About Us

Parents' Association

The Golda Och Academy Parents’ Association’s (PA) primary mission is to enhance the experiential education of our students. We do this by assisting the school in planning, executing and funding programs for students and by creating programs to bring together the school community – what we call “B’Yachad” events.

The PA functions as a single organization for both the Lower and Upper School campuses. As long as you are a GOA parent, you are a PA member! We work hand-in-hand with the administration and faculty to make great things happen for our children.

We rely on hundreds of parent volunteers who help run and participate in events. There are many ways and different levels of commitment for parents to volunteer. Whether you have an hour a year or an hour a week, we want to hear from you!

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  • What the PA does

    The PA provides:

    • Support for Jewish Holidays and Rosh Chodesh
    • Special Grade Celebrations
    • Pre-K and K Snack Programs
    • Assignment Pads (Lower School)
    • Funds for Cultural Arts Programs for each campus
    • Neshama (12th grade) and Na’ale (9th grade) Israel trip send-offs
    • Senior Graduation and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gifts
    • Lower School Reading Program
    • Teachers’ Brunch/Lunch at start of school year
    • Teacher and Staff Gifts
    • Teacher Appreciation Week
    • Refreshments for various grade programs
    • National Honors Society Reception
    • Back to School Night refreshments
    • Israel Day Parade snacks
    • and so much more...
  • B'yachad Events

    Over the past several years the PA has created the following community oriented programs:

    • Family Fun Day
    • Shabbat Across GOA
    • New Parent Luncheon
    • Fall Class Teas
    • Night at the Nets
    • Family Night at the "Och Arena"
  • Fundraising

    PA fundraising includes the following programs:
    • Tribute Cards
    • Rosh Hashanah/Purim Cards
    • Lunch Program (Lower School)
    • Challah Program (Lower School)
    • Picture Day
    • Mishloach Manot
    • Box Tops for Education
    • TD Bank Affinity Program
    • Various Online Programs (e.g. Amazon and Target Contributions)

PA Board Members

Board Chairs
Lori Applebaum de Picciotto
Lori Gladstone 

Lower School Chairs 
Diana Holzman 
Elana Wilf Tanzman 

Upper School Chairs 
Shira Skolnick 
Alicia Raskin

Board Advisors 
Alison Smith 
Ellen Berkowitz 

Aliza Weinstock 

Camille Spigler