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Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 4:58:00 PM
In Parashat Vayetze, Yaacov is running away from his brother Esav. On the way, he passes Har HaMoriah, but only realizes he passed it when he's much further away. Despite the fact that it would take him at least a week to travel back there, Yaacov decides he must go back and acknowledge this holy site.
Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 12:32:57 PM
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:25:00 PM
We are happy to share with parents the Lower School Ivrit newspaper. Enjoy seeing your children learning, participating in fun and enriching activities, and sharing their thoughts...
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:12:00 PM
In commemoration of Veterans Day, last Monday the US paid tribute to our American veterans. A guest veteran addressed each grade, at their respective minyan, and several of the veterans were related to our students. Seniors heard from Dr. Ben Freilich (uncle to Naomi '18 and Aliza's '20). Dr. Ben Freilich is the son of Dr. Dennis Freilich z"l, whose Navy service included tours of duty to Suez, Yemen, Aden, Singapore, and Korea...
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:12:00 PM
On November 9, to remember the 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom and to mark the 70th anniversary of the publication of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, the sophomore grade was invited to join approximately 500 high school students at the United Nations to participate in a special educational event...
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:11:00 PM
Freshmen Shabbaton 2017 was a great success. Students started off the day with a special breakfast, including donuts and hot chocolate. They quickly loaded up and went to the Bogota Golf Center, where they participated in Bank Shot Basketball, Batting Cages, Mini Golf, and a Driving Range...
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:11:00 PM
Last Thursday, two senior classes, Dr. Sclar's "Gender and Identity" course and Ms. Krupka's "Love and Intimacy" course, visited the "ITEMS: Is Fashion Modern?" exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. The students explored the various items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on how we think about clothing, gender, power, and relationships...
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:10:00 PM
The victory took place in Long Island at DRS on Tuesday, November 6. Of the 14 total matches (2 players play two matches together against two opponents), Ramaz took 12, dropped one, and drew one. The players took the win as a sign of good things to come; hopefully it foreshadows Ramaz's sixth straight chess championship (and eighth in 10 years)...
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:10:00 PM
This past week, Ms. Barak's 12th grade Honors Modern Israeli Culture class attended the JCC Manhattan's Other Israel Film Festival to watch two independent films. Each film gave the students exposure to elements of Israeli society that they had not been quite familiar with prior to watching these films, making the experience unique and eye-opening...
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:01:00 PM
Congratulations to the table tennis team who defeated Horace Mann 4-3! More than 30 supporters were cheering our US team on as they took the win!
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 11:58:00 AM
Rabbi Pines introduced parents to his Jewish character development (Tikkun Middot) series and the work being done here at Ramaz. The five-part series began last week with Rabbi Pines speaking about the importance of developing strategies for healthy relationships the same way people invest time and effort into other areas of their lives...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 5:16:00 PM
This year, the 6th grade is reading Wonder, by RJ Palacio. The unit is focused on and guided by the motto of the novel: Choose Kind. To that end, the 6th graders will generate a collaborative journal of ways in which they and others can perform acts of kindness...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 5:06:00 PM
Bright colors and bold patterns on hundreds of paper fish can be found lining the walls of our third floor. Lower School students have been hard at work creating their original fish, representing the individuality of each child. This project was based on the book Only One You, written and illustrated by Linda Kranz...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:57:00 PM
Most of the Kindergarten classes spent weeks studying the sun, moon, and stars. As a culminating activity, "Cosmic I.Q" a traveling planetarium, came to Ramaz. Many of the children have never seen a planetarium and seeing a large dome in the middle of the auditorium raised many questions...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:40:00 PM
Last Tuesday morning, Nursery parents experienced a taste of Nursery class in Ramaz! Nursery teachers modeled lessons for parents to help them better understand our exciting program. One of the takeaways from the breakfast was displaying the ways in which the Nursery program is integrated and connected...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:20:00 PM
First graders listened to a story about a king who wanted to use ten bricks to build towers. He wanted each tower to be a different height. Each child worked with a partner and broke up ten cubes into towers with varied heights; they then recorded all their discoveries...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 11:29:00 AM
In this week's Parasha we read about how Esav comes back one day from hunting and sees Yaakov making stew. Esav asks Yaakov for his stew because he is starving. Yaakov replies that he will give him the stew in exchange for his birthright. Esav agrees to this deal.
Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 12:29:00 AM
The entire Middle School marked Veterans Day together last week. The program was dedicated in honor of Dr. Dennis Freilich z"l, and students appreciated hearing memories from his grandchildren Alex (grade 8), Lily (grade 5), and Rachel (grade 8). Following their opening remarks, the MS was privileged to hear the unique story of Rabbi Breslau, the first Jewish army Chaplain to complete paratrooper training...
Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 12:28:00 AM
On Thursday, November 9th, the 6th-8th grade commemorated Kristallnacht. Students learned of the incident that triggered the Night of Broken Glass. Upon hearing of his family's deportation from Germany back to Poland, Herschel Grynszpan assassinated a German diplomat, Ernst Vom Rath, in Paris...
Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 12:22:00 AM
We were honored to have special guests address our students at each grade's morning minyan on Thursday, November 9th, the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the infamous "Night of Broken Glass." Three of our speakers had their young lives brutally affected, as that night is viewed as the beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust. The important message that resonated with our students was "the dangers of silence in the face of evil."...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:56:00 PM
Last week, the Ramaz Middle School Torah Bowl team competed in its first meet at Yeshiva of Central Queens. The MS has a lot of young, new, talent that has joined the team this year. Students learned Parshiot Breishit, Noach, and Lech Lecha and every Rashi...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:55:00 PM
The Ramaz Middle School Rams participated last week in their first game of the Sderot Basketball Tournament, in which several yeshivot are playing to raise much needed funds for the Sderot community. Sderot, a town located in southern Israel and less than 1 mile from the Gaza border, is under constant threat of terror attacks by Kassam rockets and infiltration tunnels...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:34:00 PM
This year, the Upper School invited Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and Peter Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University, to speak about the issue of immigration at the Election Day assembly organized by Ms. DeeDee Benel and Dr. Jon Jucovy...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:26:00 PM
This past week, Rabbi Shaul Robinson, rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue, paid a visit to Rabbi Aviad Bodner's Jewish Medical Ethics class in the Upper School. He discussed some controversial topics with the class, covering areas like...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:13:00 PM
In honor of Election Day last Tuesday, the MS held its very own Student Organization Election. Potential candidates in 7th-8th grade gathered signatures and presented speeches to their classmates. The platforms touched upon a variety of issues ranging from dress code to Tefillah and chesed to color war...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:02:00 PM
Eighth graders celebrated at oneg last week with extra ruach and song. Students wrote and performed their own unique raps centered around the parasha and Ramaz school values. The results were truly creative and entertaining...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 8:24:00 PM
Last week, K-Tcheylet was busy learning all about the human body. With Torah stories guiding their learning, K-Tcheylet voted to learn more about day 6 of creation, when Hashem created people and animals. Once they began to study the human body, they decided to take it to the next level and start an extended project of building a doctor's office...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 4:58:08 PM
In this week's Parasha we read about Avraham finding the burial place for Sarah, and also asking Eliezer to find a wife for Yitzchak. When Avraham finds a burial place suitable for Sarah, he learns it is owned by a nobleman of the children of Chet, named Efron.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 3:57:00 PM
On November 6th, the Lower School had its first Coffee Talk entirely devoted to Mathematics. The Price-Stonehill Program Center was filled with parents who enjoyed the opportunity to hear from Temple Ary, Emily Viner and Risa Zayde; teachers discussed the exciting and engaging math learning that is taking place in their "thinking classrooms."...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 2:27:00 PM
Inspired by the New York City mayoral race, first graders have been learning about our country's democratic election process. We had our own classroom elections, where students voted on how to spend some free time: extra recess time or extra time using iPads....
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