About Us

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

We nurture the unique potential of each student through an exceptional Jewish and general studies education.

Vision

Innovative Jewish thinkers begin their journey here. Our students explore the world through the lens of Jewish values and develop a love of learning, a personal relationship with the State of Israel and its people, and a commitment to the betterment of the world through tikkun olam.

Our Values

List of 6 items.

  • Love of Learning

    Torah Lishmah
    תורה‭ ‬לשמה
    We inspire a love of learning and encourage intellectual curiosity across all disciplines. Students learn to think creatively and independently in a community infused with Jewish tradition and values.
  • Community

    Kehillah
    קהילה
    We estabilish a strong partnership between students, teachers, parents and the community beyond the classroom and campus. Our vibrant learning community focuses on the intellectual, social, and spritual needs of each child.
  • Respect

    Kavod
    כבוד
    We encourage a shared responsibility for treating others and ourselves with respect and dignity. Our students and faculty practice empathy, menschlichkeit, and integrity when interacting with others.
  • Love of Israel

    Ahavat Yisrael
    אהבת‭ ‬ישראל
    We empower our students to develop an ongoing personal connection to Israel by studying its history, its culture, and the Hebrew language. Students learn the importance of Israel both in the classroom and within the land itself.
  • Repair of the World

    Tikkun Olam
    תיקון‭ ‬עולם
    Our students learn the importance of communal responsibility and service both locally and globally through acts of tikkun olam (repair of the world) and gemilut hasadim (expressions of loving kindness).
  • Jewish Life and Learning

    Mitzvot and Halachah
    מצוות‭ ‬והלכה
    We inspire our students to find joy and meaning in Torah, tefillah, rituals, and practices, including the teaching and celebration of lifecycle events, holidays, and traditions within our school community.

Tikkun Olam at GOA

“GOA taught me the importance of a strong community and good values. Since GOA, I have always strived to surround myself with special people. The connections I have made throughout college both in my personal and professional lives have given me the opportunity to pursue
unique and life-changing experiences, while always staying true to who I am.”
—Naomi Gutstein '13
There are many opportunities for community service and tikkun olam (repair of the world) experiences in each grade level at Golda Och Academy – opportunities for the children to give back to the community, one of our core values.
 
Our youngest students help spread holiday and Shabbat joy with visits to senior adult residential and nursing facilities. They also pack mishloach manot (Purim baskets) for the needy during Purim. At the Lower School, students participate in the All-School Community Service Day each year with grade-level projects benefiting local organizations and agencies. Both on and off campus, students learn the value of community through food drives, tzedakah collections and fundraising for organizations such as Gift of Life and Cookies for Cancer.
Mission: Puerto Rico is our annual mission trip where a select group of high school students travel to the island to aid in continued recovery. The island saw tremendous devastation with back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria. We have partnerships with the Jewish Community Center of Puerto Rico and local service organizations for a first-hand experience in disaster relief. Over 250 students have participated in one of our service trips since we started this highlight experiential education program 15 years ago, including 13 years in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief work. The trip weaves together many of our school’s values, including tikkun olam (repair of the world), kehillah (community), kavod (respect), and mitzvot (performing good deeds).

Our Upper School students also participate in an annual All-School Community Service Day and various clubs in school are focused on giving back to and fundraising for local organizations.
    • Annual Walk For Life to benefit the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.

      Annual Walk For Life to benefit the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.