News From Ramaz
At 5pm, on November 20th, 35 American Veterans of War from Samaratin Village filed into the Upper School Kaufman Auditorium to dine, schmooze, and enjoy time together with us. Thirty students joined the festivities, and were hosts extraordinaire, and Dr. Rotenberg joined the festivities too!
The evening was introduced by Senior Cameryn G. with an extraordinary and stirring rendition of Hallelujah, and seniors Nathan H. and Isaac M. not only accompanied Cameryn, but also played solo pieces on the piano and guitar. The audience responded with loud applause and cheers. Our students were overwhelmed and humbled by the number of thank-yous they received, not really understanding why they deserved so much recognition. Sophomore Rebecca M. took great care to decorate the tables with pumpkins, acorns, colorful leaves, and brightly colored cloths. The spirit and genuine warmth that exuded was remarkable, a night of THANKS-GIVING that enabled us to actualize our values.
On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, we received the following note from Bobby, a Navy veteran, -- an inspiring message that speaks volumes for our students.
My name is Robert Wadiak. Bobby if you will. I had the pleasure of being your guest on the evening of November 20, 2018. It was a true honor and pleasure to meet both the faculty and staff of your fine institution. I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with each and every student that I both met and observed throughout the evening. Your students struck me as highly intelligent and sincere in their feelings towards all of us. It was very heartwarming in the society we live in today to meet such fine young ladies and gentlemen. Whatever you are doing at your school please don't stop or change a thing. Your students and are our future. From what I saw and heard from them I can sleep better knowing that they will soon be running things in our wonderful country. I am a former elected official in another state who has never been at a loss of words as far as I can remember. The feelings of genuine caring and concern shown towards me from all the students, literally, put me at a loss of words when asked to speak. Trust me, that is no small feat, as I have given speeches to crowds numbering in the hundreds. It is with sincere gratitude that I write this letter of thanks. If there is ever anyway that I could help with anything please do not hesitate to contact me. You made this old sailor feel a way he has not felt in a long time and for that I will be eternally grateful. In closing I would just like to say. In Aaron's words in Numbers 6:22-27:
יְבָרֶכְךָ ה' וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
יָאֵר ה' פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
יִשָּׂא ה' פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
Ye'varech'echa Adonoy ve'yish'merecha.
Ya'ir Adonoy panav eilecha viy-chuneka.
Yisa Adonoy panav eilecha, ve'yasim lecha shalom.
The evening's program was made possible through a generous sponsorship, "In Loving Memory of Our Father Lenny Spodek and brother-in-law Gary Turkel."