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 from 1982-1994.
Where did you grow up in Harrisburg?
I grew up on South Madison Street in Central Dauphin Township and later moved to Paxton Crossing in Susquehanna Township.
Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?
I attended Susquehanna Township High School.
Where do you live now?
I live on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.
What do you do?
I was a Vice President at Rubenstein Public Relations until 2010. I worked on a lot of fun and interesting accounts including the famous Friars Club Roasts and The Simon Wiesenthal Center. I am now a stay at home mother to my two daughters Ella Rose (3) and Ava Lily (1).
What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?
I really liked Mrs. Nussbaum's English class and Rabbi Gewirtz's Chumash class.
Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?
I was fortunate enough to have seven amazing girls in my class- many of whom I am still close with. Almost all of the girls I graduated with attended my wedding in 2008- Miriam Gewirtz, Shoshanna Nussbaum, Daya Yablon, and Marla Gras. Yali Reuveni walked down my aisle as maid of honor
What was your favorite school lunch?
I liked the Mac & Cheese. But when I think of the food at the school it isn't the actual food that comes to mind, it is the great Mr. Lowey. He prepared the food with such love and kindness. I remember when Mr. Lowey passed away, attending his funeral, and how upset we all were. Rabbi Gewirtz penned a song about him to the tune of the Beetles' "Mrs. Robinson"....i can still remember the lyrics today.
How many times were you sent to the principal's office?
I don't recall being sent to Rabbi Pliner's office for anything bad, but I do remember being called into his office when he told Marla Gras and I that he was going to allow us to be co-presidents in Student Council because the vote was so close.
What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?
I have so many amazing memories- our Israel trip, Student Council, Science Fairs, Ms. Koplovitz's Pinocchio reading, Purim carnivals and Lag BaOmer trips.
What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?
Playing basketball. We started the girls basketball team in 1991 and lost every single game. The other teams laughed at us because we were so bad. But with the help of our dedicated and talented coach Lynn Wuestner, we got better every year, and by 1994 we were nearly undefeated. I was so proud how we went from being the worst team to the best team in the league.
Who was your role model in Harrisburg?
My mother, Arlene Koons Rosen. I remember her being very active in the Jewish Community when I was younger- she was President of Hadassah, etc. Now, I am very involved in my daughters' school and our shul.