The Lion's Tale

Volunteering at the Holocaust Museum

Alec Silberg stops for a picture on the ground level of the Holocaust Museum.
January 27, 2021

Alec Silberg started as the youngest volunteer in The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum history at age 11. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Silberg helped make guests’ visits memorable. The museum...

JDS Medical Advisory Committee offers guidance on hybrid learning plan

JDS Medical Advisory Committee offers guidance on hybrid learning plan
January 20, 2021

Schools around the world have been in the difficult position of having to decide when it is safe to reopen their doors. CESJDS had help in making that decision from a medical advisory committee that included...

Zooming from home to school

Freshman Todd Lazoff stands at the front a classroom with many of his peers participating through Zoom.
January 13, 2021

Sitting at home in his desk chair on a Tuesday morning, freshman Ron Nuriely Kimel Zooms into his first-period class. Thanks to a host of new technology in the classroom, Kimel is able to see and hear...

Sephardi Minyan connects virtually with worldwide Synagogues

Students in the Sephardi Minyan set their virtual backgrounds to Synagogues from around the world.
January 4, 2021

It is eight in the morning, but before students in the Sephardi Minyan transition into their day of virtual learning, a video of a Rabbi in Hong Kong giving a virtual tour of his synagogue is broadcasted...

Outdoor Club flourishes during pandemic

Outdoor Club members hike along the Appalachian Trail,
December 21, 2020

After a long week of Zoom classes, senior and co-president of the CESJDS Outdoors Club Jacob Svoysky stands on a cliff overlooking the beautiful farmland scenery at the end of the trail he hiked with his...

BBYO teen group adapts during pandemic

A BBYO chapter meetings during the pandemic have had to adopt new safety precautions.
December 17, 2020

Teenagers stare at a screen for another hour, their heads aching from the bright light. They then open an additional Zoom link in hope of seeing familiar friends and strengthening their connection to Judaism....

Mobile food pantry helps families during pandemic

The mobile food pantry takes place on a Sunday afternoon.
December 10, 2020

It’s 2 p.m. on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and Betsy Binckes, President of the Board for Mid-County United Ministries (MUM), is reminding volunteers at the mobile food pantry to maintain social distancing....

High school returning to hybrid learning on Dec. 8

Junior Avital Friedman gets tested for Covid-19.
December 7, 2020

On Dec. 8, the high school will be reopening as hybrid learning will begin. Teachers and students will be coming back to campus, and everyone will be adapting to this completely new experience. The current...

Mock Trial club goes virtual

Mock Trial club goes virtual
November 30, 2020

Staring at a computer screen on a Thursday evening to participate in a group discussion led by coaches and captains on the preparation material for this year's case has become the new normal for members...

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...

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