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The Lion's Tale

Certified digital wellness educator Corrine Yourman leads a session titled Your Digital Life and Your Jewish Values to members of the high school community.
February's Wellness Wednesday: Digital Wellness
Ruby Kotok, Features Editor • February 8, 2024

Students heard from experts on Feb. 7 in the newest installment of Wellness...

Students watch as Steinberg presents on her time as a journalist in Israel.
Israeli journalist speaks to Upper School
Isaiah Segal-Geetter, Guest Writer • February 5, 2024

Jessica Steinberg, an editor at The Times of Israel, spoke to the CESJDS Upper...

The Jewish caucus honors Marsha Tishler, Rockville resident and Holocaust survivor, for Holocaust Remembrance day at an event on Jan. 29.
Lawmakers initiate Maryland Legislative Jewish Caucus
Maya Greenblum, News Editor • January 30, 2024

As the Israel-Hamas War advances, antisemitic incidents have reached extreme...

Juniors attended mental health trainings every week during November.
Train your brains
Ruby Kotok, Reporter • January 4, 2024

Four in five teens struggling with mental health challenges first turn to their...

Admin all-in
Mia Forseter, Reporter • January 4, 2024

Most high school administrators start their careers as teachers, and many stop...

Antisemitic graffiti was found in Bethesda earlier this fall.
Antisemitism on the homefront
Lily Rulnick, Features Editor • January 4, 2024

The world has seen a significant increase in antisemitic incidents since the...

Junior Yedidya Milner-Gillers spends his snow day with his Imadi buddy. Photo from Yedidya Milner-GIllers.
Local organization provides assistance to children and families affected by pediatric health diagnoses
Leora Blumenthal, Guest Writer • February 25, 2024

As he opens a graduation invitation from a child with brain cancer whom he started...

The new positions are limited to a maximum of five spots; a large shift from the previous 14. Graphic by Ruby Kotok
Out with the old, in with the new - Revamped grade government structures provides a change of pace
Maiya Blumenthal, Opinion Editor • February 13, 2024

While the introduction of many changes in high school policies like grading...

Graphic by Vivi Ducker.
Shmooze with the Yiddish club
Eliana Abrams, Guest Writer • February 5, 2024

While most teachers take lunch as an opportunity to take a break from teaching,...

Malkus speaks to the senior class at an alumni panel. Photo credit to Suzie Thompson.
Malkus on a mission
Eliana Wolf, Sports Editor • February 2, 2024

One would think that a Head of School's job would primarily involve overseeing...

From educator to activist
Shia Messler, Guest writer • January 4, 2024

Former CESJDS Jewish History teacher and chair Aaron Bregman has always felt...

Handelman leads a session on Judaism for Ukrainian refugees in Poland during her time volunteering for the Jewish Service Corps Fellowship. Photo by Dalia Handelman, used with permission.
Hand(el)ing the situation
Eliana Abrams, Guest writer • January 4, 2024

One of the most profound values alumna Dalia Handelman (‘18) gained while...

Lions defends against the Spencerville Hornets in the last quarter of the championship game.
Girls varsity basketball falls to Spencerville Hornets in championship
Anna Polon, Guest Writer • February 20, 2024

In the middle of the first quarter, with the Lions winning 11-4, the Spencerville...

Sophomore Ari Solomon referees a 12U ice hockey game, and watches to make sure that all players are acting in accordance with the rules.
Stepping Up: Student Referees at JDS
Eitan Rattner, Reporter • February 14, 2024

For some teenagers, just playing their favorite sport isn’t enough. Many find...

Members of the JV girls team celebrate their win against the Basis Hawks.
JV girls basketball returns to the court
Eve Sharp and Lyla Silberg February 13, 2024

After being dismantled since the late 2000’s, the junior varsity girls basketball...

Members of the swim team practice outdoors at the JCC
Swim team competes despite challenges
Gila Safra, Reporter • February 6, 2024

For most winter sports, athletes either practice indoors or have the ability...

Varsity basketball teams spend time in Toronto for the Tanenbaum CHAT basketball tournament
Varsity basketball teams attend tournament in Toronto
Sadaf Zadeh, Arts and Entertainment Editor • February 1, 2024

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams flew to Toronto, Ontario to visit...

AIMING HIGH With six points in the game against the Washington Waldorf school, senior Ari Blumenthal was one of eight seniors who played a large role in helping the Lions secure a 48-26 victory Monday evening. As one of their last home games of the season, the seniors celebrated their senior night with a win. “[It’s] so nice to have a community within the community, including through COVID, because they did play mostly through COVID, which was really amazing,” Jenn Blumenthal, the mother of Ari Blumenthal said. “Hes been through two different coaches with very different styles, which is really interesting to watch. And everyones grown together, which is also special.”
Boys varsity basketball celebrates senior night with a win
Eliana Wolf and Mia Forseter January 31, 2024


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Shtisel and You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah are just two examples of the extremist portrayal of Jewish people, in the media.
Finding the middle ground: media should not just show the extreme sides of Judaism
Isaiah Segal-Geetter, Reporter • February 25, 2024

When I learned about the movie “You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah,”...

One Love successfully brings emphasis to the life of Bob Marley along with Jamaica’s political landscape.
"One Love" is a moving representation of Jamacian culture
Eliana Abrams, Reporter • February 26, 2024

Whether listening to Bob Marley at the beach on a hot summer day or in the dead...

USHER realeases his ninth studio album prior to his performance at the Apple Music SuperBowl Halftime show.
USHER's Latest Album is Formulaic Fun
Jonah Mellen, Guest Writer • February 21, 2024

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