This year, Erev Shabbat in Jerusalem, Rabbi Leizerowski and I took a taxi to the Kotel and began talking to our cab driver along the way. It was soon apparent that the driver was extremely erudite, and he spoke to us passionately about how few tourists are coming to Israel and how that is affecting his business. He said that he cannot understand why people aren’t visiting Israel and how disappointing that is to Israelis like himself. I thought about what the cab driver said and felt confident that although our path to Israel this year was rather uncertain until the last minute, the decision to make the journey was the right one.
At the graduation ceremony I spoke to the children about why it was so important for us to continue our tradition of taking the 8th grade trip to Israel. I explained that in the early 1930’s when Hitler first took power he did not start out with extermination plan as a “Final Solution” to the “Jewish problem,” but offered to send the Jews to any other country that would take them. He even sent Eichmann to Palestine to see if he could send the Jews there, but not one country agreed to welcome the Jews to their land. As a result, Hitler concluded that nobody cared what happened to the Jewish people and proceeded to kill them.
We all know that if Israel existed at that time there never would have been a Holocaust, and millions of lives would have been saved. The existence of Israel is a safeguard for Jews everywhere that ensures that the attempted extermination of our people will never happen again. Jews from anyplace in the world are invited to come to Israel; any Jew who wants to live in the Jewish state has a home.
In Parsha Shelach Moses sends 12 spies to the land of Canaan. Ten of the spies said that the land was unconquerable, but two of them, Joshua and Caleb, reported that the land was good and plentiful and could be won. We have to be like Joshua and Caleb and believe in Israel during good times and bad, and a vital way to show our support is to make the journey in person.
I am proud that Abrams kept its commitment to Israel and continued the tradition of the annual 8th grade trip that we have made since 1999. Once again I say, “Next year in Jerusalem!”
Rabbi Ira Budow
8th Grade Graduation
2016 AHA Graduation
Monday, June 6, 2016
Abrams Israel Graduation
Graduates at the Kotel
A special moment-Yair Berzofsky’s great-grandmother attended the graduation ceremony in Israel.
Rabbi O took the 8th grade students to the cemetery to bury old prayer books, etc. that are no longer used and accumulated at the school through the years.
The Talmud (Shabbat 115a) stipulates that all sacred writings (scrolls of Torah, Prophets, and Writings), should be preserved in a place where they cannot be destroyed, and the custom is to bury these sacred writings.
The students did a wonderful mitzvah and learned all about the laws and customs involved in this unique practice.
Thanks to Roosevelt Memorial Park for providing the gravesite for Abrams students to perform this mitzvah.
Return Library Books Next Week!
All library books
MUST be returned by:
Friday, June 3, 2016
**8th Grade Students-
Please make sure to turn your books in to the library before graduation!
Matching Grant Opportunity
Abrams will be eligible for a $100,000 matching grant funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund starting June 13, 2016 and ending June 20, 2016.
For the past year, members of the AHA board of directors, along with several key administrators, have participated in governance and fund raising training conducted by coaches from the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE). This training has significantly improved our fund raising skills, and we have now qualified to participate in the Match program.
Abrams will earn matching funds for gifts that meet the program’s criteria. Qualifying donations are:
New gifts of at least $1800;
New alumni gifts of $500 or more; and
Current gifts (minimum $1800) that are increased by at least 50%.
Please help Abrams to obtain this much-needed extra funding. If you are able to increase your donation to the school this year, or if you know someone who might want to support the school who either has not done so in the past or is able to increase his/her donation, now is the time to take this opportunity to make these contributions even larger!
Your generosity enables Abrams to thrive and grow as the premier Jewish day school in the area, and Abrams appreciates your support.
Donate between June 13, 2016 and June 20, 2016 to help Abrams achieve its goal and earn $100,000 in matching funds.
Collecting Toiletries to Benefit Homefront
Mrs. Abramowitz and her English classes want to help
the community around them and have chosen to hold a drive to benefit Homefront.
Homefront is a NJ organization that helps homeless families become self-sufficient by offering services and assistance to over 14,000 families a year.
Homefront needs donations of personal hygiene items to be distributed to homeless individuals living in its shelters. 100% of all money collected by Abrams students will be used to purchase toiletries.
You can participate in two ways:
Purchase or donate unused personal hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc.;
Donate money- (change is okay!)
May 15- June 10
Collection box- Room 34 (3rd floor)
Thank you for your generosity and for helping Abrams to teach tzdekah to our students.
The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools, which has been approved as a Special Purpose Entity (SPE), just announced that there is an opportunity for AHA to receive extra EITC funding from people who sign up for the program NOW.
This means that individuals who pay individual income taxes to PA can now participate in the EITC program by joining the SPE before the regular sign-up date of July 1, 2016.
****Remember- you no longer have to own a business to participate in EITC. EVERYONE who pays taxes in PA can support the school and gain a tax credit by applying to the EITC program.
This is a great opportunity for Abrams families and supporters who pay at least $5000 in PA State taxes to help themselves and Abrams through their participation in the program and for Abrams to receive the money sooner.
If you qualify, please take this opportunity to help the school and benefit from a tax credit for yourself. If you know someone whom you believe qualifies and would be interested in helping to ensure Abrams’ future, please ask them if we can contact them. The future of OUR school depends on raising funds, and EITC is a win-win for everyone.
The process is not difficult, and the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools will provide guidance on this process so that you can participate as an individual.
Call Rabbi Budow at (215) 584-7919; or contact Ellen Matz at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (215) 832-0525 for more information.
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