As I read the newspapers in the past few days I was horrified to see the terrible pictures of soldiers carrying bodies of Syrian children in their arms. These innocent children were gassed by the Bashar al-Assad regime- their own country’s leadership. We all know that using chemical weapons violates every humanitarian principle of warfare, but once again the U.N. has done nothing to condemn and take action against the atrocities. This is not an isolated incident, but just one of many attacks on Syrian citizens that have taken thousands of lives and caused the displacement of millions of refugees.
Last week I read that Rasmea Odeh, a convicted terrorist who set a bomb that killed two innocent people in Israel in 1969, was the keynote speaker at a summit meeting of the organization Jewish Voice for Peace. She was released by the Israelis as part of a prisoner exchange in 1980 and eventually came to the U.S. She has recently been stripped of her U.S. citizenship and will have to leave the country because she did not reveal her conviction in Israel to U.S. authorities when she entered the U.S. JVP supports her and believes her assertion that she has been persecuted in Israel and in the U.S., but where is JVP when children are gassed and thousands of people are killed in Syria? They support the BDS movement and criticize Israel at every opportunity, but ignore genocide in Syria.
The Haggadah says that in every generation Jews have faced persecution, but have always prevailed. Starting in Egypt, when Pharaoh’s daughter saved Moses and gave him his name, Hashem has always sent “secret messengers” to save the Jews.
In my opinion this year’s daughter of Pharaoh is Nikki Haley, our U.N. ambassador. I listened to her speak at the U.N. saying that an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bias at the U.N. will not be tolerated and was heartened to hear her support of Israel within a body that has been so anti-Israel for a long time. She truly spoke in the spirit of the daughter of Pharaoh. It is ironic that this Indian-American woman from S. Carolina with a population of less than 1% Jews understands the importance of protecting the Jewish State when some of our own Jewish people support terrorists.
I have faith that although each generation of Jews is challenged with new and different adversities Hashem always sends a daughter of Pharaoh to our rescue, and this year I believe that woman is Nikki Haley.
Chag Sameach to everyone,
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:
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:
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!
Pesach at Abrams Residence
AHA students and Dorothy Meltzer Robbins
Pesach Visit to Abrams Residence
The 8th grade visited the Abrams Residence for Pesach and enjoyed celebrating the holiday with their senior “family” members.
One of the newest residents at the facility is Dorothy Meltzer Robbins(pictured above), who attended the Trenton Hebrew Academy, directed by Rabbi Issachar Levin “Z”L,” in 1928. Dorothy told us that Rabbi Levin officiated at the Bar Mitzvahs of her sons, too. What a special surprise for all of us to meet this lovely woman who has such a strong connection to our school!
Once again we thank the Legacy Heritage Fund for supporting the Better Together program.
Rabbi O and Dale Sattin
Abrams Helps TASK at Gray Nun Academy
Abrams and Gray Nun Academy Students
Help the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
On Tuesday afternoon, Abrams fourth and fifth grade students visited the Gray Nun Academy in Yardley. Our student hosts took us on a tour of the school, and then we all got to work wrapping utensils for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). The children wrapped nearly 1,000 packets in 45 minutes!
After enjoying cupcakes and conversation both groups noted their love of basketball and shared other experiences. Abrams will invite GNA students to our school for a picnic after the break.
This was truly a community experience to help others in need.
Thanks to Leslie Kornsgold, Erica Apfelbaum, and Albert for helping.
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.
You may qualify to receive EITC funding for Pre-K- call Rabbi Budow to discuss whether or not you can benefit from this program!
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:
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
Abrams Hebrew Academy, 31 West College Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067