Passionate in their support of Jewish education as well as other causes in the Jewish community, Pauline z”l and Horace z”l Bier helped build our Greater MetroWest Jewish community during our first century, laying the groundwork for the vibrant community we enjoy today.
Horace served as president of the United Jewish Community of Metropolitan New Jersey from 1978 to 1980 (UJC). He was a UJC board member in 1983, when the organization merged with the United Jewish Federation of Morris-Sussex to form the United Jewish Federation of MetroWest.
He also played an instrumental role in the founding of vital institutions in our community, including the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union in 1965, later renamed Golda Och Academy (GOA); the Hebrew Academy of Morris County, now Gottesman RTW Academy; as well as JESPY House. He was the founding president of the Union for Traditional Judaism and the first and only chairman of the Institute of Traditional Judaism. He was also president of Temple B’nai Israel in Irvington.
Horace Bier’s vision, loyalty and generosity made possible the decades-long achievements of these organizations and many others.
Pauline and Horace instilled their Jewish values in their Pauline and Horace instilled their Jewish values in their four children- Joyce Massoth, Bruce, Bryan and Joe Bier from an early age. They, in turn, have followed in their parents’ footsteps as leaders in our Jewish community.
For Federation’s Centennial, Bruce, Bryan, Joe Bier and their families are honoring their parents with Centennial sponsorship to recognize their enormous contributions to our Greater MetroWest community and its vital institutions.