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Head of School Circle Celebration reaches more people with virtual event

CESJDS celebrates its annual Head of School Circle Celebration over livestream with speeches from alumni and a performance by Shir Madness.
November 19, 2020

For the first time online, CESJDS held its annual Head of School Circle Celebration on Wednesday. This event celebrates the success of the past alumni and the lessons JDS has taught them that influence...

Senior and junior girls face off in socially-distant powderpuff

Senior Abby Alter prepares to throw a ball in the second round of dodgeball.
November 6, 2020

On Tuesday night, the senior and junior girls played their traditional powderpuff game, but with a twist. While they normally play touch football, they played socially-distanced dodgeball this year because...

CESJDS kindergarten and Gurim in full swing for hybrid learning

Kindergarten students learn at the Lower School while wearing masks and remaining socially distant.
October 30, 2020

Since the beginning of the year, kindergarten and Gurim students have been going to school in-person, five days a week. There are more than 60 Gurim and kindergarten students who are at school in-person. Laura...

Afterschool sports provide more than just a workout

Freshman Ellie Levine plays soccer at the afterschool sports clinic.
October 20, 2020

Amid questions about whether or not sports were going to happen this fall, CESJDS announced that it was offering sports clinics to all students. These clinics have not only provided a good workout but...

Lakers win NBA finals during interrupted playoff season

Lakers star Lebron James's jersey, which has been number 23 for most of his career.
October 13, 2020

An exciting NBA Finals capped the return of professional sports following recent nationwide quarantines. The Los Angeles Lakers, led by Lebron James and Anthony Davis, defeated the underdog Miami Heat...

New resources allow for more opportunities during distance learning

New resources are being provided to students this year during distance learning. Ceramics student Lindsay Shell used school given art supplies for her assignments.
October 8, 2020

In an attempt to make online classes feel more interconnected between students and teachers, CESJDS has invested in many new online resources for specific departments.  It can be hard for students...

Opinion: Traveling during the pandemic is OK

Lincoln Aftergood stands on the beach with his mother and cousin in California over the summer.
October 6, 2020

Most people are familiar with the stress of flying and wondering whether you packed enough or if you will get to the airport on time. However, even though traveling is relatively safe during the pandemic,...

CESJDS to begin transition to hybrid learning

Plexiglass placed in main office and around school as a safety precaution with the return of in-person learning.
October 5, 2020

Head of School Rabbi Mitch Malkus announced that CESJDS will begin to transition from distance learning to hybrid learning at the end of October in an email he sent on Oct. 1.  The Lower School and...

Montgomery County revises Covid-19 religious services policy

Participants pray in a socially distanced communal gathering outside.
September 30, 2020

Montgomery County will now allow religious facilities to reopen for indoor services for up to 40% occupancy as of September 22. This restriction follows the previous rule of one participant per 200 square...

Opinion: “Shomer” your health

Compiled by Jessica Gallo
September 25, 2020

When you think of the benefits of Shabbat observance, you might think of things that are religious in nature, like a closer relationship with G-d. But observing Shabbat has other benefits that you might...

Switch to Schoology brings mixed reactions from community

Junior Shevi Lerner takes notes while watching a video on her computer.
September 14, 2020

Among the many changes students and teachers have had to navigate in distanced learning this school year was CESJDS’ switch from Google Classroom to Schoology.  The change was announced in an email...

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