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Abrams Extra September 17, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Back to School Nights
Soccer Roster
Preschool Breakfast Meetings
Trip to Washington, DC
Abrams Bristol Center
Rabbi Katz Visit
After School Art
Letter from Dr. Grossman
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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Candle Lighting 6:49 pm/ Ki Tetze


Back to School
Back to School!
Back to School Nights:
7:00 pm
Gr. N-4:  Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Gr. 5-8:  Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
I would like to share a story with you from this past summer.  An AHA parent from Princeton, NJ called to talk to me about a client of his who lives in NJ, but was purchasing property in PA. The parent wanted information about the EITC program so that he could encourage his client to participate in the program on behalf of Abrams. I am not sure whether or not this particular connection will work out, but the point is that the possibility was worth pursuing and that the parent thought of it as a way to benefit the school and his client. If you have a business in PA you are eligible to participate in the EITC program regardless of where you reside.
This year the PA Legislature allocated $110M to the EITC program, and Jewish day schools received about $10M of that money. A large portion of the funding was awarded to Catholic schools in PA simply because their supporters reached out to more businesses to participate- Jewish day schools can and should do better in encouraging people to take advantage of the program, which offers both a substantial tax benefit to the participant and the opportunity to help fund a Jewish education for children of families who need financial assistance.
This year Abrams qualified for $400,000 in EITC funding, and we are very pleased to be able to use that money to help children with financial need attend our school. However, we could have been awarded $700,000 if we had enough EITC participants, so we effectively left $300,000 on the table. EITC opens the door for Jewish children to receive a day school education while costing the donor a minimal amount of money. I believe that each of us can identify people with businesses in PA who are eligible to participate in this vital program, no matter where you or the potential donor reside.
If we maximize the opportunities that EITC presents Abrams can help to insure its future through this program. My Rosh Hashanah appeal to you is to identify and recommend ONE candidate to me whom you believe is eligible to participate in EITC. This recommendation will cost you nothing, and will provide a tax benefit to the donor at a very minimal cost while performing the mitzvah of keeping Jewish education alive.
Please remember that the application date to apply to participate in EITC is JULY 1, 2017, so we are giving you ample time to think of potential participants and to provide me their names and contact information. Please contact me at (215) 584-7919 with names and/or any questions you may have.
Rabbi Ira Budow



Soccer Schedule
Soccer Schedule 2016
Tuesday September 27 AHA @ Pen Ryn
Thursday September 29 AHA @ Life Center
Thursday October 6 Life Center @AHA
Thursday October 13 Doane @ AHA
Wednesday October 19 Cambridge @ AHA
Thursday October 20 Barrack @ AHA
Wednesday October 26 AHA @ Doane
Thursday October 29 Pen Ryn @ AHA

Note: All games will start at approximately 3:50 pm and end at 5:00 pm. 
Bus transportation is provided back to AHA for away games only. 
All home games are played at Macclesfield Park on
River Road. 
All practices will be held at Abrams Hebrew Academy. 
Please contact Mr. Gowton with
any questions, kgowton@aha.jdschools.org.

Practice Schedule (3:45pm-4:45pm):

Sept. 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26
Oct 10

Preschool Breakfast Gatherings

Discussions and Breakfast with


Dr. Donna Porwancher
This year I will be hosting monthly parent breakfast meetings on the last Tuesday of each month.  We will begin in the morning upon school arrival.  The idea is to share topics of interest that we can discuss in a casual setting.  We welcome parent ideas first, but will start the initial breakfast with “transition to school.”  Rabbi Budow will join us periodically at our gatherings.
You can email me at dporwancher@abramsonline.org or call the office to let me know that you are coming.  I will prepare handouts, bagels and coffee.
Let’s plan on meeting Tuesday, September 27, from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
I look forward to meeting all of you and will see you soon.
Dr. Donna Porwancher, Abrams Hebrew Academy Psychologist


Middle School Trip to D.C.
Middle School Trip to Washington, D.C.
Thursday, October 20th
Departure from AHA: 
Approximately 7:00 a.m.


Arrival at AHA: 
Later in evening-
Details to follow
Every four years Abrams takes the middle school students to visit our nation’s capital. They experience the excitement of Washington, DC first-hand, and it is always an inspirational, educational, and fun trip for everyone.
**Due to the cost of the buses, this is a very expensive undertaking for our school. 
If you would like to help underwrite the cost of the trip, please contact Rabbi Ottensoser, Mrs. Kornsgold, or Rabbi Budow. 

