This weekly publication will be emailed every week to our subscribers. The Summary will recap the week's events at the Silver Academy and inform readers of upcoming events or dates. 
Happy reading and Shabbat Shalom!

Message from the Head of School

Dear Silver Academy Families,


We have just begun a new school year at the Silver Academy. I am very fortunate to have a team of wonderful, caring educators who are dedicated to serve your children's best interest and awaken each student's creative expression and knowledge. To those of you who are new to our school, a special welcome to the Silver Academy! I am looking forward to getting to know your children and families.


I am delighted to welcome back to our faculty, Mrs. Sandy Nussbaum, who will be our 8th Grade Language Arts teacher. I also welcome Rebecca Morrison, who will be teaching Physical Education and Health, Marina Cherpinsky, who will be teaching Music and Karen Schreiber, who will be helping our Israeli students, with English as a Second Language. 


Helpful notes to start the school year... 

  • On Wednesday, September 11th, 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM, you are invited to our Back to School Night. At that time you will have an opportunity to meet your child's teachers and learn about the curriculum and our educational program.
  • The school sponsors a number of before school and after school clubs that students can join. We will be sending more information and sign-up forms shortly. All club activities will begin after the fall Jewish Holidays, during the first week of October.
  • Ongoing communication between home and school is essential for an effective and outstanding educational experience. Our main mode of communication is email and our school website. Our teachers will post homework assignments, and summaries and pictures of what the students have learned in both their General and Jewish Studies classes on the school website. I often will email families about exciting happenings at the Silver Academy. Please read your emails and check our website at
  • Your first line of communication about your child's academic needs should always be your child's General and Jewish Studies teachers. Your child's teachers are not only here to work with your child in the classroom, but they also serve as your contact with the school. Every Silver Academy staff member's email address is the first letter of his or her first name followed by his or her entire last name If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at: 238-8775 Ext. 206 or [email protected]. I am always available to you and most of all to your children.

On behalf of my faculty and staff, I wish you and your family SHANAH TOVAH, A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!


Shabbat Shalom,

Nachum Chasan 



זכור את יום השבת לקדש




NITZAVIM/VAYELECH (Deuteronomy  - (29:9 - 31:30)



הסכום - Summary


  • The Israelites publicly entered into the Covenant made between their fathers and G-d.
  • Moses taught the Israelites that there are rewards for observing the Covenant and that there are punishments for not.
  • Moses tells the Israelites, "I am 120 years old and will not cross over the Jordan River to the promised land."
  • He tells the people, "Be strong and of good courage, fear not; for G-d goes with you."
  • Moses tells the people that Joshua will be their new leader


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Nachum Chasan

Head of School 



Sept 2

School Closed (Labor Day)
Sept 4

11:40 Dismissal (Erev Rosh Hashanah)
Sept 5 & 6

School Closed (Rosh Hashanah)
Sept 11

Back to School Night - 6:45-8:00
Sept 13

11:40 Dismissal (Kol Nidre)

 September                                             Bring in your 

For every $100 in Giant gift cards you purchase,
our school receives $5! 
Shop and support the school at the same time!

Purchase scrip gift cards in the school office or through Susan Leviton at 236-0146  or [email protected]

The Student Council will be selling ice cream every Friday during lunchtime beginning in October. The cost is $1.

  • Daisies - girls in Kindergarten & 1st Grade 
    Brownies - 2nd & 3rd Grades 
    Juniors - 4th & 5th Grades 
  • Parent Meeting will be held Mon, Sept 9 at 7 pm at the Silver Academy
  • For more information contact
    Aviva Woodland - [email protected]
    Chastity Cottingham-Frye:  [email protected]
Each week, we will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network.

       Avi Gordon  
Which years did you attend The Silver Academy?  1992-2002


Where did you grow up?  About two blocks from Yeshiva.

Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?  

Susquehanna Twp High School, then Binghamton University


Where are you now? Washington, DC


What do you do?  I work for an Israel education and advocacy organization called StandWithUs. I am the director of our Emerson Fellowship and the East Coast Campus. I educate university students about Israel and the conflict, and empower them to be leaders on their campus. I help students stop the misinformation that is being spread by Israel's detractors on campus.  


What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?  Science...I loved Mrs. Gaughan. She was so patient. I remember she always gave us a shtick before every test, like this, "Remember, if you don't fill out your name, you lose 5 points, which is like getting 1 and a half questions wrong."  

Avi and his brother Elan

Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?  Josh Glick


What is your current favorite food and what was your favorite lunch at The Silver Academy?  My favorite food is anything chocolate. I remember really enjoying the pizza. I was extremely picky back then.

What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?  Hang out with friends. In 3rd grade it was all about trading sports cards, and then it was the Pokemon era.  


How many times were you sent to the principals office?

Too many times. My class was infamous. In 5th grade they separated us into 2 separate classes.

What was your favorite memory or story about your time at The Silver Academy?
I loved having Rabbi Gewirtz in 3rd grade. He was always so passionate about teaching Judaic studies. His whole system with "checks" was brilliant. It encouraged us to participate and learn. The end of the year was the best because we could redeem our check marks.

Another memory that is vivid and will stay with me forever is being at the Yeshiva Academy during 9/11. When I was in 8th Grade, during our usual davening in the morning, Rabbi Gewirtz made an announcement that something was happening in NYC. We said a few more tehillim paragraphs than usual. I remember almost all of our teachers allowed us to go downstairs to the JCC to watch the news coverage, so we slowly learned more. I also remember Mrs. Dalton said, "Children, mark my words - this is a day you will NEVER forget. This is something that will be written in future history books." She was absolutely correct. I still tell the story of 'where I was' during 9/11.


Who was your biggest role model in Harrisburg? Rabbi Silver. I remember meeting him as a young boy and thinking how awesome it was to meet him. Looking back on it, it was monumental. He was the backbone of Harrisburg Jewry, and I am honored to have seen him and shaken his hand. I know that he personally helped my family when they came after the Holocaust. He is the reason Harrisburg Jewry was so strong. His influence can still be felt to this day. 


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