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Profile of Nurse Heather Greenblum

Nurse Heather Greenblum takes the temperature of a student.
November 19, 2020

Among the many changes at schools during the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps no one’s role has changed as much as the school nurse. Now in her third year at CESJDS, Nurse Heather Greenblum’s daily focus...

New Paper Bridges club seeks to help children in need around the world

Members of the Paper Bridges club hold up their letters for their pen pals at their biweekly virtual meeting.
November 12, 2020

At a Martin Luther King Day of Service event last year, junior Amanda Azia discovered Paper Bridges, a nonprofit organization. Paper Bridges aims to support orphans, foster children and other vulnerable...

CESJDS food services director Erick Gilbert departs for University of Maryland Hillel

CESJDS food services director Erick Gilbert departs for University of Maryland Hillel
November 3, 2020

While former Food Services Director Erick Gilbert will no longer be serving food to students at CESJDS, he is still working with students, just a little bit older: college students at the University of...

A look at Facilities and Transportation Administrator Bill Belke

Bill Belke sits in the JDS woodshop
October 27, 2020

When something breaks, he fixes it. When the carpool line snakes across the parking lot, he’s directing traffic. And when COVID-19 hit, he re-equipped the school building for safety. No day is exactly...

David Skrynnikov: CESJDS’ newest international student

Freshman David Skrynnikov stands at the landing gear of a supersonic aircraft located at the Oleg Antonov State Aviation Museum.
October 26, 2020

Many lives have changed drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic, but freshman David Skrynnikov’s life looks a lot more different than most. In January, he was living in St. Petersburg, Russia, but...

After school sports helps new students integrate into the CESJDS community

Sophomore Elana Skolnick-Einhorn works on her computer during the school day.
October 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused students to have fewer interactions with their peers and their community which created an additional challenge for new students that moved to the Greater Washington...

Fellowship gives junior opportunities to connect her Judaism and Feminism

Junior Zoe Wertlieb stands in front of the Capitol during a climate change march.
October 6, 2020

After hearing about the Kol Koleinu Jewish Feminism Fellowship from her rabbi, junior Zoe Wertlieb decided to apply for it this past summer.  Focusing on both Jewish and feminist identities, the Jewish...

Blasts for Justice: 6th-grader Micah Blay blows shofar at Supreme Court

Micha Blay blasts his shofar in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Rosh Hashanah.
October 1, 2020

Hundreds of visitors listened intently as sixth-grader Micah Blay blasted the sounds of the shofar on the steps of the Supreme Court. Already an unusual start to the Jewish New Year, Justice Ruth Bader...

Virtual virtuosos: Student musicians adapt to online format

Freshman Darya Dayanim plays with her youth orchestra over Zoom.
September 23, 2020

After a long day of Zoom classes, students like freshmen Darya Dayanim and Alec Silberg find an escape in their instruments, transforming their surroundings into a world of measures, melodies and musical...

New students face tougher transition with virtual school

Students appear on a Zoom class on their first day back to school after summer vacation.
September 11, 2020

Starting at a new school is often quite hard. New students are surrounded by new peers, new teachers and a new environment. But starting at a new school amid the coronavirus pandemic is even harder.  The...

Students start online craft apparel stores

September 8, 2020

While quarantining, many students have started businesses to fill their free time, some of the most popular being jewelry and accessory shops. In addition to making money and gaining business skills,...

Two freshman start backyard summer camp

August 26, 2020

With many long summer days ahead of us, rising freshmen Yaeli Greenblum and Dalya Brickman have chosen to fill their free time by hosting a backyard camp for eight to ten year olds. The camp will be...

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