secular Studies upon Ellen Hartenstein’s retirement.

Mrs. Kornsgold has been an integral part of the Abrams Hebrew Academy faculty for the past 10 years, and we look forward to working with her as she takes on her new responsibilities at the school.

Congratulations to Mrs. Kornsgold!

Barbara Wisnoff and Caren Solomon To Retire

Barbara Wisnoff, our long-time nursery teacher, has announced her retirement at the end of this year. Barbara has been a warm and nurturing teacher at AHA for 25 years, and we thank her for her dedication to the school and wish her a wonderful time in her next phase of life!

Caren Solomon, our music teacher, is also retiring at the end of this year. Caren has entertained us and taught our children for the past 18 years, and we are grateful for the many hours of teaching and musical performances she has led with our talented students. We wish her the best in whatever lies ahead.

School Psychologist

Family life today is very different than it was even a few years ago. There are many different life styles, living arrangements, and difficult challenges to deal with that affect our children and their parents. It is a complex world for children to navigate, and that is one of the reasons that we have hired a school psychologist to help us address these issues. Bullying, low self-esteem, finding one’s place in the community, etc., are all important subjects that benefit from the advice and guidance of an expert.

As we announced previously, we are fortunate to welcome Dr. Donna Porwancher, a school psychologist with 30 years of experience in the Lawrence Township, NJ public schools, to join our AHA community. She will be at the school 3 days a week and will be located in an office in the new building, where she will be available to students, parents, and faculty on a one-to-one basis.

In addition to helping with individual problems, Dr. Porwancher will work with groups and classes to educate and strategize the best methods for dealing with thorny issues like bullying. Unfortunately, problems like bullying occur at all schools, but the presence of an experienced professional will provide the assistance that is needed to keep Abrams the warm and nurturing environment that it has always been.

We are happy to welcome Dr. Porwancher to our midst and look forward to working with her next year.


8th Grade Visits Greenwood House



AHA 8th grade students visited Greenwood House and demonstrated their flag waving abilities in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut!

Students interacted with “their” seniors, shared a snack of tasty pastries from Lakewood, sang the American and Israeli National Anthems, and celebrated Israel Independence Day with the residents.


Naming/Endowment Opportunities


Abrams has several great spaces within the buildings that afford naming/endowment opportunities. You can honor a loved one and also make a significant, lasting contribution to our school!


Classrooms- there are several classrooms available for naming on the second and third floors.

Nursery rooms- there are two rooms available downstairs in the Nursery.

Gallery space- an art alcove between the first and second floors

The Zion Gate- the space between the original building and the link that is lined with Israeli art and artifacts.

Contact Rabbi Budow for pricing, payment plans, and further information!


After School Art Enrichment


After School Art Enrichment Program 

with Donna Moskowitz


Tuesdays- 3:45-5 pm

April 21-June 2


Contact Donna Moskowitz for further information.

Spring 2015 Art Enrichment


School Lunch Menu
lunch menu

** Note Menu Change

Monday- Pasta w/sauce

**Tuesday – NO MEAT!!!- Perogies

Wednesday – Pizza

Thursday – Espresso Café Day

Friday – Fish Sandwiches


French Fries


Fresh Fruit /Veggies





Daily Extras

Bagels/Cream Cheese/Butter



Individual Lunch- $5.00 per day


Cost per Month:


May                     90.00

June                    45.00


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!



Friday School Spirit Day


Show your AHA School Spirit!


Spirit Day Fridays 

Order Abrams Land’s End logo attire at:

Lands End Ordering

Questions? Contact the Abrams PTO at


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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