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JDS Responds to Release of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

JDS Responds to Release of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Isaac Silber, Reporter
September 16
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The new iPhone 6S and 6S plus will become available in stores on Sept. 25, though only a small amount of students are planning to purchase them. In a survey conducted of 80 students by the Lion’s Tale about 88 percent of students said they have an iPhone. This time around the iPhones will not...

Montgomery County Public Schools Cancel Finals, Will JDS Follow?

Montgomery County Public Schools Cancel Finals, Will JDS Follow?

Liran Zimand, Reporter
September 16
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On Tuesday Sept. 8, the Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously voted to end final exams in Montgomery County public schools. “While we can’t control the outside assessments that are imposed on us, we can control the assessments we impose on our kids,” Board President Patricia O’neill...

CESJDS Remembers 9/11

CESJDS Remembers 9/11

Miriam Minsk, News Editor
September 13
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Fourteen years ago from Friday began as an ordinary weekday morning. Students attended school, adults went to work and history teacher Michael Connell walked into the classroom to prep for his first class of the day at CESJDS. However, shortly before 9 a.m. terrorists hijacked four planes, three of...

Senator Ben Cardin Visits JDS

Senator Ben Cardin Visits JDS

Rina Torchinsky, Reporter
June 7
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Last month, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin visited a CESJDS junior Jewish History class, World Jewry 1945-Present, and taught students that activism is the best way to combat anti-Semitism. Jewish History teacher Aaron Bregman sent Cardin an email asking him to visit his class and speak about his position...

Validation Project CEO Speaks to Students

Validation Project CEO Speaks to Students

Ari Feuer, Reporter
May 26
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In honor of Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the last new month of the 2014-2015 school year, CESJDS welcomed Valerie Weisler, the founder of the Validation Project. Weisler, a high school junior who lives in Rockland County, NY, spoke to JDS students about her life, her organization and how students can change...

CESJDS Has Annual Dial-A-Thon

CESJDS Has Annual Dial-A-Thon

Miriam Minsk, News Editor
May 14
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The Dial-A-Thon, which is currently taking place, is an annual fundraising event during which students and volunteers call donors and ask for pledges to raise money for the Ma’ayan campaign. Ma’ayan, JDS’s fundraising initiative, covers the $1.5 million budget gap between the student tuition and...

Air Conditioner Sparks Fire Scare

Air Conditioner Sparks Fire Scare

Miriam Minsk, Yonatan Greenberg, and Talia Horowitz
May 5
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A motor broke in a heating and air conditioning unit yesterday near the science classrooms, creating smoke and setting off the fire alarm. According to Facilities Administrator Bill Belke, the broken unit never posed any real threat to the school and will be replaced within a week. The climate near the...

PTO Conducts Annual Scoop Night Fundraiser

PTO Conducts Annual Scoop Night Fundraiser

Miriam Minsk, News Editor
May 5
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Wednesday, April 29 was an evening full of Baskin Robbins, ice cream, delicious sweets, socializing and fundraising for the CESJDS community. At the Parent Teacher Organization’s (PTO) Scoop Night fundraiser, over 53 teachers and faculty volunteered to scoop ice cream between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m....

JDS Officially Hires New High School Principal

JDS Officially Hires New High School Principal

Ari Feuer, Reporter
April 21
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CESJDS announced that it hired a new high school principal last Monday after a search that took almost two years and more than a dozen interviews. Dr. Marc Lindner, currently the middle school director and assistant head of school at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge CA, will take...

Arab Israeli Students Visit JDS

Arab Israeli Students Visit JDS

Miriam Minsk, News Editor
April 20
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CESJDS students learn about and discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict and other modern issues in Israel during class. However, it is rare that they have an opportunity to create change themselves. Four Arab Israeli students and their two principals visited CESJDS last Monday and Tuesday. The group, which...

Community Reacts to Vandalization of Local Synagogue

Community Reacts to Vandalization of Local Synagogue

Jeremy Schooler, Sports Editor
April 10
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The Washington Jewish community is reeling after a masked perpetrator vandalized Shaare Torah, a conservative synagogue in Gaithersburg, early Tuesday morning, scrawling anti-Semitic symbols and slurs, including “KKK here” and multiple large swastikas on the walls of the synagogue. The libelous...

Students Give Back On Families In Action Day

Students Give Back On Families In Action Day

Rina Torchinsky, Reporter
March 20
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As eighth-grader Shoshana Scott spread sunbutter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless, others were singing songs for Holocaust survivors, making craft kits for children in hospitals, cleaning up parks and assisting the elderly with technology. Good Deeds Day, on March 15, is the Jewish Federation’s...