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Posted Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 3:47:00 PM
In an alternative educational experience designed to open students' eyes to a new culture and create a bond of shared experience, 12 juniors, Dr. Jon Jucovy, and I embarked on a three-day trip to London. The whirlwind of sights, sounds, information, and tastes included the Jewish Museum of London's new exhibit, "Jews, Myth and Money," an exploration of the history of anti-Semitism through ancient paintings and texts, as well as modern renditions of anti-Semitic tropes, the actual living quarters and conference rooms of Churchill in the War Rooms, lunch at JW3, the modern Jewish community center in Hampstead,d a performance of Toast, a comedy based on the memoir of the British chef, Nigel Slater, a hilarious version of The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Globe Theater, and so much more...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 3:22:00 PM
The five students who visited Moldova over February break organized a video chat between a group of 10th graders and students in Moldova. The program's emphasis was on the two groups getting to know each other and doing some pre-Shavuot learning...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 10:24:00 AM
Tuesday, June 4, marked the Upper School's end-of-year grade assemblies, where each grade dean had the opportunity to reflect on the grade's goals and impart a message about their accomplishments. Some students were also personally recognized for their role in helping their grade to achieve its goals...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM
Congratulations to Upper School faculty members Ms. Miriam Gedwiser and Rabbi Aviad Bodner who were asked to participate and will be presenting at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School's Yemei Iyun on Sunday June 23, from 9:30AM -5:30PM and on Monday June 24 from 9AM-4:30PM. For Details...
Posted Monday, Jun 3, 2019 5:00:00 PM
Congratulations to Gail H. '20 on winning best delegate at the Heschel Model United Nations conference representing the country Greece on the committee pertaining to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2019 5:53:00 PM
Our annual Ramaz Retreat was RAMAZing! Students and faculty traveled to Camp Kaylie where they enjoyed basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, volleyball, boating, go-carting, our grade vs grade vs grade game show competition, a barbecue complete with s'mores and a Lag BaOmer bonfire, building friendships and making memories...For great photos...
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2019 5:43:00 PM
"Major Scheinfeld, can you come with us to visit veterans at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare facility?" At first students and the Major played games with the Vets including poker, pool, chess, foosball. There was some singing too, as a few students accompanied a Veteran, as she strummed on her guitar. Then there were conversations with stories of loss and fear, always with pride, and humor too. The Veterans shared ...
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2019 5:42:00 PM
The Upper School students listened in awe as the Major Moshe Scheinfeld, Ramaz '83, spoke about "Serving and Sacrifice," a simply worded phrase with an overwhelming message in commemoration of Memorial Day. Sacrifice, he explained, is the harsh reality that comes with Serving our nation, preserving our freedoms, and guarding our way of life...
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2019 3:50:00 PM
Rabbi Albo's senior mini course "Let's Rock" rocks! You can listen to the song they produced titled 'גאולי ה (words borrowed from the chapter in Tehilim recited for Pesach) and view a video they produced North High...
Posted Friday, May 24, 2019 9:47:00 AM
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 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:03:00 PM
Teen Scene is a new program that started this year. Teenagers, regardless of their "abilities," have very particular needs, unlike their younger or older friends or relatives. Teen Scene is done in partnership with Friendship Circle and meets every Thursday, as a club of sort. We bake cookies, do craft projects that address an American or Jewish holiday, but the Ikkar is we Talk Teen Talk. "How was your day today" begins every session, and no holds barred. Tough exams are noted, unfair grades, a disagreement with a friend, a happy moment, or a scary one too...
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:54:00 PM
Kol hakavod to students and faculty members who participated in Sunday's Friendship Walk & Carnival for Friendship Circle and showed their support for children with special needs. They walked the walk, but most important, did the mile TOGETHER with their special friends at the carnival and beyond. Laughter and cheers were heard throughout the day's events. Rabbi Albo and his family deserve a special Hakarat Hatov. Lying flat down on the hard cement with the trust that the bikes would jump high over him, a test of emunah for sure!! But it was the spirit of doing good that the Rabbi and all participants added. Taking the time to offer friendship is what the Circle is all about. M'chayil L'chayil!
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:22:00 PM
Congratulations to Josephine S '20 on being awarded the Bronfman Fellowship. Josephine is one of 26 fellows, chosen from over 230 applicants, who will participate in a transformative five-week program of study and travel in Israel, followed by a dynamic year of programming centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts.
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:18:00 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, May 8, 2019 4:41:00 PM
Upper School students offered chizuk by sending cards and Rabbi Mayer Moskowitz's book I Have A Friend to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and Chabad of Poway....
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:26:00 PM
Four students visited one of the corporate offices of WeWork, a successful startup that is revolutionizing the current office real estate market. Arash Gohari '91, a co-head of WeWork Real Estate in the US, Israel and Canada, met with us. He described in detail WeWork's business plan, the entrepreneurial aspect of the business and the model... Jacob D. '21
Posted Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 12:38:00 AM
Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel's Permanent Representative to the United Nations invited us to attend the opening exhibition, Israel's Humanitarian Aid Around the World. Although it was a late evening event, freshman Shira S., sophomores Charles S., and Adam V., juniors Gail H., and Ella R. and senior Ilan S. signed on without ever expecting to have such an eye-opening, informative and impactful experience. All too often, we view Israel only through the lens of military operations as the imperative need for the IDF to keep Israel secure and safe is on-going and essential. Most of us do not know about the humanitarian efforts that the IDF extends to countries around the world when disaster strikes. We listened in awe as we heard about the 2010 delegation to Haiti following the mega earthquake where Israel treated over 1100 patients, the 2013 delegation sent to the Philippines to set up a field hospital following the typhoon strike, and in 2016 as part of "Operation Good Neighbor,"...
