The Lion's Tale

After returning to Maryland from Philadelphia, Freshman Oren Israel attended Milton Jewish Day School and then, switched to JDS for freshman year.

How foreign and local transfers adapted freshman year

Adin Halbfinger, Guest Writer April 16, 2021

The jump from middle to high school is often a hard and stressful one. Beginning school virtually during a pandemic only made this transition harder, especially for someone who just moved to Maryland from...

Freshman Shiri Cohen performs her original song

Shiri Cohen releases five original songs in a mini album

Yael Greenblum , Guest Writer April 6, 2021

With just a keyboard, a beautiful voice and a talent for composing music, freshman Shiri Cohen wrote and released an E.P. (mini album), all while mostly in the solitude of her basement.  “The Moment...

For many families this year, the seder table is not complete without a computer for Zoom.

Celebrating Passover during the pandemic, again

Miriam Goldel, Reporter March 24, 2021

Although celebrating Passover last year was different than anyone could have once imagined, freshman Sela Wertlieb found a silver lining in the one-of-a-kind experience. Since Wertlieb’s family did a...

Junior Brandon Portnoy usually attends the opening game for the Yankees ever spring break. This year, however, spring break plans have changed for many.

Families spend spring break differently this year due to COVID-19

Max Schwartz, Reporter March 23, 2021

As spring break approaches, many are looking forward to a week filled with quality family time and sunny destinations. However, many families have had to make the tough choice of deciding whether to go...

Ceramics teacher Gretchen Gobin helps student glaze their work.

Ceramics teacher Gretchen Gobin returns to teaching in-person

Daniela Abrams, News Editor March 14, 2021

As high school returned to in-person learning, CESJDS gave teachers who had health concerns the option to remain at home. While most teachers in the art department did not return to teach in person, ceramics...

The Media Center, also known as the library, now  serves as a classroom for in-person school.

The JDS library moves online, providing accessible resources and books to all

Nate Shemony , Reporter February 8, 2021

Without an in-person library to operate, as usual, the CESJDS librarians have been working tirelessly to transform the library of hard-copy books and resources to a more robust online website. Their goal...

Junior Naomi Gould helps her brother, Freshman Jonathan Gould, with distance learning.

Older siblings take on more responsibility during pandemic

Sela Wertlieb , Guest Writer February 1, 2021

For many students, getting their own work done is challenging under normal circumstances, but now during the pandemic, some students are taking on the responsibility of helping their younger siblings with...

Going in or staying home

Eva Bard, Incoming Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2021

Projected onto a screen and connected to a speaker, Jewish text and English teacher Grace McMillan Zooms into a classroom full of socially distant students. But teaching from home with students in the...

Freshman Ellie Fischman attends her Politics in the Age of Kings class.

Embracing Identity: Putting pronouns in Zoom names to promote inclusivity

Ellie Fischman, Reporter February 1, 2021

After logging onto a Zoom meeting, a sea of eager faces stare back from the screen, several of them displaying preferred pronouns in their Zoom names. This practice is becoming increasingly popular as...

Imaginative Illustrations: Math teacher works with doctor to publish a children’s book over quarantine

Elliot Bramson, Reporter February 1, 2021

A dodo bird, a hawk, a dog and a turtle go on a journey to learn about diversity, friendship, resilience and how to embrace their strengths instead of worrying about their weaknesses. In the beginning...

Alec Silberg stops for a picture on the ground level of the Holocaust Museum.

Volunteering at the Holocaust Museum

Hannah May, Reporter January 27, 2021

Alec Silberg started as the youngest volunteer in The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum history at age 11. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Silberg helped make guests’ visits memorable. The museum...

JDS Medical Advisory Committee offers guidance on hybrid learning plan

JDS Medical Advisory Committee offers guidance on hybrid learning plan

Hadas Kabik, Reporter January 20, 2021

Schools around the world have been in the difficult position of having to decide when it is safe to reopen their doors. CESJDS had help in making that decision from a medical advisory committee that included...

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