Schechter parents adopt Ethiopian brothers after two-year struggle

Yabi Silvers popped up from a classroom desk at Solomon Schechter Day School upon hearing a familiar voice calling his name.


 “Mommy?” said the 11-year old, walking and putting his arms around her, grinning.

His mother, Katy Silvers, and Yabi soon found his younger brother, Biruk, in another classroom.

It’s the last day of instruction at the Jewish school in Northbrook before Passover and spring break. The exuberant singing was loud in class, spilling out into the hallways.

Eight months ago Yabi and Biruk arrived in Chicago as the adopted children of Katy and her husband, Josh, ending a two-year process.