December 12, 2013                                                                       9 Tevet, 5774 




    זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         



    HAVDALAH - 5:25 PM



    הסכום - Summary

    • Jacob was one hundred and forty seven years old and he felt his end was near.
    • Jacob called Joseph and his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh and made them promise that they would not bury him in Egypt, but that he be buried in Canaan in the cave of Machpalah.
    • Joseph wept and took an oath to do his father's bidding.
    • Jacob then blessed Joseph by blessing Ephraim and Manasseh.
    • Jacob called for his other sons and blesses each of them.
    • We now have finished the book of Bereshit! Hazak, Hazak, Venithazak! (Be strong, and let us strengthen one another).


     SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


    Nachum Chasan

    Head of School 




Where in this week's Torah portion do you see 
a hint of the sport tennis?





Kindergarten with Mrs. Carpenter


Kindergarten has been thinking about some very BIG Ideas this fall!


  • In History we continue to ask ourselves "Why do people come to America, and why do some of them stay while others leave?"
  • We wrote about the Native Americans and Pilgrims for our first Kid Writing project. We learned a lot about the life of Tisquantum (also known as Squanto). Our writing project is on display in the hallway.
  • We have met almost 30 sight words so far and enjoy reading small books on our own.
  • Now that we've learned the names of all 26 letters we've started learning their sounds and spellings.
  • We do mental math every day, and we're practicing writing the numbers

Kindergarten also did an amazing job leading The Star Spangled Banner and Ha Tikvah at our Celebration of Light and Learning!



  5th Grade Hebrew with Morah Alla


Last month in Hebrew class we were busy learning about and celebrating Chanukkah. The students have also studied the events that happened in the time of Beit Hamikdash from the perspective of a child who grew up in the difficult time of the Makabim. We discussed a lot of problems that children face now in order to practice Judaism and what we are doing to pass our values to the next generation.   



How well do you know our faculty? 
This teacher...
        • grew up in Abington Twp., near Philadelphia, and went to Penn State
        • was the assistant director of all plays in  high school
        • spent summer break during college at Atlantic City working as a waitress in a Jewish deli and scooping ice cream on the boardwalk
Who is this??? 
Dec 20
1:45, Kabbalat Shabbat
Dec 24
11:40, Early Dismissal, Winter Break
Dec 25-Jan 1

No School, Winter Break
Jan 2

School Resumes

Jan 10

1:45, Kabbalat Shabbat
Jan 20

Bring a Friend Day, Mitzvah Day
Jan 22

6:45 pm, Science Fair

The Jewish Community Center presents...
The Musical Comedy
Directed by Mrs. Cherepinsky

Dec 12, 14 and 15
                                                                                                                            JCC Middle School                                     
December Menu                     
Health Notes                    Basketball Schedule   

This spring the 8th grade class will travel to Israel. Help us fund our trip with the purchase of Chai Notes.

To download your Chai Note,
and for more information,

Return of the Kipot

Help...All of our school kipot are missing! 
  • Kipot Amnesty day is Monday, December 23
  • Return all of the school's kipot that you have at your home by Dec 23
  • The person who returns the most kipot will win an awesome prize!


Girl Scouts Meeting Schedule


          Daisies: December 16th

       Brownie/Jrs:  December 23

                    Ice Cream on Fridays...
Remember your $1
The Student Council will be selling ice cream every Friday during lunchtime. The cost is $1.

We need your help at the Jewish Home

to increase Jewish community life at the Jewish Home!



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


Elliot Cohen               


Which years did you attend The Silver Academy? 1979-1986 (Kdg -6th grade).  I Also attended pre-school at the JCC.

Where did you grow up?  Colonial Park

Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?  Linglestown JRH, Central Dauphin HS, University of Maryland/College Park, Johns Hopkins University (Masters)

Where do you live now?  Baltimore (Pikesville), Maryland

What do you do?  Software Engineer for AAI Corporation/Textron

What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?  I'd have to say science.  I enjoyed the material and interactive nature.  A highlight was getting to take care of the animals and fish.  I remember one weekend I took home the rabbit, which made a fun weekend for my brother, sister, and I.  I can't say if my parents were quite as thrilled. 

Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?  I had many good friends.  Two of my lasting close friends are Noam Chasan and Jason Schein.

What is your current favorite food and what was your favorite lunch at The Silver Academy?  Who could forget Mr. Lowey's cooking?  My favorite was the rectangular pizza.  Now, I like Indian food the best. 

How many times were you sent to the principals office?  Not very often that I remember.  But there was one instance where I learned a new four letter word and repeated it to the bus driver, earning me a trip to the office the next day.

What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?  One highlight was taking an overnight trip to Washington, DC, in 6th grade.  It was my first experience at taking a trip with my friends.  I had fun visiting the sites, and it was especially fun staying in a hotel room with three other classmates.  (I remember one was Brian Wittlin, who was in 7th grade, but I don't recall who the other two were).


What is your favorite sports team?  Pro, Miami Dolphins;  College, Maryland Terps

What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?  My mother (Carol Cohen) worked as editor of the Community Review, so the JCC was like a second home.  Back then they had a bowling alley, and I participated in the kids leagues.  I also remember spending time with friends playing racquetball, floor hockey, and swimming.  We also played football when the adjacent field was bigger (before renovations).  I participated in BBYO and USY as I got older (many events were at the JCC).


Who was your biggest role model in Harrisburg?  Probably my parents.  All of my grandparents lived in Harrisburg, and they also had a major influence on my life.




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Silver Snapshots 

Kindergarten at our morning Chanukah candle lighting

6th Grade Follows a Hebrew Recipe for Chocolate Balls

 3rd Grade Becomes Inventors in Computer Class
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