Abrams Extra 5.15.15


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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Ellen Hartenstein Brunch
Schedule End of School
The Budowsphere
The Budowsphere
EITC Dates
Dancing to the Music
Field Day
Instrumental Music
Sharim v’Sharot Concert
School Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
School Spirit Day
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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May 15, 2015/ 26 Iyar 
Candle Lighting 7:50pm/Behar-Bechukotai


Ellen Hartenstein Celebration Brunch



Ellen Hartenstein Celebration Brunch 

The deadline to put your name on the honor plaque has passed, but you can still make a donation and/or attend the brunch. RSVP on-line at our website.

Deadline for brunch reservations:

May 22, 2015


Join the Party!





May 31, 2015

12:15 pm

Abrams Hebrew Academy



Schedule for End of School Year


grad cap  

8th Grade Graduation!!


Thursday, June 4, 2015


7:00 pm


Last Day of school for all other grades:

Friday, June 12, 2015


10:00 a.m.  Awards Program


**Dismissal: 12:30 pm**




The Budowsphere


Rabbi Budow  

The Budowsphere

The end of the school year always includes the typical celebrations- graduation, awards ceremonies, concerts and performances. However, this year is different. We have three notable retirements to acknowledge that are somewhat bittersweet- we celebrate this rite of passage for each of them and pray for happiness in their next phase of life, but at the same time it is difficult to imagine life at Abrams without their presence.


It is amazing to calculate that among the three retirees, Ellen Hartenstein, Barbara Wisnoff, and Caren Solomon, there are almost 90 years of service to Abrams Hebrew Academy. All of these women have given their hearts and souls to their students and the school, and we are incredibly appreciative of each of them.

The brunch celebration for Ellen Hartenstein on May 31, 2015 is going to be an exciting, emotion-packed day! The library will be dedicated in her honor, and the donor plaque is ready and waiting, filled with the names of many of the families Ellen has touched through her years at Abrams. Catering will be provided by Six Points Kosher Events, and the menu is definitely not for the faint of heart. It includes French toast, bagels and lox, frittata, Mediterranean fare, and even mac and cheese.

Be sure to come hungry and ready to enjoy great musical entertainment, too!

We have almost 250 people attending this Simcha, which is really a tribute to Ellen since the end of the year is packed with many conflicting events that often take away from attendance. Without a doubt, Ellen’s story is remarkable in the annals of Jewish education- she has spent 37 years as an educator and has impacted over 1000 students and parents.

Please send us any photos, videos, or notes that you would like included in the day’s festivities- since time is of the essence, please send them to the office as soon as possible. If you’d like to say some remarks at the event, please indicate that, as well.

Besides the celebration for Ellen, the end of the year will also bring well-deserved recognition of Barbara Wisnoff and Caren Solomon, who have each dedicated their careers to educating and nurturing Jewish children. We have been privileged to have these strong, talented women in our midst and before the end of the school year plan to honor their service to Abrams, as well.


Rabbi Ira Budow


Important EITC Dates!


EITC/OSTC Applications Due!

For people who have already been participating in EITC, it is time to submit your application for year #2 or year #1 for a new cycle!

TODAY- May 15, 2015 is the date to submit your application on-line. See the “Quick Tip” sheet below for instructions. 

If you need further assistance or have questions, please contact Ellen Matz at Federation- her phone # is 215-832-0525.

July 1, 2015 is the date to submit NEW EITC/OSTC applications. 


Please talk to Rabbi Budow if you are interested in participating in the EITC program this year. It is a win-win program that provides a tax credit for your business and much-needed additional revenue for the school. If you or a friend, colleague, or relative may be eligible, PLEASE contact Rabbi Budow and you will be connected with Ellen Matz who will help you through the entire process.

2015 EITC Tips for 2nd Year Applications 


Dancing to the Music


35 years ago I was a youth director in Elizabeth, NJ working for Rabbi Teitz. During one Rosh Chodesh assembly people got up and started dancing. I saw Rabbi Teitz in the hall and asked him to come and join us in the dancing. He was probably in his 60’s at that time, and he nicely demurred, saying “You’re better at that than I am.” I understood, but wondered what I would do if I were in his shoes.

Yesterday, while I was attending the music assembly with Rabbi Katz and Yehoshua Solomon, two young girls came up and asked me to dance with them. They were bubbly and excited, and I said, “Of course- why not?” Before I knew it I was dancing in a circle with 15-20 girls. Their eyes were dancing, they were happy and enthusiastic, and we were all having a great time.

I now know the answer to the question I asked myself so many years ago- it is 35 years later and I am still dancing.

Shabbat Shalom-

Rabbi Ira Budow



Field Day 


AHA Field Day

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Grades 1-5


  (Rain Date: June 10, 2015)


Grades 1-3   9am – 11:45am


Grades 4 -5   12:45pm – 3:30pm


This year’s field day is based on the TV series “Survivor.”

Each grade will have the opportunity to work cooperatively to achieve a particular goal using the skills they have learned during the PE unit  ” Team Challenges.”

In addition, a “key word” will be given to identify each grade that will help assist everyone in achieving their ultimate goal. Flags will be made to recognize each grade. Everyone is encouraged to dress in his/her own survivor gear. In years past students would dress in camouflage and face paint.

Students may want to bring a change of clothing due to water activities.

Regular lunch schedule will be followed.

Instrumental Music Presentation


Instrumental Music Presentation 

Instrumental Music Presentation

Thursday, May 21, 2015

 1:45 in the Auditorium

Instrumental Music Students and 

Third Grade Recorder Players

Parents – Grandparents – Siblings – Friends


All Are Welcome




Sharim v’Sharot Concert


Mercer Maestros: Jewish Composers 

in the Capital County

Sharim v’Sharot in Concert


Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman, 

Music Director and Conductor

Sunday, May 31, 2015
2 PM
Adath Israel Congregation
1958 Lawrenceville Road 
Lawrenceville, New Jersey



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:


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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Information about the Extra

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