Israel Education

At Golda Och Academy, we believe that students who graduate from a Jewish day school should have a lifelong relationship with Israel and its people. As such, we offer countless opportunities for our students in all grades to create connections to the Jewish state.
From Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade, Golda Och Academy helps develop in our students a love for and support of the State of Israel and Zionism that will be part of the core of their Jewish identity as adults.

Lower School

Our Lower School students meet regularly with our community’s Rishonim, young Israeli emissaries who are participating in a year of service in MetroWest before starting their army service.  The Rishonim lead students through a sequential curriculum that goes through 9th grade, teaching students about every facet of Israel. The program is infused with music, movies, food, and celebrations that all serve to deepen our students’ knowledge and appreciation for Israel. A Lower School Israel Club reinforces the relationship between young students and Israel and allows for leadership experiences related to Israel.

Middle School

Throughout their Middle School years, students continue meeting with our Rishonim.The Middle School Israel Club affords students many leadership experiences as well as opportunities to hear  from Israeli visitors to our school as well as from our High School students about their Israel travel experiences on Na’ale, our 9th grade Israel trip, and Neshama, our three-month program for seniors.

High School

Israel – In Our Neshama (soul)!

Our High School students visit Israel twice.

Na’ale, our 10-day Israel trip for 9th graders serves as a shared experience for our 9th grade students, offering them a first-hand opportunity to experience Israel. The trip is woven into the curriculum via activities and lesson plans in different subjects, and our students often refer back to it in their Judaic and general studies. We establish the Living Bridge connection with our Israeli peers during Na’ale. Students collaborate with their Israeli peers throughout their school years in various programs. This includes joint academic programs, pen-pals activities, and get-togethers (mifgashim) in Israel and the United States.

Neshama is a semester-long educational program in Israel that begins with a week in Poland — it is the capstone of the Golda Och Academy experience. During their stay in Israel, students hike, volunteer in communities, participate in different workshops, experience military training (Gadna), engage in seminars on political advocacy and visit major historical, religious and cultural sites. The Neshama program enables students to perfect their Hebrew skills, witness and learn about current political issues and study Jewish history using the land as their classroom.

Israel Club and Israel Advocacy Club student leaders work to promote awareness in our community about Israel-related issues. They lead programs about Israel, host Israelis, and educate our student body and community about current events in Israel. Israel Club students collaborate with Israel-related organizations, such as the Consulate General of Israel, the Israel Program Center of Greater MetroWest, AIPAC, Stand With Us, the David Project and others.