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Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:46:00 PM
Don't miss CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS - visual,literary, and performing arts on June 5. Doors open at 5:30PM in the Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz in the Morris & Ida Newman Educational Center - 60 East 78th Street, NYC. Art by Meira W. '19. To understand the inspiration and process of her work...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:40:00 PM
RamCorps students worked at The Bronx Choice Pantry. As Choice Pantry volunteers they helped provide free grocery packages for food-insecure families. The word choice took on new meaning as they chose products that complemented their cultural preferences and to "choose" underscores independence. Our students gained a new appreciation for the precious freedom to choose at the Pantry...
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 4:38:00 PM
The whole room felt the love as The Lion King roared onto stage at the Upper School. With only two months left in their high school careers, the seniors strengthened their bond as they performed their Senior Play for a packed auditorium. We're overcome with PRIDE!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 4:15:00 PM
9th and 10th graders participated in this semester's "Percussion Week," a curricular unit where they learn about improvisation in music through performance with various percussion instruments from different cultures and contexts. To view photos and video...
Posted Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 12:27:00 AM
Ramaz Team Shalva runners spent a whirlwind weekend in Israel. Upon arrival we toured the Shalva Center and danced with the Shalva kids. At night, there was a concert from the famous Shalva band and a big pasta carb-loading party before participating in Friday's Jerusalem Marathon and races. The races were great, Shabbat was memorable, but Sunday was a jam-packed day of chesed - Ramaz at its best...
Posted Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 12:05:00 AM
Lucy D., David G., Gabriel P. and Adam V., representing us all, went to the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the UN to deliver a beautifully designed condolence card, thank you Meira W. and Aaron S. We were received warmly in the lobby of the mission, as only dignitaries, and there were many arriving, were given the security clearance needed to go to the offices. Lucy gave a small size lily plant to the Mission's representative, and the boys gave her our card and offered our condolences...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:35:00 PM
Environmental Club and Ms. Haham's Hebrew class united and were happy to host the Halachic and Environmental expert, Mr. Hody Nemes as a guest speaker. Mr. Nemes was an Environmental scholar at Yale University and is currently a Rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah who spoke about the significance of climate change and preserving and maintaining our planet in both Hebrew and English...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 11:02:00 AM
Sophomores Arielle B., Hannah D., Jacob D., David G., William K., Eitan L., Daniella N., Jonathan S., and Jacob S., took on the challenge to take part in an historical happening. They boarded our coach bus for Albany promptly at 6:30am, and didn't return to NYC until 8pm! They chose to join with 650 Yeshiva Day School students in the Teach NYS Mission to Albany to advocate for increased funding for nonpublic schools in the upcoming 2019 New York State budget, specifically targeting STEM programming, and security funding....
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 11:19:00 AM
Ms. Dashiff's Honors Biology class took a trip to the Harlem branch of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to perform an experiment on harmless E. coli to test their resistance to antibiotic ampicillin through exposure to the ampicillin-resistant plasmid pGFP. The students had the chance to work with sophisticated lab equipment, including pipets...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 11:10:00 AM
One of Dr. Rotenberg's 10th grade chemistry classes toured labs of the Microbiology Department at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine that specializes in viruses. In the lab they do basic research on viruses, work on vaccine development, and investigate the use of viruses for gene therapy. The visit began with an introduction from Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, the Director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, who gave an overview of the research conducted there...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 9:58:00 AM
Kol HaKAvod to Rabbi Slomnicki and to Rabbi Schiowitz who presented to YU RIETS semikha and Kollel students about preparing for a career in chinuch.
Posted Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 6:09:00 PM
Congratulations to the Varsity and JV Boys Basketball teams on each winning the Legacy Tournament at Basketball City!
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 6:24:00 PM
"Rose not only gives me a sense of fulfillment, but she teaches me to be creative, patient, and understanding, and I leave each visit with a smile on my face. My special friends have taught me to embrace the qualities that make us different because you never know what they may offer." For more on the special Yachad Shabbaton...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 1:40:00 PM
The Upper School was honored to host doctorate candidates this week. Dr. Moshe Sokolow, Associate Dean, Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller Professor, at Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration, summed up the visit. "Twenty students at Yeshiva University's Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration spent a day at the Ramaz Upper School experiencing the quality of instruction and learning in both Judaic and general studies. These students are enrolled in an executive doctoral program in preparation for assuming administrative positions in American day schools and are currently concentrating their studies on learning and cognition and instructional leadership, which they found to meet the highest professional standards at Ramaz. They are grateful to Mr. Jonathan Cannon, Rabbi Shlomo Stochel, Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz, departmental chairs, faculty, and students for their hospitality and insights."
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 3:51:00 PM
The French Culture Club had the honor to present fashion historian, author and expert, Ms. Caroline Rennolds Milbank. Ms. Milbank spoke about French culture in the 18th century, when Napoleon III branded Paris as the location of luxury. An era of extreme opulence and public social flaunting, it would be common for the French to parade extravagant gowns and stroll through a park, simply for others to see...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 3:25:00 PM
This week, BIC heard from Mr. Berndt Perl, a Ramaz parent who was raised in Germany and later went on to Duke and Harvard Business School. He, along with a partner, Kenneth Aschendorf, started APF Properties Company which focuses mainly on buying real estate such as office buildings with retail stores. He explained how real estate is a broad industry with many different aspects to it, and that you do not need much experience to be in the business...
