As you know, my mentor Rabbi Pinchas Mordechai Teitz z”l, was a European Rabbi who established Elizabeth, NJ as a vibrant Jewish community; one that has grown and continues to expand and thrive to this day. Rabbi Teitz taught the three “Ls” of Judaism, and every envelope that was sent from the school he founded, The Jewish Educational Center, was stamped with this credo. Upon his death, Reb Teitz’s daughter, Dr. Rivkah Blau, wrote a biography of her father entitled “Learn Torah, Love Torah, and Live Torah;” core tenets of his life.
Rabbi Teitz believed that a strong knowledge of Torah is an essential part of being Jewish, and that real and lasting knowledge comes not from rote learning of Torah, but by living and experiencing it in one’s everyday life. Studying and living Torah leads to the love of Torah, and that completes the Learn, Live, and Love trilogy.
The Board of Jewish Education in NY requires that all 8th grade students at Jewish day schools take and pass a competency test in order to be accepted to any of the Jewish high schools. Parents go so far as to hire tutors to make sure their children do well in these exams, much as they do to help high school students study for college boards. I reassert that this is little but memorization and is not real knowledge; once the test is over, the students forget it. I ask, “Does this kind of “learning” really develop a love of Torah in our young people?” I think not.
At Abrams we promote the concept of “Learn, Live, and Love” that was promulgated by Rabbi Teitz both while I was a student at JEC and when I taught there. For example, Sukkot will be here soon, and during Sukkot most schools consider it a mitzvah to close for the holiday. In Elizabeth we went to school on Sukkot- we ate in the Sukkah, carried the Lulav and Etrog, and enjoyed the holiday together with our friends and classmates.
At Abrams we also share the holiday together and promote a love of the ritual and meaning of each holiday. Sukkot, Purim, etc.,- we celebrate the Jewish holidays as a community and further the knowledge and love of Torah organically- these occasions are part of the fabric of the school and create lasting memories because they are experienced and not just memorized. Where is the mitzvah in children going to Hershey Park on a Jewish holiday?
As always, I thank Rabbi Teitz for his incredible example- he was truly a gifted and exceptional Reb whom I was privileged to know and strive to emulate in my personal and professional life.
I wish everyone Shana Tova,
Rabbi Ira Budow
We are excited to announce that PLANT Design Group LLC will begin work on the outdoor classroom/garden shortly, so it won’t be too long before Abrams has a beautiful new enhancement to its curricula and campus. PLANT is a local company (an arm of Shady Brook Farm) and we are happy to work with a business in our community.
The classroom will be located in the front of the building and will provide a space for our teachers- both secular and Judaic studies- to lead classes set in an outdoor environment. Recent studies have proven the value of outdoor, experiential learning, and Abrams is proud to be among the first area schools to create this space on our campus.
Children will be taught science, Judaic studies, music, art, math, language arts, etc. in a beautiful, natural outdoor setting. The possibilities are limitless, and Abrams encourages everyone in the AHA community to watch the construction process.
The school is looking for a donor to give a $100,000 gift to dedicate the Outdoor Classroom/Garden. You can name the classroom for whomever you choose- yourself, in honor or memory of loved ones, or for your entire family. This is a wonderful opportunity to fund a living, ever- changing educational enhancement to the school.
If you are interested in being the benefactor for this project, please contact Rabbi Budow to discuss the logistics.
Cell Phone Rules
CELL PHONE RULES:
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society. However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of school. Our cell phone/personal electronic devices policy is designed to keep the focus on education.
At the start of the school day, all cell phones must be turned off (NOT in silent mode) and stored in the student’s locker or book bag from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students are not permitted to carry phones on their person or to use them to make or receive any calls or text messages during the above hours.
If a student has an emergency and needs to be in contact with someone she/he must use a school phone or have the permission of a faculty member, to use his/her cell phone. Parents should contact the school office if they have an emergency message for their child(ren).
Electronic devices such as iPods or hand-held gaming devices may be used on the bus/van transportation to/from school, prior to school, and following school. Students must turn off and place these items in their locker/backpack during school hours.
If any of these items are out at the inappropriate time, they will be confiscated by staff, and given to the director of discipline.
Students will be allowed to bring cell phones on school trips for emergency use only. Any hand-held gaming device will be the responsibility of the students on a school trip.
The school is not responsible for lost, misplaced, damaged or stolen electronic devices/cell phones.
CONSEQUENCES FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE RULES:
1st Offense – Phone confiscated, and returned at the end of the day.
2nd Offense – Phone confiscated, returned at the end of the day, and written notification that requires parent signature.
3rd Offense – Phone confiscated, and parent must pick up phone from director of discipline.
4th Offense – Suspension from school
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Parent Meeting with AHA School Psychologist- Dr. Donna Porwancher
Welcome Back to school!
The monthly parent meetings allow us to share discussions of topics of interest in a casual setting.
The first meeting will focus on “Talking to boys the way we talk to girls.”
Parents- please suggest topics for future discussions.
** This year, the parent group will include parents of children in ANY grade.
Abrams is greatly appreciative of all of the benefactors who donate generously to the school through participation in EITC, LLC, grants, cash donations, etc. Many of these donors are business owners, and Abrams encourages the AHA community to support the businesses of these people whose largess supports the school.
* This is not a complete list- we will add businesses throughout the year!
Thank you very much to all of our supporters!
2017 Soccer Schedule
Tuesday September 26 AHA @ Pen Ryn
Thursday, September 28 Life Center @ AHA
Monday, October 2 Newtown Friends @ AHA
Tuesday, October 3 AHA @ Life Center
Monday, October 9 Princeton Charter @ AHA
Monday, October 16 AHA @ Doane
Wednesday, October 18 AHA @ Barrack
Tuesday, October 24 Pen Ryn @ AHA
Thursday, October 26 Doane @ AHA
All games will start 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practice Schedule (3:45 pm-4:45 pm)
Sept. 14, 18, 19, 25
Oct. 19, 23
Abrams thanks Oorah, a nonprofit organization located in Lakewood, NJ for all of its financial support to our students.
Oorah sponsors numerous programs that all share the common goal of opening doors for Jewish children and families. The mission is to reach out to Jewish families everywhere with opportunities to make their Judaic heritage more personal, relevant and meaningful.
Abrams received $100,000 in scholarship aid for qualified families this year from Oorah and is extremely grateful for the generosity of this organization.
Mrs. Moskowitz is looking for specific items for the art room this year. If you have any of these items that you would like to donate, please send in them into school.
Please do not send meat lunches or snacks to school with your children.
Food sent from home must be
dairy or Pareve only!
Thank you very much for your cooperation
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 do not send anything with nuts due to 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 is a beneficiary agency of the
Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Abrams Hebrew Academy, 31 West College Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067