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The Lion's Tale

Nathan celebrates after breaking the school record for the 3,200 meter race. Used with permission from Nathan Szubin.
Student breaks school record in track race
Mia Forseter, Sports Editor • April 21, 2024

When junior Nathan Szubin stepped up to the line of the 3,200 meter race in the Johns Hopkins Invitational Meet on April 19, he had a different...

Arditi Zarouk (second from left) celebrates the 50-year anniversary of Perach with her team at the residence of Israeli President Herzog. Used with permission from Arditi Zarouk.
Former students and staff readjust to Israel in the wake of war
Mia Forseter, Sports Editor • April 19, 2024

The Israeli embassy and military send over emissaries every year, and many of these families choose to send their kids to CESJDS. When they go...

A day of matzo meals
A day of matzo meals
Sophie Schwartz, Opinion Editor • April 18, 2024

Many people dread Pesach time, when their beloved chametz (leaven) is replaced with dry, brittle matzo. However, if presented well, matzo does...

Junior Evan Klepper gets ready for his WIS opponent to serve
Lions tennis fall short to WIS
Isaiah Segal-Geetter, Reporter • April 18, 2024

“Twenty four on 3, Mashiach on 6,” junior and tennis captain Evan Klepper said to the varsity boys tennis team before their match against...

Eighth grade visits Capitol Hill
Eighth grade visits Capitol Hill
Jonah Mitre, Reporter • April 17, 2024

To put their learning from government class into perspective, eighth grade students visited Capitol Hill on April 10 for a field trip. Throughout...

At the college fair on April 7, Pitzer College representatives boasted about their Students Justice for Palestine (SJP) club to a Jewish student.
Opinion: Colleges need to support Zionist students
Stella Muzin, Editor-in-Chief • April 16, 2024

On April 7, I attended the Washington Area Independent Schools College Fair, which was co-sponsored by CESJDS along with other schools from the...

Must-visit museums

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Cati Werbin-Gradel
The Museum of Illusions includes many popular photo opts, allowing visitors to take some illusions home with them.

Museum of Illusions

On the outskirts of CityCenterDC, the Museum of Illusions displays artwork and structures that mess with the mind. The walls of the museum are covered with brain-boggling paintings, and each illusive structure directs visitors on where to stand for the best photos. For visitors who seek to understand the illusions in the museum, there are signs next to each picture and structure with a scientific explanation. While the price is higher than most museums in the area costing $23.95 for adults 13+, the Museum of Illusions is a unique visit that stands out amongst the numerous Smithsonian museums nearby. 

Phillips Collection

Tucked within Dupont Circle,  the Phillips Collection is an easily accessible art museum with free entry for minors and $20 for adults. The Phillips Collection displays Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist modern art that is not too overwhelming as the art displays are spread out across many areas. In addition to art, the Phillips Collection holds concerts on Sundays and Thursdays in their music room and has a cafe for visitors to dine at. The Phillips Collection is a relaxing site full of interesting modern art and is a must-see for art lovers.

National Museum of Health and Medicine

This free entry museum in Silver Spring outlines medicine throughout history through three exhibitions. The exhibit “The Collection That Teaches” uses artifacts to teach lessons about human body parts and military medicine. For a deeper focus on military medicine, the second exhibit, “Military Medicine: Challenges and Innovations,” outlines the development of military medicine over the course of wars. The third exhibit, “The Human Body: Anatomy and Pathology,” is for lovers of human biology, as they display many preserved body parts and their functions. 

Dumbarton Oaks Museum 

Located in Georgetown since 1801, Dumbarton Oaks is a historic museum and garden worth visiting. The museum is split into eight galleries, each representing different artifacts focused on Byzantine and Pre-Columbian history featuring some Persian, Greek and Roman artwork. Each collection has a sign explaining the historical significance of the artwork. The museum’s garden bursts with bright greenery and colorful seasonal flowers, making visitors feel like they are walking into a painting.Dumbarton Oaks Museum is a quick and relaxing visit that provides visitors with pieces of history, art and nature, making it a worthwhile and well-rounded experience.

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Maiya Blumenthal
Maiya Blumenthal, Opinion Editor
Maiya is so excited to continue her work on the Lion’s Tale this year as an opinion editor. She can’t wait to help people share their ideas with the community in this role. Outside of Lion’s Tale, Maiya plays basketball, tennis and piano, and participates in Friendship Circle and the CESJDS Debate Team. Maiya can’t wait to work with the rest of the Lion’s Tale staff to produce interesting and unique content this year.  
Cati Werbin-Gradel
Cati Werbin-Gradel, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Director of Social Media
Cati is excited to continue her work as A&E Editor as well as Social Media director. She is looking forward to continuing to write and edit articles as well as design creative spreads for print. She is also excited to upload engaging content to the Lion’s Tale social media accounts. Other than Lion’s Tale, Cati is involved in the Varsity Dance Team, Health and Wellness program, and President of the History club. She is looking forward to working with the rest of the Lion’s Tale staff and making it a great year.  

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