The Rampage

New Minyanim, in Person and over Zoom

New Minyanim, in Person and over Zoom

Charles Spielfogel ’21

April 5, 2020

“See different” is this year’s theme at Ramaz. Members of the Ramaz community utilize this mission statement as they take initiative to implement new minyanim at Ramaz. Grade-wide student-led Ashkenaz minyanim are standard for students. In addition, Ramaz offers a Sephardic minyan for all four...

College in the Times of Corona

College in the Times of Corona

Rebecca Massel ’21 and Charles Spielfogel ’21

April 5, 2020

Applying to college is uncharted territory for every high schooler. But for this year’s juniors and seniors, the college process has become like traveling through an unmapped sea. As COVID-19 has spread throughout the country, colleges have closed their doors and begun to change their policies. High ...

Coronavirus: A Tale of Three Rabbis

Coronavirus: A Tale of Three Rabbis

Caitlin Levine ’21

April 5, 2020

On March 11, 2020, Head of School Mr. Jonathan Cannon sent out a school-wide email to all Ramaz parents, faculty, staff, and students explaining that school would be closed on Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13. At that time, no confirmed cases of Coronavirus were reported within the Ramaz community, but...

Cookie Crunch: Bring Back Cookie Classroom Deliveries!

Cookie Crunch: Bring Back Cookie Classroom Deliveries!

William Kremer ’21

April 3, 2020

Yet another reason Ramaz students claim to miss school during our current period of social distancing is their love for the school’s famous chocolate chip cookies. Everyone can agree that a highlight of coming into school on Fridays is not only sharing excitement in the nearing weekend but also in...

A Guide to the Unofficial Ramaz Instagram Accounts

A Guide to the Unofficial Ramaz Instagram Accounts

William Kremer ’21

April 3, 2020

Ramaz students can’t get enough of Instagram and the school has several official accounts including @ramazschool, @ramazparentscouncil, @ramazalumni, and @jonathandcannon to keep everyone updated. Just when students thought they were following them all, now there are more handles devoted to life at...

Is the Senior Lounge Really Only for Seniors?

Is the Senior Lounge Really Only for Seniors?

Daniel Kalimi '23

April 3, 2020

Every person who has been on the fourth floor knows that the fourth-floor lounge is the senior lounge. Usually, the lounge is full of seniors, and only seniors. It is very rare to see anyone who isn’t a senior in the lounge, and if an underclassman makes it in, then they probably won’t be there ...

The Effect of COVID-19 on my Religious Community

The Effect of COVID-19 on my Religious Community

Clemi Roth '22

April 1, 2020

Community is arguably one of the most important aspects of Judaism. We gather during times of celebration, for brit milot, b’nai mitzvah, and weddings. These major life events are not the only times when the community comes together. We connect with each other for all life events. Shiva connects peo...

Online Testing Amidst Coronavirus Social Distancing

Online Testing Amidst Coronavirus Social Distancing

Emily Mullakandov '21

March 29, 2020

Due to this COVID-19 pandemic, Ramaz is just one of the many schools to shut down in response to the outbreak and administer classes online. Despite the sudden halt to our regular  lives, school must continue. For many schools, that means maintaining a regular test schedule. Ramaz in particular takes great...

Everything You Need to Know About the Early Decision Process

Everything You Need to Know About the Early Decision Process

Samantha Sinensky ’21

February 6, 2020

Every December, thousands of  nervous high school seniors anxiously await the verdict from their early-decision (ED), early-action (EA), and restrictive early action (REA) college applications. While these decisions are released around the same time, months prior to the regular decision releases in Ap...

Is the New Makeup Policy Effective?

Is the New Makeup Policy Effective?

Isaac Silverman '21

February 5, 2020

This year, a new policy was established for the test makeup system: students are only allowed to take a maximum of three makeup tests per semester. At first, there were mixed reactions to this policy. This worried a majority of students, not just those who had previously taken advantage of the system i...

Spotlight on Decor Chair Rachel Araten

Spotlight on Decor Chair Rachel Araten

Caitlin Levine ’21

February 5, 2020

For the past three years, Rachel Araten ’20 has served as Ramaz Decor Chair. This is a very unique position that Ramaz is proud to offer to artistically talented and creative students as part of the school’s concerted effort to enhance the students’ environment and thereby boost the overall exper...

Is The Talmud Paper Necessary?

Is The Talmud Paper Necessary?

Tammy Palagi '21 and Avigail DuPont '21

February 5, 2020

With a precedent set beginning first semester last year, all juniors are now required to write a Judaic Studies paper in their Talmud classes. Ramaz students are no strangers to history papers, but the feeling amongst many juniors is that the addition of the new Judaic Studies paper is an unnecessary...

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