What Families are Saying

“My husband and I were very concerned that we would not be able to afford such a wonderful school; but then we met with the school and learned about the base grant tuition program and were accepted. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for receiving such a generous gift. None of this would be possible without your support. It has impacted our lives to give our daughter this gift.”

- Day School Family, Class of 2015

“At Golda Och Academy, we learned to investigate issues, challenge assumptions, pick apart theories, and formulate opinions. Even more importantly, we were taught these skills in an environment that prized learning for learning’s sake. I know that my GOA education is one of the best gifts my parents could have given me.”

- Oren F., Class of 2011

“The unique educational experience of the Hebrew Academy (now Gottesman RTW Academy) enabled me and my classmates to develop a strong, confident, and defined sense of who we are as people. At HAMC, we were educated in such a way that made us so comfortable and proud of our Judaism. We became armed with knowledge about the history and culture of our people that continues to allow us to understand who we are.”

- Elana Widmann, Class of 2006

Latest News

  • Federation Launches New Gottesman Award at Quest for Teaching Excellence Conference

    (Courtesy of JFGMW) Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ held its third bi-annual Quest for Teaching Excellence Conference on November 7. The conference is a community collaboration promoting professional development that brought together more than 450 teachers and staff from the four Greater MetroWest Jewish day schools—The Gottesman RTW Academy (GRTWA) in Randolph, the Golda Och Academy (GOA) in West Orange, the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth,and the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (JKHA/RKYHS) in Livingston. As in the past, the conference was hosted at JKHA/RKYHS.

    The conference is part of the Greater MetroWest NJ Day School Initiative, Federation’s ambitious and multi-faceted investment to enhance academic excellence for every educator and every student, and to make the day school experience more affordable for families. It provides a day of workshops for teachers from early childhood through high school and this year’s theme was “How Social and Emotional Intelligence Impact Teaching and Ourselves.” In her keynote address, Dr. Robin Stern, the associate director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, talked about how emotions matter and how teachers can help develop their students’ emotional intelligence.

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  • GMW NJ Day School Carpool Karaoke

  • Celebrating a Decade of Day School Collaboration

    Close to 100 Jewish day school lay and professional leaders and donors from across Greater MetroWest gathered on November 17 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our community’s unique day school collaboration and to welcome leaders of the new national day school organization, Prizmah, which developed from the merger of five individual organizations.

    The event, held at the Golda Och Academy Upper School, marked a decade of extensive, integrated work among the diverse Jewish day schools. Coordinated by Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the collaborative efforts include marketing, teacher professional development, and tuition grants, all with the goal of enhancing excellence, affordability, and long-term sustainability. The collaboration began with three schools in 2006, and now includes four schools: Golda Och Academy in West Orange, Gottesman RTW Academy in Randolph, the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth, and Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston.

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  • Day Schools Set a Precedent for Community Building

    street_fair_volunteers.jpgLast Sunday I travelled to New York’s Upper West Side with fellow day school leaders, parents, alumni, teachers, and students to represent our community and our Jewish Day Schools at the Columbus Ave. Street Fair. Our location could not have been more ideal at 75th and Columbus, and the weather held up nicely despite the forecast for rain.

    We coordinated our booth to be next to a Kosher food truck selling bbq fresh from West Orange, and together we distributed “Make the Smart Move” balloons and cool swag to our New York City neighbors. The real treat was meeting young families who were interested in learning more about us.

    Who are you? What school are you here from? Where are you located?

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