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Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 9:50:00 PM
HINENI! During Presidents' week vacation, you can find Ramaz Upper School students answering the call in Israel and hurricane-worn Puerto Rico. In the first-ever Ramaz-chorus mission to Israel, members of the Upper School Chamber Choir and Chorus are traveling north to south, east to west, engaging in chesed activities, political discussions, Torah learning, musical and art workshops, and Israel education—while performing five concerts in seven days...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 9:45:00 PM
The 10th grade World Jewish History classes visited the MET's new exhibition, "Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings." As part of the transnational 10th grade History curriculum, students have been exploring the experiences of industrialization, democratization, and the development of the nation-state on both sides of the Atlantic...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 9:41:00 PM
Junior Art classes went on an excursion to see the beautiful David Hockney Retrospective. The show marks Hockney's 80th birthday with a large selection of his exuberant, light filled paintings, drawings & photographs...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 12:06:00 PM
The US French Culture Club met this week to experience "Le Plateau de Fromage." Students snacked on a variety of French cheeses including Camembert, Gruyere, goat cheese, and French butter. These imported cheeses were all conveniently purchased from the kosher supermarket, Pomegranate in Brooklyn...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 11:19:00 AM
Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is celebrated as the New Year for the Trees in Israel. Despite the freezing temperatures here, US students celebrated the earth's bounty on Tu B'Shevat by eating new fruits, planting saplings, and also learning about what Judaism has to say on the adam-adamah, the human-earth relationship...
Posted Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 12:53:00 PM
The Junior Music students heard The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble specializing in music of the Medieval and Renaissance eras. The students have been studying music of this era, and had the opportunity to hear some of the pieces they have studied performed live...
Posted Monday, Feb 5, 2018 3:18:00 PM
Students started the day in iPlay America, where they went go-karting, took thrill rides, played laser tag and arcade games, all followed by lunch. They then headed toward the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel and started the program with amazing pre-Shabbat ruach and Kabbalat Shabbat. After dinner seniors attended choice sessions on various topics including: "The Myopic Epidemic:Towards a Broader Perspective on Religion in the Modern Day", as well as, "Curve-balls and Change-ups: Preparing For What Life Has To Throw At Us."...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 4:39:00 PM
In recognition of Dr. King's incredible legacy of service to all, the US invited faculty and students in all grades to sign-on to a Day of Service on Wednesday, January 24, noted on the US calendar as Intersession, a day off after two weeks of intense final exams. The US designed a program that offered diverse service opportunities throughout the day, with varying time choices, to encourage participation...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 3:20:00 PM
On Friday January 26th, the Sophomores and the seniors were fortunate to hear the fascinating life story of Slavyan Kanovski. Slavyan was born in Bulgaria right after democracy had taken over from communism. Slavyan described how he grew up not knowing he was Jewish or having Jewish communal infrastructure in Bulgaria. In addition, he detailed the poverty that he faced growing up in eastern Europe in a post communism era...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 4:24:00 PM
This past December, Elizabeth A. '19 attended an international technology and entrepreneurship program hosted by the Israel Institute of Technology. Participants came from all over the world, even places as far as Australia, Peru, and Vietnam. The main part of the program was the hackathon which gave participants the opportunity to create a technology that promoted healthy and sustainable living...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 3:20:00 PM
Don't miss the latest edition of Breakthrough, featuring student articles on pressing issues within the sciences. To view the publication, please click...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 3:10:00 PM
Three Senior Science classes had the opportunity to view a kidney transplant surgery via satellite, moderated by The Liberty Science Center. They first watched a video about surgery preparation and then were able to watch a taping of a kidney transplant that was narrated live by the surgeon...
