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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.
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM
The 11th grade had the exciting opportunity to visit the Jewish Museum this past month to see the new highly acclaimed exhibit, "Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922." The exhibit offers a rare opportunity to explore a little-known chapter in the history of modernity and the Russian avant-garde. It shows through art how Jews viewed the Russian Revolution and the hope and freedom of expression that they thought it would bring. Students had exclusive access to the Museum, and listened to a lecture by Dr. Bernstein, Upper School History Teacher, about the period and exhibit, followed by group tours and a project. To view photos, please click...
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:42:00 AM
This past month, the Ramaz Upper School and New York NCSY paired up for a Midnight Run to help those currently homeless on the streets of NYC. At the conclusion of the fast of Asara b'Tevet, 20 students returned to school for dinner followed by the preparation and packaging of food and sorting of clothing for those in need. The students traveled with the goods around the East Side stopping in four different locations to meet, help, and distribute the food and clothing. Along the way, students met many people in need of toiletries so in a tremendous #MenschMoment they took the initiative to request to stop at the local drugstore to pick up personal items to give to the next group of people they met. The event was a lot of fun and most importantly the students were able to help many people. They left the night feeling empowered to continue to positively impact the lives of others around them through chesed! Special thanks to the Ash family and United Legwear for their donations to this program. To view a touching video, please click...
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:41:00 AM
Recently, the Ramaz US hosted Yossi Klein Halevi in dialogue with Imam Abdullah Antepli from Duke University, as part of the Shalom Hartman Institute MLI, Muslim Leadership Initiative. The speakers, who were in dialogue with our own Rabbi Elie Weinstock, a participant in Hartman's Rabbinic Leadership Initiative, spoke to students about the importance of building interfaith relationships...
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:41:00 AM
Twelve Ramaz alumni returned to the Upper School for the Annual Ramaz Alumni-Senior Career Showcase. Each alumnus/a was there to represent a different professional industry and to guide and inspire seniors as they begin to figure out their career interests and goals. Students attended two sessions with the alumni/industry of their choice and then the entire grade convened in the auditorium for a panel discussion with all of the alumni representatives...
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:40:00 AM
This fall, pink frosted donuts, wrist bands, caps, tension footballs, and bandanas were sold to raise funds to support cancer research and to celebrate "the cure." All of the items were carefully chosen by the dedicated members of the Chesed Committee...
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 Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:39:00 AM
This year's Freshmen Shabbaton was a great success! Students started off the day with a special breakfast - including donuts and hot chocolate. They quickly loaded buses and went to the Bogota Golf Center, where they participated in Bank Shot basketball, batting cages, mini golf, and a driving range. After hanging out and playing some sports, students went straight to the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, where they had an amazing lunch and some time to prepare for Shabbat...
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:39:00 AM
Upper School students have been analyzing data from CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, as part of a high-energy physics experiment. Students have been looking for so-called "di-muon" events, in which particles called di-muons are produced in proton-proton collisions. The experiment is designed to study and support the Standard Model, which is a theory that tells us what particles the world is made of on the sub-atomic level. Ramaz is one of the few dozen schools around the world participating in this data analysis.
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:38:47 AM
Thirteen students, Ms. Benel, and Rabbi Albo spent part of their Presidents' week vacation answering the call of Hineni. They departed from JFK Airport for San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a Chesed-Service Mission to help clean up and meet people affected by last September's Hurricane Maria. They worked with a group of teenagers from the group PR4PR ...
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:37:35 AM
The US Women in STEM club hosted two speakers, Dr. Sarah Schlesinger Hirschfeld and Ms. Sarah Malamut '13. Dr. Schlesinger described how she decided to pursue a career in science, obtain an MD, work in research and how she now heads the clinical investigations at Rockefeller University....
Posted Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 10:04:00 PM
In anticipation of this evening's hockey games, to be played by the JV and Varsity hockey teams of Ramaz and SAR to support the incomparable work of the Alan T Brown Foundation, Mrs. Fran Brown, the founder and president of the Foundation, and Ramaz alumnus Ethan Stein '10, Chair of the ATBF's Young Professional Board, spoke to the junior and senior students...
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 8:46:00 PM
Nine senior students who elected to register for a new course, Service Learning, are meeting and speaking with people who have made unparalleled contributions to communities that few of us have on our radar. Students were introduced to Malawi in Africa to learn about dedicated and principled individuals who are determined, against all odds, to design and successfully implement "inventions" that while using the most up-to-date entrepreneurial principles, address devastating conditions: hunger, widespread health threats, climate change causing droughts, erratic growing seasons causing volatile economies, and poor education,
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 2:36:00 PM
The annual Ramaz Shakespeare Recital Competition took place this week at the Upper School. There was a small, but strong, field of competitors who each presented a soliloquy of at least 20 lines from one of Shakespeare's plays. Contestants were judged by the English department on the following criteria: a) conveying an understanding of the speech, 2) memorization, 3) acting ability. Elegant refreshments were served. The winner, who will receive a volume containing the complete works of Shakespeare, was Basia F-D, who performed a speech by Rosalind from As You Like It ​- congratulations!
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 2:02:00 PM
The Sport Report is the Ramaz magazine dedicated to all things sports. Professional or college, high school or Olympic, playoffs or fantasy, anything is fair game. Articles include serious analytical breakdowns of students' favorite teams and players, as well as more soccer coverage than any American needs!
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 1:26:00 PM
Dr. Sarah Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Clinical Investigation and a Senior Attending Physician at Rockefeller University, and Ramaz LS parent, addressed the entire junior grade as part of their series of ethics talks. Dr. Hirschfeld chairs the Rockefeller University Institutional Review Board and the research education and training committee. She spoke to the students about a few specific cases and about public genetic testing.
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 11:12:00 AM
The Business Investment Club (BIC) had the privilege of hearing from Dr. Michael Goldberg '76, a Ramaz graduate (and parent of Isiah '19) who is currently a Partner at Altitude Investment Management, a growth equity fund. Dr. Goldberg graduated medical school at 23, however he realized he did not want to practice medicine...
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:31:00 PM
The ReSurf mission is to help underprivileged children all over the world through surfing! The ReSurf Club at Ramaz is a way for student leaders to mentor troubled youth in the area and give them a sense of belonging, worth, and community. ReSurf clubs are run in many schools across the country and we're proud to have a club at our school. At our last ReSurf club meeting, we painted two surfboards that were donated to us. After displaying the boards at the ReSurf Chanukah event in Long Beach, NY, the boards have been donated to the children at the MLK Youth Center to use whenever they'd like.
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 8:38:00 PM
Last week, the senior students in our Service Learning and Design Thinking courses, met with Ms. Anna Hanau, one half of the couple behind Grow & Behold, an 8-year-old company bringing premium pastured kosher meats (OU certified) to customers across the United States, and to many in our school! Grow & Behold's products include: beef, chicken, lamb, veal, duck, and turkey - all are raised outdoors on pasture with no hormones or antibiotics, and shipped all over the United States....
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...
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