Each week, The Silver Summary will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network.
New City, NY
What years did you attend The Silver Academy?
I attended Kindergarten through 9th grade at the Yeshiva Academy from Sept 1965 through June 1975 when I graduated in a class of 9 (8 girls and 1 boy).
Where did you grow up in Harrisburg?
I grew up on the 3400 block of Third Street just 2 blocks from the JCC. It was great riding my bicycle to school when the weather was nice.
Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?
After the Yeshiva, I went to Susquehanna Senior High School through 12th grade. I then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and graduated as a Pharmacist in 1983.
Where do you live now?
I now live in New City, NY located in Rockland County, about 30 miles north and west of NYC.
What do you do?
I am currently the Director of Pharmacy at the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center in Pomona, NY where I have worked since 1996. This is a long term care facility in Rockland County as well as a Mental Health Hospital.
What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?
I just have so many fond memories of the Yeshiva it is hard to pick a favorite anything but I think Gemorrah is up there toward the top of my list. This just always fascinated me especially the way Rabbi Stein z"l taught the class. He made every subject fun and interesting.
Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?
I had 2 best friends - Andy Cohen (Reisman) and Carin Stein (Eisenstein).
What was your favorite school lunch?
Mrs. Gardner's lunches were all outstanding. I looked forward to lunch every day. Some of my favorites were macaroni/cheese, pizza, tossed salad with that amazing dressing, and those little potatoes. I could eat 3-4 servings of them!!
How many times were you sent to the principal's office?
I honestly do not remember ever going to the principal's office but that's not to say I never did. Maybe a former classmate can refresh my memory!
What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?
I remember Rabbi Stein doing his imitation of Groucho Marx down the hallway. Recess outside on the stagecoach and hanging under the chestnut tree while trying to get chestnuts to fall are all fond memories. I loved how we were all so afraid of Mr. Dimant in 2nd grade and probably learned more Hebrew that year than any other. I could go on for a long time with this question.
What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?
I loved the bowling alley, cheering for the JCC basketball team and of course the swim team. Being in the JCC plays each year are also great memories of good times with friends.
Who was your role model in Harrisburg?
My role model was my Mom, Helene Hartman z"l, who taught me about what is important in life - to value my family and friends and give lovingly of my time as a volunteer to those things that are near and dear to my heart. I was always so happy that my Mom was the secretary at the Yeshiva while I was a student there. This made my time at the yeshiva that much more special.