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Bridging boundaries: Arab-Israeli delegation interacts with juniors

Bridging boundaries: Arab-Israeli delegation interacts with juniors

Aliza Rabinovitz, Reporter
April 12
Filed under Features, News, Showcase

CESJDS juniors had the opportunity to learn about Israel outside of the classroom when the Spark of Change Foundation delegation joined them on their Shabbaton this year. The delegation consisted of four Northern Israeli teenagers: two Arabs and two Jews, who arrived on Thursday, March 31 and left...

Students participate in Families in Action Day

Students participate in Families in Action Day

Rina Torchinsky, Features Editor
April 12
Filed under News

As freshman Hallel Samson scooped horse dung at a local horse farm, others wrote letters to sick children, taught the elderly to use technology or made bracelets to give to homeless children as part of CESJDS’ form of the Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day, known as Families in Action Day The JDS parent...

New high school principal meets with students

New high school principal meets with students

Sara Sporkin, Reporter
April 8
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

New High School Principal Marc Lindner visited the Upper School on Wednesday, March 30, and took the opportunity to speak with high school students during lunch. During Lindner’s visit with over 20 high school students, he asked them about themselves and what they liked about CESJDS. He also asked...

StandWithUs representative speaks to students about Israel advocacy

StandWithUs representative speaks to students about Israel advocacy

Aliza Rabinovitz, Reporter
March 26
Filed under News, Showcase

When Miri Kornfeld, the StandWithUs Executive Director of High School Affairs, graduated from a Jewish day school and entered her freshman year of college, she was shocked and unsure of how to respond when anti-Israel messages began appearing around her campus. After joining and later becoming president of...

CESJDS at AIPAC conference 2016

CESJDS at AIPAC conference 2016

Noah Green and Ilan Cohen
March 24
Filed under News, Showcase

graphic by Talia Denicoff

ISearch essay moved to senior year

ISearch essay moved to senior year

Sara Sporkin, Reporter
March 21
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

As part of the ongoing reorganization of the English curriculum, the ISearch essay will be moved from the fall semester of junior year to the fall of senior year. This year, juniors at the advanced level took a Rhetoric and Composition class in the fall semester during which they wrote the ISearch, a...

Innovation Center for Robotics and Design coming to Upper School

Innovation Center for Robotics and Design coming to Upper School

Joel Vardon, Sports Editor
March 11
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

This summer, an Innovations Center for Robotics and Design will be added to the Upper School building. This new center is part of an initiative to strengthen the school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. STEM will become a more significant part of the high school, ref...

Springing toward the future

Springing toward the future

Rina Torchinsky, Features Editor
March 11
Filed under News

In the 1960s, leaders in the Washington Jewish community set out on a mission to form a conservative Jewish day school for the future. Fifty years later, CESJDS will launch a fundraising initiative to plan for the 50 years to come. The “Building Our Future” endowment campaign, officially beginning ...

Superhero mom: Laurie Strongin’s volunteer work recognized by People magazine

Superhero mom: Laurie Strongin’s volunteer work recognized by People magazine

Addie Bard, Reporter
March 11
Filed under News

Every week, People magazine’s “Heroes Among Us” column recognizes ordinary citizens for their inspiring stories and courageous actions. On Jan. 28, CESJDS parent Laurie Strongin was honored as the Hero Among Us due to her hard work and dedication to the organization she founded 12 years ago: Hope ...

A taste of Upper School life

A taste of Upper School life

Amelia Davidson, Reporter
February 26
Filed under News, Showcase

Each year, the sixth grade class spends a day at the Upper School as an introduction to what life as a middle-schooler is like. This week, however, was the first time that fifth-graders toured the building as well. Both the sixth grade visit on Feb. 18 and the fifth grade visit on Feb. 25  introduc...

Class of 2016 graduation

Class of 2016 graduation

Noy Dahan, Photo Editor
February 18
Filed under News, Showcase

The Class of 2016 graduated on Feb. 7 at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Check out photos from graduation below.

Avant Assessment Hebrew Test: a step to strengthen the Hebrew curriculum

Avant Assessment Hebrew Test: a step to strengthen the Hebrew curriculum

Isaac Silber, News Editor
February 17
Filed under News

CESJDS students in grades five to 10 are in the process of taking the Avant Assessment Hebrew Test to gauge each student's proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are taking the test as part of a multi-year retooling of the Hebrew department. JDS is redesigning its Hebre...