Perelman Jewish Day School Celebrates 60

By Shira Wohlberg

On Wednesday May 24, Perelman Jewish Day School held its Tribute Event, celebrating 60 years of educating the minds and souls of thousands of children in the greater Philadelphia area. Over 400 members of the community – parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and friends – gathered at Har Zion Temple, where the school began, to celebrate this remarkable milestone. Attendees honored the legacy of Judy and David Wachs, their parents, founders Fannie and Abe Birenbaum, and their family, and paid tribute to Past Presidents.

Judy and David Wachs, Honorees

The theme of the event was 60 and Forward. Perelman parents Rebecca and Ben Kirshner and Sharon Musher and Daniel Eisenstadt represented the next generation. Inspired by the leadership of the Birenbaum/Wachs family and the Past Presidents over the past 60 years, they and their contemporaries proudly stood together with these experienced leaders and committed to ensuring Perelman’s future.

An unparalleled $1 million matching gift from Judy and David Wachs, motivated supporters – including a record 70% of Perelman’s parent body – enabling the school to raise over $3.36 million and close to $1 million in EITC/OSTC scholarships. These commitments enhance Perelman students’ learning experiences and ensure a high standard of academic excellence.

(L to R) Abe Wachs ’13, Judy Wachs, Gabriella Wachs ’03, David Wachs, Daniel Wachs’15. Standing – Rachel Wachs ’69

Linda Grife, a beloved member of Perelman’s administrative team who passed away several months ago was also remembered at the event. Linda was devoted to making a Perelman education a reality for more families. Thanks to a $100,000 matching gift from Perelman parents Debra and David Magerman, $225,000 was raised for the Linda Grife Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The event concluded with dozens of alumni gathering in the front of the room to sing happy birthday to Perelman in Hebrew.

About Perelman Jewish Day School

Perelman Jewish Day School ( was founded in 1956 to provide Jewish students from all types of families and backgrounds with a values-based, academically rigorous education. Through its dual-language curriculum, cutting-edge technologies, exceptional teachers and activities that engage the whole child, Perelman develops confident, accomplished and compassionate graduates who are well prepared for their future. The school is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools and Prizmah Center for Jewish Day Schools. Perelman Jewish Day School is an agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

For more information, please contact Shira Wohlberg, Director of Communications at [email protected] or 610-658-2518 x218.

More photos from the event:

(L to R) Rabbi Eric Woodward, Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell, Dan and Shelby Sulman, Philadelphia, Michael and Wakana Spina

Musher/Eisenstadt Family – (L to R) Daniel Eisenstadt, Sharon Musher, Elena Eisenstadt ’14, second row- Ariella ’19

Kirshner Family – (L to R) Sydney ’21, Rebecca, Ben, Isabella ’24.



(L to R) Amy Fink, Perelman teacher Judy Bender, Beth Rivkind, Melinda Engel, and Debra Magerman


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