October 27, 2016
Tishri 25, 5777

Good Things Happen Every Day 
at  The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

Last Thursday, The Silver Academy had the pleasure of, once again, hosting the Arthur Goldberg Memorial Lecture.  This year's lecture was extra special because the presenter was Ellen Goldberg, daughter of Arthur (z'l) and Frances (z'l) Goldberg.  

Since it was Sukkot (and a beautiful 80 degree day), we gathered in the JCC sukkah for lunch.  In addition to Ellen, we were joined by Ellen's siblings, Karen and Andy, along with their families.  As we sat picnic style in the sukkah, we heard stories about Arthur (z'l) and Frances (z'l) Goldberg from their children. Since  I had never met the Goldbergs, I especially relished the stories and was so happy to get to know them just a bit.  Clearly, their legacy of community service lives on in their children. 

Following lunch, Ellen presented a workshop to our 6th - 8th grade students.  Ellen, who now lives in Jerusalem, is the director of Integrity Education at Integrity Action. Integrity Action is committed to empowering citizens in the developing world to act with and demand integrity. They do this through mobilizing civil society and other networks, building their capacity and integrity skills (Accountability, Competence and Ethical behavior) and providing education and training at schools, universities and workplaces. The organization's focus is to engage communities, youth and students to monitor the delivery of public projects and services and then fix these development projects.  The workshop was for students only, so I was not present, but I heard great things from the kids!

We thank the entire Goldberg Family for their visit to The Silver Academy in honor of their beloved parents.  It was a magnificent day.

D'var Torah for Parshat Breishit
by Rabbi Gewirtz

Creation of material existence by G-d, ex nihilo, is the first topic in the Torah. Yet, the oral tradition has always maintained that the Torah text is not a cookbook for creation.  The Talmud maintains that the "How" of creation was indeed included in the oral tradition transmitted by Moses to be be learned in the future but only under very tightly guarded conditions by elite scholars.  But what then is the purpose of the Biblical account?  
One approach can be inferred from a Mishna in the Talmudic Tractate Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers):

פרק ה משנה א
"בַּעֲשָׂרָה מַאֲמָרוֹת נִבְרָא הָעוֹלָם. וּמַה תַּלְמוּד לוֹמַר, וַהֲלֹא בְמַאֲמָר אֶחָד יָכוֹל לְהִבָּרְאוֹת, אֶלָּא לְהִפָּרַע מִן הָרְשָׁעִים שֶׁמְּאַבְּדִין אֶת הָעוֹלָם שֶׁנִּבְרָא בַּעֲשָׂרָה מַאֲמָרוֹת, וְלִתֵּן שָׂכָר טוֹב לַצַּדִּיקִים שֶׁמְּקַיְּמִין אֶת הָעוֹלָם שֶׁנִּבְרָא בַּעֲשָׂרָה מַאֲמָרוֹת:"
Chapter 5 Paragraph 1
"The world was created with ten utterances. What does this come to teach us? Certainly, it could have been created with a single utterance. However, this is in order to make the wicked accountable for destroying a world that was created with ten utterances, and to reward the righteous for sustaining a world that was created with ten utterances."
Recording an account of the creation story in the Torah text, including the ten times the Torah writes "And G-d said..." helps us appreciate the importance of this world.  G-d put in, so to speak, so much effort into making it.  How great are we when we partner with G-d in advancing His world, and how horrible it is to hinder its development.
When scientific investigation unearths evidence that the universe is 13.7 billion years , and that our planet is 4.5 billion years old, the Jewish reaction should be, "How special human life must be if G-d deemed it important enough to spend billions of years laying its foundation!!" Scientific investigation gives even non-elite Torah scholars the opportunity to appreciate the enormous importance of our role in improving the world with our studying and living Torah.
Everything we are able to discover with developing technology about G-d's indescribable universe can deepen our awe of both His Divine Wisdom and our role in being His partners.

Catching up with Classmates

Gerald Abrams and  George Krevsky

Gerald Abrams and George Krevsky, members of The Silver Academy class of 1953, were back in Pennsylvania recently with fellow Harrisburg friend, Gerald Morrison. (Yes, that is a Silver Academy bag in George's hand!)

Gerald Abrams has been a television producer for more than four decades, with credits like Nuremberg, Florence Nightingale, Flesh and Blood, Found Money, and The Gift, among many others.  Abrams has been nominated for two Emmys. Abrams and his wife Carol Abrams z'l, who was a Peabody Award winning producer and co-author of Shared Memories, both attended Penn State. They have two children: Tracy Rosen, a screenwriter who has written TV movies and for series television and J. J. Abrams, director of Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and now Super 8. Abrams has five grandchildren. But those of us in Harrisburg best remember Gerald as the son of the late Samuel D. and Lillian K. Abrams z'l, who operated the Army & Navy Store on Broad Street.
George Krevsky is the son of Herman z'l and Fannie Krevsky.  George Krevsky opened his namesake art gallery in San Francisco's Union Square in 1992. The gallery specializes in 20th century American art.  George Krevsky has been in the art business in San Francisco since 1978. He spent the first 15 years of his career as a social worker in a Jewish community center in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was organizing art exhibitions to raise money for the nonprofit. Krevsky studied art at Penn State University.

Do you love hearing what's going on with friends and classmates from your past years here at The Silver Academy? We want to help you connect with former students through our new feature article, "
Catching up with Classmates".  
We would love to hear from you so that we can post your story and share your life events such as recent 
engagements, weddings, babies, graduations, new jobs, etc
. Sharing nachas is always wonderful! If you are interested in sharing your story, please send a note to Shari Dym at sdym@silveracademypa.org.

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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.

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Hosting the Arthur Goldberg Memorial Lecture

Ellen Goldberg, the presenter (far right), along with Karen and Andy Goldberg and family members

Lunch in the Silver Academy sukkah

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