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!

Meet Our New Teachers!

Ms. Marina Cherepinsky - Music Teacher


Ms. Cherepinsky has established an exciting career in both choral and operatic repertoire and is recognized as a highly regarded vocal teacher and vocal coach. Among the highlights of her career is her tenure as the Chorus Master for the Harrisburg Opera Association.  


She prepared the Harrisburg Opera Youth Chorus and Harrisburg Opera Ensemble for their participation in seven operas. Ms. Cherepinsky prepared the Youth Chorus for their collaboration with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in the CPYB productions of The Nutcracker and concert performances of Hansel and Gretel.  She conducted the critically acclaimed PA premiere of B. Britten's children's opera The Little Sweep, as well as concerts at national opera conferences and at the National Theatre in Washington, DC.  


Ms. Cherepinsky is now in her 10th season as Music Director for the JCC Drama Department.  In 2011 she served as the director and the music director for JCC's fundraiser Kids Care.  


Ms. Cherepinsky served as an adjunct professor at Penn State Harrisburg teaching choral, vocal, and music history classes.  She is the music director of the Capitol Youth Chorale and the Harrisburg Jewish Youth Choir.  Ms. Cherepinsky directs summer music camps at Penn State, the Susquehanna Township Rec Dept., and JCC.

Mrs. Rebecca Morrison
Health and Physical Education Teacher
  • Mrs. Morrison received her undergrad and Masters degrees from Penn State in Health and PE education
  • She played collegiate softball at Penn State. 
  • Currently, she enjoys running with a running group and practicing Pilates at the JCC.
  • Mrs. Morrison and her husband of 15 years, Eric Morrison, have 2 children, Ean (10) and Cara (8). They live in Hampden Township. 
  • Most of all Ms. Morrison enjoys watching her children play on their athletic teams and spending time with family and friends.

Welcome Back Mrs. Sandy Nussbaum - Language Arts
  • Mrs. Nussbaum has taught at the Silver Academy for 25+ years before taking a brief retirement
  • She lived in Harrisburg for more than 38 years with her husband and four daughters, who are all graduates of our school
  • Mrs. Nussbaum is looking forward to reconnecting with the Silver Academy family this year!



זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                          




YOM KIPPUR (MORNING) Leviticus 16  


Haftarah - The Book of Jonah


הסכום - Summary


  • The Torah reading recalls the ancient sacrifices that were brought on the Day of Atonement
  • In the afternoon on Yom Kippur the entire book of Jonah is read.
  • We learn from the story of Jonah that G-d is interested in the repentance of everyone
  • G-d is the G-d of the whole universe, and all people are G-d's people
  • Jonah's flight from G-d's presence was as futile as our attempts to escape our conscience and from our duties toward our fellow human beings.


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

Gemar Chatima Tovah!


Nachum Chasan

Head of School





Kindergarten General Studies with Mrs. Carpenter




We have had a busy, productive, and fun two weeks in Kindergarten! So far we have:

  • Met two  loving puppets who teach us to care for and listen to one another (Carey and Shekkie)
  • Heard from a "mean" puppet who thinks his word is the most important of all (the King of _ing)
  • Made birthday posters and a birthday book, learned a special birthday song, and celebrated our first birthday with a class party
  • Began an Alphabet Art book
  • Been introduced to math concepts such as building numbers to 100, making patterns, and figuring out how to use a calendar and read a chart
  • We also practiced for a fire drill so we'll be ready to leave the building safely and calmly. 
Our entire Kindergarten class sends a big THANK YOU to Nancy Garner for giving us so many new and gently used books to use for Individual and Small Group Reading. We are already using some of them, and we will read more of them as we learn additional sight words!

I think we're going to have a great year in Kindergarten!




Fifth Grade Judaics with Rabbi Gewirtz




The final parshiot in the Chumash Book of Breishit (Genesis) contain one of the Torah's most engaging but disturbing stories: the sale of Joseph by his brothers to slavery in Egypt.  What could have motivated the respected founders of the Jewish tribes to do this?  What can we learn about our own interpersonal relationships from their experiences?  On the road to finishing the book of Breishit by the end of the year, the 5th grade will have the opportunity to explore these critical issues!


