Each week, The Silver Summary will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network.
Marla (Gras) Friedman
What years did you attend The Silver Academy?
I attended the Silver Academy from 1983-1994.
Where did you grow up in Harrisburg?
I grew up in uptown Harrisburg, on "Green Street"
Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?
I went to the Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington. I graduated from Towson University with a major in Deaf Studies and later earned a Masters of Science Degree from McDaniel College.
Where do you live now?
I live in Baltimore, Maryland with my husband Kenny and our four children.
What do you do?
I am a Vocational Rehabilitation supervisor at Sinai Hospital.
What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?
Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?
I was very close with several of the girls in my grade and a couple of years younger. I am still very close with Faygie Tewner and Jill Flicker. With the help of Facebook, I have been able to stay in touch with Talia Rosen, Talia Fine, Daya Yablon, Yali Reuveni, and many more. Some of my fondest memories were with those ladies and others at the school.
What was your favorite school lunch?
Mr. Lowy's baked chicken and Sloppy Joe
How many times were you sent to the principal's office?
At least once for being in a fight (I was defending someone in a younger grade), but I am sure more times since I was on Student Council.
What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?
There are so many wonderful memories, but our trip to Israel was the best!
What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?
Play basketball with friends and watch TV as soon as the bell rang (usually Saved by the Bell and General Hospital).
Who was your role model in Harrisburg?
I had a lot of great teachers who I learned from including: Rabbi Gewirtz, Mrs. Nussbaum, Mrs. Kellogg (just kidding), Mrs. Feinberg, Mrs. Heit, and Mrs. Gold (just to name a few), but to answer the question, Lynn Wuestner. I was extremely close with her and she was a wonderful role model. I remember telling her that I hated one of my "best" friends. Her response to me was that hate was a very strong word that I should not use. To this day, I try not to use this word.