Capital Campaign

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A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY: ANCHORING JEWISH DAY SCHOOL EDUCATION AND JEWISH LIFE IN MORRIS COUNTY

In the 53 years since its inception, Gottesman RTW Academy, has grown into a thriving academic institution, supporting the notion that a Jewish day school education remains a cornerstone of continuity for the Jewish people.

In 2012 the school launched a concurrent capital and endowment campaign to create an optimal building and campus while at the same time expanding endowments to support the highest levels of educational excellence as well as accessibility for all Jewish families, regardless of income. The goal was to stimulate, and accommodate, continued enrollment growth and ensure the school's future as a competitive, inspirational, top-quality Jewish day school that is a thriving anchor of Jewish life for Morris County and beyond.

In 2014, with a lead gift from Paula and Jerry Gottesman, the school was renamed Gottesman RTW Academy and broke ground on a 34,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art green building. In 2015 the new building, powered by more than 500 solar panels, opened to the community. Additional features of the new building include:

  • 21st Century Classrooms: large, flexible in use of space, fully wired to foster communication and learning from across the nation, in Israel and around the world.
  • Center for the Arts: space for ceramics and visual arts as well as a performing arts stage
  • Library and Technology Center: housing Judaic and secular printed books as well as digital technologies
  • Beit Midrash: inspirational space with flexible walls to accommodate smaller groups as well as the whole school body
  • Gymnasium/Commons: regulation size basketball/volleyball court, and commons space that is used as a cafeteria and social area for community gatherings
  • Teaching Excellence Resource Center: with both advanced technology and traditional sources as well as meeting space for faculty to foster continued professional development among teachers
  • Outdoor Athletic Fields: including basketball court, soccer baseball/softball fields, and play areas
  • Impressive Entrance: both reflective of our Jewish heritage and the history of the institution, including modern features with a nod to the future

ENDOWMENT GROWTH FOR EXCELLENCE AND AFFORDABILITY

Thanks to the vision and generosity of long-time benefactors Paula and Jerry Gottesman, GRTWA has become a national pioneer in endowment development in day school education. As a result of the support of the Gottesman family, and other highly committed supporters, the school has approximately $6.4 million in endowment assets. In recent years, these endowments have provided the critical combination of middle-income affordability as well as academic excellence enhancements that have fueled the school's success. Broad endowment support is a cornerstone of success for private independent schools, and GRTWA seeks to continue to be a national leader in this area among Jewish day schools.

For more information about Gottesman RTW Academy's naming opportunities, please contact Naomi Bacharach, Director of Institutional Advancement, 973-584-5530, ext 3015, or nbacharach@grtwacademy.org.