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
Abrams Hebrew Academy
Schedule for End of School Year
8th Grade Graduation!!
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Last Day of school for all other grades:
Friday, June 12, 2015
10:00 a.m. Awards Program
**Dismissal: 12:30 pm**
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.
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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