January 7, 2016
Tevet 26, 5776

Arthur Goldberg Memorial Lecture

In January 2001, The Silver Academy Foundation established a very special Memorial Lecture to honor the memory of Arthur L. Goldberg. Arthur was not only one of the steadfast supporters of The Silver Academy but also a very active member of the Harrisburg Jewish Community. His philanthropy and generosity improved the lives of people in both the local community and in central Pennsylvania.

Each year The Silver Academy Foundation presents an annual program to benefit the students and Silver Academy families. The programs focus on issues that were close to the heart of Arthur L. Goldberg. The list of former speakers has included judges, lawyers and a state senator.

On Thursday, December 17th Marc Moyer, Esquire, addressed our Middle School students and faculty. Marc is a lawyer living in Derry Township, and was just elected to his second term on the Derry Township Board of Supervisors. Marc talked to the students about his belief in service above self. He told about his experience at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Due to his efforts he was able to help successfully establish a beautiful Jewish Chapel at the Military Academy. He also served as an Army Captain and a helicopter pilot. He enthralled our students with his first hand description of the fall of the Iron Curtain while he served in the famed 11th Armor Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, West Germany.

Marc challenged our students to go out and "Make the Right Choices" to emulate the life style of people like Arthur Goldberg of blessed memory. It is easy to summarize his message in the words of the great Rabbi Hillel. "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? Yet, if I am for myself only, what am I? And if not now, when?"
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - January 8th and 9th    
The 27th  and 28th of Tevet
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday - 4:38 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday - 5:41 pm
PARSHAT - Va'era - Exodus 6:2 - 9:35
סיכום - Summary
  • G-d tells Moses to go before Pharaoh and ask him to let the Israelites leave Egypt.
  • Aaron and Moses appear before Pharaoh to request freedom for the Israelites.
  • Pharaoh reacts by becoming more spiteful and mean. He makes it harder for the Israelites.
  • Moses and Aaron go before Pharaoh a second time.
  • Aaron cast his rod before Pharaoh and it turned into a snake.
  • Pharaoh's magicians did the same, but Aaron's rod swallowed theirs.
  • Pharaoh refused to yield and let the Israelites go.
  • G-d sends seven plagues upon Egypt and still Pharaoh's heart remained hard. 
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

Inside the Classroom
Third Grade Judaics
Mr. Ellis Rosenberg

The Third Grade has jumped right back in the saddle after their well-deserved winter break. In Chumash, we have studied how Abraham and Sarah moved to the area known as Gerrar after the destruction of Sodom and Amorah, and get themselves into trouble right away. In our Shabbat M'vorchim workbook, we learned how Hillel, one of our greatest Rabbis, couldn't afford tuition to go to Yeshiva, and how he didn't let that stop him from learning Torah. In Parashat Hashavuah, we're learning about the Exodus from Egypt. The class asked a good question...Why are we learning about the Exodus now when Passover isn't for a few months?

Looking forward, Tu B'shvat  (New Year of the Trees) is fast approaching, and we haven't even had snow yet! What's that all about? Israel has had more snow this winter than we have here in Harrisburg. Students will be planting veggies to honor Tu B'shvat in January. The plants will be started indoors, of course, and transferred outdoors in warmer weather.

The third grade will be performing for the early childhood center soon, and we are in the process of adding another song (in Hebrew, of course) to our repertoire. The students enjoy spending time with the preschoolers.

Art Class - A Sampling of Student Projects
Mrs. Debra Rietmulder

Kindergarten - 
Multi Media fall tree project using tissue paper and paint. Multiple tools were used while painting...the trees were painted using a paint brush; the leaves were painted with sponges; the grass was painted using a tooth brush.

Grades 4 and 5 - 
Leaf prints were made using white tempra paint. Tempra (of many colors) was then placed around each leaf using the side of the paint brush bristles. Students used a radiating pattern of colors to show brush control.

Grade 1 - 
Overlapping circles were painted using the primary or secondary colors.

Grade 2 - 
Monoprints of the river and an island full of fall trees. The reflection of the leaves shows the mirror image of the trees in the water.

Grade 3 - 
Op art project using black and white, plus, the primary colors and complementary colors (red and green, purple and yellow, blue and orange).

Grade 2 - 
Study of one point perspective landscapes. Use of marker, crayon or colored pencils.

Getting to Know Our School Families

Do you know the Hodara Family?

CLICK HERE to learn a little more about this Silver Academy family.

Good News
to Sandy and Barry Nussbaum, and their family, on the birth of a granddaughter and great- granddaughter!

The Nussbaum's daughter, Tziporah, and her husband, Yosef Guttman, are happy to welcome their daughter, Leeba AhuvaAdditionally, the Guttman's daughter, Rivka Brucha, and her husband, Yossi Davis, are delighted to welcome their daughter, Pessy.

We wish you all the best!

School Notes and Reminders

Silver Academy Shabbat at 
Chisuk Emuna
Contact Judith Hodara (judith.hodara@gmail.com) today if you would like to attend!
  • Tomorrow, Friday, January 8, 2016
  • 5:45 Family Service with Rabbi Ron Muroff; 6:30 Dinner Speaker, Rachel Zilbering, Silver Academy Principal
  • Cost: $15 per adult / $5 per child / $36 per family maximum (Checks payable to Silver Academy PTO)


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:  challahwithatwist.com
  • 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.

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 be 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 Rabbi 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

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!