It is almost Yom Kippur, and I would like to recount my Yom Kippur experience during the summer of 2004. My daughter Arielle attended school in Deal, NJ, and had been involved in a very serious car accident on a snowy, icy road that winter. She suffered a broken back with injuries so severe that she was taken to Children’s Hospital (CHOP) in Philadelphia where the surgeon operated on her for almost 11 hours. After the surgery, the doctor told us that he had repaired her back, but that there was some nerve damage that would cause her to limp. Although we were naturally upset that she would have a physical impairment, we were more grateful that she was alive and would walk. The day after the surgery he told us that he thought he could repair the nerve damage and operated on her again. After 5 hours, the operation was completed successfully, and we were told that Arielle would walk without any limp. Two days later she was walking around the hospital corridors. We were incredibly grateful to Hashem, and life went on.
Six months later, we were surprised to receive a call from the hospital. The doctor informed us that he had serious news- one of the blood donors whose blood was used for Arielle’s surgery had been diagnosed with AIDS. That meant it was necessary for us to bring Arielle back to the hospital to have her blood tested, and the results would not be back for a week. It was right before Yom Kippur, and we spent the entire week praying, fasting, and thinking, while feeling consumed with fear and anxiety.
On Friday afternoon we got a call from the doctor saying that we had to drive to CHOP to get the test results in person, since that was the protocol. I told the doctor that it was impossible for us to get there and back before Shabbat, and I begged him to give us the results over the phone. In the moment when he told me that the results were negative, I understood what Yom Kippur is really all about. I could never have imagined that I would be spending the days immediately before Yom Kippur praying for my youngest child’s life, begging the doctor to take pity on us and give us the answer via phone, nor understand how a split second could be so life-altering.
This experience changed my life, and I hope that my story gives you some insight about what Yom Kippur really means and the impetus to think about what could be life-changing for you.
Rabbi Ira Budow
September Holiday Schedule
22 Tuesday Erev Yom Kippur- No School
23 Wednesday Yom Kippur – No School
28 Monday Sukkot – No School
29 Tuesday Sukkot – No School
Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Game
Maccabi Tel Aviv & Armani Milano
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Madison Square Garden
$25 per ticket
Abrams has the opportunity to purchase group tickets for the Maccabi Tel Aviv/Armani Milano basketball game at Madison Square Garden for the special price of $25 per ticket.
We need to purchase 50 tickets to get this discounted rate.
If enough people are interested in attending we will consider chartering a bus. If not, people can take the train on their own from Trenton directly to the Garden.
Please call the school office ASAP (by the end of next week) if you want to join us!!
BTW- It would be great to show our support for Maccabi Tel Aviv, who generously provide us tickets to a game when the 8th grade makes its annual trip to Israel.
The 5th grade posed for a photo op while saying Tashlich with Rabbi O at the canal in Yardley!
Rabbi Budow and Dr. Fuchs to be Honorees
Rabbi Budow and Dr. Susan Fuchs
to be honored with ZOA
Guardians of Israel Award
2015 Annual Gala
Wed., Oct. 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm, at
Hilton Philadelphia City Ave.
(4200 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131 )
Delicious kosher buffet dinner, drinks, and dessert reception
Contact ZOA for more information at:
KidStuff Coupon Books
Support the PTO-
KidStuff Coupon Books
KidStuff coupon books will be sent home in backpacks of children in N-4 (the youngest child in the family) on Monday, September 21, 2015.
To those of you who were fortunate enough to know and/or be taught by Yuval Miara, I would like to tell you that throughout his long battle with cancer I have been privileged to see another side of him. Despite his harsh and difficult cancer treatments, he has gone to work every day, traveled, and continued to live each day to its fullest. Last year, the Scheck Hillel in FL where he works dedicated their yearbook to his courage.
I believe that Yuval is a hero- when he was well he always had a smile on his face, a beautiful and enthusiastic spirit, and a funny demeanor. None of that has changed- he remains the wonderful, warm and spirited man he always was. Please remember him in your prayers during this time right before Yom Kippur- Yuval Eliyahu Ben Suzanne.
If you know Yuval, I am sure that he would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to him at
(847) 644-4689. I call him regularly, and it is a pleasure to speak to him. He has taught me a lot about courage and living, so I encourage you to call your teacher and wish him the best.
Rabbi Ira Budow
Ed Dobin Visits AHA
Former AHA board president Ed Dobin Visits AHA
Mr. Dobin’s involvement with Abrams began with his father David Dobin zt”l, who served as the president of the school from 1948-1952 when the school was still named the Trenton Hebrew Academy and located in Trenton, NJ. Ed reminisced about his father, saying that he would go door-to-door in downtown Trenton soliciting Jewish business owners for money to help pay salaries at the school when money was particularly tight.
