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Live Vigil for Yom HaShoah

Live Vigil for Yom HaShoah

James Schlackman, Director of Information Technology
May 5, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

In honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the sophomore class is holding a vigil to remember those who were lost in the Holocaust. Watch the live vigil below:    ...

Fellows from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy speak to junior class

Fellows from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy speak to junior class

Talia Denicoff, News Editor
April 18, 2016
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Two fellows of The Washington Institute, a think tank which promotes policies for peace in the Middle East, came to speak to the junior class about the Arab-Israeli conflict on April 12. The two speakers were David Makovsky, an American Jew, and Ghaith al-Omari, an Arab. Makovsky previously worked as a...

A temporary move

A temporary move

Talia Denicoff, News Editor
April 15, 2016
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Last week, the sophomore class moved into their alcove for the last two months of the school year, even though they will not have it for their junior year. For the 2016-2017 school year, the tenth grade lockers will be where the ninth grade hallway currently is, and the seventh and eighth grade locker...

Old place, fresh start

Old place, fresh start

Ilana Jach, Guest Writer
April 14, 2016
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Rabbi Janet Ozur Bass, a seventh and eighth grade Jewish text teacher at CESJDS, will become the new assistant principal of the middle school for the 2016-2017 school year. After working at the school for twenty years, Ozur Bass is eager to move beyond her role in the classroom to a new leadership position. As ass...

Bridging boundaries: Arab-Israeli delegation interacts with juniors

Bridging boundaries: Arab-Israeli delegation interacts with juniors

Aliza Rabinovitz, Reporter
April 12, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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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, 2016
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graphic by Talia Denicoff

ISearch essay moved to senior year

ISearch essay moved to senior year

Sara Sporkin, Reporter
March 21, 2016
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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, 2016
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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, 2016
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 ...