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Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 10:14:00 PM
To mark Kristallnacht, the Upper School held special programming for each grade. Freshmen heard from Rabbi Lookstein, sophomores heard from Ms. Katherine Meade, Director of Education at The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, and juniors and seniors heard from Kristallnacht witness and Holocaust survivor, Mrs. Ruth Zimbler....
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 9:31:00 PM
On Monday morning, Upper School students paid tribute to our American veterans. A guest veteran addressed each grade, at their respective minyan. The veterans shared their personal reasons for serving and our students were in awe of their humility, their dedication to serve, and how relatable they each were....
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 2:15:00 PM
In this week's lecture on "Measuring Meaning with Scale and Context", Mr. Klotz discussed our place in the Universe, in both spatial and temporal contexts. The lecture started by ranging over the spatial scale from microscopic to macroscopic, with a discussion of the origin and ultimate fate of the very atoms we are made of. Participants examined the earth in the context of the sizes of other astronomical objects, and in the context of the origin, evolution, and fate of the Universe. The lecture finished with a discussion of life in the Universe, including the likelihood of life existing elsewhere and the many fine-tuned preconditions without which life on earth – or anywhere – would not be possible.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 12:15:00 PM
Last week, the Upper School's Sephardi Culture Club took a trip to the historical Spanish Portuguese Synagogue on the Upper West Side. The students received a private tour and historical guide by the synagogue's program manager. They learned about the history of the community and had a chance to see artifacts that are still being used from precolonial times -- when the first 23 members established the community in 1643...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 11:31:00 AM
Upper School students have been analyzing data from CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research as part of a high-energy physics experiment. The students are 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. There are a few dozen schools around the world participating in this data analysis.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 11:20:00 AM
Last week, Ms. Barak's Honors Modern Israel Senior class trekked crosstown to the Manhattan JCC, to participate in the opening night of the annual "Other Israeli Film Festival." This week-long festival featured over twelve Hebrew or Arabic films and documentaries open to the general public. As the founder stressed on opening night, the festival aims to present films that inspire conversation. Stemming from the name "Other Film Festival," each film offers a unique perspective from the minorities in Israel, especially the Palestinian minority. To spark these conversations, each film concluded with an in-depth look at the film and the meaning of some of the artistic choices. My classmates and I got to have one such conversation with a creative mind who worked behind the camera -- Tzahi Grad, one of the movie directors of The Cousin....
Posted Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 4:48:00 PM
​This past Saturday night, Ramaz was honored to host close to 500 families for an Open House and inside look into the key Ramaz values and opportunities that we hold so dear!
Posted Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 9:24:00 PM
On Election Day, the Upper School students held club presentations featuring a Model Congress booth which encouraged students to submit their predictions on the outcome of the national congress elections. Students gathered in the auditorium during lunch to cast their predictions, debate friends on the biggest election issues, and even take a Fake News quiz...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 9:02:00 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, Nov 7, 2018 8:44:00 PM
Quinta. 5, an Israeli mixed A cappella group consisting of five singers performed for the Junior grade this week. The group has achieved great recognition both in Israel and around the world, and today they are at the forefront of the contemporary A cappella scene in Israel. This past summer, Quinta 5 visited the Shalva National Center in Jerusalem and sang together with the lead singers of the Shalva Band, a most inspiring experience....
Posted Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 1:39:00 PM
This week's Upper School community lecture on Measuring Meaning with Scale and Context explored the notion of making meaning -- moving from an epistemological approach to a semiotic approach. Dr. Gaylord talked about how Emily Dickinson's poetry shows an evolution in her thinking about God -- from being dependent on a traditional version of God to feeling as though human beings are responsible for making meaning out of the raw material that God gives us...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 9:32:00 PM
Picture a room full of over 400 high school students and faculty, dressed in blue, sitting in complete silence. This was the atmosphere of the Ramaz Upper School Commemoration of the Pittsburgh Tragedy. On Monday, October 29, two days after the murder of eleven Jews in the Tree of Life Synagogue, the school held an assembly to commemorate the lives lost, pray for those who were injured, and unite against anti-Semitism....
