Golda Och Academy hosts spring gala

Golda Och Academy hosts spring gala

GOLDA OCH ACADEMY (GOA) will hold its annual Spring Gala on June 6 at The Crystal Plaza in Livingston. The event celebrates the school community and its values and mission. This year’s dinner theme of tikkun olam (repair of the world) is a central focus of the pre-K-through- 12th-grade school, which teaches students the importance of communal responsibility and service locally and globally. 

The Spring Gala will honor Michelle and Bruce Berger, dedicated school leaders and philanthropists. Michelle Berger has held numerous volunteer leadership roles, serving as a member of the school’s board of trustees and as the major gifts chair for the GOA Annual Fund campaign. Bruce Berger, president of the Berger Organization, serves on the building committee at GOA and was actively involved with the Wilf Lower School Campus expansion.

Elizabeth Bier will receive the Distinguished Volunteer Award. Elizabeth joined the board of trustees in 2010 and serves on the school’s strategic planning committee. As cochair of the Building on Tradition Capital and Endowment Campaign, Bier and her team raised more than $32 million for GOA between 2010 and 2015. She was also instrumental in creating the GO LEAD program — leadership development for school parents looking to increase their involvement.

The dinner will feature a performance by the Golden Ochtaves, the high school choir. RSVP at or contact Stephanie Bash-Soudry at 973-602-3612 or

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