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The Lion's Tale

The student news site of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

The Lion's Tale

The student news site of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

The Lion's Tale

JDS students from Shepherd Park travel about 7 miles to and from school each day.

Neighborhood creates intricate carpool system to adapt to long commute

Maya Greenblum, Reporter November 28, 2023

Although a lot of the CESJDS community resides in nearby Montgomery County, over 20 of its families commute daily from a neighborhood located in Washington, D.C.’s northwest quadrant: Shepherd Park....

The cannon at Tufts University, painted blue and white to represent Israels colors, promotes messages of peace and love.

Alumni face acts of antisemitism on college campuses

Lily Rulnick, Features Editor October 27, 2023

After Hamas' initial attacks on Israel, the entire CESJDS Upper School community gathered in the gym on Oct. 9 to mourn, cry and pray together. Graduates of JDS, however, had to grieve on their own. Over...

High school students write supportive letters to IDF soldiers on the front lines of the current conflict.

How school has responded to the Israel-Hamas war

Gila Safra and Maiya Blumenthal October 20, 2023

After the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, CESJDS head administrators sent out a solidarity message to the greater community. The email addressed the tragedy in Israel, the impact it has on Israeli families,...

A change in tune

Maiya Blumenthal, Reporter October 20, 2023

When Upper School Vocal Music Teacher and Musical Director Sammy Grob performed the role of The Baker in “Into the Woods JR” in middle school, he didn’t know that he would act in the same play in...

Middle school matters

Penelope Terl, Reporter October 20, 2023

Middle schoolers now have the chance to participate in a leadership program of their own, called the Knesset. The new system is inspired by the Israeli government and started in early October. The elections...

Sophmore Ella Longman works at Baskin Robbins in Potomac Woods.

A balancing act: how students are able to juggle academics and outside jobs

Eliana Wolf, Reporter September 28, 2023

Instead of sleeping in on a weekend morning, senior Darya Dayanim is up before the sun at an urban farm, maintaining hydroponic towers and growing produce for people living with food insecurity. Dayanim...

Students learn their newest Hebrew lesson. The Hebrew Lab is available for anyone who wants help with anything related to the Hebrew language, whether that be for class or just in general.

New Hebrew lab open during lunch

Simon Albert, News Editor September 21, 2023

For many students, learning does not cease during lunch. Instead, they make their way to Writing Center or Math Lab to receive additional support from teachers and peers on upcoming tests or assignments....

Stepping up to a bigger stage

Jonah Beinart September 21, 2023

When senior Shiri Cohen saw that she was nominated for best actress for the Brandon Victor Dixon (BVD) Awards, she was sure it was a mistake. “I was super thrilled, honestly. It was the first time that...

The foyer of the RBG exhibition serves as a monument to her legacy. Photo by Imagine Photography. Used with permission.

Not so ancient history

Adin Halbfinger September 21, 2023

After over a decade of planning, networking and construction, the Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum opened on June 9, offering an enriching and comprehensive exploration of Jewish history...

Chicken breasts are one of upside foods cultivated dishes. Photo by Upside Foods Press Kit. Used with permission.

Make it meat(less?)

Ruby Kotok September 21, 2023

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? For Upside Foods, the answer is neither. The food technology company harvests animal cells and uses them to grow FDA-approved meat without slaughtering animals....

English teacher David Carrington maintains a writing routine that fits his schedule.

Sorry, I’m booked

Sophie Schwartz September 21, 2023

As Jewish text teacher Rabbi Reuvane Slater walked into a bookstore in Monsey, New York, he saw his own book sitting on the shelf. Years of dedication and hard work had finally come to fruition, and Slater...

CESJDS faculty members came to the National Theater to support Shiri Cohen in the competition.

Junior competes in regional theater competition

Penelope Terl, Reporter June 7, 2023

As junior Shiri Cohen takes the stage at the National Theatre as part of the Brandon Victor Dixon awards, she begins singing “So Long Dearie” from “Hello, Dolly!,” as she had months prior on the...

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