Events at a Glance
  • April 13, 2:30-3:00 - Rosh Chodesh Project
  • April 13, 3:00 - Kabbalat Shabbat
  • April 18, 8:15 am - Yom Hazikaron Ceremony
  • April 19, 8:15 am - Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration
  • May 2 - 1st Grade Siddur Celebration
  • May 8 - Math 24 Competition
  • May 9, 6:45 - Celebration of Learning
  • May 23, 7:00 pm - Silver Academy Theater Club Musical ("Willy Wonka Kids")
Good things happen everyday at The Silver Academy!
Mrs. Debra Freeburn, Head of School

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education .” Martin Luther King, Jr.

I could take the quote above and substitute the words - The Silver Academy - for the word, it would read something like this...The function of The Silver Academy is to teach students to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

Teaching is a continuous process that involves evolution. It’s a journey that requires energy, intellectual engagement, a positive nurturing environment of respect, curiosity, and a bar set high enough to utilize critical thinking skills while not causing frustration….and it should be fun!!!

This week at Silver, our students had fun and were intellectually engaged, while they developed an understanding of humility and respect. We had the opportunity to have a remote, virtual learning experience and we were ‘in class with’ a professor while learning about the nexus between technology and Jewish Law. Silver students learned how to meet the needs of observant Jews by using electronic devices designed by an Israeli high tech organization. This week at Silver, we filmed two videos highlighting our students and our school that will air before the Jewish Film Festivals’ movies. Did you know that we had a student do a Bar Mitzvah tour because he wanted to represent all the synagogues in the area, loved the idea of doing Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place, and have the opportunity to write an article in the Community Review? We sponsored a ‘meet and greet’ with Mr. Cornwell, our fabulous substitute, for the substitute, for Mrs. Wenzelburger. Let’s not forget that some of our students went to Ohev Shalom to participate in the reading of the names for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Also, we had a brief memorial assembly in honor of Yom Ha’Shoah. We had two tours, for potential families who are excited about the prospect of coming to The Silver Academy. And…we will welcome Shabbat and complete a Rosh Chodesh project on Friday. We certainly engaged our students intellectually, peaked their curiosity, built character, and had fun!!

And then, I received this picture that says it all…A father and his daughter...Dan and Maddie Schwab, arms around each other...deeply understanding the richness of their past and the importance of perpetuating the future of the Jewish people. Isn’t that what Silver Academy is all about? 
Shabbat Shalom,
Silver Academy Student is Published!
The link below will take you to my article that debuted this week in the Community Review. It is the story of my "Bar Mitzvah Tour" two years ago. If you like a heart-warming, funny story, take a few minutes to join me on my tour!

by Mikel Garner


D'var Torah for Parshat Shmini

by Rabbi Gewirtz

to read the D'var Torah
A Peek Inside Our Classrooms
First Grade General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

First grade is immersed in a project that connects reading, science and math. After reading Jack and the Beanstalk, students discussed what plants need to grow. Each student filled a cup with soil and planted their own seed! Then, they wrote an informative 'How-to' about the process of growing plants. Now comes the hard part for a first grader...waiting for the plants to sprout! The project will continue with students measuring the height of the plants each day and hoping they grow to reach the giant's castle!
Middle School Judaics
Rabbi Gewirtz

Silver Academy Students Travel to Israel...Virtually!
Thanks to the generosity of a Silver Academy family, and the open-hearted hospitality of the Jewish Home, the Fourth through Eighth Grades were able to enjoy an international webinar about the nexus between technology and halacha (Jewish Law).

The session was arranged by "Israed", an organization that links educational opportunities in Israel with international audiences via long distance learning. The webinar was a virtual tour of the Tzomet Institute, an Israeli high-tech, non-profit organization specializing in IT equipment and electronic appliances designed to meet Halachic needs. Their products allow the observance of Shabbat along with the necessary operation of electronic devices in agriculture, industry, medicine, utilities, the military and for the physically impaired.

In a fast moving and interactive class, the instructor explained how the principle of “Grama”, the disengaging of a rabbinically forbidden Shabbat act from being a direct cause of its desired result, allows the act to be permissible in situations of great need. The instructor added ten extra minutes to the planned forty-five minute session when he saw how well the twenty students were engaged and participating.

Jack Walker, Director for Special Projects and Social Media, made us feel truly welcome and set us up in the Home’s classroom facility with tables and chairs. He even arranged for a closing snack of danishes and orange juice. The students appreciated being outside of their regular school building, and it was the first time that some of them had been in the Jewish Home. 

Israed offers many distance learning sessions on a wide variety of Israel related topics. Those who wish to sponsor a future session, (costing between $150-$250), should contact Rabbi Gewirtz.
Mark Your Calendar for These Events
You won't want to miss this amazing show,
presented by The Silver Academy Music and Drama Club!!!

Sunday, April 22 - 12:20-2:30
At Giant Foods on Linglestown Road

Free for kids of all ages

Learn About, Sample, and Create Kid-Friendly Foods

Lead by Alla Fliegelman, (Hebrew Teacher at The Silver Academy),
and Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN, (Nutritionist at Giant Foods)

RSVP by April 20th

CLICK HERE for information about registration
Summer Music Programs

Instructed by Mrs. Cherepinsky
Offered by Susquehanna Township Rec. Department

For Grades 3 - 12



Development Office News
Mark your calendar now!

Oz just made an unprecedented SIX national TV appearances this week on ESPN, many of which are going viral. Be sure to check out this clip on  USA TODAY  

Tickets, Ads and Sponsorships are available for his Thursday, May 31st, appearance in Harrisburg! Remember..private cocktail hours with Oz for sponsors only!

What is EITC?

Watch this video and learn about this Pennsylvania scholarship program that is
extremely valuable to our students!
Alumni, please join us!
We are excited to share the launch of a new pilot program for The Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy Alumni...
A Silver Academy Alumni Giving Circle!
What is a Giving Circle? A giving circle pools the intellect and resources of a group of like-minded individuals to make an impact on the world.
Click Here to learn more about Giving Circles
We want YOU to be a part of this important endeavor contact Shari Dym at !

Order your Challah and Passover Game!
Challah With a Twist 

Note: There will not be a Challah delivery this week (April 13th).

Offers Weekly Challah Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers

  • Order your challah by Thursday night at this website: It will be delivered to school on Friday.
  • Send check to school, 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 for the Harrisburg community for over 20 years.
Varda Gewirtz,  717-919-1358  
Super Silver Snapshots!
STEM Activity
Announcing the Morning News!