Each week, The Silver Summary will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network.
New York, NY
What years did you attend The Silver Academy?
I attended the Yeshiva from Ganeinu (1988-89) through 8th grade (1997-98).
Where did you grow up in Harrisburg?
I grew up in uptown Harrisburg on North Second Street, where my parents still live. We always had a really fun bus stop and used to celebrate on the first day of school every year. (After the first day, I think we stopped taking the bus!)
Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?
After I graduated from the YA, I attended the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore, MD and then the University of Maryland for college.
Where do you live now?
Currently, I live in New York City.
What do you do?
After spending 5 years working at my high school alma mater, Beth Tfiloh, as the Development Associate and Alumni Coordinator, I moved to NYC in 2011 and have been working at Yeshiva University as the Associate Director of Alumni Affairs.
What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?
I was one of those kids who really just loved school (nerd alert!). I always loved our number jumbler time in Mrs. Dalton's math class, and it was always a party when Rabbi Stein broke out his keyboard.
Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?
That's a hard one! We graduated with just 6 people in our class - Sari Goldsmith, Elan, Gordon, Scott Rubin, Alla Maksumov, Veronika Shakhnazaryan, and I were all very close by the time we graduated and I have amazing memories with all of them.
What was your favorite school lunch?
Mac and cheese was always a favorite! But I also remember when lunches were served on trays and it was a game to see which color you'd end up with.
How many times were you sent to the principal's office?
I was a pretty good kid - I don't remember ever getting in trouble. But I did spend a lot of time in the secretary's office! Mrs. Hartman, office manager extraordinaire, was my grandmother, and I do remember visiting her office often to get "grammy snacks" or to get a test signed if I had forgotten to ask my parents the night before!
What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?
Our Israel trip in 1998 was such an unforgettable experience. To travel there with my oldest friends really was a bonding experience I'll never forget.
What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?
I was on the YA/JCC basketball team from 4th-8th grades, and I had so much fun with my teammates at our games. (And who can forget having to play in that one gym with carpet?)