The Lion's Tale

From Ecuador to Maryland: Junior moves 2,700 miles to attend CESJDS

From Ecuador to Maryland: Junior moves 2,700 miles to attend CESJDS

Daphne Kaplan, Contributing Editor

October 4, 2019

As the alarm sounds at 6 a.m., junior Alex Ruf reluctantly wakes up. After getting out of bed, Ruf brushes her teeth and heads out the door. And at the end of a long and demanding day at school, Ruf takes the bus to her grandparents where she eats a snack, completes her homework and waits for her aunt ...

Breaking barriers: Student to Student program promotes conversation between Jews and non-Jews

Jessica Gallo, Contributing Editor

October 4, 2019

Student to Student (STS) is a program where Jewish high schoolers around the greater Washington area come together and present all about Judaism to non-Jewish groups of people. STS operates within the JCRC, the Jewish Community Relations Council, an organization that focuses on Jewish community out...

Yiddish club brings the ‘chutzpah’

Oren Minsk, Contributing Editor

October 4, 2019

For many people, artifacts spark interest in historical events, but for Jewish history teacher Dr. Daniel Rosenthal, they sparked an interest in the Yiddish language. While Rosenthal had heard of the language, he did not know it and was intrigued by the Hebrew letters “that meant nothing” to him...

College tours in action

College tours in action

Sophie Kaplan, Reporter

September 25, 2019

Between missing school, making hotel and travel arrangements and scheduling official campus visits, college tours can be a hassle. Just ask senior Leah Simon; she has been on 15 of them in the past 12 months. While Simon has packed many vacations full of campus visits, both she and fellow senior Jerem...

A look at the day of the life of a college counselor during the Fall

A look at the day of the life of a college counselor during the Fall

Jonathan Morris, Reporter

September 20, 2019

Bleary-eyed but awake, Director of College Guidance Susan Rexford glances over at the alarm clock that taunts her at 5 a.m. However, she is up and ready to tackle another busy day. In fact, the beginning of the school year is the busiest time of her job. She hops in the car and sets out on her comm...

Senior Shabbaton Recap

Senior Shabbaton Recap

Jessica Gallo, Reporter

September 19, 2019

Last-minute preparation for school

Last-minute preparation for school

Sophia Miller and Sally Rogal

August 27, 2019

Walking down the seemingly endless aisles of Staples, junior Tess Mendelson spends time trying to find the perfect supplies for her upcoming school year. She believes that staying organized is vital for having a successful year, and that starts with your supplies. The week before school begins,...

Alumna returns as Director of Jewish Life

Alumna returns as Director of Jewish Life

Jessica Gallo, Reporter

August 27, 2019

In the mid-90s, Shoshana Schecter was sitting in a CESJDS classroom studying Jewish History when it dawned on her: she could do this for the rest of her life. Little did she know then that over twenty years later, she’d be walking back into the same school as the new Director of Jewish Life. Schechter...

Students travel abroad for service

Students travel abroad for service

Sally Rogal, Features Editor

June 6, 2019

Wellness works

Wellness works

Maya Preuss and Rochelle Berman, Reporter and Guest Writer

May 23, 2019

The administration brought back the Quiet Room to help alleviate stress due to the continued emphasis on mental health throughout the school. This change is in addition to the Wellness Palooza and the Mental Health Awareness Zman Kodesh. The Quiet Room offers many opportunities for relaxation, including...

Making of a mural

Making of a mural

Josie Stein, Features Editor

May 23, 2019

As students and faculty walk past the theater towards the cafeteria, they can’t help but notice a major project taking form. The art department has been painting a mural that spans the length of the wall between the cafeteria and music room. The idea to paint a mural on an Upper School wall was...