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February 6, 2013

26 Shevat 5773


Dear Silver Academy Families,


As we prepare for the joyous celebration of Purim, we remember that there are those who cannot afford to celebrate in a festive way. One of the four Mitzvot of Purim is "Gifts for the Poor" (Matanot La'evyonim). We have the opportunity to fulfill this Tzedakah in an unusually meaningful way.


Od Yosef Chai, Inc. is an organization that seeks out the truly needy in Israel and helps them in sensitive and dignified ways. For example, they give money to employers who pass it on to impoverished employees as salary raises or bonuses. In addition, all the money donated goes to the poor, because volunteers do much of the work and all expenses are underwritten by benefactor.


If you would like to participate in this wonderful Purim Mitzvah, please send in a check, to our school office, made out to "Od Yosef Chai, Inc." Checks sent before February 22nd will be forwarded to Israel before Purim. Checks received after that can still count as fulfillment of the Mitzvah.


May G-d bless us all with a healthy and happy Purim.



Nachum Chasan                  Rabbi Joseph Gewirtz 

Upcoming Calendar Events


Saturday Night, February 9th
Silver Academy & Brenner Family ECD Havdallah 
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, February 15th
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Thursday February 28th 
Open House
5:30-7:00 PM
Open house  

 D'var Torah



זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         





SHABBAT PARSHAT - MISHPATIM -  (Exodus 21:1- 24:18)

SHABBAT SHEKALIM - (Exodus 30:11 - 16)

הסכום - Summary


  • When Moses went up Mount Sinai he entered into the midst of a cloud.
  • He remained there for forty days and forty nights.  
  • In addition to the Ten Commandments that were given in last week's parsha Yitro, G-d gave Moses a variety of civil and criminal laws. They included; treatment of slaves, crimes of murder and kidnapping, personal injuries, damages through neglect or stealing, offenses against others through lying, idolatry, oppression, unfair  business practices, and unjust conduct of judges.
  • Israelites are reminded to be sensitive to the needs of strangers.
  • Rules are presented for the Sabbath, the Sabbatical Year, Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot.
  • Shabbat Shekalim - A census was to be taken, every adult Israelite was required to contribute a half-shekel towards the maintenance of the sanctuary.
  • The Torah portion also emphasized that the poor and rich alike are equal in the eyes of G-d, and must donate the same amount.


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Nachum Chasan

Head of School

Alumni Spotlight


Each week, The Silver Summary will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network. 


Dina Burcat

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?)


Inside the Classroom- Kindergarten
     January 21 was both Martin Luther King Day and Mitzvah Day in our school. Our class collected art supplies for the children's table at the Common Ground Café on
Allison Hill. We donated pipe cleaners, paint, glitter, beads, cards, paper and more. The director of children's activities at the Café came and picked up our donations
later in the week, and students asked her questions about the kids who will be getting these supplies.

     Now we are putting up posters in the hall that show why Dr. King is a hero and how he helped America live up to its promise of "Liberty and Justice for All".
Then we will take a break from History and create a magical land in our room, complete with elves, fairies, and talking animals. As students play in this land of
Imagica they will invent characters, settings, and problems and then write their stories during Kid Writing time.

     On February 11 we will celebrate the 100th Day of School by doing special calendar and math activities and watching the movie The Mouse and the Motorcycle as we enjoy a special snack.
Inside the Classroom - 6th Grade
      The year that young Jewish students learn the first half of Chumash Shmot (Exodus) is a special one because they will be able to experience that year's Passover Seder with a great deal of preparation, knowledge and insight. Presently, the Sixth Grade is studying in Parshat "Bo", the
Jews' preparations for their exodus, including the first Seder. Identifying the similarities and differences between the first Seder and subsequent Seders is an especially interesting feature.

     The first third of the book of Samuel I begins with a serious spiritual downturn on the part of the Jewish People culminating with the capture of the Holy Ark which housed the Tablets with the Ten Commandments. The amazing revitalization of Jewish life instigated and guided
by the prophet Samuel follows. But even Samuel can't prevent the unfortunate decision to prematurely begin the monarchal era. The successes and failures of the first king, Saul, will reverberate in future generations.

     Modern technology allows the students to complete on-line homework and submit it instantaneously to their teacher. This invaluable feedback enables the teacher to prepare the next day's lesson for the individual needs of each student!

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