The Book of Judges, studied by the 5th Grade in Naviim (Prophets) describes a cycle pattern that repeated itself constantly.  The Jews would become lax in their Jewish observance, creating a synthesis between Judaism and the idolatry of the surrounding nations.  G-d would respond by allowing an enemy to invade and deny the Jews full independence.  When the Jews turned to G-d for help, G-d would give the Jews the opportunity to discover and follow a charismatic teacher and leader back to genuine Jewish observance.  This leader would lead them in war and then continue to lead them in a long period of peace and strong Jewish life.  His (or her) aging or death would start the cycle again.


Selected Mishnayot will form the Talmud curriculum for 5th Grade.  The first Mishnah discusses various reasons for NOT eating in a Succah.


After the holidays, the 5th Grade will begin "Shmirat Halashon", a study of ethical speech practices.  The curriculum and materials come from the trailblazing Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation and include stories, games, quizzes and contests.




Sept 13

Early Dismissal, 11:40, Yom Kippur
Sept 16

Board Meeting, 7:30
Sept 18

Early Dismissal, 11:40, Sukkot
Sept 19 & 20

School Closed, Sukkot
Sept 23

Sukkot at Hershey Park
Sept 25

Early Dismissal, 11:40, Hoshanah Rabbah
Sept 26 & 27

School Closed, Shemini Atzeret Yizkor
Sept 29

Josh Klein 5K - 8:30 at JCC (see link below)

September Menu                    Nurse Notes                    Josh Klein 5K

Baby Rubin
Mazel Tov 
Baby Hurley
Scott and Jackie Rubin on the birth of their son
Brandy and Leonard Hurley on the birth of their son, Liam!


Uptown Harrisburg Sukkot Hop
 On Thursday, September 19th, it will be time to Sukkah Hop!   
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Buy Giant Scrip and Support the Silver Academy!


 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 608-0190 or [email protected]
                 Ice Cream on Fridays!
The Student Council will be selling ice cream every Friday during lunchtime beginning in October. The cost is $1.

New Girl Scout Troop Forming!


Daisies - girls in Kindergarten & 1st Grade 
           Brownies - 2nd & 3rd Grades 
                         Juniors - 4th & 5th Grades 
Next Meeting Dates:  
           Brownies and Juniors, Sept 16
                      Daisies, Sept 30
 For more information contact: 
Aviva Woodland at 
[email protected]  

Chastity Cottingham-Frye at  [email protected]



Bring in Your Box Tops! 


Clip your boxtops and bring them to school. Last year our school earned almost $350 from this program!


Award Announcement

Congratulations to Ari Dym for representing Harrisburg at the Maccabbi Artfest in California, and earning a gold medal for exemplifying the Middot of Rina (Joy). Other alumni also participating in Maccabbi were Jacob Schulder and Laura Reback. Congratulations to all!

Each week, we will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network.

Ernie Lederer


Which years did you attend The Silver Academy?   1958-1967

Where did you grow up in Harrisburg?  Uptown on the 3700 block 

of Green Street


Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?   Susquehanna Township High School; New York University, undergraduate degree;  University of Maryland, MBA


Where are you now?   I live in Oakton, Virginia, outside of Washington, DC.


What do you do?  Right now I own a Commercial Printing business.  However, I spent most of my career in the telecommunications industry at companies like MCI and Nextel in a variety of management and leadership positions.


What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?   Not an easy question... I remember enjoying science classes in Junior High with Mrs Schnier.

Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?   I don't know if I had a single best friend. I was very friendly with Steve Cohen, Les Krevsky and Arny Frankston.

What is your current favorite food and what was your favorite lunch at The Silver Academy?   Currently my favorite food is grilled salmon.  I think any recollection about "favorite" lunches at the Academy may have been eclipsed by the statute of limitations.


How many times were you sent to the principal's office?  Too many to count. There was a period of time from the middle of seventh grade through the end of ninth grade where I may have been on Rabbi Goldberg's frequent visitor program.


What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?   I have many positive memories, and I remember many wonderful moments.  Many of those moments were very funny.  I do remember that Arny Frankston was a bit of a cut up back then and he was pretty good about entertaining the class....not always with the approval of the teachers. I also remember Mrs. Schapira's class. She was blatantly capable of playing favorites.  Luckily, I was on the right side of her list.  Her blatant favoritism certainly generated some humorous memorable moments. 


What is your favorite sports team?   Washington Capitals


What was your favorite activity at the JCC?   Playing basketball


Who was your biggest role model in Harrisburg? 

Another tough question.  Assuming that I can't nominate family members, I'll go with Maish Raffel.  He was a successful businessman, a nice guy, very interested in sports, offered lots of good advice, and seemed level headed.


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