The Lion's Tale

Fortnite gains popularity among students

Fortnite gains popularity among students

Lincoln Aftergood, Guest Writer

December 5, 2018


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The first time freshman Justin Roth won a game of Fortnite, he was ecstatic. Isolated from everybody else during the entire match, he was still figuring out the controls when suddenly, the words “Victory Royale” popped up on his screen. He relished his first ever win in this new and exciting game. ...

Student school ambassadors share experience

Daphne Kaplan, Assistant Features Editor

November 29, 2018


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When sophomore Samara Himmelfarb first gave a tour as a member of STAR to a prospective student, butterflies squirmed around her stomach as she didn’t know what to expect; however, after meeting and learning the student who she would be touring’s excitement about different aspects of CESJDS, Himmelfarb...

Day in the life of JSA fundraiser at the Fall State convention

Day in the life of JSA fundraiser at the Fall State convention

Matthew Wieseltier, Guest Writer

November 19, 2018


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Junior Matthew Wieseltier catalogs Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Junior State of America's Mid-Atlantic State Fall State convention 7:00 a.m. Alarm goes off 7:01 a.m. Apologize for waking everyone else in my room up. 7:10 a.m. Shower 7:15 a.m. Do my hair (getting the right jew-fro for the day i...

Bite out of an everyday high school lunch

Bite out of an everyday high school lunch

Sabrina Bramson, Features Editor

November 16, 2018


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Below are three CESJDS high school students: senior Ilana Kaplan, sophomore Jonathan Morris and junior Ally Knapp. Each often brings their own homemade lunch to school. Scroll over the links in the images below to see what they chose and why: If there are technical difficulties loading the links, ple...

Fjallraven Kanken backpacks sported by students

Fjallraven Kanken backpacks sported by students

Mischa Trainor, Guest Writer

November 15, 2018


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Fjallraven started producing Kankens in Sweden in 1978, but, this past year, these pricey bags have become increasingly popular throughout the United States. Many students at CESJDS have been using Kankens as their school backpack too. Kankens gained popularity on social media about a year ago whe...

Profile of a veteran: Daniel Gaskill

Profile of a veteran: Daniel Gaskill

Sabrina Bramson and Sally Rogal

November 12, 2018


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Veterans Day is a time to honor everyone who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the years. It is also a day to recognize specific individuals in various communities who have served: teachers, doctors, coaches and even parents. CESJDS honors those in the community who have served for our cou...

Science lab aims to assist students with another subject

Science lab aims to assist students with another subject

Izzy May, News Editor

October 31, 2018


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Last year, the CESJDS student council decided to start advocating for a science lab to be available to students during lunch and Community Time, similar to already existing math and English labs. Although it was started this year, many students across the board have not even heard about it. Accordi...

Profile on the new shlicha

Profile on the new shlicha

Matthew Rabinowitz, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 30, 2018


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New shlicha Tal Greenberg, who works at both CESJDS and Congregation Beth El, has lived in the U.S. for over a quarter of her life, which enables her to share her Israeli culture with Jewish-American students and communities. Although she was born in Israel, Greenberg lived in Newton, Mass. from ...

Temperatures throughout the building

Temperatures throughout the building

Aliza Rabinovitz, Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2018


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It’s common to hear cries of “it’s so cold in here” throughout the halls and classrooms of CESJDS. To determine how temperature fluctuated throughout the building and from time to time, The Lion's Tale measured on five locations in the school over the course of two days. The measurements s...

Teachers take the student seat: Faculty bring newly-learned techniques to the classroom

Daphne Kaplan, Assistant Features Editor

October 26, 2018


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When a European girl first entered a Hebrew-teaching intensive located in Middlebury, Vt., she could not utter a single word in Hebrew, yet weeks later she could maintain a conversation. “How?” questioned Hebrew teacher Shelli Putterman-Kenett, astounded by the progress of this teenager in such a...

Prayer through pencils: Creative options offered for Zman Kodesh

Prayer through pencils: Creative options offered for Zman Kodesh

Sara Sporkin, In-Depth Editor

October 26, 2018


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Every morning, senior Hadas Dubrawsky carries a black notebook into room 308. She is part of the Journaling Drisha Zman Kodesh. According to Director of Jewish Life Stephanie Hoffman, Drisha Zman Kodesh options give students “an opportunity to take some creative form of expression and make it sacred.” High...