Abrams Extra 5.8.15


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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Ellen Hartenstein Brunch
Schedule End of School
The Budowsphere
EITC Dates
Field Day
Torah Dedication
Sharim v’Sharot Concert
Instrumental Music
Naming/Endowment Opportunities
School Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
School Spirit Day
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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May 8, 2015/ 20 Iyar 
Candle Lighting 7:43pm/ Emor


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


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

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.



When Michael Levin, a Bucks County resident who made Aliyah, was killed in the Lebanon War everyone who knew him and his family was devastated. When people from Bucks County traveled to Israel they all wanted to visit his grave and pay their respects.

Shortly after his death, during our annual trip to Israel, we donated the Torah in his memory. We also went to his grave, which was very easy to pick out, since Michael was very Philadelphia sports-centric, and his grave was festooned with all sorts of sports memorabilia. It was an extremely moving and emotional experience for me and the students, and it made the consequences of war real to our young adults.

While there, a woman at a nearby grave called me over to her side. She told me that the grave was that of her son, who had died in Hebron. We had a long discussion about him, we exchanged information, and she later sent me a letter asking me to please not forget her son. I promised her that I would not. There is a photo on the wall of my office of me with her at the cemetery, so I am always reminded of Mrs. Cohen, her child, and my vow.

This year, when we went to the cemetery and visited Michael Levin’s grave, I walked the students over to Mrs. Cohen’s son’s grave. Every child put a pebble on the headstone, and I hope that when Mrs. Cohen visits her son she will see that people have not forgotten her child or the sacrifice he made for his country.

The Torah tells us that it is a great mitzvah to remember the deceased. We say Kaddish, Yizkor, and perform many rituals that show honor and respect for those who have passed over. It was an honor for us to perform this mitzvah for a fallen soldier, and I am grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my promise to his mother.


Rabbi Ira Budow


Important EITC Dates!


EITC/OSTC Applications Due Shortly!

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!

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 


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.

Torah Dedication in Israel 2015

Torah Dedication


AHA 8th grade students once again donated a Torah to the Israeli Army as part of their graduation ceremony at the Kotel. They sang and danced with the Torah along with family, friends, and well-wishers!

See photos of the trip at:  Israel Trip 2015

Welcome Home!!!


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



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




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!


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


Share Abrams News With Others

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