May 11, 2017
15 Iyar, 5777
D'var Torah
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From Rachel Zilbering, Principal

I have returned from Israel with the 7th and 8th grade students.  It was such a memorable trip, and will be hard to summarize in just a few sentences.  Our plane ride to Israel was a foreshadowing of the trip and a representation of Israel herself. There were adults from all streams of Judaism, students (us) and 45 people who were moving to Israel (making aliyah).  That is Israel...a mix of the ancient and modern history, created by Jews who have origins throughout the world. 

Our trip was a combination of religious sites, historical sites and fun experiences. Some of the highlights include visiting the Old City of Jerusalem and the Kotel, the Dead Sea, Masada, a thrilling Jeep ride, a nerve-wracking rappelling trip, the bustling markets and even an Israeli supermarket.  

In many ways, this trip was a culmination of studies at The Silver Academy.  We read and study about Judaism, but seeing it in Israel makes it come alive.  We all felt a connection to the people and to our homeland.  An Israel trip is always transformative, and this one was no exception.  I thank all of the parents, grandparents, friends and community members who helped financially to make this trip possible . I t was so very worth it!

Watch this video for more trip pics!
Student Trip
Student Trip



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for Parshat Emor
by Rabbi Gewirtz

to read  this week's  D'var Torah 


1st Grade Hebrew
Morah Alla Fligelman

It's hard to believe that we only have a few weeks until the end of the year. First grade is still going strong! They are busy getting ready for their Siddur celebration! Every morning since the beginning of the year, they learned brachot, tfilot, and different tunes for davening. This week students, with the help of parents, decorated the covers of their siddur...they are beautiful! Students are ready and excited!

This Tuesday, May 16, is a very important day for first grade. Students have prepared a special program filled with dance, songs, and tfilot, and of course, this is the time when each student will receive his/her siddur. We invite all of our friends and families to share our simchah!


3rd Grade General Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelberger

Third grade has been studying geometry in a unique way...with cereal! Students are learning that nets are  patterns that can be cut and folded to make a model of a solid shape.  To further their understanding of nets, they created their own mini-cereal boxes. Each student first "developed" a new cereal by designing the cereal box with the cereal's name, brand name, and ingredients. They even included a fun game on the back! The last stage of the project was "production". Students cut out the geometrical nets and assembled their unique cereal boxes.


Math 24 Team Competes

to all the members of our Math 24 team who worked all year to sharpen their math skills and put forth an all-out effort while participating in the 7th-8th Grade Math 24 Competition! The competition was held this week at the the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.  We are happy to announce that Elez Bell placed in the "top 20"! Also, Erin Brodsky and Chaim Bell placed in the "Top 40"! Congratulations to all of our Super Mathematicians!


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Sara (Hervitz) Lesser
Class of 2005


A Peak at the Past


The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg presents...

Kol HaNeshama Concert

to honor the memory of our founder, 
Janet Frankel Staub (z"l)

Sunday, May 21, 3:30 pm
Harrisburg JCC, Mary Sachs Auditorium
$15/person; max $50/family


Challah With a Twist 

Offers Weekly Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers
  • Order your challah by Thursday at this website: It will be delivered to school on Friday.
  • Send check to school, payable to Challah with a Twist , or use  .
"Challah With a Twist", (a.k.a. Varda Challah), has been providing home baked challah for the Harrisburg community for over 20 years.
Varda Gewirtz, 717-919-1358


Recycle Club Field Trip

Our recycling club went to the Ronald McDonald House to recycle glossy magazines and tour the facility. To reward their year-long dedication, students were also treated to an ice cream sundae at Chocolate World!

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May 12, 2:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

May 15
Lag Ba'Omer Field Day

May 16, 
7:30 (please note this is a time change)
1st grade Siddur Celebration

May 17, 2:00 & 6:30
Music/Drama Club presentation of Annie

May 23, 6:30
2nd Grade Chumach Celebration

May 29, No School
Memorial Day

May 31-June 1
No School
Shavuot/Shavout Yizkor

June 6, 7:00 pm
8th Grade Graduation

June 7
Year End Celebration

June 8, 11:40 
Early Dismissal
Last Day of School

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