April 2, 2015
Nisan 13, 5775
Passover Message 
From the Head of School


In the brief period between Purim and Pesach, much is being done at the Silver Academy. Our students are taught the historical background of Passover and the practices connected with the Festival of Freedom. Highlighting this period of preparation in our school we conducted Model Sedorim. Of course, it should be remembered that these Sedorim are only "Models" and in no was substitute for the real Passover Seder, which every Jewish child should be able to experience each year. The following are suggestions for parents to help make their Sedorim a real Passover experience.



  • INVOLVE THE CHILDREN - Everyone knows that children are supposed to the Four Questions. Challenge the children to present more questions.
  • EVERYONE AT THE SEDER SHOULD HAVE A PART - The Haggadah should not be read entirely by one or two people. Assign parts -- preferably before the Seder so people can look over their paragraphs and even explain them.
  • USE OTHER MATERIAL - There is a wealth of material on the themes that we celebrate on Passover. Articles from newspapers, poems and even the internet may help you to make the Seder more special for your guests.
  • SEDER MEANS ORDER - Almost every Haggadah begins with an agenda - a list of the fifteen major sections of the Seder. It will be most helpful in conducting the Seder to follow this list of sections.
  • REMEMBER GUESTS -- A Seder is not complete without guests. Do you know of anyone who is all alone and possibly has not been invited to another Seder? Invite them over. It's still not too late!








 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School




זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         





(Exodus 12:21 - 51; Joshua 5:2 - 6:1


סיכום - Summary


  • Moses instructs the elders of Israel in all of the laws of Passover.
  • All generations to come are to observe the Passover traditions. In addition, the children of succeeding generations are to be instructed at Passover as to the origin and significance of the festival.
  • The Torah reading concludes with the last of the ten plagues (עשר מכות), the slaying of the Egyptian firstborn sons (מכת בכורות).
  • Pharaoh summons Moses, and tells him that he wants them out of Egypt as soon as possible.
  • Moses and Aaron comply, and the children of Israel begin to make a quick exit, not allowing time for their bread to rise.




עשר מכות  -- Esser Makot  -- Ten Plagues

מכת בכורות  -- Makat Behorot - Slaying of the first born  


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

HAPPY PASSOVER - חג שמח וכשר

Nachum Chasan

Head of School





Celebrating Pesach at 
The Silver Academy


Kitah Alef spent a morning assembling Pesach packages for nearly 100 seniors in the Jewish Community of Harrisburg 


Kindergarten and Ganeinu Host a Model Seder 

with Parents and Friends 




1st-5th Grades Participate Enthusiastically

 in the Model Seder





Kitah Bet performs Hatzagah, the Story of Slavery


Lighting the Candles 


Counting the Plagues


First Taste of Matzah


Tasting Bitter Herbs



5th -8th Grades Enjoy the Model Seder with Seniors



A Warm Welcome!

Perhaps you have met Mrs. Jessica Wenzelburger, the newest faculty member of the Silver Academy. If you have not yet had the opportunity to say "welcome", here is a little information about her.

Jessica is excited to be teaching our 5th and 6th grades General Studies for the remainder of the school year. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Slippery Rock in 2011. During her career as an educator, Jessica has had substitute teaching opportunities in kindergarten through 6th grade, and has also taught preschool for two years.

Jessica and her husband, Erik, (and their German Shepherd, Amora), just relocated from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg in March! They are enjoying exploring the city and surrounding areas. Be sure to say hello to Jessica if you have the opportunity. We are thrilled to have Jessica as a part of our Silver Academy team.

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


70 Years of Memories

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 Community News

Israeli Day Celebration


Sunday, April 26, 10:00, at the JCC


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Dates to Remember

April 3, No School
First Seder

April 6-10, No School

April 17, 2:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

April 20
8th Grade Leaves for Israel

April 22, 8:15 am
Yom Hazikaron Ceremony

April 23, 8:15 am
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration

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