In 1971, Ed joined the board of directors, and in 1980 he was instrumental in facilitating the school’s relocation to Yardley, PA. Mr. Dobin helped negotiate the terms of the sale of the former Yardley Elementary School to the newly named Abrams Hebrew Academy, and he and Dr. Bernard (Bun) Schnur zt”l co-chaired the committee to oversee the renovations of the building. Ed also served on the committee choosing Rabbi Budow as the school director at the new location, and he served as board president for 6 years.
Ed’s dedication to Abrams has been recognized at our annual dinner, and he and his wife Gloria were active members of the local Jewish community before moving to Fl, where they currently reside.
It was a pleasure to chat with Mr. Dobin and show him all of the improvements and additions to the school since he was last here.
Message To AHA Alumni
The news from Abrams Hebrew Academy is great! Our classes are full, we have a terrific teaching staff, new and expanding curricula, and the AHA Ruach continues! I am proud of all of you- your accomplishments represent our school in the best way.
Abrams is being recognized for our continuous Zionistic platform- my wife and I are being honored this year by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) for our support of Israel, and I attribute this honor to my life at Abrams.
In today’s day school world there is always the concern about having enough funding for the future. Abrams has been blessed with funding from the PA State EITC program that allows business owners to dedicate a substantial portion of their PA business income taxes to provide scholarship aid to qualified students. The school has received hundreds of thousands of scholarship dollars from this important program, and individual donors and Foundations have also given funds that have enabled us to expand our teaching staff in critical areas. It is gratifying for me to see how many people are willing to invest in our school.
This summer I attended a PEJE conference in Boston, where we began our participation in an 18 month training program for our development staff and board members to increase our fundraising expertise. Once our training is completed we will be eligible for a potential $100,000 in matching funding from a generous foundation grant.
One of the areas of focus is alumni participation. Alumni who donate over $500 will have their donation matched 1:1, so that your $500 will bring $1000 to AHA. Over the years Abrams has not been aggressive about asking alumni for donations. We understand that you have many demands on your finances, including family and college obligations. However, this is an opportunity for Abrams to take $100,000 and turn it into $200,000.
We are not asking you to donate now- the fund raising push will begin once we complete our training. However, I ask you now, right before Yom Kippur, to put Abrams on your “to-do” list for the time when we ask for your help. Your Tzedakah can provide an education for 20 students at Abrams, so your appreciation of the school will support other children attending AHA and “pay it forward” for future generations.
Rabbi Ira Budow
J Street Challenge Documentary
The J Street Challenge
A documentary with Alan Dershowitz
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Congregation Brothers of Israel
530 Washington Crossing Road
Newtown, PA 18940
2:00- 4:00 pm
Co-sponsor Beth El Synagogue
Avi Goldwasser, film producer, will show and discuss the controversy around the film regarding J Street’s real agenda. Are they really pro-Israel and pro-peace?
Annual Community Family Fun Event
SAVE THE DATE
March 13, 2016
First Annual Abrams Family Fun Community Event
This is not going to be the same-old-same-old tired fund raising dinner! Abrams is shaking it up with new venues, a new time, and lots of exciting entertainment, food, and activities for all ages.
Seating will be limited, so make sure to RSVP early for this unbelievably exciting AFTERNOON event with something for everybody!!
You don’t want to miss this fun-filled community event for the entire family!!!
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Falafel, pita, hummus, Israeli salad
Couscous with vegetables, Caesar salad
Fettuccine with marinara sauce, Greek salad
Borekas (cheese, spinach, potato), tuna salad
Friday menus will alternate between pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts (bagels. tuna and egg salad)
Lunch cost: $5 per day
Over the Counter Medicines
If you want your child(ren) to receive OTC medication (such as Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl) from the nurse’s office, please send it in its original packaging to the nurse clearly labeled with your child(ren)’s name(s) and the dosage. It will be kept in the nurse’s office.
No medication will be administered before calling for parental permission.
At Abrams Hebrew Academy our online presence is very important. Not only do we have a website, but we have a private Facebook group page for parents and teachers only.
This private page enables parents and teachers to communicate with one another and lets you see what is happening in the classrooms.
If you are a new parent or are a current parent who needs information or help to become a member of this group please contact Arielle Budow, our social media and web person.
Rabbi Elliot Strom, Rabbi Emeritus of Shir Ami Congregation and author of “Rabbi, Run,” a novel about a congregational Rabbi, his struggle to balance his family and work life, and his faith.
Book Reading and Discussion (books will be available for purchase)
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Refreshments will be served
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