January 22, 2015
Shevat 2, 5775

Tickets on Sale Now...
for our 70th Anniversary Concert starring William Close & The Earth Harp Collective! You will not want to miss this unique experience which, in William Close's own words, "combines music, architecture, and sculpture to create new musical experiences."

March 15, 2015

The Forum Auditorium


Good Things Happen Every Week 
at The Silver Academy

Rachel Zilbering

Assistant Principal 


First, my apologies that the link to the Cornell University article last week was not correct.  Here is the correct link: 

Second, what a week! Monday's Bring a Friend to School Day / Mitzvah Day was a resounding success.  The students in each grade worked on various projects that incorporated both the idea of service and mitzvot.  Three students and one staff member underwent a transformation by cutting at least eight inches of hair to donate to Pantene Great Lenghts!  Lest you think it was all work, the students did have lots of fun, too.  The entire school participated in a Zumba workout taught by our Physical Education teacher Nicole Sunderland (I think I even saw Mr. Chasan dancing).    

The snow caused a little bit of headache and schedule change, but our 7th and 8th graders have their science fair projects at school and are ready for the Science Fair this evening.  

Plans for the William Close & the Earth Harp Collective concert are moving along full force, I encourage you to buy tickets soon. 

 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School

[email protected]


 זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         






סיכום - Summary 

  • Moses and Aaron continue to plead with Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free.
  • Pharaoh's heart was still hardened and he continues to refuse.
  • The Egyptians are punished with the last three of the ten plagues - locusts (ארבה(, darkness (חשך) and death of the firstborn (מוכת בכורות).
  • Terrified, Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and he finally lets the Israelites go.
  • The Israelites proclaim that each year, on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month, a festival lasting seven days will be observed to recall their freedom from Egyptian bondage.



ארבה  -- Arbeh - Locusts

חשך   -- Hoshech - Darkness

מכות בכורות- Makot Behorot - Death of the Firstborn


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Nachum Chasan

Head of School




Inside the Classroom


1st & 2nd Grades Adopt a Whale!

Mrs. Brandy Hurley


During the past few weeks, first and second graders worked together to raise money for a very exciting Mitzvah project. Our goal was to raise enough money to adopt a whale! I am proud to say that we exceeded our goal of $97! The money will be put to good use, supporting Pacific Whale researchers and education programs. On MLK Day we created posters about how everyone can help whales. You can learn more about our whale, Lucinda, at www.pacificwhale.org/content/lucinda


Thank you to all the families and individuals who helped us reach our goal! Together we can make a difference! 


Click Here to See Our Certificate of Adoption




7th and 8th Grades Judaics

Rabbi Yosef Gewirtz


"Can we study more Gemara?"


That was the reaction of Eighth Grade student, Tony McVey, to the inaugural section of "Higher Talmud" that the Seventh/Eighth Grade class recently completed.  The subject from tractate Bava Kama was the extent of liability of someone who finds a lost object for that object while he attempts to find its owner.  The topic was chosen as a further expansion of the theme of liability found in Parshat Mishpatim, presently being studied by the class during Chumash period. The class enjoyed the debate and analysis contained in the selection and were assured by their teacher, Rabbi Gewirtz, that they were "liable" to continue the study of Gemara in the near future.



Middle School Pre Algebra

Mrs. Jane Dalton


Students illustrated a critical thinking problem by finding the minimum and maximum length of the third side of a triangle.  


7th-8th Grade Trip to Israel 

This spring our 7th and 8th grade classes will travel to Israel! (They are so excited!) Please consider helping us fund our trip by participating in one or more of these fundraisers.
  • Online Donation Fund - Please consider donating to help defray the cost of $4,000 per student.             Click Here to Donate


School Notes and Reminders

Save these dates!
  • Picture Day
    ...January 27
  • Silver Academy Open House
    Thurs, Feb 19, 5:30-7:00 pm
    Free babysitting and dinner for students!


Silver Academy Students Invited to Sing the National Athem at a Hershey Bears Hockey Game!

When:  Sunday, March 1, 5:00 pm

Orders and Money for discount tickets ($18.75) are due next Friday, Jan 30!

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

70 Years of Memories

Click Here to See Pictures

 Community News

Kesher Israel Congregation looks forward to welcoming back Pella - a highly-acclaimed NYC a cappela group - for a musical Shabbaton enhancing Shabos Shirah / the Shabbos of Song (January 30-31)
KI thanks our good friend Bobby Snyder who chose to make his 72nd birthday by sponsoring this year's exciting musical Shabbaton!

Conversational Hebrew Class 
New Session Starting in February! 

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Snowy Days and Early Dismissals

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Dates to Remember
Jan 22 - 6:45
Science Fair
*Note...this is a new date, due to yesterday's weather

Jan 27
Picture Day

Feb 5 - 6:45 pm
1st Grade Siddur Celebration

Feb 6 - 1:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat

Feb 16
No School
(Tentative - Snow Make Up Day)

Feb 19 - 5:30-7:00 pm
Silver Academy Open House

Girl Scout Dates
  • Brownies/Jr: Jan 26 

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!