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Posted Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 6:53:00 PM
The US gathered for a schoolwide assembly this week where they learned about and memorialized Rabbi Dovid Feinstein z"l and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l who passed away and marked Kristallnacht. Students gained an appreciation for the historical significance of the day and heard testimonial accounts. Three students who had been part of the Witness Theater experience were interviewed about their thoughts related to the project and what days like Kristallnacht mean to them.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 6:00:00 PM
Last January, when Ms. Ross led a wonderful program celebrating the worldwide Daf Siyum, none of us realized just how much it would inspire our student and the new program that it would lead to. After the program, Janelle A., then a 6th grader, told Rabbi Sommer that she wanted to learn Daf Yomi. Realizing that Daf Yomi would we be a very tall order for a student who had not yet learned Gemara, he suggested that they start a Mishna Yomit program instead, where interested students would learn two mishnayot a day, seven days a week. She agreed, and the program was launched. We decided to dedicate the program to Daniella Moffson z"l '12, a Ramaz alumna who tragically lost her life while in college on a chessed mission in Central America. Daniella's powerful example had inspired us before and we thought connecting the learning to her would be very appropriate....
Posted Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 3:52:00 PM
First graders sang and danced their way through the story of Noach, costumes and all. When learning becomes a multi-sensory experience, research shows it serves as "food for the brain," helping children with processing and retaining information. To view a short clip, please click...
Posted Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 4:31:00 PM
Debait Din is an exciting new club being offered this fall where two groups will discuss and research opposing sides of halakhic cases and hopefully have the opportunity to present their findings in front of a real Beit Din Dayan. In the info session, they talked about a sample case and briefly touched upon how one would research...
Posted Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM
Offering a rationale for continuing to decorate our sukkot at a time when guest visits are limited, fifth grader Ronit K. offered her classmates a perfect blend of tradition and adaptability in her Dvar Torah this week. The ability to see and explain concepts in a different light, and then adapt, are among the key skills students need to develop in order to live, learn, and thrive in a 21st century world. To view the Dvar Torah, please click...
Posted Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 4:01:00 PM
About a dozen Upper School students gathered on Zoom with Ms. Miriam Gedwiser to learn about the connections between Yom Kippur and vows. The shiur focused on the status of vows in Tanakh and in Torah she-ba'al Peh (oral torah), the history of the kol nidrei prayer, and the intriguing institution of hatarat nedarim, the undoing of vows. Ms. Gedwiser concluded with a thought about how the power to undo vows reflects the type of power we seek out in ourselves to change, and the type of power we ask God to exercise in our aid. Freshman Sarah S. commented, "It was a great Mishmar that taught me about an aspect of the עשרת ימי תשובה (ten days of repentance) that I had no idea of before."...
Posted Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 3:28:00 PM
Fifth grade chavrutot delved into the unique halakha that prohibits blowing the Shofar on Shabbat -–because of a potential issue of violating the prohibition of carrying. They learned that the Chachamim were worried people might inadvertently carry the shofar in a רשות הרבים, which is one of the 39 מלאכות of Shabbat. So, even though we now have עירובים, which allow us to carry on Shabbat, we still uphold these laws that were enacted in order to preserve the tradition of halakha.
Posted Thursday, Sep 17, 2020 12:33:00 PM
Explaining the blowing of the shofar as an "alarm clock" for Rosh HaShanah, Rabbi Weinstock helped ECC students make important connections with the spirit of the upcoming holiday. Students had many questions about the origin of the ram's horn, and conducted "research" with their teachers into the many variations of Shofarot through photos and "real-life" examples. For a short video, please click..
Posted Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 12:31:00 PM
Kol HaKavod to Rebecca M. '21 and Sophia R. '21, the two heads of the Global Jewish Activism/Ramaz JDC Club, for working on a chizuk (empowerment) video series over the last few weeks. They compiled videos of Ramaz students and teachers speaking about various middot that are important to them and that connect to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or the holiday of Pesach (with plans to disseminate it to JDC-supported Jewish communities worldwide!) The idea was to give encouragement and support to Jews across the world as they are reminded that we are all one community and family...
Posted Wednesday, Apr 1, 2020 10:45:00 PM
Each year, we are obligated to recount the ways that Hashem saved us and took us out of the land of Egypt. This year, more than ever before, as many extended families are forced to be apart during the ​Pesach sedarim, we are encouraging our ECC and LS students to record themselves reenacting and retelling the miraculous story as they prepare for Pesach! It is our collective memory that binds us, and not only will these videos bring your teachers and community so much nachat, but if shared with grandparents and loved-ones, which we hope they will, these recordings will undoubtedly draw everyone closer as we all prepare for Pesach. Please click "read more" for a video from Mr. S on this new Pre-Pesach initiative. To send Ramaz your videos, please email...
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