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Dancing queens: Team performs at Kabbalat Shabbat

Dancing queens: Team performs at Kabbalat Shabbat

Ilana Kaplan, Guest Writer
January 6, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Chatter and giggles immediately cease as sophomore and dance team captain Dana Fishkin turns on the routine music and all 10 bodies begin to synchronously glide across the cafeteria floor. Unlike other sports teams at CESJDS, the dance team has no form of competition. The team consists of 10 members...

Forum on combating hate speech held at Upper School

Forum on combating hate speech held at Upper School

Ari Feuer, Style Editor
January 5, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On Jan. 4 at the Upper School, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and CESJDS hosted a community forum on acts of anti-Semitism that have occurred at local schools and religious institutions. The event, “Combating Hate Speech, Racism, and anti-Semitism in Schools and Our...

Boys varsity basketball team defeats Cougars

Boys varsity basketball team defeats Cougars

Jonathan Foldi and Miriam Minsk
December 21, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports

The boys varsity basketball team defeated the Berman Cougars 71-39 tonight. The Lions are now 5-1 in conference play and will take on St. Anselm's Abbey School at home on Jan. 4. ...

Lions come up short in rivalry match

Lions come up short in rivalry match

Jonathan Foldi, Managing Editor, Copy
December 20, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Tonight, the girls varsity basketball team’s undefeated season ended with a 35-33 loss to the Berman Cougars. The Lions are now 6-1 and will take on Washington Waldorf tomorrow at home. ...

Maryland governor visits Lower School

Maryland governor visits Lower School

Jonathan Foldi, Managing Editor, Copy
December 16, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan visited the Lower School today where he spoke to the whole school and then fielded questions from fifth-graders in a mock press conference. Hogan is a first-term governor and has served in office since January 2015. According to Lower School Principal Rabbi Matthew ...

Fashion Friday: High school musical edition

Fashion Friday: High school musical edition

Ari Feuer, Style Editor
December 16, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Style

In light of the high school musical this weekend, The Lion’s Tale takes a look at junior actor Matan Lieber-Kotz’s costume. Lieber-Kotz, pictured standing on set, plays Bazzard in the musical, which is showing on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. ...

TV show review: “Gilmore Girls”

TV show review: “Gilmore Girls”

Aliza Rabinovitz, Copy Editor
December 14, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Style

Highly promoted and long awaited, the four-episode “Gilmore Girls” revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” was released Nov. 25. The show’s original creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, left “Gilmore Girls” after the sixth out of seven seasons, and wrote the revival partly in order to give...

New ice cream trend rolls out in Rockville

New ice cream trend rolls out in Rockville

Ilana Kaplan, Guest Columnist
December 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Style

Bored of cupcakes? Tired of macaroons? Thai-inspired rolled ice cream is the newest dessert trend, and you can try it just up the street from Rockville Town Square at Class 520. Thai rolled ice cream  is a frozen treat made on a cold steel grill. It has the same consistency and texture of ice cream,...

New formula for the orchestra

New formula for the orchestra

Jessie Lehman, Reporter
December 12, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Music fills the room as the middle school orchestra gathers to practice. This orchestra was not always something the middle school could offer, but due to changes to the middle school schedule, the music department was able to provide new opportunities for students to participate in the orchestra. ...

Ambassador Dennis Ross speaks to senior class

Ambassador Dennis Ross speaks to senior class

Jonathan Foldi, Managing Editor, Copy
December 7, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke to the senior class on Dec. 7 about the current political situation in the Middle East, the role of the United States in the region and the challenges that President-elect Donald Trump will face. He discussed the current situations in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iran, Israel and ...

Beading for business

Beading for business

Kate Sosland, Reporter
December 5, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Style

After carefully threading a pile of beads with a piece of string, juniors Sarah Davis and Sophie Handloff tie the ends of the string together to finish their latest piece of jewelry. Instead of just wearing their art, though, they package it in a box to give to one of their customers. Davis and H...

Bridging the gap

Bridging the gap

Miriam Minsk, Editor-in-Chief
November 28, 2016
Filed under In-Depth, In-Depth, Showcase

Some speak Arabic and the others speak English. Some are Syrian and the others are American. Twice a month, their lives intersect. Every other Sunday, four CESJDS Arabic II students volunteer one-on-one with four Syrian refugees and help them learn English, review their course material and complete th...