December 18, 2014
Kislev 26, 5775

Tickets on Sale Now...
to our 70th Anniversary Concert starring William Close & The Earth Harp Collective are on sale now for Silver Academy friends and family only! If you are seeing this message, you are invited to this one-of-a-kind event. Get your tickets now before ticket sales open to the general public in a few days! Makes for a fantastic Hanukkah/Holiday present.


A Season of Activity at 
The Silver Academy

Rachel Zilbering

Assistant Principal


One of the most special aspects of Jewish life is seeing different generations come together.  We look to older generations for wisdom and younger generations for energy.  I know that some of the most special family gatherings are those where multiple generations are present. Within The Silver Academy and the Harrisburg Jewish Community, we are fortunate to have many of these opportunities available. 


This week, Morah Aviva's kitah aleph class volunteered at Jewish Family Services to assemble Chanukah packages for seniors. The Kindergarten and the Brenner ELC Pre-Kindergarten class joined together for the Chabad Olive Press Show. This afternoon, Andrea Weikert organized a chocolate menorah making program where a senior was paired with an older Silver Academy student and an ELC student. 


Tonight is The Celebration of Light and Learning where students will be performing songs, dances and plays. Please invite a grandparent or friend to this happy night. 


As we come to the end of 2014, I wish all of our Silver Academy families and friends my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.  

 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School

[email protected]


זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         







סיכום - Summary 

  • Our Parsha begins in the end (מקץ) of a two year period when Joseph is in jail and Pharaoh has two dreams.
  • The butler remembers Joseph in jail and that he was able to interpret dreams.
  • Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams.
  • There will be seven years of great abundance in the land to be followed by seven years of famine (רעב).
  • Joseph is rewarded by being put in charge of the land.
  • Famine strikes in Canaan and Jacob sends his sons, except Benjamin, to Egypt.
  • Joseph seizes Simeon and tells the brothers that he will not go free until they return with the younger brother.
  • Joseph tests his brothers to see how they feel about their wrong doing of long ago.





רעב - RAAV - FAIMINE   


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

HAPPY CHANUKAH - חג אורים שמח


Inside the Classroom


Kindergarten Judaics

Morah Sarah Bronner

Kindergarten is enjoying the season...learning Chanukah songs, dances, and playing a variety of Chanukah themed games to learn the story of brave Judah Macabee, as well as the Jewish symbols that we equate with Chanukah today.  We have also been practicing for our performance at the Celebration of Light and Learning. The children are so excited! We hope that you are ready for a great night! 
Kindergarten has also welcomed Morah Rachel as a helper in our classroom.  Some of us already knew her as a Girl Scout, Daisy, leader and as a helper in the lunch room. Morah Sarah had the pleasure of teaching her daughter, Clancy, in Kindergarten.   
Our classroom puppet friend, Bentzi, will be making a trip to Israel with Morah Sarah during winter break. They will be visiting Israeli friends and favorite places. The students can't wait to hear all about their experiences!

2nd Grade General Studies

Mrs. Brandy Hurley 


Second grade has been hard at work writing nonfiction! We are nearing the end of our second unit: Nonfiction chapter books. Throughout this unit, students learned many writing techniques that published authors use. They learned how to plan their books by talking with a friend and using a table of contents. Students also learned to use a more precise, content specific vocabulary. Throughout the unit, the class studied mentor texts, looking for ways to make their own writing more interesting and detailed. Some students used picture captions, pop out words and diagrams to elaborate their topics. We can't wait to celebrate all the writing we have done in this unit! 




1st Grade Volunteers at Jewish Family Services

Morah Aviva Woodland


Students from Kitah Alef went to Jewish Family Services to assemble Chanukah packages....chocolate gelt, sufganiot, dreidels and more. These packages and the students' warm smiles will bring light to seniors in the Jewish community this Chanukah season. It was truly a mitzvah from the heart!



Student Council Happenings
Chanukah Door Decorating Contest!


Parents Remember to vote 
for your favorite door!


When:  Thursday, at the Celebration of Light and Learning in the Mary Sachs

How:  Votes will be 25 cents a piece or 5 votes for $1

Support your Silver Academy Student Council!

Chanukah Events

School Notes and Reminders

Silver Academy Family Fun Night

"Night at the JCC" Havdallah Pajama Party

  • Saturday, January 10, 6:30 - 9:00 pm in the Mary Sachs
  • Movie for all ages, Trivia, Giveaways, Refreshments
  • "Guess the Name of the Movie We Will Show" Prize Drawing
  • Pajama Attire Suggested
  • Sleeping Bags Welcome

70th Anniversary Concert 
William Close & The Earth Harp Collective 
will be unforgettable! 

Save the date - Sunday, March 15!

Quantum of the Seas' Sonic Odyssey -
Quantum of the Seas' Sonic Odyssey -

William Close: The Ultimate Edit. Presented by Sennheiser MOMENTUM.
Watch this video...You will be amazed

Girls and Boys Basketball Schedules 
Check the schedule and plan to come and support our basketball teams!

Girl Scout Schedule...
 Come Join the Fun!
  • Daisies:  Dec. Jan. 5Jan. 19
  • Brownies/Jr:  Dec. 22Jan. 12Jan.26
For more information contact Aviva Woodland, [email protected] or Chastity Cottingham-Frye, [email protected]



Ice Cream on Fridays...Remember your $1
The Student Council will be selling ice cream every Friday for $1. You can bring in your dollar each Friday or bring in $5 or $10 to be added to your account.

 Community News

Conversational Hebrew Class 
New Session Starting in January! 
Have you ever wanted to say more than "Shalom" in Modern Hebrew? Do you want  to understand what your Silver Academy children are talking about? If so, it's time to join our Conversational Hebrew class. 

If you love to sing, join one of the 
Harrisburg Jewish Choirs!  Sign up now!

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Shopping at Giant
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  2. Buy Giant gift cards at the Silver Academy

Box Tops for Education
Send boxtops to school with your child or drop them off in the office. Each boxtop is worth 10 cents...just think how quickly that can add up!

* Please check the dates on box tops...We cannot submit boxtops that have expired!

Celebrating Chanukah at the Silver Academy

Songs and Lighting the Menorah Each Morning

Middle School and the JCC Seniors Have Fun  
Making Chocolate Menorahs

The Jewish Community Youth Choir Sings at the
State Capitol Chanukah Celebration

 Governor Tom Corbett and Rabbi Pewzner
Distribute Chanukah Gelt

Students Learn How Olive Oil is Processed for a Chanukah Menorah - Presented by Chabad

 Chanukah Door Decorating Contest

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Dates to Remember

Dec 18, 6:45 pm
Celebration of Light and Learning

Dec 19 
8:15 am
Candle Lighting

Dec 22 and 23
Candle Lighting

Dec 23, 4:30-5:30
World Record Menorah Lighting at Farm Show Building     (click here)

Dec 24-Jan 2
No School
Winter Break

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!