November 1, 2019 ~ 3 Cheshvan 5780
Upcoming Events

  • November 4th - Drugs 101: What parents and kids need to know
  • November 8th - 6th-8th grade Better Together "Thanksgiving and Personal Pilgrimages" 10:45am-12:45pm
  • November 10th - The Great Challah Bake Junior 10:00am-11:30am
  • November 10th - STEAM at Silver 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • November 12th - Parent teacher conferences - 4pm-8pm
  • November 22nd - HSO Young Persons Concert
A Message from the Head of School
One year ago, on October 27, 2018, a 46 year old man, murdered 11 Jews in three different congregations at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. A year later, the effects of this senseless mass shooting are still felt in Jewish communities across the country. Harrisburg’s Matt Maisel, of Fox News 43, reported and aired an important segment that I would encourage everyone to watch:

Why, you may ask, are we suggesting you watch this clip from the news? Because, we believe this tragedy may be one of the reasons that you have made the decision to send your children to The Silver Academy.  

How does one fight anti-semitism? Rabbi Muroff believes that it’s our responsibility, the responsibility of the Jewish people of Harrisburg and throughout the world to call out hate and create a better society. He suggests that through getting to know each other better and education will help to remind us that the way to combat hate is to love instead. Harvard University found that through prayer, students develop a more positive, loving and optimistic outlook toward life. The values based education at Silver incorporates not only prayer but an excellent education, a strong sense of community, and an understanding of the need to be tolerant. Through the education that you’ve chosen for your children, we are setting an example for others and for the community. Rabbi Friedman added that although we may worship differently, we all live fairly similar lives. Rabbi Kessler stated that our congregations are safe but now we have become more vigilant. Rabbi Cytryn reminds us that in the Book of Leviticus our mission is to love your neighbor as yourself with no exceptions. 

Each week at The Silver Academy we focus on a different Middah , Jewish value. This week we have focused on Derech Eretz , often translated as decency. During the discussion of this Middah on Tuesday, students were asked to consider Derech Eretz as a path to making the world a better place through our kind interactions and respectful behavior. We remain scarred from this hate crime that has been said to be the deadliest anti-semitic attack in American history. But what we can do is continue to educate our young people and encourage them to create a better society and be part of the change. Please watch Matt’s segment. Thank you Matt for helping to educate our community about what makes us different.  

Shabbat Shalom,
Debra Freeburn, Head of School
Samara Sofian, Assistant Head of School

What's happening at school...
The Silver Academy has been selected to participate in the Legacy Heritage Better Together Program. The Legacy Heritage Better Together Program is a four-year program designed to encourage meaningful interaction between young and old. Grades 6 through 8 under the direction of Jaclyn Rubin and Samara Sofian will be participating in the program with The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg. The Silver Academy is grateful for being chosen to participate in the Legacy Heritage Better Together Program and looks forward to sharing with our community how this program positively influences our students.

The first visit to The Jewish Home was Friday, October 25. It was a wonderful visit that included lunch, conversation and fun activities. Everyone is looking forward to the next visit on November 8!
On Monday, October 28 the Middle School students visited Gettysburg National Military Park. They watched "A New Birth of Freedom," a film illustrating the major actions of the three day battle of Gettysburg.  They also viewed the Cyclorama, which is a massive 360-degree oil painting with diorama depicting the climactic point of the battle, Pickett’s Charge. The painting was accompanied with sound and light so students could imagine the battlefields as they were on those three days in July. Finally, students took a guided bus tour of the battlefield to see firsthand where Union and Confederate soldiers fought. This amazing experience was the perfect conclusion to their Civil War unit in history class.

Ganeinu enjoyed creating Sukkah decorations with Morah Tamara
Science projects with Mrs. Gaughan

In honor of the 150th year anniversary of the Periodic Table of the Elements, Nadav Sofian and Yaakov Reid built a replication using flash cards on the Science classroom floor! 
Rehearsals for Frozen have begun!
*Click above to see the video*
Alumni Corner
Alumni: We really want to hear from you! As we prepare for our 75th Anniversary Celebration, we are updating our alumni records and need your help! Please take a few moments to fill out  this  survey to tell us how you are doing. Thank you!

Todah Rabah - Thank you!
  • Thank you to everyone in the community who participated in the fall EITC opportunity. We are so grateful for your support. Support of the EITC program ensures scholarship dollars are available to families and students in need.

  • Thank you to Hilary Steinberg and Josh Sofian for driving and chaperoning the Middle School field trip to Gettysburg.

  • Thank you to The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg for partnering with The Silver Academy Middle School students on the Better Together program.  The 6th-8th grade students will visit The Jewish Home once a month for the remainder of the school year. They will have lunch with a group of Jewish Home residents and then engage in a program together.
Mazel Tov!
  • Mazel Tov to our 3 outstanding faculty and volunteers: Sara Romano, our Rising Star, Rabbi Gewirtz, our Super Star and Myrna Rubin, our Supernova Volunteer who were honored last week at the Joint Agency Annual Meeting.

  • Mazel Tov to the Notis Family on the marriage of their son Yehosua Notis to Shulamis Goldschmidt

  • Mazel Tov to Varda and Rabbi Gewirtz (and their daughter Devorah (Gewirtz) Locker and son in law, Rabbi Dani Locker) on the birth of their daughter/granddaughter, Adina Malka Locker.

D'var Torah
Isaac First's Devar Torah on Parshat Noach
Isaac is a 2018 Silver Academy Graduate
to read this D'var Torah
The Great Challah Bake Jr.
STEAM at Silver
Drugs 101 Event for Middle and High School Students and their Parents
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Order your Challah!
Challah With a Twist 

Offers Weekly Challah Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers

  • Order your challah by 8:30 pm Thursday evening at The fresh baked challah will be given to your child to take home on Friday.
  • To pay, please send an envelope with your name on it to the school office, including cash, or a check payable to Challah with a Twist, or use Paypal or Venmo.

Challah With a Twist, (a.k.a. Varda Challah), has been providing home baked challah to the Harrisburg community for over 24 years.
For any questions, please call or text Varda Gewirtz at  717-919-1358  .
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