RABBI ELLIOT GOLDBERG has been appointed the new Upper School principal at Golda Och Academy (GOA) in West Orange. He will begin July 1. Goldberg comes to GOA with more than 20 years of experience in Jewish day schools. He served as head of school at the Solomon Schechter Day Schools of Greater Hartford and Greater Boston, and was a founding member of the leadership team of the former Chicagoland Jewish High School, now the Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield, Ill.
His current post is visiting scholar at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, where he is writing about the teaching and learning of rabbinics in day schools. Additionally, he is a consultant for the Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute (formerly the Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Initiative) of the Davidson School for Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). He has spent a lifetime of summers at Camp Ramah (New England, Wisconsin, California, Berkshires, and Israel) and is a member of the board of directors of Camp Ramah in New England.
“I am thrilled to be welcoming someone of Rabbi Goldberg’s caliber into our Golda Och Academy community,” said Adam Shapiro, head of school at GOA. “I have no doubt that he will complement our talented leadership team and inspire our dedicated faculty.”
Goldberg earned his bachelor’s in public policy from the University of Chicago then received a Wexner graduate fellowship to study at the Jewish Theological Seminary where he earned rabbinic ordination and a master's degree in Jewish education. He is also a graduate of the Senior Educator Program at the Melton Center for Jewish Education at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Day School Leadership Training Institute of the Davidson School (JTS).