January 29, 2015
Shevat 9, 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

Jaclyn Rubin

Admissions and Recruitment Director


On Monday, January 19th, The Silver Academy hosted it's annual Bring a Friend to School Day/Mitzvah Day, and what a wonderful day it was! Students and friends participated in a day of fun and community service. Each grade created their own service projects. From writing cards and collecting stuffed animals for residents of The Jewish Home, to performing plays about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and painting Tzedakah boxes, students gave back in a variety of ways. We even held a Pantene Pro V Beautiful Lengths hair cutting ceremony for those who donated 8" of hair to create wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Three students and one staff member went "under the scissors" during an assembly with the rest of the student body and faculty watching and supporting them. A college-age friend also donated and sent her hair to us for donation.


We had a wonderful day of sharing, caring and friendship with our special guests!


Zumba for the Whole School...Teachers Too!


A Mitzvah Project of Collecting Stuffed Animals and Writing Cards for Residents of the Jewish Home


  Making Posters for a Save the Whales Project...Students also raised $ and adopted a whale!


Kids on the Block

Puppet Show About Compassion for Those with Special Needs


Using Puppets to Learn About the Life and Work of

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Hebrew Bingo with a Theme of the Service of Firemen



Ending the Day with a Dip in the JCC Pool!


 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School

[email protected]



זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         






סיכום - Summary 

  • The Israelites depart Egypt, but Pharaoh changes his mind and decides to pursue them.
  • The Red Sea (ים סוף) splits open, and the Israelites cross safely.
  • Pharaoh tried to follow the Israelites, but the water returned and drowned all the Egyptians.
  • In celebration, the Israelites sing a song of victory to G-d.
  • Thus, this Shabbat is also known as Shabbat Shirah

(שבת שירה) - the Shabbat of Song.

  • The Israelites begin their trek through the wilderness with complaints to Moses about the lack of food and drink.
  • G-d Grants the Israelites water and manna (מן).



ים סןף   -- Yam Soof - Red Sea (Sea of Reeds)

שבת שירה - Shabbat Shira - The Sabbath of Song

מן  -- Maan - Manna


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Nachum Chasan

Head of School



Inside the Classroom



Kindergarten Visits The Dead Sea

Morah Sarah Bronner


Morah Sarah came back from her visit to Israel with lots of treats for Kindergarten. She bought special chairs and crowns for the Immas and Abbas of Shabbat (Shabbat moms and dads), Hebrew books, a beautiful wooden Alef-Bet puzzle, and other Israeli treats. She also brought back something to help the class truly feel Israel!


Kindergarten spent an afternoon imagining that they were at the Dead Sea, enjoying the nice weather and the therapeutic mineral mud that Morah Sarah brought all the way from Israel! Parents helped the children spread mud on their feet, and as they let it dry, Morah Sarah read Hebrew books to the students. The end of the "trip" was quite exciting as students tried to get the mud off by soaking and scrubbing in successive buckets of water. It was tough!  The kids loved their visit to the Dead Sea and can't wait to see what other Israeli treats are in store for them!




A New Face at the Silver Academy

We offer a big welcome to Chastity Cottingham-Frye, our new kindergarten and ganeinu aide! You may know Chastity as the mother of Clancy, who is in third grade here at the Silver Academy, or as one of our Girls Scout leaders. She has also been a regular volunteer at our school for the past four years.
Chastity is no stranger to elementary education, having worked as a substitute teacher for three years, and also worked for the Lancaster-Lebanon IU as a paraeducator for Autistic Support classrooms. She is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a double major in Political Science and Religion.  

Outside of school, Chastity, her husband, Tim, and Clancy, are members of Temple Ohev Sholom, where Chastity serves as Vice President of the Sisterhood. On a fun note, every year during Purim, Chastity performs in Ohev Sholom's Purim spiel. This year she will be playing Esther. 

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 the date!
  • Silver Academy Open House
    Thurs, Feb 19, 5:30-7:00 pm
    Free babysitting and dinner for students!



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

When: Sunday, March 1, 5:00 pm


Orders and money for discount tickets ($18.75) due tomorrow (Jan 30)!


Click Here for More Information



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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Silver Snapshots

Silver Academy science fair participants have something to smile about! (Read about it in next week's Silver Summary)

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Dates to Remember

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!