April 7, 2016
28th of Adar II, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy

It's easy to forget the big picture when you look at details all day long.  When I reflect on how far each and every student has come along this year, it is really remarkable.  Our younger students have learned to read and write in Hebrew and English.  Our older classes are writing and performing original songs.  Our middle school students are knee-deep in Algebra!  I am proud of the hard work that our students put in each and every day. 

Because of a late Pesach this year, we moved our Celebration of Learning to an earlier date. The program will begin promptly at 6:45 PM tonight in the Mary Sachs Auditorium.  If you want to catch a glimpse of what our school is all about, clear your schedule and come enjoy this evening's Celebration. I look forward to seeing you at this special event!  

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - April 8th and 9th       
The 29th of Adar II and the 1st of Nisan
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 8:23 PM
PARSHAT - Tazria- Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59
Shabbat Hachodesh - Maftir - Exodus 12:1 -- 20
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Nisan
סיכום - Summary 
  • In this Torah portion we see that the priest functions not only in his religious role but also as a kind or diagnostician.
  • The priests were called upon to diagnose the various skin diseases and offer treatment.
  • In ancient times, a dreaded and well-known disease was called leprosy. The Torah describes the manner in which this disease could be detected and how it was to be treated.
  • The Shabbat before the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nisan is called Shabbat Hachodesh.
  • The additional Maftir reading chosen for this occasion describes the paschal sacrifice of the first Passover in Egypt, as well as the rules and preparation of the celebration of the festival. 
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies


Inside the Classroom
2nd Grade Judaics
Morah Aviva (Mrs. Aviva Woodland)

Last Monday evening on March 28th, Kitah Bet reached an important milestone at their Chumash Celebration. Parents, Grandparents, siblings and friends enjoyed their songs and performance in Hebrew, "L'an Halchu b'Lech L'cha?" (Where did they go in Lech L'cha?") The play is based on a midrash of Avraham as a young boy. Avraham recognizes the one true G-d and realizes that the idols his father Terach made are not G-d. Avraham shows his great trust in G-d in order to leave his place of his birth and go to the place that G-d will show him (Land of Israel). The students enjoyed playing the roles of Avram, Sarai, Terach, People of Or Kasdim, the Melech of Or Kasdim, several narrators and the voice of Hashem. The evening culminated as the students opened up their new chumashim for the first time and learned Chumash with their parents.

Back in the classroom, students are excited to learn Chumash using their new chumashim. Students are paired together with a "Chavruta" (a learning partner), listen to each other read and discuss the verses. Having completed our study about Purim, we now have turned our attention to learning about Pesach.

Kitah Bet and Morah Aviva wish you a warm Chag Pesach Kasher v'Samayach :-)


Technion Challenge Club
Sarah Merwin, Club Member
The Technion Challenge Club was an amazing experience. The challenge for our club members was to design a machine with very complicated steps just to do a simple task, which you may know as a 'Rube Goldberg machine'. The last step of our machine was to reveal a Seder plate. We decided to use the order of the Seder as our overall theme for the machine, so each step was designed to show an element from Passover. The machine was built using lots of different items like, dominoes, legos, marbles, trio blocks, and brushbots (heads of toothbrushes with motors and batteries). We started our club late in the year and had very little time to build the machine before the contest deadline. Although our machine did not work in the end, we learned a lot about building a Rube Goldberg machine and had fun working on it.  I look forward to improving our machine next year and achieving our goal of making it work.
Good News! 

to Erin Brodsky on the occasion of her 
Bat Mitvah this past Saturday!

Mazel Tov also to Yocheved and Shalom Cohen of Baltimore on the birth of their son, Yechiel (named for his maternal great grandfather who was a holocaust survivor).  Yocheved is a graduate of The Silver Academy and the daughter of Sandy and  Barry Nussbaum. Best wishes to the Cohen and Nussbaum families!


We offer our sincere condolences to the family of Pearl Koplovitz Hoffman, who passed away on April 3. Mrs. Hoffman served as a fifth grade teacher at The Silver Academy. 

School Notes and Reminders

Breakfast at School - Tomorrow!


Ma'ot Chitim and 
Mechirat Chometz


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 18; May 9, 23

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.

Community News

Making Your Seder Come to Life

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



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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Parachute Fun in Phys Ed Class
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Dates to Remember

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

April 19
Model Seder  for students

April 21, 22, 25-29
No School

Life and Legacy

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!