Posted Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 9:09:00 PM
Seven sophomore students, Elan A., Arielle B., Lauren L., Tammy P., Yehudit R., Gabrielle O., and Jonathan S., navigated the rush-hour subway and speedily made it to 49th and 1st to arrive at the German Consulate by 4:30, after school on Monday. They joined a large number of adults to "bear witness" and take part in a unique presentation, a Commemoration Program of the 80th Anniversary of Pogromnacht (Kristallnacht)...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 2:39:00 PM
This week, 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 Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 9:08:00 PM
This past Friday, 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 Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 9:00:00 PM
The Ulpianada is a problem solving competition based on math skills and logical reasoning for Orthodox high school girls. Now in its sixth year in Israel, this is the third year that the Ulpaniada is international. Girls from Orthodox high schools worldwide are invited to participate...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 3:30:00 PM
This week 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 Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 3:24:00 PM
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 Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 3:17:00 PM
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 fabulous Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, where they had an amazing lunch and some time to prepare for Shabbat...
Posted Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 3:10:00 PM
Juniors heard from Dr. Rivka Shaulson, a veterinarian at Columbia University Medical Center who works with animals used in science research. This is the first in a series of speakers for the junior grade relating to ethics...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 11:35:00 PM
Yesterday, 200 of our Ramaz Upper School senior and junior students joined the greater Jewish community for a memorial gathering in memory of Ari Fuld z"l outside of the Israeli Consulate. To watch a video, please click...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 2:36:00 PM
Ramaz juniors had the honor and special opportunity to hear from former VP of the Israeli Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein about the moral and ethical questions he faced while serving as Attorney General of Medinat Yisrael.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 9:41:00 PM
Ms. Fran Cohen, Team Shalva Marathon Director, met on Tuesday with interested juniors and seniors, and presented an informational session. The two short videos that were shown are ones to be seen by everyone; they leave the viewer in awe of people who, against all odds, built a remarkable organization, Shalva, because they were and remain dedicated to the ethos that everything starts with the desire for a better, more inclusive, world...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 2:33:00 PM
Congratulations to Parallax, the US literary and art magazine, on being awarded the Gold Medal achievement status as well as the prestigious Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association of Columbia University. Congrats to the editors and faculty advisors...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 2:32:00 PM
This year's Club Fair was special as it was combined with Chol HaMoed Sukkot festivities. The Club Fair was hosted in the classrooms adjacent to the Sukkah, and allowed students to merge the energy of Club Fair with the simcha of Sukkot. The fair was lively, loud, but most significantly, informative...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 12:49:00 PM
Don't miss this #MenschMoment! Ramaz students, parents, and faculty are encouraged to join thousands of women and men gathering in New York City to participate in the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk. Hundreds of Sharsheret volunteers, friends, and family members will come together to form Team Sharsheret for this breast cancer awareness event. Join us on Sunday, October 14, at 8AM at the 69th Street and 5th Avenue Central Park Entrance...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 11:55:00 PM
Students participated in the Upper School's Chol HaMoed Sukkot Harvesting Day, celebrating the gifts of the earth. They reaped the ripened vegetables on Hazon's 10 acres of fields and fulfilled an important mitzvah! The cabbage and kale students gathered had to be harvested, otherwise these vegetables would have wasted away. Student volunteers also had to guarantee their dedicated Hazon educators that their fresh produce would be given to people who need nourishing food....
Posted Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 11:54:00 PM
Hadar Goldin, z"l, a Lieutenant in the Givati Brigade of the IDF was killed on August 1, 2014 by Hamas terrorists, two hours after a cease-fire was declared in the Protective Edge War in Gaza, מִבְצָע צוּק אֵיתָן. The Hamas terrorist organization kidnapped his body and, in death, Hadar has become a symbol for tens of thousands of Israelis. The Hebrew, עוז וענוה, strength and humility, the words that adorned the strap of his gun, so characterized Hadar, his eagerness to get up and do for others....
Posted Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 10:25:00 PM
Sukkot is a holiday strongly connected to the earth and agriculture. We are connected directly to Hashem by viewing the heavens through the sechach. The feeling of continuity is thus through nature, and the cyclical nature of nature is highlighted on Simchat Torah when we finish the Torah and immediately start again with Bereishit. The Environmental Club, along with our faculty advisor, Ms. Benel, is dedicated to preserving these creations and continuing this holy work...
Posted Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 12:24:00 AM
Erev Yom Tov, student volunteers walked to the hospital carrying the colorful circle garlands they had prepared, along with their homemade signs. They added a few store bought paper lanterns, and JNF pictures of vegetables, all ready for harvest. The 10 foot, student designed, cloth banner was brought too...
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