April 16, 2015
Nisan 27, 5775
Good Things Happen Every Week 
at The Silver Academy

Rachel Zilbering

Assistant Principal


Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a meaningful and enjoyable Pesach and restful vacation. 

Next week our 7th and 8th grade students leave for a two week educational experience in Israel.  These students have essentially been preparing for this trip since they began their education at The Silver Academy.  While in Israel they will be touring historical sites, performing community service activities, engaging in cultural experiences, and of course, there is time for fun! In addition, the travelers will have the opportunity to practice their Hebrew every day. The students will be in Israel at a very special time...Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). Meaningful activities have been planned for these days, but most importantly they will be in the country itself.  
!נסיעה טובה

 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School

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 זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         






סיכום - Summary


  • Moses instructs Aaron and his sons Nadav and Avihu concerning offerings for atonement of sins.
  • Nadav and Avihu bring unauthorized fire offerings of their own, and G-d punishes them with death.
  • G-d tells Moses and Aaron which foods are permitted and forbidden to be eaten.
  • Since the daily diet affects our whole being, the kinds of food (דיני כשרות) a Jew is permitted to eat holds an important place in the laws of holiness.



דיני כשרות  -- Dinnay Kashrut - The Dietary Laws  


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Nachum Chasan

Head of School



Inside the Classroom


7th-8th Grades Language Arts

Mrs. Sandy Nussbaum


The 7th and 8th graders have recently welcomed Scout, Jem, Atticus and Boo into our literature class. Meeting these and the other characters in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird has resulted in an in-depth study, not only of her famous novel, but of the racial and social situation in our country during the 1930's.

We tried to do as Atticus suggested, to walk around in the shoes of each character, and to attempt to comprehend why they reacted as they did in the various scenes in the novel.  We "got inside the heads" of the jurors and the defendant,Tom Robinson, as we acted out this most famous literary trial.

We were surprised by many things: why women didn't serve on the jury, why only the children were able to verbalize what took place during the trial, why ordinary citizens  accepted the prejudice  so prevalent at the time and not try to correct it, and how Scout, our young narrator could be so wise.

Please check in with our 7th and 8th graders.They will be able to educate and enlighten you!!!!!

6th Grade Judaics

Rabbi Gewirtz


The 6th grade students have been studying the Exodus this year in their Chumash curriculum. This is particularly meaningful when Passover comes and the students appreciate the biblical sources for the holiday and the Hagada.  Parshat Shmot, which contains the story of the subjugation of the Hebrews, was also the bat mitzvah parsha of 6th Grader, Alana Reid.   After preparing for and performing the model seder (which the Middle School shared with the JCC Senior Group) the class played Passover Pillow Prompts´┐Ż, the brand new game of captivating cushion discussion.


Exciting News!

to Sam Welks on the occasion of
 his Bar Mitzvah this Saturday!

School Notes and Reminders     

Famous Person Day is Tomorrow!

Friday, April 17

Come to school dressed up as a fictional or nonfictional famous person! It could be an athlete, someone from your favorite TV show, or even a character from a book.

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Silver Academy Zumba Club 

Restarting Monday, 4/20 @ 7:15

Fitness can be fun...
Students, family and friends, come join us!


Community Holocaust Commemoration


Sunday, April 19, 11:00

Holocaust Momument at Riverfront Park


Anthony McVey, an 8th grade student at the Silver Academy and winner of the Schwab Holocaust Essay contest, will read his essay. Hershey resident, Dr. Mark Glick, will share the Holocaust experiences of his beloved parents, Eli and Sonia Glick, Holocaust survivors from Poland. The Jewish Adult Choir will sing two musical selections during the observance.


70 Years of Memories

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 Community News

Israeli Day Celebration

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

Click Here for the Details


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Dates to Remember

April 17, 2:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

April 20
7th & 8th Grades Leave for Israel

April 22, 8:15 am
Yom Hazikaron 

April 23, 8:15 am
Yom Ha'Atzmaut

May 1, 2:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

May 5
First Day Back at School Following Israel Trip

May 7
Lag Ba'Omer Field Day

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