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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...

Fashion Friday: Purim 2024

Recycling a Purim costume from when he was younger, sophomore Oliver Silver’s Metro-inspired Purim costume was arguably one of the most creative DIY ensembles seen this year. Despite having picked up this costume after a decade in storage, the Metro sign’s details were perfectly intact. Silver said that he chose the Van Ness station specifically because it is his favorite of all the Metro stops. “It’s my costume from when I was like five, that’s why it has these holes; these holes were where my arms were,” Silver said. “I found it in the basement and decided I could wear it as a hat.” (Lily Rulnick)
Taking inspiration from the biggest movie of the year, Jewish text teacher Paul Blank went as Ken from “Barbie” for Purim this year. Despite never having seen the movie, Blank chose to dress as Ken after being inspired by Ryan Gosling’s performance of “I’m Just Ken” at the 2024 Oscars. In order to go all out, Blank ordered all of the pieces of his ensemble from Amazon to ensure an uncanny resemblance to the character. “For years, I used to have the best costume at the school, and the last few years I’ve [not been] so good, so I want to get back,” Blank said. (Lily Rulnick)
Embracing his new role as an Abba, high school math teacher and High School Jewish Life Chair Robert Shorr went more metaphorical with his Purim costume this year, dressing as a Dad joke. Shorr was able to assemble his outfit out of things he already owned, sharing that he embodies “dadhood” without the costume because of “the sandals, the math teaching.” Shorr shared that he had trouble coming up with a specific Dad joke to dress up as, which is what led him to dress up as the concept in general. “My wife Lydia said, ‘just do something so dumb that it’s funny,’” Shorr said. “‘Just write joke on your dad outfit.’” (Lily Rulnick)
No detail was left behind with freshman Caleb Berman’s “Mario Kart” costume, as his Mario get-up even included a working cart. Luckily, Berman already owned every piece of his outfit, including the exquisite denim overalls. Throughout the day, Berman could be seen zooming through the halls of CESJDS on his homemade cart. “This actually was a last minute thing, believe it or not,” Berman said. “Last night I was going to be Mario but then I realized I had a hoverboard and the attachment to go with it, so I decided to put two and two together and have a cart.” (Lily Rulnick)
After struggling to brainstorm a costume, junior Dalia Epstein resorted to her Pinterest feed to look for inspiration. She landed on a classic group costume: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She and three friends dressed up as the four turtles, sporting specialty shirts and masks that they found on Amazon. Epstein went as Donatello. “I really liked matching with all of my friends and it really made the Purim spirit shine,” Epstein said. (Lily Rulnick)
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Lily Rulnick
Lily Rulnick, Editor-in-Chief
Lily Rulnick is thrilled to serve as Editor-in-Chief on the Lion’s Tale after being on the paper since freshman year. Lily has so much faith in the incredible staff and cannot wait to work with them to make the Lion’s Tale shine. Apart from the Lion’s Tale, Lily is president of the Ceramics Club, the student representative on the Health and Wellness Taskforce, captain of the Girls Varsity Tennis Team, and a Student Admissions Representative. For fun, Lily loves to play piano, read fashion magazines, ski, and spend time with her friends, family, and two dogs. Lily cannot wait to continue to put all she has into the Lion’s Tale and make it the best it can be. 

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