Each week, The Silver Summary will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network.
What years did you attend The Silver Academy?
I started downstairs as a 3 year old in pre-k and went all the way through 6th grade before I switched to Susquehanna Township Middle School.
Where did you grow up in Harrisburg?
I grew up in Susquehanna Township--Windsor Farms next to the Blancs and the Goldsmiths!
Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?
I left to start 7th grade at Susquehanna Township Middle and then graduated from the Susquehanna Township High School before starting at the University of Pittsburgh (Go Panthers)!
Where do you live now?
What do you do?
I work at the University of Maryland focusing on raising money for student scholarships and student run programs within Student Affairs. I like to think that we are making the student experience and the campus a better place!
What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?
I loved science class with Mrs. Gaughan. I will never forget trying to catch and classify bugs for her class. I also still remember how Rabbi Gewirtz would teach us the shorashim! Any class with Rabbi Gewirtz left a lasting impression.
Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?
We had a great group of friends in our year--and have
stayed close since then when so many of us graduated from Susquehanna Township High School together. I'm lucky now to be a part of so many lives of my Yeshiva friends and get to attend their weddings! Saskia
Shuman was the first, and most recently I was in Rebecca Henshell's wedding...and soon to attend Jordan Klein's!
What was your favorite school lunch?
The crispy mac & cheese was definitely a favorite.
How many times were you sent to the principal's office?
What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?
Selling Yodels and Ding Dongs out of the canteen, which was really just a big locker...and building the mini-model of the mishkan with the right specifications with Gabe Oran. Oh, and the Rashi Club!!
What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?
The bowling alley.
Who was your role model in Harrisburg?
My parents are my biggest role models. They left Israel and came to the United States at such a young age because of all of the opportunities here, and worked hard to carve out an amazing life for all of us. They raised my sister Danielle and me to appreciate new cultures and to be open, understanding and compassionate---they are truly amazing. And, the person who I have the best memories with and has left a lasting impact on my life is Noah Gorelick. We were born exactly a week apart and that connection has lasted through the Yeshiva, Susquehanna Township High School, USY on Wheels, his Native/my birthright trip overlapping, University of Pittsburgh and then Georgetown University. I'm lucky to be his close friend!