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

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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