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Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 11:39:00 PM
Wishing the US Class of 2018 a warm Mazal Tov! Our school is so proud of you and everything you've accomplished HERE at Ramaz. May you go on to live meaningful lives filled with Torah, menschlichkeit, and a life-long love of learning!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 11:36:00 PM
Why would thirty five graduating seniors meet at 7:30 in the morning, travel for 2½ hours to work at Hazon, a large farm and Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut, dedicated to creating a more sustainable world for all? The answer is simple, that's our mission, and our newest alumni responded to the call for service, HINENI....
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 5:36:00 PM
Parallax, the literary and art magazine of Ramaz, was distributed at Celebration of the Arts last week. This year's theme was A Moveable Feast, and the book was a feast of color that looked good enough to eat. Last year's book won both the Gold Medal and the Silver Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association this spring... We are hoping for similar accolades for this year's book.
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 2:34:00 PM
This past May, seniors and faculty members took a journey that lasted 9 days but will resonate for a lifetime. Students landed in Poland where they visited numerous sites highlighting the diversity and richness of Jewish life before the war. Students felt the spirituality in the Nozyk, Lancut and Remah shuls, heard Divrei Torah in the Yeshivah of Chachmei Lublin, were inspired by the Ulma family and Bais Yaakov movement, and felt unified in prayer at the holy Kever of Rav Elimelech of Lezhensk...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 5:08:00 PM
Every year it is Ramaz's distinct honor to confer upon one student, nominated by fellow students and faculty, the William Goldberg Award. It is gratifying to know that since sending requests for nominations a few weeks ago, the US received over two dozen names of students, accompanied by the most moving and inspiring descriptions of fine character. Each and every one of these nominations were thoughtful and beautifully written acclamations of integrity, honesty, generosity and humility...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:59:00 PM
In honor of Food Allergy Awareness month, sophomore Josephine S. presented to each of the high school minyanim information about food allergies. Josephine explained what a food allergy is and how to help people with food allergies. She also taught students how to administer epinephrine, the life-saving medicine used in case of an anaphylactic reaction, through an Epipen or AuviQ injector....
Posted Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 11:18:00 PM
Kol HaKavod to all students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and families who marched, cheered, and celebrated Israel at last week's annual Celebrate Israel Parade. For photos of the parade, please click...
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:49:00 PM
Rabbi Jared Anstandig led the entire school, immediately following Tefilat Shacharit on Friday, in the recitation of the Prayer for the Safety of the American Military Forces, in Hebrew. The Rabbi humbly noted that he feels personally connected to the observance of Memorial Day and the recognition of American servicemen and women who have "paid the highest price" for our freedoms. Not many students knew that the Rabbi served in the US Army for 3 years, as a First Lieutenant, and now continues his service as a reservist, an awesome commitment....
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 12:22:00 PM
The annual RAMAZ RETREAT was amazing. It all started with a full school tefilah where students heard from their new G.O. president Becky T., about the importance of taking time to relax and to reunify as a community and a school. After breakfast, students traveled up to Camp Lavi where they made full use of the facilities at camp, playing basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, volleyball, and pretty much every other sport...
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 11:27:00 AM
Ms. Mariuma Ben Yosef, founder of Beit Hashanti, spoke to the sophomores. Beit Hashanti has two locations in Israel—one in Tel Aviv and the other in the South. It is a place for children to go to if they are in need of a home. She explained how and why she founded it in 1984 and how her childhood inspired this mission...
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 4:49:00 PM
Senior students prepared for their Senior Journey to Poland by meeting with a number of inspirational and heroic Holocaust survivors, including Mr. Joseph Feingold, Mrs. Ruth Zimbler, Mr. William Bernheim, Mrs. Rachel Roth, Mrs. Reha Sokolow, and Rabbi Mayer Moskowitz...
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 4:26:00 PM
Congratulations to the US students on their excellent performance of the Dead Poets Society. To view, please click...
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 4:20:00 PM
The French Culture Club decided to get its last licks in before the summer by having an ice cream French soirée! The meeting, called "Le Glacier," which means, ice cream parlor, allowed students to select various ice creams and toppings in French...
Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:48:00 PM
Upper school students had the opportunity to share their school day with a number of Israeli soldiers, who traveled to the United States to meet with students and speak to them about their experiences defending the land of Israel. The soldiers shared both their positive experiences and the challenges they face while serving, and highlighted why they feel it is important to serve, what it is like to train, to make difficult decisions, and how to stay motivated....
Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:21:00 PM
Welcome to the student leaders of the next academic year: President, Becky T. '19; Vice President, Avery S. '20; AVP of Communications, Paola M. '19; AVP of Student Life, Sophia K. '20; AVP of Operations, Ayelet M.'19!
Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:53:00 PM
Mazal Tov to Josephine S. '20 for being honored by her synagogue, Congregation Ramath Orah, with the Ateret Torah accolade this Saturday, May 19, for her role in founding the Women's Tefillah Group in the Shul. This designation bestows communal honor to a deserving woman in the community...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:23:00 PM
On Thursday, the freshman grade rode the 6 train down to Union Square to see a special matinee performance of "The Rebecca Play," one of the Genesis Plays as part of the The In[heir]itance Project. This play depicts the sibling rivalry between Yaakov and Esav and how their mother Rebecca dealt with this dynamic among her twin sons...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:18:00 PM
Nevo Afek is a nineteen-year old, Israeli artist with severe visual impairment, who at the age of two was diagnosed with high functioning autism. With his strong will and uncompromising determination, Nevo has turned every obstacle into an opportunity. Recently, Nevo and his family were hosted by the Israeli Mission to the UN and Ambassador Danny Danon. Juniors Sophie D., Jonah L. and Ayelet M. attended the exhibition at the UN, and were overwhelmed and humbled by the event. They hoped that somehow the Afek family could visit with us at Ramaz, before returning to Israel, and they did...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:05:00 PM
Twelfth and eleventh graders had the amazing opportunity to hear four personal accounts about the incredible work of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. By the end of the program close to 100 current students were entered into the Gift of Life Registry, but more important, 300 faculty and students were moved to get involved with the Gift of Life and their mission of saving lives...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:01:00 PM
A small group of Upper School students had the incredible opportunity to show their support for those who have served by participating in the Carry the Load East Coast March. Carry the Load is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to providing active, meaningful, ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation's heroes — military, law enforcement, firefighters, rescue personnel — and their families. The march began at West Point, NY and continued down through Manhattan, past the 9-11 Memorial and into Staten Island. Their ultimate goal is to reach Dallas, Texas on Memorial Day....
Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:35:00 PM
The junior music classes, taught by Mr. Henkin, celebrated their annual Fugue Night. To prepare for Fugue Night, juniors split up into groups of two or three and composed their own fugue, a Baroque musical form, whose name comes from the Italian word "fugere," which means to flee. It consists of a subject and a countersubject for multiple voices that repeat throughout the piece...
Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:25:00 PM
Dr. Araten spoke to the three senior honors science classes about mutagenesis and its implications in genetic disorders and cancer. Dr. Araten, a Hematologist at Langone Medical Center, spoke about some of the methodologies he uses for his research studies on genetic predispositions to, and causes of mutations that would lead to hemolysis....
Posted Monday, Apr 23, 2018 3:34:00 PM
Congratulations to the US Students who participated in this year's 4th Annual Moadon Ha'Atzmaut, a tribute to Israel through the arts, including performances by the Ramaz Upper School Choir, Ramaz Rock Band, Dance Troupe, poetry readings, and artistic covers of popular Israeli music. Please click "read more" to view the performances..
Posted Monday, Apr 23, 2018 3:25:00 PM
The Polyphony Foundation is an Israeli organization that strives to "bridge the divide" between Jewish and Palestinian youth through classical music. The organization, which offers sophisticated levels of musical training to motivated Israeli teens, works to foster relationships between Jewish and Arab young adults. The organization strives to make them realize that neither religion nor nationality separates them...
Posted Monday, Apr 23, 2018 2:53:00 PM
Dr. Nicole Agus, a Ramaz parent and expert on Jewish genetics, came to the US for her yearly talk on the important topic of genetic testing. The students are in the middle of studying the controversial Talmud unit on abortion and Tay Sachs, and Dr. Agus's presentation centered on the options for Jewish couples who are carriers for diseases. Her talk covered both the halachic grounds for genetic testing and laid out the various choices that follow a positive test...
Posted Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 4:41:00 PM
The Ramaz Model Congress team attended the University of Pennsylvania annual high school conference. The team meets weekly to debate mock bills, with a year of practice culminating in the conference at Penn. After some weather delays, the team made it to Penn and participated in committee sessions, full Senate and House sessions, and special programs for the weekend, taking a break for Shabbat...
Posted Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 11:04:00 AM
Last Friday, students from Rampage and Parallax represented Ramaz at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's 94th Annual Spring Convention. At the three-day convention, high school students from around the country gathered to attend sessions about journalism and learned how to improve their schools' publications. To view this year's Parallax, please click...
Posted Monday, Mar 26, 2018 3:50:00 PM
Mazal tov to the US Girls Torah Bowl team for competing in the finals, which covered three parshiyot of Devarim. The girls won the division playoffs -- competing against SAR, Frisch, and Ma'ayanot. Next stop- the championship!
Posted Monday, Mar 26, 2018 3:41:00 PM
Students attended the 9/11 memorial for their senior excursion last week. We've always learned about what happened on 9/11, but being in the museum was a totally different and moving experience. One of the most impactful parts of the museum was hearing the voicemail boxes of those who were killed during the crash, filled with messages from worried and terrified loved ones...
Posted Monday, Mar 26, 2018 3:20:00 PM
The Freshman grade had the exceptional opportunity to visit the Frick Collection on 5th Ave to see the new highly acclaimed and widely discussed exhibition featuring the portraits of Jacob and his Twelve sons by the Spanish Romantic painter Francisco de Zurbarán. The exhibition includes thirteen large portraits depicting Jacob and his twelve sons based on Jacob's blessings at the end of Sefer Bereshit...
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