School leaders to be honored at GOA spring gala

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, June 4, Golda Och Academy will hold its annual spring gala at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, celebrating many of the school’s successes during the past year. Recognizing the important role of lay leadership in many of Golda Och’s achievements, the academy will honor Shari Broder, co-chairwoman of development, and Atara Jacobson, ’87, past board chairwoman, at this year’s event.

During the past 18 years, Broder has dedicated her time and energy to GOA in many lay leadership roles, serving as president of the Upper School Parents’ Association and then as Parents’ Association board president, overseeing the Lower and Upper schools’ 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. Broder has been instrumental in the growth and sustainability of GOA in numerous capacities as part of the Executive and Strategic Planning committees, and currently as co-chairwoman of the Development Committee. In 2017, she 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, 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, was a beloved principal of SSDSEU. Most recently, she served as chairwoman of the GOA board of trustees from 2016 to 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