Jonah Heimowitz [GOA Class of 2020] had college plans until the pandemic upended them. A motivated high school student at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, he studied hard, aced his ACT exam, and was looking forward to starting the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business this fall.
Now he’s tossing his syllabi and attending Young Judaea’s Year Course in Israel, a nine-month program in which high school graduates take classes, volunteer, and tour the country.
“I had time to sit and think a lot” during the pandemic, he told NJJN by phone from his home in South Orange. “It made me realize that maybe I didn’t need my life to be in such a rush.”
As part of the school’s Reopening Plan for Fall, 2020, Golda Och Academy is excited to announce that it is the recipient of a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The grant is for the purchase of HEPA air purifiers to be installed in all of its classrooms and offices on both of their campuses in West Orange, NJ and is one of many measures being undertaken by the school to ready their campuses for in-person instruction in the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tonight's virtual 2019-2020 GOA Sports Award Celebration honored the achievements of the Roadrunner athletes for this brief, but exciting year. Mazel tov to all our student-athletes on their amazing achievements.
You can log in to the back-end of the GOA website to watch the presentation in its entirety.
During these challenging times, our school alumni are a source of tremendous pride and inspiration for our school.
They are involved in so many different activities that model the value oftikkun olamthat we hold dear at Schechter/Golda Och Academy. We love hearing personal and professional news from our alumni and staying connected as a close community.
This special GOA bond connects all of us together – alumni, students, faculty, current school parents, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends. We are all grateful for our special kehillah that gives us strength in these times.
Looking for inspiration on how to spice up your seder? Want to stay fit with some Passover-themed yoga poses? Our faculty has teamed up to offer creative live and recorded sessions to help you navigate your day and prep for Pesach!
School community rises to the challenges of remote instruction
Teachers employ ‘creativity, flexibility’ for academic success By Adam Shapiro
“Accomplishing this metamorphosis required a total team effort. Classroom instruction shifted online to Zoom and Google Meet, our students had to shift their thinking and approach, and many of our tech-savvy parents stepped in to provide support and guidance in this new frontier. This collaboration has been inspirational and highlighted the importance of our home-school partnership.
"Our teachers are superheroes. Like the majority of adults in our country, teachers began their own “work from home” journeys just a few short weeks ago. The problem, however, is that the majority of teachers did not choose the profession in order to teach through a computer screen. By definition, educators are social creatures who thrive on interactions with students. This new reality that included working remotely, teaching on an unfamiliar platform, and balancing responsibilities at home with their newfound commitments at work could have proved to be an unsuccessful endeavor. Yet we have seen the opposite to be true."