Posted Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 3:41:00 PM
Last week, five students -- Sydney E. '22, Jonathan S. '21, Finley H. '22, Levi L. '21, and Sally N. '22, -- supervised by Dr. Nironi, went to Yeshiva University to compete in the first ever CIJE-Tech (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education) Hackathon...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 9:53:00 PM
Even following two intense weeks of final exams, students signed-on to support the Upper School's efforts in making MLK Day of Service, a Day ON, Not a Day off. Students came by subway, by foot, by car and with sheer determination to reach the different destinations, regardless of the hour or location, ready to give their time and energy, to be helpful, no matter the task...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 3:07:00 PM
To read Josephine's Times of Israel blog post, please click..
Posted Monday, Jan 28, 2019 3:40:00 PM
Freshmen arrived at Ramaz early last Thursday to daven "Vatikin," followed by a Talmud review session with Rabbi Stavsky prior to their final. The students in Rabbi Stavsky and Rabbi Frazer's Talmud classes had learned about the significance of davening Vatikin and were eager to put their learning into action. Students were treated to a special breakfast of pancakes, donuts and hot chocolate. The energy and excitement throughout the tefillah and learning was palpable. Kol HaKavod to our freshmen!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 9:54:00 PM
"Dates" don't always work to accommodate the Upper School's challenging, final exam schedule, and so the school took advantage of the last school day before exams to treat the freshmen students to a taste of the trees of Eden, to mark the "New Year of the Trees," Tu B' Shevat. The students were given a special opportunity to work and learn together with extraordinary environmental educators: Mr. Elan Margulies from Hazon, as well as Mr. Yoni Stadlin and Ms. Chelsea Taxman from Eden Village Camp. Hazon is an organization that works to create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond....
Posted Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 10:26:00 AM
Last week, a dozen students from the Ramaz Political Club (aka, "Rampo") met to discuss the Government Shutdown and its impact on the political scene. As usual, it was a rousing and raucous good time, in finest tradition of American politics (think a classic New England Town Hall, but with more junk food). While we did not resolve the shutdown, in all fairness, neither have our nation's leaders. Rampo will also be briefly shutdown, but will re-open promptly in the new semester.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:27:00 PM
Please enjoy this video-recording of this year's Legally Blonde musical performance. Kudos to our exceptionally talented students! To watch, please click...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:16:00 PM
We're excited to share this fascinating article by Rabbi Yigal Sklarin, Inter-Disciplinary Studies Coordinator in the Upper School, on the new Jewish works acquired in recent years by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and how they paint a fuller picture of medieval Jewish life and the ways Jewish art developed in a larger historical and artistic context. Throughout the years Rabbi Sklarin has taken students and community members to view many of these items on exhibit! To view the article,please click...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:28:00 AM
NYS Assemblyman Dan Court and members from Teach NYS visited the Upper School to see the STEM program. They visited two junior TEC classes, a ninth grade biology class, and a tenth grade math class. They met with members of the administration and members of the RamTEC faculty to discuss the new TEC department in the school. Lastly, they visited a science lab where they saw presentations given by the three captains of the engineering club: Daniella F. '20, Josephine S. '20, and David A. '19. They were accompanied by former charter trustee and co-chair of Teach NYS, Neil Cohen, and current Ramaz treasurer Jimmy Haber.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:21:00 AM
Mr. Jay Klotz's senior astronomy class made their annual pilgrimage to the planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Students viewed the space show, a multimedia presentation on the Big Bang, and the halls of earth and of space. It was a great opportunity for the students to see visual presentations of what they have been learning in class and to solidify and extend their knowledge of astronomy. A great time was had by all!
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 Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:10:00 AM
The French Culture Club celebrated the life and career of song stylist, lyricist, composer, actor and entertainer, Charles Aznavour. Aznavour entertained audiences for more than half a century and was favorably compared as an international star to Frank Sinatra. Students were entertained by his music via audio and video clips. In reviewing his background, it was noted that during his formative years, during World War II in France, Aznavour's parents were instrumental in hiding and protecting Jews from certain extermination by the Nazis...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM
Juniors were treated to a special performance by Alkemie, an early music ensemble specializing in Religious and Folk music of the Medieval and Renaissance. Students in the Junior Music curriculum were treated to live performances of some of the pieces they have studied in class. The audience also learned about early music instruments and how they differ from their modern counterparts. This program was sponsored by the Martin and Susan Sanders family foundation for classical music enrichment at Ramaz.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 11:13:00 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!! Ramaz is very proud to congratulate Yaara K. '20 on reaching the FINAL ROUND of The 5779 Ulpaniada Mathematics Competition! Among the hundreds of girls from all around the world who participated in the second round, Yaara excelled in the second round paper and has qualified for the final round! The Final Round will take place at Michlalah Jerusalem College in February, followed by the closing ceremony of The Ulpaniada where a representative of the Ministry of Education will be attending and will be giving out the winner's prizes. In addition to the competition, Yaara and the other qualifying-overseas students will have the opportunity to participate in activities offered by Michlalah including trips, workshops, speakers, fun programs, and training for the Final Round of Ulpaniada.
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