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Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:18:00 AM
Ms. Barak's junior honors Hebrew class went to see the play Grey Rock at the La MaMa Theater on East 4th Street. The play tells the story of a Palestinian man who wants to build a rocket to go to the moon, and the five actors in the show are all Palestinians. In addition to the main plot about building the rocket, the play focuses on human relationships - between a father and a daughter, between a woman and her fiance...
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:40:00 AM
Four of our Upper School students attended the annual AIPAC Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Arlington, VA. Together with over four hundred other high school students, they had the opportunity to learn skills and engage in meaningful dialogue about how to be effective Israel advocates and political activists in high school and beyond. They attended a number of important sessions...
Posted Monday, Dec 31, 2018 2:52:11 PM
This week, the senior Hebrew classes met with Ms. Chana Zweiter and Mr. Eihab Kadah for a diversity and inclusivity workshop. Ms. Zweiter is Founding Director of Kaleidoscope, an educational approach aimed at promoting the spirit and skills of respectful diversity. She was joined by Mr. Kadah, one of Kaleidoscope's Arab facilitators, in a workshop designed to reduce stereotypes towards our Arab population and to encourage reflection on minorities in our own community. Ms. Zweiter received the Bonei Zion Award presented to her at the Knesset for her contribution to diversity education in Israel.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:21:00 PM
The second Tier 2 opening round game featured The Ramaz School from NYC v. Yeshivat Shaare Torah from Brooklyn, NY. Ramaz started off strong and built up a sizable lead in the first half. Shaare Torah eventually got their game back and closed a ten point gap to a 19-15 deficit at half time. In the second half, Shaare Torah started to take command and built up a small lead. Ramaz was determined and tied the game. With less than a minute left, Shaare Torah hit a basket to take the lead. The Ramaz last second attempt fell short and Shaare Torah moved on to the Championship Game by a final score of 39-38....
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:31:00 PM
The Upper School has had a meaningful mifgash with students from the Boyar High School in Jerusalem for these past two years, and was able to continue this tradition during Chanukah! This special time spent with the Boyar teens gave Ramaz students the opportunity to dialogue, socialize, and play ball with their Israeli peers. Three senior Hebrew classes met with the twenty-six Israelis (all juniors and seniors) and the theme was timely and relevant. Ms. Dana Barak, Hebrew Language Chair, introduced the discussion of, "American and Israeli Stereotyping: Common Images in the Cultures." The shared conversation was designed to challenge these images, and help to foster new and binding friendships, and it did...
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 2:21:00 PM
According to Rabbi Dr. Frazer, "it was incredible to spend several days with a group of brilliant Tanach experts." The organizers from Israel's Education Ministry emphasized how Israeli and Diaspora Jews share a common bond through their shared love of Tanach. The contest's television broadcast included a segment about Chidon champions who promote Tanach in the Diaspora, and aired a brief clip of Rabbi Frazer teaching at Ramaz...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 10:20:00 PM
In recognition of יום ההוקרה, the Israeli Veterans' Day, the Upper School welcomed a delegation of four IDF combat veterans wounded during various military operations. The encounter was empowering as the guests were upbeat and excited to be with American students and faculty who expressed their solidarity with Israel, and with whom they share mutual values, responsibilities, and a love of country....
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 11:20:00 AM
Last week, Ms. Barak's Honors Modern Israel Senior class trekked crosstown to the Manhattan JCC, to participate in the opening night of the annual "Other Israeli Film Festival." This week-long festival featured over twelve Hebrew or Arabic films and documentaries open to the general public. As the founder stressed on opening night, the festival aims to present films that inspire conversation. Stemming from the name "Other Film Festival," each film offers a unique perspective from the minorities in Israel, especially the Palestinian minority. To spark these conversations, each film concluded with an in-depth look at the film and the meaning of some of the artistic choices. My classmates and I got to have one such conversation with a creative mind who worked behind the camera -- Tzahi Grad, one of the movie directors of The Cousin....
Posted Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 8:44:00 PM
Quinta. 5, an Israeli mixed A cappella group consisting of five singers performed for the Junior grade this week. The group has achieved great recognition both in Israel and around the world, and today they are at the forefront of the contemporary A cappella scene in Israel. This past summer, Quinta 5 visited the Shalva National Center in Jerusalem and sang together with the lead singers of the Shalva Band, a most inspiring experience....
Posted Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 3:33:00 PM
Morah Rinat Levy-Cohen arranged for Mr. Zion Ozeri to speak (in Hebrew) with 8th graders about the Yemenite Aliyah to Israel. Mr. Ozeri is a world renowned photographer. He is known for his travels around the world to photograph Jews in the diaspora. He has captured Jews in Portugal, Ecuador, Morocco, Uzbekistan, and more. His photographs have been exhibited in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, and have been published in newspapers such as The New York Times...
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