The level of COVID-19 community spread and the efficacy of the vaccine(s) will dictate the structure of the evening and the level of enforcement of face covering and social distancing. Further updates will be provided closer to date of the event. Due to current restraints, tickets will be on a first come basis.

On the beautiful grounds of the school, more specifically, outside, under tents on the tennis courts of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.

August 18, 2021

The Gala is a multi-tiered event and depending on your choice of participation you may choose to attend the program at 7:15pm, which will be followed by a dessert reception, or you may choose to join us for dinner prior to the program at 6:00pm.


The level of COVID-19 community spread and the efficacy of the vaccine(s) will dictate the structure of the evening and the level of enforcement of face covering and social distancing. Further updates will be provided closer to date of the event. Due to current restraints, tickets will be on a first come basis.

The Gala is the school’s annual fundraiser. This year we will honor Head of School, Sharon P. Levin, for her 35-year commitment, leadership, and dedication as she retires from Akiba-Barrack. There is an amazing lineup of alumni guest speakers who will pay tribute to Sharon, and we will also be formally kicking off the 75th anniversary of the school.

Dressy Casual: Given the time of year, we encourage everyone to wear a combination of relaxed and refined clothing. No shorts please. We are also requesting our guests to wear comfortable shoes and no heels which could damage the tennis court surfaces.

Shlomo Katz and Elite Caterers will partner with the school to present an amazing evening of incredible food – level of observance is Glatt Kosher.


The level of COVID-19 community spread and the efficacy of the vaccine(s) will dictate the structure of the evening and the level of enforcement of face covering and social distancing. Further updates will be provided closer to date of the event. Due to current restraints, tickets will be on a first come basis.

Both self-parking and complimentary valet parking will be available.

There are many levels of support. Learn more here. Special sponsorship and patron level packages are also available along with options to place ads in our tribute journal.

All proceeds from the Gala to benefit the Annual Fund. You may also wish to make an additional gift to The Sharon P. Levin Scholarship Fund, which will provide needs-based and merit-based scholarship assistance for incoming students. Each year, from this fund, an award will be given to a graduating senior for high academic achievement and exemplary leadership.

Over the past 35 years, as a teacher and Head of School, Sharon has educated, inspired, and influenced thousands of Akiba-Barrack graduates. Her passion for, and commitment to the school, and most importantly to the students, is exemplary and boundless.

As a special tribute to Sharon, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, its Board of Directors, and its alumni have created a special Sharon P. Levin Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide needs-based and merit-based scholarship assistance for incoming students. Each year, from this fund, an award will also be given to a graduating senior for high academic achievement and exemplary leadership.

“I am a firm believer in formal Jewish education as the best means to ensure the strength, diversity and vibrancy of our Jewish community. It is my fervent hope that, long after I leave Barrack, every child who wants to experience such an amazing place as our school will have the opportunity to do so,” said Sharon.

As a school and its community, we feel there is no better way to pay tribute to Sharon.

Donate to Fund

Register online and/or place a tribute journal ad quickly and easily here. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX.

TRIBUTE JOURNAL deadline for placing an ad is July 1, 2021 (to allow time for printing).

RESERVATION deadline is July 31, 2021