Rabbi Ira Budow   Director Rabbi Ira Budow has been the director of Abrams Hebrew Academy for the past 33 years. He began his tenure at Abrams when the school first moved from Trenton, NJ to Yardley, PA.  Rabbi Budow has devoted his entire career to Abrams and has assumed multiple roles at the school at various times. In addition to his substantial administrative duties, he teaches, has also coached the girls’ basketball team, brings his therapy dog, Domino, to school, and continues to supervise the 8th grade trip to Israel each year. Rabbi Budow is a well-respected leader in Jewish education and is an active participant in the Jewish community.

Rabbi Joshua Ottensoser 
Associate Principal of Judaic Studies
Rabbi Joshua Ottensoser is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He studied in Yeshivot in Baltimore, Scranton, and Jerusalem. He received his Judaic Studies teacher’s training and principal’s certificate through Torah Umesorah.  He is a certified Holocaust educator. Rabbi Ottensoser has received Simcha from Beth Medresh Gavoha in Lakewood, NJ.  He has been teaching at Abrams since 1996. He currently resides in Lakewood, NJ with his wife and five children.

Mrs. Leslie Kornsgold 
Associate Principal of Secular Studies

Leslie Kornsgold has been teaching at Abrams Hebrew Academy since 2005. She is known for her passionate love of social studies and her ability to pass on that enthusiasm (as well as organizational skills) to her students. Mrs. Kornsgold was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and is a graduate of Columbia College. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Rabbi Jay Kornsgold, and their three children, all Abrams Hebrew Academy graduates. Mrs. Kornsgold is an ardent Zionist and rabid supporter of the Philadelphia Phillies

James Dorvil 
Business Manager

Debra Goldfarb 

Director of Development

Carol Wallace 
Office Manager

Yvonne Carroll 

Office Assitant

Arielle Budow 

Website and Social Media Manager


Sonia Arusy, 
Hebrew Language and Judaics K through 3rd Grade

Dorit Borrus 
Hebrew Language 5th through 8th Grade

Shira Sadka 
Hebrew Language

Rabbi Chaim Tesser 
Judaics 5th through 8th Grade

Rabbi Joshua Ottensoser 
Judaics 6th through 8th

Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski 
Talmud 6th and 7th Grade

Elisheva Razak 
Judaic Studies 

Raya Benhaim 
Hebrew Language Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Middle School

Goldie Rubin 
Judaic Studies




Leslie Kornsgold 

Social Studies, Middle School

Sarah Chairnoff 
English 4th grade

Joan Lamkey 
Math 5th thorough 8th Grade and Discipline Coordinator

Debbie Marks 
3rd Grade and Middle School School Secular Studies

Amy Hamacher 
Science all grades

Aubery Maks 
Instrumental Music

Dr. Donna Porwancher 
School Psychologist

Kevin Gowton 
Physical Education All Grades

Donna Moskowitz 
Art All Grades

Janet Zuazo 
Lower School 1st Grade


Christine Chiantese 
Middle School Secular Studies and Second Grade

Ashley Haas  
Middle School English

Deborah Gailing 
Library and Lower School Secular Studies

Andrea Genek 
Kindergarten Secular Studies



Nusery Staff

Rivka Lipinsky 
Dianne Stevens 

Vivian Shore 

Robin Daye