The Rampage

Interview with Yaakov Shwekey

Interview with Yaakov Shwekey

Josephine Schizer ’20

May 28, 2019

As students from the Ramaz Lower School stream out of the auditorium after enjoying a concert from famed Jewish entertainer Yaakov Shwekey, I venture backstage for a brief conversation with the singer before his next show, which begins in 15 minutes. He’s performing three times today, once for eac...

Technology Update

Technology Update

Zach Buller ’20

May 28, 2019

As society progresses into an age where technology is the cornerstone of people’s lives, Ramaz has the opportunity to advance its technological infrastructure and its integration of technology into students’ and teachers’ lives. The administration must address the technological infrastructure of...

Community At Work: Anna Serur

Community At Work: Anna Serur

David Gerber ’21

May 28, 2019

I have joined Dr. Anna Serur, mother of Leah Serur ’21, on more than a few ski trips, and I can honestly say that it is impossible to keep up with her. Perhaps Dr. Serur’s stamina on the slopes can be attributed to her rigorous role as Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Englewood Hospital. As a clo...

Difficulties of Day School Davening

Difficulties of Day School Davening

Josephine Schizer ’20

May 28, 2019

In a constantly-changing Ramaz schedule, from M day to C day to F day, one thing remains the same: the first 50+ minutes of the day are reserved for davening. These minutes are an important part of school culture, and members of the Ramaz Upper School community have strong and varied opinions about how t...

Mishmar: A Slice of Torah Learning

Mishmar: A Slice of Torah Learning

Samantha Sinensky ’21

May 28, 2019

The Mishmar Program, which offers students the opportunity to participate in Beit Midrash learning after school, has recently been restored under the guidance and leadership of Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz. Students convene once a week to learn Torah without the pressure of grades and assessments. Every Monday n...

One Heartbeat: My Experience in Witness Theater

One Heartbeat: My Experience in Witness Theater

Rebecca Massel ’21

May 9, 2019

A heartbeat. A constant, single beat that keeps you alive. It stops, you stop. Your life depends on it. Over this academic year, I participated in Witness Theater. Every week, seven Holocaust survivors shared their stories with eleven high school students. Hand in hand, they passed their experienc...

Being Happy With What I Have: My Experience on the Mission to Moldova

Being Happy With What I Have: My Experience on the Mission to Moldova

Rebecca Massel ’21

April 4, 2019

Warmth and chills; smiles and tears; laughing and crying; giving and receiving; support and emptiness. These words are the only way to describe my experience on the Ramaz February Break Mission to Moldova. The Jews of Moldova are among the poorest in the world. Without the support of the Jewish ...

Is the Third Language Still Relevant?

Is the Third Language Still Relevant?

Charles Spielfogel ’21

April 4, 2019

Ramaz currently offers French and Spanish as foreign language options, even though other schools offer not only a wider variety of languages (i.e., Arabic and Mandarin being two common ones), but also an opt-out option. Technically speaking, Hebrew serves as our “second language.” Today, there are m...

Is Extra Time Extra?

Is Extra Time Extra?

Natalie Kahn ’19

April 4, 2019

With the emphasis on standardized testing in today’s college process, extra time has moved to the forefront of academic controversies. The well-intended idea behind extra time is to level the playing field for all students. A student who is quite intelligent but who may have a disability that coul...

The Rampage Rorschach Tests the Faculty

The Rampage Rorschach Tests the Faculty

Esti Beck ’19

April 4, 2019

The Rorschach Test, rather unsurprisingly named after its creator, Hermann Rorschach, records subjects’ perceptions of an inkblot and then examines what that reflects about the way they think. What each person sees first when looking at the card and what that person associates with those elements ...

Grey Rock

Grey Rock

Josephine Schizer ’20

April 4, 2019

In January, La MaMa Theater on East 4th street housed a weeklong run of Grey Rock, a play about a Palestinian man building a rocket to send to the moon. The play focuses on the relationships between the five characters as well as the idealism behind the dream of reaching the moon. Grey Rock is written ...

Our Community at Work: The Rabbanis

Our Community at Work: The Rabbanis

David Gerber ’21

February 20, 2019

Many of my Shabbat dinners are spent with Kevin and Ann Rabbani. Mrs. Rabbani is an amazing cook, and Mr. Rabbani is a great host-- yet, despite all the time we’ve spent together, I never knew how they started a successful cosmetic business. At many of our Shabbat dinners, much of the conversation revolve...

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