School Leaders To Be Honored at Golda Och Academy’s Upcoming Spring Gala

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Golda Och Academy will hold its annual Spring Gala at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, celebrating many of the school’s successes over the past year. Recognizing the important role of lay leadership in many of Golda Och Academy’s achievements, Golda Och Academy will honor Shari Broder, Co-Chair of Development, and Atara Jacobson ‘87, past Board Chair, at this year’s event.
Over the past 18 years, Shari Broder has dedicated her time and energy to Golda Och Academy in many lay leadership roles, serving as president of the Upper School Parents’ Association and then Parents’ Association board president, overseeing the Lower and Upper School Parents’ Association. She has been a Board of Trustees member for the past seven years and a member of the Committee on Trustees since 2013. Shari has been instrumental in the growth and sustainability of Golda Och Academy in numerous capacities as part of the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and currently as co-chair of the Development Committee. In 2017, Shari helped launch the Parents of Alumni Committee, organizing two events annually for parents of graduates.
As a graduate of the Class of 1987 at Golda Och Academy (then Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union), Atara Jacobson has spent much of her life immersed in school culture as a student, school parent and active lay leader. Her passion and dedication for GOA runs deep as her father, S. Hirsch Jacobson z”l, was a beloved principal of SSDSEU. Most recently, Atara served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Golda Och Academy from 2016-2018 where she oversaw the school’s re-accreditation process from the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and helped redefine the school’s mission, vision and values. She has been a member of the GOA Board of Trustees since 2008 and currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee and Committee on Trustees.
This event, which includes cocktails and a dinner reception, will also feature a performance by the Golden Ochtaves, the high school choir. Support for the Spring Gala helps make a Jewish day school education at Golda Och Academy accessible to families in the community. For more information, contact Stephanie Bash-Soudry at (973) 602-3612 or or RSVP online at
    • Shari Broder, Co-Chair of Development

    • Atara Jacobson '87, Past Board Chair