I originally intended to write about the entire Israel trip, but developments over the past few days have brought my focus back to the Torah dedication in honor of Yuval Miara that was held at the graduation ceremony. It is fitting that as the holiday of Shavuot approaches we are presented with a story that makes a connection between the biblical giving of the Torah, the Holocaust, and Abrams’ continuing connection to Israel.
During the Torah dedication ceremony a senior IDF Rabbi told us that the next week the Army was sending 500 soldiers to a concentration camp in Poland so that they would see for themselves what happened during the Holocaust and develop a personal perspective as to why it is so important for them to protect Israel and its future. The Rabbi was so moved by Yuval’s story that he told us he had decided to send this Torah, dedicated to Yuval, to Poland along with the soldiers to use for prayers while they were there. Everyone became really emotional at this announcement, and I was particularly affected since I often wonder where the Torahs we donate to the Army go after we give them to the IDF.
Yesterday I received a picture of the soldiers standing outside the camp while holding our Torah. The Torah cover’s inscription includes the words that “The bush was not consumed.” Yuval will never be consumed, just as the 6 million will not be consumed either. This picture truly is historic. And then the soldiers sent me another picture- this one of a man walking with the Torah. I said to my wife, “I think he must be a Holocaust survivor- he looks the right age and I just think that must be true.” The man is Mickey Goldman, a survivor who was part of a special Israel Police unit, known as Bureau 06, which investigated and interrogated Eichmann after he’d been spirited from Argentina to Israel by the Mossad in 1960.
Adolph Eichmann’s trial lasted for 8 months, and he was the only Nazi who received the death penalty. He was hung and cremated, and Mickey Goldman, who as a child was beaten on his back 80 times by the Nazis, lost his family, and endured untold horrors in the concentration camps, was given the honor of being one of the soldiers who threw his ashes into the sea. This is the same man who carried the Torah we purchased in honor of Yuval!
It is incredible that our Torah has made the journey from Yardley, PA to Israel, to Poland, and finally back to Israel to reside with the soldiers of the IDF. It is now a part of the history of Israel, all because of Abrams’ determination to honor Yuval Miara. Again, I marvel at the aptness of the inscription- “The bush is not consumed.’ Yuval’s memory, along with the 6 million, will live on.
Rabbi Ira Budow
Volunteers Needed for Jewish Festival
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Bucks County Community College
Help promote Abrams at the Bucks County Jewish-Israel Festival on June 4, 2017.
Volunteers are needed from
9:30 am- 2:30 pm.
You do not have to be there the entire time- if you can give even a couple of hours to help at this event, please call:
Ellen Weiss, AHA Board President, at (215) 431-3388
8th Grade Graduation Ceremonies
Monday, June 5, 2017
Our 2017 Graduates
Lital Abergel Sara Kestenbaum
Ronen Adler Gillian Lane
Joshua Beigman Jacob Littwin
Jeremy Brandspiegel Sophia Rogovoy
Joseph Couzens Alexis Schachter
Samuel Doshna Nicole Shaulov
Moriah Eley Maya Shavit
Abner Gordan Milena Shevelev
All are Welcome to Attend!
End-of-Year Parenting Meeting
End of Year Parenting Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The last parent group meeting of the school year will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
We will use this time to discuss any questions/concerns you have.
Thanks to everyone who participated! We learned a lot together.
Abrams Science Fair
Abrams Science Fair
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Come and see the student scientists in action as they display their scientific thinking.
Help needed! Can you volunteer your time to come and talk with the student scientists about their projects?
Please contact Rabbi Budow if you are interested in the after school high school program that will begin in the fall.
Sundries for Homefront
Toiletries for the Homeless Drive
Ms. Abramowitz is doing a final school -wide end of year Sundries Drive to benefit Homefront, a local organization that assists homeless people.
Two student representatives from each middle school grade will deliver the donated items to Homefront at the beginning of June.
Items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and body lotion, are most welcome.
All items must be new and unopened, please.
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 3, 2017 (NOTE NEW DATE) 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!
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!
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Penne with vegetables & Feta
American cheese baguette
Fettuccine with marinara sauce
Egg salad & tuna salad sandwiches
Available Every Day:
Bagels, butter & cream cheese
Lunch cost: $5 per day
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!
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 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
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: email@example.com. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
Abrams Hebrew Academy, 31 West College Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067