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Posted Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 2:44:00 PM
Please RSVP and place your journal ad TODAY. Please join us in celebrating our Mission of Mesnchlichkeit at the Ramaz Annual Dinner on Sunday, January 13, at 5PM. Honoring Sherry and Neil Cohen. To register, please click...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 2:44:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE -Tu B'Shevat-MLK Jr. Day- On Monday, January 21, from 3-5pm, JNF will lead us in special projects for grades K-6 followed by a special Tu B'Shevat celebration! ​Details to follow....
Posted Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 2:43:00 PM
Grade 3 students, parents, and siblings are invited to prepare and braid challah and participate in the mitzvah of hafrashat challah in honor of Shabbat Shira on Thursday, January 31, from 4:30PM -5:30PM in the Lower School Lunchroom ​Englander Education Center, 125 East 85th Street, NYC. Saba's Pizza will be served. Please advise if your child has any dietary restrictions. Chairs: Liat Bengio and Marian Gross Please RSVP to parentscouncil@ramaz.org
Posted Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 2:42:00 PM
PIA Parents In Action TEEN SCENE - For over three decades Teen Scene has provided parents with insights into what life is like for NYC independent high school students. Join as this year's panel of 16 teens speak openly on a range of topics that affect their lives: academics, stress, parties, vaping, drinking, drugs, consent, and juggling commitments. Monday, February 11, 6-8PM at Trinity School, 101 West 91st Street, NYC To register...
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 Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 11:50:00 AM
Just before winter break, Lower School students participated in the Cooperative Games Unit. They played a variety of games that required good teamwork, sportsmanship, communication, and menschlichkeit! One game, called "Island Hop," was a favorite among all classes! The students had to travel from their home island to a new island on the other side of the gym, using only a few pieces of equipment. They were given a noodle, a poly-spot, and a "magic carpet" and had to work as a team to move forward without touching the floor. It was great to see the students work so well together to reach their goal.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 11:32:00 AM
Before winter break several Middle School classes had the opportunity to visit the ECC. They enjoyed reading and playing with the younger students and collaborating while building and playing! This was a wonderful chance to foster inter-divisional connections between Ramaz students!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 11:31:00 AM
Over the past couple of months, several 8th grade volunteers have been making challah and selling it to the MS community in order to raise funds for various charities. Over time, they've been perfecting their recipes and selling out quickly! Challot go on sale most Thursday afternoons at dismissal - don't miss out!
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 Friday, Dec 28, 2018 10:36:00 AM
In this week's parasha, Parashat Shemot, the Torah introduces us to the most illustrious figure in all of Tanakh, Moshe Rabbeinu. As those students who pass through our Middle School learn, Moshe is raised away from his birth parents, yet finds a connection to his people at a relatively young age, standing up for those who are downtrodden or bullied...
Posted Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 9:28:00 AM
This week, we read the final parasha of ספר בראשית. Jacob is living the last 17 years of his life. Before his passing, he makes Joseph take an oath that he will bury his body in Israel. Jacob blesses Joseph's' two sons,מנשה ואפרים elevating them to the same level as his own sons by giving them each their own tribe. Jacob also gives each of his sons a blessing, assigning to each their role as a tribe...
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 Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 8:43:00 PM
The 8th graders were privileged to hear a riveting address from Mrs. Bronia Brandman. A native of western Poland, Mrs. Brandman lost almost her entire family to the Nazis, and she herself is a child survivor of Auschwitz. The students heard Mrs. Brandman describe her life before the war, surrounded by cousins and other extended family members, and how she worshiped her older sister, Mila...
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 8:35:00 PM
Students in K-Zahav love to read books! After examining their choices and taking a class vote, the children chose to study author Frank Asch. They read some of his books while learning about space, and when the question was posed as to which author to study, Frank Asch was the clear winner...
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:21:00 PM
The second Tier 2 opening round game featured The Ramaz School from NYC v. Yeshivat Shaare Torah from Brooklyn, NY. Ramaz started off strong and built up a sizable lead in the first half. Shaare Torah eventually got their game back and closed a ten point gap to a 19-15 deficit at half time. In the second half, Shaare Torah started to take command and built up a small lead. Ramaz was determined and tied the game. With less than a minute left, Shaare Torah hit a basket to take the lead. The Ramaz last second attempt fell short and Shaare Torah moved on to the Championship Game by a final score of 39-38....
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:17:00 PM
The 5th graders just finished learning perek bet in Sefer Shemot. Led by Morah Ruthie, the students put on a play to show what they learned. Each class made their own costumes and took on different roles. As the narrator read the perek, the students acted out the scenes. The students had such a great time preparing and presenting the play to various staff members in school.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:15:00 PM
Shabbat energy has been profoundly felt throughout the Middle School on Fridays as the students either start or end the day with a soulful Pre-Shabbat Kumzits. The students gather and sing songs led by Rabbi Hagler and Morah Dasi. A student then delivers a meaningful Dvar Torah. Following the words of Torah, students conclude with a Shabbat inspired meal such as potato kugel or parve chulent!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:14:00 PM
With the eighth grade trip to Israel quickly approaching, students began preparing by learning about some of the organizations and the volunteering that they will be a part of. This week, a representative from Pantry Packers came to speak about what it means to give tzedakah (and who the the real beneficiaries are.) The representative explained how the organization helps feed many undernourished Jews in Israel....
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 2:07:00 PM
With Winter Break just days away, everyone is eagerly awaiting the upcoming time off. Last week, as part of our end-of-semester wrap up, each of our students received awesome "Mensch Madness" swag to enjoy and keep them warm through the next few winter months. It was a nice surprise for our students - and also a chance for them to proudly display our Mission of Menschlichkeit wherever they go...
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