A Legacy Lives On: Impacting the Lives of Children

Posted by: Dan Metz on Friday, December 1, 2017


This fall, the Sylvia & Isadore N. Silverman Scholarship joins the Siegel J family. The program, which has been in the community since 1989, has worked to help provide summer and camp programming opportunities for Jews in the Delaware community. With the scholarship lives the spirit of its namesakes, whose shared legacy in Delaware inspires future generations to come.


As young orphans, Isadore N. Silverman and Sylvia Spring came to America from Europe at the age of 11. The two met soon after Sylvia’s arrival. They each attended school, but Isadore was forced to drop out and work full time at the age of 14, and Sylvia at the age of 16. Both took night classes while working full time during the day. They eventually earned their high school diplomas and continued on to attend classes at Goldey- Beacon College.


Fourteen years after they arrived in Delaware, they were wed. Isadore began his own business, and Sylvia gave birth to four daughters. The two were active in their communities: Sylvia in Hadassah and as president of Mizrachi, the forerunner of AMIT, an American Jewish volunteer organization dedicated to education in Israel; and Isadore as a Jewish Federation of Delaware volunteer, and vice president and gabbai of Adas Kodesh Shel Emeth for more than 40 years. Isadore was also a boy scout troop leader for over 500 boys, many of whom he stayed in contact with. On the occasion of his 90th birthday, he was flooded with letters from former scouts.


On their 55th wedding anniversary, their friends and daughters surprised them with the creation of the Sylvia & Isadore N. Silverman Scholarship, as a dedication to their love of children, education, and Judaism. Since its inception, the scholarship has provided opportunities for summer and camp programming for Jewish youths in our community.


The Siegel J is delighted to announce that the fund will now exclusively be used to provide summer programming scholarships to Jewish families who may otherwise be unable to afford them.


“The J is the center of our community,” says Executive Director Ivy Harlev, “it’s a place where Jewish values and living are intensified. We are honored to engage with the family of Sylvia and Isadore Silverman. Not only does their altruistic philosophy run parallel with our own, their actions will further impact the lives of Jewish families in our community.”


The Sylvia & Isadore N. Silverman Scholarship recognizes the importance of Jewish summer programming in our community and its impact on children’s identities, helping them to expand their understanding of their Judaism, and allowing them to contribute towards a more vibrant and healthy Jewish community.






If you would like to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Siegel J’s website at www.siegeljcc.org. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund and help it grow, contact Executive Director Ivy Harlev at ivyharlev@siegeljcc.org.


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