Abrams Extra 9/23/16

Abrams Extra September 23, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Revised Soccer Schedule
Abrams Residence Visit
Mikvah Israel Trip
Preschool Breakfast Meetings
Abrams Bristol Center
Trip to Washington, DC
Lakewood, NJ Trip
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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September 23, 2016/  20 elul
Candle Lighting 6:37 pm/ Ki Tavo


Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
I am very excited to talk about Trip Day 2016! AHA students in grades 2-8 will be traveling up and down the East Coast on October 20, 2016.
The middle school will depart from Abrams at 6:00 a.m. on October 20th to begin their journey to Washington, DC.  It is traditional for Jews to travel during Chol HaMoed in celebration of Sukkot, and there will be a lot to celebrate for our students on this trip. The students will daven in the morning, and then proceed to the Capitol where they will visit the U.S. Mint, the Holocaust Museum, and  tour the Capitol (thanks to Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick). We will eat dinner at Ben Yehuda Pizza Shop, and arrive back at Abrams at approximately 10:00 p.m. (A more detailed itinerary will follow). This is a fun and educational opportunity to experience Washington, D.C. in person, and we are happy to be able to offer this adventure to our students. * Please be on time Thursday morning- the early departure is necessary because rush hour traffic to D.C. can delay the bus for hours en route, and we want to make sure we have enough time in D.C. to do everything planned!
Our lower grades will travel to Lakewood, NJ, which has evolved into a major Jewish community over the past decade. You can find anything Jewish that you want or need in Lakewood, including one of the largest, high-end kosher supermarkets you can imagine.
Most meaningfully, the students are invited to their teachers’ homes in Lakewood to visit their sukkahs.  Morahs Zahava Razak and Bracha Feldheim are new teachers at Abrams whose mothers both taught at Abrams some years ago- Zahava’s mother is Shoshana Verschleiser and Bracha’s is Miriam Feldheim- and it is heartwarming for me to witness their dedication to Jewish education carried on by their daughters- truly Dor L’dor. Our students will also visit Rabbi Tesser’s home and sukkah during the day- what a great way to celebrate Sukkot.
I believe that it is incumbent on the school to foster bonds between our children, their peers, and their teachers, and these trips are ways to bring our community together and encourage school spirit outside of the classroom and confines of the building.
I am grateful to those of you who generously contributed funding to offset the cost of these trips- they are expensive, and we couldn’t do it without your support. If you would like to volunteer to act as a chaperone on either of these trips, please call the office.
Rabbi Ira Budow



Revised Soccer Schedule
Revised Soccer Schedule 2016
Game Schedule:

Tuesday September 27 AHA @ Pen Ryn
Thursday September 29 Scrimmage at Macclesfield
Thursday October 6 Barrack @AHA
Thursday October 13 Doane @ AHA
Wednesday October 19 Scrimmage at Macclesfield
Thursday October 20 No game-Washington Trip
Wednesday October 26 AHA @ Doane
Thursday October 29 Pen Ryn @ AHA

Note: All games will start approximately 3:50pm and end at 5:00pm. 
**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:





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

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

Abrams Residence Visit

The 8th grade made its first visit of the year to the Abrams Residence as part of the Better Together Program, a grant funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund. 
Rabbi O, Dale Sattin, and Dr. Porwancher accompanied the AHA students on the first trip of the year to meet the seniors. They created Rosh Hashanah cards, sang Jewish songs, and ate desserts from Lakewood. Of course, food is always an essential part of these visits!
Most importantly, the students and the seniors began the process of forming connections with one another, and that is the essence of this wonderful program that brings the generations together in a warm, Jewish way.



Visit to Mikvah Israel

Mikvah Israel Visit
The 8th grade class visited the historic Mikvah lsrael synagogue. Rabbi Albert Gabbai told the students about the unique and storied history of this congregation  which dates back to 1740! 
The students saw many of the unique and priceless items in the Beit Knesset, including a Sefer Torah donated by Haym Solomon, a contemporary of George Washington, and known as the “financial hero of the revolutionary war.” 
Most significantly, the students gained more of an appreciation for Tefilah and the important role a Shul plays in a community.

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


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.
Please RSVP Immediately to:
Alan J. Vogenberg
211 Sugarberry Lane
Langhorne, PA 19047

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 capitol. 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. 

Lower School Trip to Lakewood, NJ
Lower School (grades 2-4) Trip to Lakewood, NJ
Thursday, October 20th
Abrams lower school students (grades 2-4) will visit Lakewood, NJ to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot.


**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. 

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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Information about the Extra

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Wednesday of the target week.


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