Abrams Bristol Center Dedication


 Dedication of Abrams Bristol Jewish Center
Abrams Hebrew Academy and the Bristol Jewish Center invite you to attend the dedication of the Abrams Bristol Jewish Center on: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 10:30 am.
A Yiskor service for founders and other deceased members of the Bristol Jewish Center will be officiated by Rabbi Ira Budow and Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski. The service will be followed by refreshments.
The Bristol Jewish Center was established in Bristol, PA in 1904, and was the oldest synagogue in Bucks County when it merged with Congregation Kol Emet in 2015.
Alan Vogenberg, leader of the Bristol Jewish Center, and Rabbi Ira Budow, director of Abrams Hebrew Academy, facilitated the recreation of its sanctuary in a room at Abrams Hebrew Academy. The chapel includes memorabilia from the original chapel, including its memorial plaques, ark, artwork, library, etc. It is a fitting testament to a synagogue steeped in history, and students from the school use the chapel for prayers and meetings regularly. Thus, the tradition of prayer and education continues in a beautiful and historic environment. L’Dor V’Dor!
Please join us at this event.
RSVP by September 19, 2016 to:
Alan J. Vogenberg
211 Sugarberry Lane
Langhorne, PA 19047

Rabbi Katz Visit
Rabbi Katz and Shia Solomon
AHA students started the new school year singing and dancing to Jewish music when they were treated to a special visit by Rabbi Katz and Shia Solomon. Shia is an incredibly talented musician and is always lively and entertaining while Rabbi Katz energizes the group with his enthusiasm.
Thanks to Rabbi Katz and Shia for sharing their ruach with the Abrams community once again!


After-School Art
After School Art with Donna Moskowitz
Monday Afternoons (8 classes)
Sept. 19 & 26; Oct.10 &31; Nov. 7,14,21,28
3:30pm -5pm
Cost:  $100      
Flyer and sign-up form:


Letter from Dr. Elayne Grossman
Dear Rabbi Budow, Abrams Hebrew Academy Parents and Students,
It has been my honor and pleasure to teach music at Abrams Hebrew Academy for the past 22 years.
We began all those years ago with the music of the Jewish people from around the world. I taught in 7th and 8th grade classes.  This expanded into school wide assemblies which we called “Jewish Music Live and In Person.”  With the help of the Israeli Embassy in New York City and the Consulate in Philadelphia, I located Orthodox and secular Israeli performers in all aspects of the musical arts.  Their performances were directed by questions and answers which demonstrated that Jewish music, and all kinds of music, are an important part of a general education at Abrams.
It wasn’t long after that our students wanted to play instruments themselves.  Theb recorder program began 20 years ago.  Every student in the 3rd grade was given a recorder and music book to keep!  Music included European, Israeli, liturgical, American folk and American popular songs.
It wasn’t long after that the recorder program expanded into a Wind Ensemble / Concert Band program where students could learns to play either the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, drum set, glockenspiel or guitar. They played solos, duets and ensembles with standard school scores and with music that I would write for each player’s skill level so that everyone could play together.
From these programs, I am very proud that some 60 AHA students performed in their high school and college concert bands, jazz bands, marching bands, orchestras and choirs. Some sang Jewish acapella and competed nationwide!
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with your children for these past 22 years.  Over the summer, I decided that it is time to develop other aspects of my career.  I am expanding my studio where I teach piano, voice and wind instruments in half-hour intervals.  I am accepting invitations as Scholar-In-Residence in various schools and synagogues throughout the country.  I am moving forward with the work of Sharim v’Sharot Foundation where I serve as Music Director and Conductor.  Finally, I am going to market our CD “Penny in the Pushka – Help Us Bake a Challah,” which Mrs. Solomon used often in her general music classes.
When I meet or hear from former AHA students, I am humbled to learn of their ongoing musical experiences, both Jewish and secular.  Please stay in touch and keep Jewish music in your hearts as part of the precious legacy of Jewish life!
With Gratitude,
Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman
Elayne Robinson Grossman, Ed.D.
Conductor and Music Director
Sharim v’Sharot Foundation


Lunch Menu
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Penne with vegetables & Feta
 Israeli salad
American cheese baguette
Caesar salad
Fettuccine with marinara sauce
Greek salad
Egg salad & tuna salad sandwiches
Available Every Day:
Bagels, butter & cream cheese
French Fries
Hash Browns
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.


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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