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Ramaz Upper School students are inspired, guided, and advised as they grow academically, personally, religiously, and spiritually.  Ramaz students gain confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond and through our dynamic curriculum, outstanding teaching and expansive co curricular program, they develop a sense of responsibility for the Jewish people, all Americans, and all humankind.

 Rabbi Aaron Frank's Blog - Mifrasim  מפרשים

“To reach a port, we must sail, sometimes with the wind, sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.”

This quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes, talks about sails, mifrasim, מפרשים, and should speak to each of us as adults, parents and educators as we work to navigate our lives and parents and educators. The education and raising of a child is a precious balance. 

Sometimes we have to work on the child’s terms in order to achieve success. We have to lean in and sail with the wind along with our child’s interests, nature and personality in order to help facilitate growth and learning. 

There are other times where we have to push against our child’s natural tendencies, to push against the wind to help most. While we have to provide the safety nets of love and support, we sometimes have to prod children to push deeper or wider and to go beyond their comfort zones. There are no easy answers as to when to lean into the wind and when to push against it, but we must still strive to consistently move forward. Drifting or lying at anchor is not an option. 

This monthly blog is meant to be a catalyst for learning, collaboration and conversation as we all work together to best navigate our paths and help our most precious treasures, our children and students, reach their own ports and reach their potential.

Upper School News

Eleventh Graders Host a Panel, Take a Trip, and Engage in Chesed to Learn About Food Production

Eleventh graders truly took advantage of NYC as their classroom when they visited Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx with their teacher, Rabbi Josh Blaustein. This is the largest produce market in the world and supplies at least 60% of all the produce consumed in NYC. Students got to meet the market's CEO and hear about market operations, and then they walked...

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Hebrew Students Write and Present Scripts to Enhance Learning about Israel's War of Attrition

Over the last term, the junior Hebrew students have been learning about Israel's War of Attrition (1967-1970). The classes discussed Israelis' different attitudes toward the war and the culture that emerged as a response to it. The students watched the 1987 Israeli movie Late Summer Blues, which takes place during the war and focuses...

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Upper School Library Hosts a Special Guest Lecture on a Jewish Legendary Sportscaster

In the latest installment of the new series "הספריה מארחת" (“The library hosts”), Yeshiva University professor and Ramaz alumnus Jeffrey Gurock '67 spoke to a group of parents, students and faculty about his new book, Marty Glickman: The Life of an American Jewish Sports Legend. Rabbi Josh Lookstein '88 introduced the speaker as...

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Watch the Video: Ramaz Chamber Choir Travels to Florida for Three Unforgettable Days of Concerts

The Upper School Chamber Choir took an amazing trip all the way to Florida for three days of performances and fun. On the first night, they performed a concert for an audience that included 36 Ramaz alumni! Other performances included singing at Miami Jewish Health Nursing Home, Posnack Hochberg Prep, Jewish Leadership Academy Miami...

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See the Photos: Students Take Risks and Wow the Audience at Celebration of the Arts

The ultimate venue for self-expression, Celebration of the Arts showcased the talent of several Upper School students throughout visual, literary, and performing arts. Mentored by a team of faculty advisors and supported by a senior student committee, our exuberant students expressed themselves in a celebration of creativity and artistic achievement. The walls of the auditorium...

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Students Go on an Extracurricular to See Broadway's Great Gatsby

New Upper School librarian Dr. Daniel Stein Kokin organized a student trip to see the hit Broadway musical The Great Gatsby on April 10. Not only were students excited to see such an incredible production, but Ramaz juniors have recently read the eponymous novel, so they were especially excited to see how the novel was adapted into...

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Seniors Hold Their Last "Moth" Storytelling Event and Focus on "Exits and Entrances"

The seniors held their final Moth event of their Ramaz careers. The Moth is an oral storytelling project begun in 1997 in which storytellers craft a personal story on a chosen theme and share it with others, and Ramaz students participate in their own Moth program every year with their grades. The senior event focused on the theme of "Exits and Entrances"...

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"Shakespeare and Comedy" Students Perform Laugh-out-Loud "15-Minute Hamlet" for Peers

Dr. Edith Honig's  “Shakespeare and Comedy” class presented the 2024 installment of its annual “15-Minute Hamlet” show! During homeroom, these bold students gathered in the sixth-floor lounge complete with costumes, props, sound effects, and a memorized script. They performed Tom Stoppard’s hilarious Shakespeare mini-parody for anyone who wished...

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