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The Lion's Tale

Student by day, barista by night

Lily Daroff and Ethan Chanin

October 20, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Uncategorized

Senior Rachel Serfaty spends several afternoons per week working at Starbucks. Because she is often surrounded by coffee, she has become increasingly dependent on the caffeinated beverage. Learn more about Serfaty's job and her relationship with caffeine here:

From Poland with Poems

From Poland with Poems

Rebecca Weiss, Reporter

September 20, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

When junior Selah Bickel lived in Poland for six months last year, she lost the comfort of a familiar language, but found creative inspiration for her poetry, especially on the public bus of Warsaw. “It’s really, really crowded and you’re like stuffed, and you have no room to breathe, and then p...

Journey to Jordan: Arabic student embarks on cultural exploration in the Middle East

Journey to Jordan: Arabic student embarks on cultural exploration in the Middle East

Rebecca Weiss, Reporter

September 1, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

When a taxi driver casually asked Ari Gershengorn his religion, the CESJDS junior looked out the window, and as the Arabic street signs whizzed past him in Amman, Jordan, he said: “Christian.”   “I probably didn’t need to lie, but I didn’t need the complication in my life,” Gershengor...

Message in the bottle: S’well water bottles now trending

Message in the bottle: S’well water bottles now trending

Rebecca Weiss, Guest Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Features

When asked if she owned a S’well, freshman Olivia Plotnek smirked and waved her purple water bottle. “Is that even a question?” Plotnek said, gripping the S’well. “S’well is the best invention of life, and that’s the only reason I’m breathing.” S’well water bottles inspire...

Will to succeed

Will to succeed

Sabrina Bramson, Reporter

April 5, 2017


Filed under Features

Upper School Help Desk Engineer Will Wilson has been working at CESJDS since 2015. Zoom in on the infographic above to learn about his storied past.

Diverse faculty goes hand in hand with diverse curriculum

Diverse faculty goes hand in hand with diverse curriculum

Kate Sosland, Features Editor

April 5, 2017


Filed under Features

Diversity is not just a value of CESJDS, it is a way of life for the faculty. Throughout its existence, JDS has worked hard to bring in immigrant faculty and staff. According to Director of Human Resources Lori Belke, JDS currently employs 13 faculty members who are permanent residents with a green...

Pulse of JDS: Politics on Facebook

Pulse of JDS: Politics on Facebook

Addie Bard, Copy Editor

February 23, 2017


Filed under Features

Walk, don’t run

Walk, don’t run

Ilana Kaplan, Reporter

February 8, 2017


Filed under Features

In past years, the last day of school for CESJDS seniors culminated with the pounding sound of the entire graduating class sprinting down the halls of the school to say goodbye to the building. This year, however, there was silence. No one knows for sure how the run started, but Dean of Students ...

Prominent tradition

Prominent tradition

Jonathan Foldi, Managing Editor, Copy

January 19, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

A crowd gathers as senior Yoni Weiner-Tobin begins his response to fellow senior Nadav Kalender in a rap battle. After a few lines, however, it becomes apparent that instead of responding directly to Kalender, Weiner-Tobin is taking the opportunity to ask senior Zoe Salzberg to Prom. Weiner-Tobin’s...

Life in a sibling’s shadow

Life in a sibling’s shadow

Talia Horowitz, Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Between fights over clothes and amateur wrestling matches, growing up with siblings is not always easy. For some siblings, however, this tension extends beyond T-shirts and right hooks. There are 250 students at the Upper School who have at least one other sibling at the school. This proximity can...