September 8, 2016
Elul 5, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day 
at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

I hope everyone can join us Thursday, Sept 15, for the Joint Agency Annual Meeting (JAAM). There will be a dessert reception at 7:00 pm and a teacher awards presentation that will begin at 7:30. The reception and meeting will be held in the Mary Sachs Auditorium of the JCC.  

As announced last week in the Community Review, The Silver Academy is pleased to present awards to: 
  • Brandy Hurley - Distinguished Educator
  • Rabbi Joseph Gewirtz - Innovative Educator
  • Jessica Wenzelburger - Tikkun Olam Award
  • Seena Chriti - Volunteer Award
You can read more about the award recipients in the next issue of the Community Review.  

We are also honored to have an extremely dedicated staff and faculty who have served The Silver Academy for many years. The following are at significant employment milestones: Ellis Rosenberg (5 years), Sally Jo Bronner (5 years), Susan Gaughan (20 years), and Jane Dalton (25 years).

Please mark your calendar and join us in recognizing these honorees and dedicated employees. 

Shabbat shalom. 

Student D'var Torah
by Mikel Garner, 7th Grade

How much would it take to destroy your confidence? This week's Torah portion, Shoftim, says some surprising ideas.

The Torah says:
לֹא תַטֶּה מִשְׁפָּט לֹא תַכִּיר פָּנִים וְלֹא תִקַּח שֹׁחַד כִּי הַשֹּׁחַד יְעַוֵּר עֵינֵי חֲכָמִים וִיסַלֵּף דִּבְרֵי צַדִּיקִם:

"You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show favoritism, and you shall not take a bribe, for bribery blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts just words."

What does this mean? Rashi notices some repetition, which is not the style of the Torah. The pasuk first says to not pervert justice, but then it gives examples of how justice is perverted. The Torah is usually pithy with its words. It would have been enough with the first idea.

Rashi answers that even if the judge is not trying to make the wrong person win, the Torah means he should treat both sides with equal respect when the two parties are saying their claims. An example of this is if there is a great rabbi going to court with
a regular person. Even If the judge does not favor the rabbi, but just speaks gently to him out of respect, and business-like to the regular person, or lets the rabbi sit and the regular person stand, it is also wrong. Why? For when the two parties say their claims, the regular person would lose his confidence because he thinks that since the judge is favoring the other in court, the judge will favor him during the verdict.

In any situation in life, a person only does his best when he has confidence. Rashi shows how easy it is for someone to lose confidence.  In our relationships with our friends and with all people, it is so important to treat others in a way that allows them to be their best.

Inside the Classroom
1st Grade 
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

Students in 1st grade love using "fluency phones" as they read independently.  The phones are made of ordinary PVC pipe pieces. Students whisper read and hear their own voice as it is amplified by the phone. This tool helps students become fluent readers in a fun way!

3rd Grade Judaics
Mr. Ellis Rosenberg

At the beginning of the month of Elul on the Jewish calendar, we begin sounding the shofar (ram's horn) at the end of morning prayers. The third graders each had an opportunity to try sounding our shofar. The faces on the students were a joy to behold as they listened to their classmates, some for the first time, sounding the notes. We learned that the sounds of the shofar are sometimes compared to our own sounds of crying as we approach the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

4th Grade Science
Mrs. Susan Gaughan

Fourth and fifth grades are studying light and its behavior. Students questioned the Law of Reflection and tested their predictions. Looks like scientists were correct when they said that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection!

School Notes and Reminders

ICE CREAM ON FRIDAYS...Remember your $1

The Silver Academy will be selling ice cream every Friday for $1. Bring in your dollar each Friday or bring in $5 or $10 to be added to your account. Proceeds support the 7th-8th grade Israel trip.


Sunday, September 18, at 2:00 PM
Harrisburg JCC, Mary Sachs Auditorium
General Admission - $10
Movie and Kosher Dessert Reception - $25

Proceeds from this event will be used for scholarships for 
The Silver Academy Israeli Trip

For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact The Silver Academy at 717-238-8775, or email Shari Dym at [email protected]

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.

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 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! 

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Sept 18, 2:00 pm
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Sept 30, 1:30
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Sept 30, 2:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Oct 10 - No School
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Oct 11, 11:40 
Early Dismissal

Oct 12 - No School
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Oct 20, 5:00 pm
Pizza in the Hut

Oct 24-25 - No School
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