Posted Friday, Jan 5, 2018 11:28:00 AM
During Chanukah, Ramaz US students sent 52 care packages to Jewish-American troops stationed across the world. Last week, the students received a heart-warming letter of gratitude from one of the families stationed in South Korea. Please click "Read More" to view the letter...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 6:56:00 PM
As an extension to the US Chanukah celebrations, all students were treated to grade trips last week! The freshman went to the Museum of Natural History and explored the senses exhibit. The sophomores also went to the Museum of Natural History and observed the "Dark Universe" show at the planetarium -- a perfect complement to the Chanukah story which depicts howTorah brings light to the world...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 6:41:00 PM
Last week, each of the US grades had a special Chanukah activity during the B4 activity period. The juniors and seniors played an amazing interactive trivia game of Chanukah panoply organized and led by Rabbi Sklarin. The sophomores ran through the building like the Hebrews of the Chanukah story searching for the oil, but this time they were following picture clues on their Chanukah scavenger hunt!...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 6:11:00 PM
The portion of the Sophomore grade taking music this semester was treated to a very special presentation featuring guest pianist Philip Fisher, performing for and speaking to our students. Mr. Fisher came to enrich the existing 10th grade core-curriculum in music, discussing the art of the Sonata, specifically Sonatas by Beethoven in the Classical era...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 5:47:00 PM
Sophomore Shabbaton was an all-around success. Students started the day at the Jersey Shore Arena, where they "chilled" while ice skating. After their pizza lunch, students went to the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. They started Shabbat with lively pre-Shabbat ruach and a beautiful, Kabbalat Shabbat and maariv...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 5:01:00 PM
Proud HINENI moment for the Ramaz family: Mazal Tov to Oliver R. '19 and David A. '19 for being honored by New York State for their heroic actions in saving two victims of a serious car accident. Oliver and David each received a NY State Senate Proclamation from Senator Elaine Phillips...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 4:46:00 PM
Benjamin Honig, employed with Bitgo, taught the BIC members about the trending topic of cryptocurrencies. Mr. Honig taught students about the technological configuration of the technology that allows for this process to work known as blockchain...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 2:16:00 PM
Following that mifgash, the soldiers gathered in the Beit Knesset to meet with the entire senior grade. Ido D. introduced the soldiers to his peers, and his words reflected the passion he feels toward our IDF soldiers, and the risks they take during their military service. He also explained the phenomenal program that The IsraelChabad Center has created, "Belev Echad."...
Posted Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 10:44:00 PM
Over the course of the past few weeks, the Ramaz senior and junior grades partook in a three-part series that explored the concept of honesty in many different work fields. The past two speakers, Jacob Doft and Seth Lipsky, addressed the topic of honesty in different areas, the former in business and the latter in news-reporting. For the last speaker of the three-part series, students heard from Professor Schizer, the fourteenth Dean of Columbia Law School and current CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee...
Posted Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 10:44:00 PM
On Wednesday, throughout their lunch periods and after school, students participated in different service projects. "Giving" their time was a personal way to commemorate Albert Missry z"l and to observe the sheloshim, the end of the first 30 days of mourning. Inherent to his nature, Albert always could sense when someone needed a boost, and he gave unconditionally of his time and talents...
Posted Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 10:43:00 PM
On Tuesday the entire senior grade traveled across Central Park to visit one of three exhibits. Students in Dr. Jucovy's Space class and Mr. Klotz's Astronomy class went to the Hayden Planetarium to watch the "Dark Universe" and learn about the structure and history of the universe and our place within it...
Posted Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 10:42:00 PM
Congratulations to Elizabeth N. '20, Rachel A.'20, Rebecca A.'18, and Yaara K. '20 for winning all of their games at last week's Torah Bowl and coming first place in their division!
Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 1:22:00 PM
Students heard addresses from Israeli Transportation Minister Israel Katz, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, and president of the World Jewish Congress, Ron Lauder. Most prominent among the speakers was Vice President Mike Pence who poignantly declared...
Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 12:50:00 PM
Dr. Freilich began the club meeting by showing the students a video, which had great depictions of a student's life throughout Medical School. Afterwards students were invited to an open discussion with Dr. Freilich about getting to Medical School, the different stages of Medical School, and how one chooses their specialty...
Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 12:34:00 PM
The highlight of Spirit Week was the annual pep rally with a hilarious video by the G.O. followed by a frenetic 4 corner, Grade vs. Grade dodgeball game. The faculty also got into the action by challenging the students in a game of dodgeball that didn't end well for the teachers...
Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 12:03:00 PM
Mr. Berman, the founder of Durban Capital and Berman Capital Management LP presented to BIC this week. Mr. Berman shared both business and personal strategies with our group; he revealed that his personal hardships, experience of poverty, and experience of being bullied as a child in South Africa are part of the foundation of his resilience and subsequent success...
Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 11:50:00 AM
Ms. Carly Sternberg, Director of Early Engagement at AIPAC, spoke to Upper School students about the principles and methodologies of AIPAC and ways in which they could get involved in Israel activism during their high school years...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 3:34:00 PM
Mr. Jacob Doft '87, founder of investment fund Highline Capital, came to speak to the students in Rabbi Schiowitz's seminar on the value of truthfulness, about the importance of honesty and integrity in business. This value was instilled in him at a young age, when he noticed that the country's top hedge fund manager was being arrested for engaging in unfair and illegal business practices. Mr. Doft then realized that he wanted to go into business with the idea of honesty and transparency...
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