Golda Och to celebrate golden anniversary

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The staff of Golda Och Academy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Thursday, June 9, Golda Och Academy will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a special birthday celebration at the Golda and Michael Och Campus of Congregation Beth El in South Orange.

Golda Och Academy, formerly Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, opened in 1965 with 18 kindergarten and first-grade students at Congregation Beth Shalom in Union. As one of the first Conservative co-educational Jewish day schools, the founders and founding families took a chance on this brand-new, young school. Each year, a class was added, and the first graduating class completed high school in 1977. Today, in 2016, Golda Och Academy has 550 students that travel from all over New Jersey to receive a Jewish day school education at its two campuses.

“Our birthday celebration is a time to reflect on the tremendous progress Golda Och Academy has made over the last half century and to celebrate with everyone who has helped shape our history and helped us to reach this day,” Head of School Adam Shapiro said in a press release. “Despite the location changes of the school and the physical transformations of the buildings throughout the years, Golda Och Academy has always maintained the same core values and commitment to delivering an excellent Jewish and secular education to students. I have no doubt those core values and commitment will help us continue to succeed for the next 50 years and beyond.”

More than 350 people will attend the June 9 birthday celebration, including the school’s founders, faculty, administration, alumni, lay leaders and donors. For more information, visit, call 973-602-3612 or send an email to