March 31, 2016
21 Adar II, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy
On Saturday March 19, The Silver Academy students, parents and teachers joined with Kesher Israel Congregation for a special Shabbat event. The PTO and members of KI joined together to create a festive Shabbat morning. Silver families participated in Kesher Israel's morning services and the reading of Parshat Zachor, with their students leading some of the prayers. There was also a junior congregation led by Morah Aviva, (Aviva Woodland), for grades 1-8 and story time with Morah Tamara (Tammy Reid), for students in Kindergarten and younger. "It was really delightful to have the children all praying together," according to Morah Aviva.

After services, the students, congregants and guests gathered for a Kiddush luncheon.  The children were eager to wear their new customized baseball caps they received from KI as a gift.  Rabbi Males made Kiddush and Rabbi Gewirtz, longtime teacher at The Silver Academy, was honored with the Hamotzei blessing.  Everyone in attendance enjoyed their meal while the children, many in pre-Purim costumes, played on and off the stage with the colorful balloon decorations.  The Burcat family graciously enhanced our Shabbat by celebrating the Aufruf (pre-wedding Aliyah to the Torah) of David, prior to his marriage to their daughter, Silver Academy alum Shira, which will soon take place in Israel.  The festive gathering of community, family and friends coincided with a Siyum (completion of a unit of) Mishnah by Rabbi Gewirtz who wove into his Siyum presentation the wisdom of his learning and its specific relatedness to The Silver Academy.

The Silver Academy plans to continue its Shabbat events with our local synagogues, honoring our close communal connections throughout the Harrisburg Jewish community. The next Silver Academy Community Shabbat will be at Temple Beth El on Friday April 8.

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - April 1st and 2nd      
The 22nd and 23rd of Adar II.
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 8:16 PM
PARSHAT - Shemini - LEVITICUS 9:1 - 11:47
Shabbat Parah - Maftir - Numbers 19:1 - 22
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 types of food a Jew is permitted to eat holds an important place in the laws of holiness.  
  • The additional Maftir reading for Shabbat Parah lays down the regulations for purification.
  • It relates to the mysterious rite of the red heifer, whose burnt ashes helped to remove defilement resulting from contact with the dead.
  • The theme of purification provides a sound connection with the forthcoming festival of Passover, whose theme is one of preparation and purity.

SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
Ganeinu Prepares for Passover
Morah Tamara (Mrs. Tammy Reid)
Our Passover preparations began back in January, on Tu B'Shvat, when we planted parsley to use at our model seder. As you can see in the picture below, the plants are growing well.  We are studying the Mah Nishtana and look forward to sharing that with you at the seder, as well as during the Spring Celebration of Learning on April 7.  During the next month, we will be crafting our own interactive Haggadah. The children are working steadily and growing even faster than the parley plants!

3rd Grade General Studies
Ms. Bonni Roseman
Third Grade loves to read - especially fiction. This winter one of our projects started with students choosing a fiction book to read during one month, in their free time. Students were then given the task of creating a "sandwich" style book report. They designed their project using construction paper for the front and back covers; The front telling the book's title, author and illustrator. On the back they wrote a personal evaluation
of the book with a thumbs up or thumbs down recommendation to their classmates. The inside pages included a summary of the story (the meat page), description of the story's setting (the tomato page), and narration about the main characters (the lettuce page). Students shared their stories with the class and enjoyed showing their yummy sandwiches!

4th and 5th General Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelberger

Last week, the fourth and fifth grades completed a project about famous Pennsylvanians. Every student chose a native Pennsylvanian to research and discovered why that person became famous. Students then designed a presentation about their noteworthy figure, with a creative twist. Each student made a poster board picture of his/her historical person, complete with holes for the student's head and arms. They used the poster boards to help them 'become' their characters. Some chosen Pennsylvanians were Guion Bluford, Jr., Frank Lloyd Wright, and Anthony Wayne. You will see these poster boards on display at the Celebration of Learning on April 7!

Middle School Math - Pi Day
Mrs. Jane Dalton

Pi day is always fun in the Middle School math classes. The day was exceptionally special this year, because the date, 3-14-16, is Rounded Pi Day! (The number for Pi (3.14159) rounds to 3.14.16.) The activities of Pi Day focused on circles and Pi --- measuring circumferences and dividing by diameters, finding areas and comparing to estimated areas, and finding areas of shaded shapes.  The final event of the class was by far the favorite...each student enjoyed his or her own personal pie!

Community News

Making Your Seder Come to Life

Join us for an informal lunch and 
* Friday, April 15, 12:00, noon, 
at The Silver Academy
* Discussion will be lead by Nachum Chasan, Dean of Jewish Studies
* rsvp to Rachel Zilbering, [email protected]



Inspirational Jewish Women Through History

Join us for this community wide event as we explore the journey of outstanding Jewish women and listen to our guest speaker and Harrisburg resident, Maly Jackson, share her unique story of inspiration.
  • Sunday, April 3, 9:30-11:30
  • Tickets and registration will be available soon! 
  • Breakfast will be served
  • Jointly presented by Hadassah and the Jewish Federation's Women's Philanthropy
  • For more information, contact Ivy Schneider at 236-9555 x3299
School Notes and Reminders

Silver Academy Shabbat at Beth El Temple
Please join us for a Shabbat program at Beth El Temple -
All are welcome to attend.
  • April 8, 2016
  • 6:00 pm - Services will be led by Rabbi Eric Cytryn
  • 7:00 - Dinner
  • $18 per adult / No charge for children under 16 years old (Checks payable to Beth El Temple)
  • RSVP by April 4, to Patty Brown at Beth El, 717-232-0556, or [email protected] 

Support Our School By Shopping at Giant!

Pesach is coming and with it comes a great opportunity to experience the joy of 'passive tzedakah.'  Through the largesse of Giant Foods, if you shop with Giant Gift Cards from our school, we receive a full 5% back from the store.  You get the full value of your cards (use 'em til they're used up!) and the school gains from Giant.  PLEASE jump on the bandwagon and help us.  The 1% rewards program is now finished for this year, but we can still earn a lot of much-needed money - in the multiple thousands, friends!  This is a big deal!  
You can purchase gift cards from Susan Leviton, or from the school office staff. Susan's phone number is 608-0190, in case you want to 'call in an order.'

Girl Scout News

Upcoming Girl Scout Meetings: 

Daisies:  April 11, May 2 & 16
Brownies, Juniors & Cadettes: 
April 4, 18; May 9, 23

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.

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

April 1
Last Day of Terra Nova Testing, Grades 3-8

April 1, 2:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

April 7, 6:45 pm
Celebration of Learning
Mary Sachs Auditorium

April 19
Model Seder  for students

April 21, 22, 25-29
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Life and Legacy

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!