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 Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 11:45:00 AM
Our Math team participated in an online Math contest sponsored by Jewish High School Math League. Over 50 schools and more than 1000 students from 6 continents participated in this contest. Ramaz finished 5th in this international contest. The team score was calculated by adding the 4 highest scores. The 4 students whose scores were used were Elan A., Natalie K., Finley H., and Ben C. We are so proud of their achievement. The contest was administered online, unusual for math. No handwriting or transmission issues though. To read about Elan A.'s '21 experience...
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 10:17:00 AM
Ramaz Science Olympiad team competed against 14 other Jewish day schools from the Tri-State area in various events at the Lander College for Men. Congratulations to those students who placed: Harry S. '19 and Jonathan S.'21 came in 4th place for the "Chemistry Lab" event, Ben S. '20, Jonathan S. '19, and Elizabeth A. '19 came in 4th place for "Code Busters", Zachary B. '20 and Daniella F. '20 came in 3rd place for "Designer Genes", David A.'19 and Harry S. '19 came in 4th place for "Write It/Do It" and Elizabeth A. '19 and Ben S. '20 came in 4th place for "Fermi Questions". Great work by the entire team!
Posted Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019 2:00:00 PM
​Mazal tov to Parallax 2018, the Ramaz literary and art magazine, on being awarded the Silver Crown Award (in addition to the gold medal) by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Medal judging is accomplished by publication advisors. Crown Award judging is accomplished by a panel of professional experts. The Silver Crown Award was given to about 20 high school literary and art magazines in the entire country. Parallax 2017 won the same award the previous year. Kudos to Dr. Edith L. Honig, literary advisor. Literary editors: Julia Levi '18, Noa Attias '18, Sarah Issever '18, and Natalie K. '19. Art and Design advisor: Barbara Abramson. Design editor: Sarah Issever '18. ​Art and Photography advisor: Rachel Rabhan. ​Photography advisor: Kevin Goggin. For the first time, Ramaz also submitted individual student work to Columbia Scholastic Press Association to be considered for the Gold Circle Awards. We are very proud to announce that Natalie K.'s '19 poem, "Cento: A Love Song for Opera," won first place in the poetry category. Natalie, a senior, is co-editor of Parallax 2019 and an opera singer herself. Big mazal tov!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 4:32:00 PM
Juniors were honored to welcome musicians Sae Hashimoto and Brandon Ilaw who were wonderful. They explored various aspects of percussion ensemble and solo playing with a fascinated audience of Ramaz students. For some, this was the first up-close introduction to many of the instruments used. The music was beautiful and the musicianship at a very high level...
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 1:41:00 PM
The French Culture Club had the honor to host David, the French proprietor and creator of Gourmandises de France, the only Kosher, parve, French patisserie and cafe on the Upper East Side....
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 1:00:00 PM
This year's Purim Mishloach Manot Project was a huge success. Administrators, teachers and students were extremely generous, and we raised over $5,000 dollars. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our Tzedakah and Chesed Committee members, 500 Purim gift bags were packaged with Israeli products. Our goal has been achieved, and we can contribute generously toward the writing of a Sefer Torah in memory of Sam Farkas z"l. We have been given the zechut to have the entire Sefer Shemot written in Sam's honor. We were also able to deliver 35 Purim bags, personally, to the medical staff and families at the Mt. Sinai Pediatric Cardiology Unit. These mitzvot were made possible through the generosity and care of the Upper School participants. Thank you all!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 5:06:00 PM
Shushan Purim was a real "vnahafoch hu" as students traded their sweaters and ties for costumes and masks. The Purim energy was felt throughout the building with faculty, students, and even staff arriving in costume. The administration came prepared in their full Star Trek Regalia! Inflatables and games were all over the gym and auditorium. In addition, there was a photo booth for everyone to capture their crazy costumes. The day ended with a G.O. assembly with a special R.A.M edition of Jeopardy, a Purim Shpiel, and the annual costume contest. To view photos...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:23:00 PM
Ramaz loves to take advantage of our cultural backyard! Upper School students went to the NY Philharmonic to see Jaap van Zweden conduct Brahm's First Symphony. For some, this was their first time at an orchestral concert. Thanks to the Martin and Susan Sanders Family Foundation for Classical Music Enrichment at Ramaz for making the trip possible.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:20:00 PM
Who must hear the Megillah? EVERYONE! ​Diversity at its Best! 21 years ago, a student initiated what is now a longstanding tradition at Ramaz, reading Megillat Esther on Purim night at Lenox Hill/LIJ Hospital for patients, doctors and nurses who are on-call, and visiting families. We never know exactly how many patients will ask for a "private" reading, and freshman Jordan M., sophomore Jeremy B., juniors Avery S. and Zachary B. and alumni Aaron Kohl'13 and Simon Shohet '12 were well prepared. We read for Satmar Chasidim, a Russian immigrant, to two people who were admitted to the Emergency Room, and immediately requested a reading, and to a patient in the ICU for whom Simon had to don a mask and gown which didn't deter him, all in a night's mitzvah work! ...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 12:30:00 PM
Ramaz delegation to AIPAC this year was 21 delegates. Along with 18,000 other pro-Israel American civilians and lawmakers, students had the opportunity to hear from many powerful speakers on topics ranging from Iran's nuclear capabilities, to the growing BDS movement on college campuses, to Congress' role in determining American foreign policy and distributing military and economic aid to Israel. Students also were exposed to many important Israeli start-up businesses and initiatives and had the opportunity to hear inspiring and empowering messages from people including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli leader of the Blue and White Party Benny Gantz, Senators Chuck Schumer, Tammy Duckworth, and James Risch, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and had the chance to meet Ambassador David Friedman! For more on this important activism experience...
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