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

  • ‘Quest for Teaching Excellence’ Conference Held at Kushner

    Paula Gottesman could not have been happier. The philanthropist supporting the Jewish community of Greater  MetroWest’s Vision 2025 education innovation talked about the “profound influence” teachers have on their students and how glad she was to see instructors from three different schools working together to improve that influence.

    She was the donor behind the November 6 ‘Quest for Teaching Excellence’ Conference, a joint professional development day hosted by the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, and including teachers from the Golda Och Academy and Gottesman RTW Academy.

    “The thing I’m most excited about is the collaboration and assistance between the schools, instead of rivalry,” said Gottesman, who attended the program. “Now everyone has benefited from it. I’m so pleased by the way the schools have bought into the opportunities offered to them. The quality just goes up for everyone.”

    Continue reading →
  • Gottesmans Roll Out 10-Year, $10 Million Income Tuition Cap Program

    97_200_200.jpgFour Jewish day schools of Greater MetroWest will have their tuition capped at 18 percent or less of a family’s Adjusted Gross Income for qualified middle income families, regardless of the number of children in the family.

    This affordability initiative is part of a new 10-year program, known as “Vision 2025,” funded with a $10 million grant from the Paula and Jerry Gottesman Family Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community of Greater MetroWest NJ. It makes Greater MetroWest one of the first in the nation to guarantee tuition breaks across an entire community in a coordinated effort.

    In a recent interview with RAVSAK, Paula Gottesman shared why she started working on easing the burden of middle income families. “The day schools had scholarships for families who couldn’t afford to pay much, and the wealthy could, of course, afford to pay full tuition. There was a big group in the middle that was not ‘needy,’ but day school education was just not within their budgets. These were families, making about $75,000 to $100,000 in salaries, but tuition for several children was too much of a burden,” she said.

    Continue reading →
  • Four New Jersey day schools to cap tuition for a decade

    Jewish-Telegraphic-Agency-logo.png(JTA) — Four northern New Jersey Jewish day schools are promising to cap tuition for middle-income families for 10 years.

    A $10 million grant from the Gottesman Foundation will offset the cost of keeping tuition flat at Golda Och Academy, the Gottesman RTW Academy, the Jewish Educational Center and the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, the New Jersey Jewish News reported.

    Each of the four schools has agreed to limit total tuition expenditures to 18 percent or less of a family’s adjusted gross income, regardless of the number of children in the family. The program aims to help middle-income families who may be reluctant to apply for or do not qualify for traditional financial aid.

    Continue reading →
  • Gottesman grant caps day school tuition

    GottesmanCom_300_400_90.jpgTuition will be capped at all four Jewish day schools in the Greater MetroWest region beginning this year, thanks to a $10 million grant from the Gottesman Foundation. 

    The tuition cap program will be in place for 10 years. The cap will apply to all families meeting the criteria for middle-income families, with income ranging from $150,000 up to $325,000. Each school will set its own criteria. 

    The announcement makes the Greater MetroWest area among the first to guarantee tuition breaks across a community in a coordinated effort to make day schools more affordable. 

    The four schools are Golda Och Academy in West Orange, the Gottesman RTW Academyin Randolph, the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, and the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston.

    The full price of tuition ranges from $12,500 to $17,500 for kindergarten and $19,000 to $28,500 at the high school level across all four schools.

    The cap is just one part of a new 10-year program, named “Vision 2025,” being funded under the grant from the Paula and Jerry Gottesman Family Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

    Continue reading →