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From Houston to China: Two Exciting Ramaz Upper School Events

March 22, 2012

The innovative co-curricular programs offered to Ramaz Upper School students expand their world view and create opportunities for them to dialogue on important issues.

On Friday morning, March 23, immediately following tefilah at 8:30AM, a special program will educate students about the recent controversy involving Houston’s Beren Academy‘s request to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools to move a championship basketball game scheduled on Shabbat.

We are honored to host Ramaz parent and attorney Mr. Daniel Edelman as well as constitutional attorneys Mr. Nathan Lewin and Ms. Alyza Lewin, who filed the federal lawsuit that resulted in the change of date of the game so that the Orthodox day school’s team could compete.

Mr. Edelman’s article in this week’s Jewish Week was sent in advance to our students that they could be more informed about the controversy and, as such, greatly appreciate this presentation and this special opportunity to learn about the challenges of the case from such outstanding litigators.

The Upper School’s annual Book Day will be held next Wednesday, March 28. This year’s selection is Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. The book is a semi-autobiographical novel that which tells the story of two teenagers sent to be reeducated in a Chinese farming village after the Cultural Revolution. The many varied sessions available to students throughout the day include topics such as China’s controversial labor history, martial arts, defining personal identity, human rights and censorship in China, Chinese food, and calligraphy. Sessions are led both by Ramaz faculty and outside experts.

For more about this year’s Book Day, see the article and accompanying videos on Ramaz.TV!

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