December 17, 2015
Tevet 5, 5776
The Silver Academy
Annual Campaign
Rachel Zilbering, Principal
Although I have mentioned this before, it is worth stating again that I have been extremely proud of the generosity that students have shown this year.  In the spirit of tikkun olam and tzedakah, students have held a food drive and donated money to buy pizza for the IDF.  Additionally, a group of students took part in a clean-up day on the grounds of the JCC.  On a daily basis, students take care of the school and show kindness to one another.

The Silver Academy needs your help and generosity now more than ever.  It is no secret that the Pennsylvania State Budget stalemate is well into its sixth month.  Our school, along with many other private schools, receive funding from the EITC and OSTC programs (Educational Improvement Tax Credit/ Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit) which you can read about here: EITC and OSTC Programs Info .  Without a state budget in place, the EITC program is efficitively on hold, which is putting great financial strains on the school.  

Please consider a gift to the Silver Academy's Annual Campaign, which is more important this year than ever.  If you have not made a contribution to the Silver Academy Annual Campaign, please consider doing so. If you have, please consider increasing your donation, if you are able. No gift is too small and we sincerely appreciate your consideration.  You can donate online at  or by calling our Director of Development, Shari Dym at 717-238-8775.

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

SHABBAT - December 18th and 19th
The 6th  and 7th of Tevet
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday - 4:23 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday - 5:25 pm
PARSHAT - Vayigash -- Genesis 44:18 - 47:27
סיכום - Summary
  • Joseph was thirty years old when he became Pharaoh's Prime Minister
  • He managed very well and when the famine came, people from every country journeyed to Egypt to buy food.
  • Joseph's own brothers came to buy food, but they did not recognize him.
  • His brothers were overcome with fear when Joseph insisted that Benjamin remain in Egypt.
  • Judah pleads with Joseph to take him in place of Benjamin.
  • Joseph was so moved with the request that he revealed himself to his brothers.
  • Joseph invites his family to come and live with him in Egypt.
  • Jacob arrives in Egypt for an emotional reunion with Joseph.
  • Jacob and his family increase in numbers and wealth in the area of Goshen in Egypt.                                                                      

SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

Inside the Classroom
Kindergarten Judaic Studies
Mrs. Sally Jo Bronner

Kindergarten is reeling from an exciting week of Chanukah celebrations.  Each day we worked on Chanukah themed activities including crafts, candle lighting blessings, and stories. The week culminated with a visit from Meyer's mother and grandmother who helped us make fruit and yogurt chanukiyot and marshmallow dreidels!  Mmmmmm!

Our class is doing a terrific job of learning tefilot.  The boys  have learned to say the blessing on their Tzittzit, and are eager to wear them. Each child looks forward to being the Chazan/Chazanit an it, which entitles them to  lead prayers, choose tunes, and sit next to Morah Sarah. The Chazan also gets to take Bentzi home for shabbat, a very special treat.


6th Grade General Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelburger

The 6th Grade has been busy learning about the rainforest and its creatures. Each student has chosen an endangered animal found in one of the world's rainforests to study. They used their research skills to jump into the rainforest and learn about animals that are endangered today. Each student chose an animal and discovered interesting facts about it. The students are spreading the word about supporting their animal by creating buttons or pins to promote saving the rainforest and the special animals that call it home. Stop by our room next week to see the students' final products on display!

Student Council News
Friday, (Tomorrow) - Before School
Proceeds will go to the Israeli Defense Forces.
We will be selling snacks and many items such as pencils, stuffed animals, and toys. Items are priced from $0.01 to $1.00, so we suggest you bring $1.00 to $2.00 on Friday morning. 

We hope to see you there!
The Silver Academy Student Council

Thanks to everyone who participated in our new "Light up the School Day"... Our students were shining!

School Notes and Reminders

JCC Boys and Girls Basketball Schedule
Mark your calendar, and come out to support our teams!

Challah With a Twist 
Offers Weekly Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers
  • Order your challah at this website:
  • Place your order by Thursday.
  • Challah will be delivered to our school on Fridays for students to bring home.
  • Send check to school, payable to Challah with a Twist
  • Questions? Please call Varda Gewirtz at 717-919-1358.
"Challah With a Twist", (a.k.a. Varda Challah), has been providing home baked challah for the Harrisburg community for over 20 years.

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.

Life and Legacy

Chanukah celebrations have been happening here for many years...

Light an eternal flame with a gift through your will to The Silver Academy and keep the lights shining bright for generations to come.

Community News

Israeli Dance Workshop at the JCC
Offered by the 
Susquehanna Folk Music Society

Sunday, January 3, 2016 
Intermediate, Vigorous Dances 1:15 pm 
Easy, Fun Israeli Folk Dances 2:45 pm 
Workshops at the Harrisburg JCC 
Dance Party 6:30 pm at The Movement Center

Ongoing Fundraisers

Boxtops 4 Education
Clip  BoxTops 4 Education symbols on General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Nestle Juicy Juice, Progresso soups and others. Each is worth 10 and can redeemed by The Silver Academy for cash! Please visit the Box Tops 4 Education website for more details.

Giant A+ School Rewards
The Giant A+ School Rewards program provides the opportunity to designate The Silver Academy as the beneficiary of 1% of all your purchases made through your Giant bonus card - no extra cost to you. To enroll, please visit the Giant A+ School Rewards Program website to register your bonus card number...Use The Silver Academy's registration number: 21305.

Giant Gift Cards
Purchase these dollar for dollar in the school's office, and then spend them the same as cash. The Silver Academy earns 5% - that's $50 earned for every $1,000 sold!  You may also purchase by calling Susan at 717-608-0190.

This is how it works...Download the free Shoparoo App on your phone and use the code VuG13074. You will then complete a profile and pick The David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy. Then after you complete a shopping trip, take a picture of the receipt using the camera on your phone with the app open. It is that easy! Once a year, Shoparoo sends the school a check from the percentages! 
Finally, if you are unable to scan the receipts and want us to take care of them, send your receipts to Bonni Roseman at school and she will take care of them for you! 

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Dates to Remember

Dec 24 - Jan 1
No School

Jan 8, 1:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat

January 18
Bring a Friend to School/ Mitzvah Day

January 25
Tu B'Shevat Program

January 26
Picture Day

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!