October 31, 2013                                                                       27 cheshvan, 5774 


זכור את יום השבת לקדשו          






הסכום - Summary

  • Isaac prays for the barren Rebekah, who gives birth to twins, Esau and Jacob.
  • Esau grows up a hunter and Jacob an upright dweller in tents.
  • Esau, the elder, sells his birthright to Jacob for a pot of lentil soup.
  • Rebekah, who favors her younger son Jacob, arranges for Jacob to secure his father's coveted blessing instead of Esau.
  • Jacob, disguised as his brother Esau, is able to secure his father Isaac's blessing.
  • Esau is so upset that Jacob received his fathers blessing that he wants to kill him.
  • Jacob is forced to flee for his life and goes to live with his uncle Laban.

Notable Mitzvah (Commandment) in the Parsha

  • FAMILY BLESSINGS - Blessing one's children is a sacred duty in Judaism. The custom is to bless children before eating the Friday evening Shabbat meal.

SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

Nachum Chasan

Head of School 





Fourth Grade with Mrs. Heit
Our reading selections are rich with experience, providing opportunities to make connections and dig deeper for information from other sources. These selections become the springboard for writing. A story by Laura Ingalls Wilder prompted research on the homesteaders of the 1800's. Look for these expository compositions on display in our hallway! Our Fourth graders take great satisfaction in publishing their work, having completed a realistic fiction story and friendly letter.

Algebra? Yes, we can. The students are currently involved with properties, expressions, equations, and even functions as they apply to multiplication.

We are "touring" our state from east to west in Social Studies, looking at the variety of land and how people make use of it in each of our five major geographical regions. Look for a special project to begin soon!



Eighth Grade Hebrew with Morah Alla 


Our 8th grade students are busy learning Hebrew grammar, reading newspaper articles and practicing their new vocabulary. Our favorite game is "Forum Theatre", where students write a small play to illustrate and solve a difficult situation. When they present the play, anybody from the audience can replace the actor, change the words and offer their own solution to the problem. Students have a lot of fun as they practice spontaneous speech.


Ben Chadwell joins our staff!

A Harrisburg area native and member of Chisuk Emuna Congregation, Ben Chadwell brings his background in nonprofit work to the position of Development Associate at The Silver Academy. 
Ben recently graduated from West Chester University Honors College where he studied International Business, Spanish, and Biology, and led Kabbalat Shabbat services for the University Hillel. His passion for environmental sustainability motivated him to fulfill an AmeriCorps internship for The Joshua Farm near Derry Street. In addition to these pursuits, he has performed in nearly 30 theatrical productions beginning at the age of 9 with the JCC's 2000 production of Oliver! He continued his theatre career into college, starring in a production of Spring Awakening during his senior year.
Now Ben looks forward to giving back to the Harrisburg Jewish community that shaped his life and continues to offer meaningful gifts. Throughout the school year, he will be working with Director of Development at the Jewish Federation, Stuart Gasner, and other community members to sustain the policy of Rabbi David L. Silver z'l that no Jewish child who desires a Silver Academy education will be denied because of financial hardship. We welcome him to our family and believe that his skills and devotion will serve us all very well.

What current faculty members have taught at our school for at least 25 years? 

November 1
Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:45
November 4

Quarterly Exams
November 5

Student Council Elections
November 8

1st Quarter Ends
November 14
Authur Goldberg Memorial Lecture (5-8 gr)

                                  November Menu            Nurse Notes       Harrisburg Jewish Youth Choir                                                                                                                                                     

Saturday, November 23, 6:45 pm


  • CANDIDATE SPEECHES - Friday, Nov 1, in the morning
  • ELECTION DAY is Tuesday, Nov 5 
  • Remember to wear RED, WHITE and BLUE on election day!
     Candidates for Student Council Offices              
       President                     Treasurer                     Secretary
Noah Meeder, 7th gr              Sam Welks, 6th  gr             Dalia Shvartsman, 6th gr
Ruth Nehama, 9th gr          Deborah Schleig, 7th gr              Miriam Reid, 8th gr
           Good luck to all our candidates!



           We are in need of a lunchtime helper on Thursdays, 12:00-1:00...
  • Parents, grandparents, or other caring adults are welcome!
  • Please contact Deb Weinstein at [email protected]  
    to sign up!
  • Weekly or biweekly schedules available

Kabbalat Shabbat Celebratio
Friday, Nov 1, 2:45 PM

Parents, grandparents and friends are invited to join the Silver Academy students for a Kabblat Shabbat Celebration in the Wolfson Auditorium. Our 6th and 7th Graders will be leading the Celebration, and Yael Muroff will be presenting a special D'var Torah on Parshat Toldot. Our guest Rabbi will be Rabbi Akiva Males of Kesher Israel Congregation.

Ice Cream on Fridays...
  Remember your $1 

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


                 Girl Scout Meetings

                   Daisy Scouts - Nov 4
                       Brownie/Junior Scouts - Nov 11

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]



Bring in Your Box Tops! 


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



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

Jill Brodsky


Which years did you attend The Silver Academy? Kindergarten through 8th grade (1986-1995)

Where did you grow up? I lived in Linglestown until I was 12, and then we moved 2 blocks away from the school.

Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy? I went away to Silver Spring, MD, for high school. I graduated high school in 1999 from The Yeshiva of Greater Washington.

Where are you now? I live in Harrisburg, and my three children attend the Silver Academy.


What do you do? I am currently working as a leasing consultant in an apartment complex.

What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy? Recess, isn't that the right answer? I got to socialize and play sports, and nothing could be better! 

Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy? We were all friends! That was the best thing about the school; everyone was friends. Shout out to some of the old gang: Jenna Hervitz, Lauren Korn, Marla Gras, Josh Krevsky, Talia Fine, and Miriam and Devorah Gewirtz.

What is your current favorite food and what was your favorite lunch at The Silver Academy? My current favorite food is ice cream. I probably shouldn't admit to that. If I was at the school now my favorite meal would be breakfast for lunch! I remember my favorite meal when I went to school was Mr. Lowy's fried chicken! MMMM! 

How many times were you sent to the principals office? Never...either that or I'm getting too old to remember specifics. 

What was your favorite memory about The Silver Academy? I have many good memories about the Yeshiva - going to Israel, science fairs, being Student Council co-president, playing on the basketball team, taking photographs for the yearbook, and lots more, but the best part of being in school at the Yeshiva was the family environment. The comfort and love within those walls was bountiful! It made the elementary-middle school experience one of a kind!


What is your favorite sports team? Senators? No arguments there, right? Phew, dodged a potential riot with that one!  

What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC? We used to hang out at the J like it was our second home, play basketball, work out, watch saved by the bell and lots more!


Who was your biggest role model in Harrisburg? Wow, that's a tough one! I had a real good group of friends who came from great families. It was the family environment that proved to be important for me. The Gewirtz's, Pliner's, Stein's, Kamensky's all played a role in who I am today, along with many others.


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