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Grade governments take initiative during Covid-19 crisis

Grade governments take initiative during Covid-19 crisis

Jessica Gallo, Opinion Editor

May 8, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, CESJDS grade governments have been stepping up to help those in need throughout the community and staying connected during this time.  The junior class grade government recently organized a food drive to alleviate pressures on those who have lost their jo...

Profile of history teacher Matt Cohen

Profile of history teacher Matt Cohen

Irit Skulnik, News Editor

April 29, 2020

Imagine a history teacher who hated history as a high-schooler, but now it is his profession. High school history teacher Matt Cohen fits the description. Cohen is new to the CESJDS staff this school year, and previously worked in Chicago.  In Chicago, Cohen worked as both a Hebrew and social studies tea...

Talia Sporkin: Singer-songwriter since birth

Freshman Talia Sporkin performs one of her original songs in front of a live audience.

Maya Preuss, News Editor

March 17, 2020

Singer. Song-writer. Varsity basketball and soccer player. Freshman class president. Freshman Talia Sporkin has been involved with music her entire life, writing her first song when she was just 10 years old and continuing to write songs now.  Having so many extracurriculars can often have its difficulties,...

All around the globe: World languages at JDS

Almost 100 JDS students are enrolled in a language other than Hebrew, with the vast majority being enrolled in Spanish.

Sally Rogal, Features Editor

March 13, 2020

While many students choose to fill their elective slots with arts or sciences, junior Danielle Azachi decided in freshman year to enroll in both Spanish and Arabic as her electives. In addition to being fluent in English and Hebrew, Azachi wanted to increase her communication skills with people around the w...

Your guide to choosing a last-minute Purim costume

English teacher Ms. Naomi Allemann wears social media icons on Purim last year.

Lielle Coombe, Guest Writer

March 6, 2020

Purim is just a few days away, so students who are stuck for original, trendy and yet affordable costumes may want to take inspiration from last year’s celebration.  Middle School English teacher Naomi Allemann thinks that group costumes are really fun and are a recurring trend. Last year, the Engl...

Profile of new Jewish history teacher Julie Tonti

Julie Tonti has joined the Jewish history department as Rachel Bergstein's replacement until she returns from maternity leave.

Adam Drexler, Features Editor

February 20, 2020

Imagine having to wake up at 3 a.m. to research a Holocaust-related question from a student as well as new material from three different curriculums every night, and then coming to school bright and early the next morning to teach the newly-learned material to five high school classes. For new Jewish ...

Two eighth-graders win JDS middle school spelling bee contest

Two middle school students, both eighth-graders, won a spelling bee contest on Tuesday.

Sophie Kaplan and Maya Preuss

February 12, 2020

The tension rose throughout the theater as the 24 contestants in the middle school spelling bee trickled down to just two. The spelling bee took place on Feb. 11 during the middle school elective periods.  Each middle school class first held a spelling contest where the top two to three participants ...

Aquaponics tank brings STEM into the cafeteria

The cafeteria has been using aquaponics to make its produce, infusing STEM into the daily lives of JDS students who enter the lunch line each day.

Tal Arber, Reporter

January 21, 2020

At the start of the school year, the kitchen staff decided to incorporate the school’s STEM program by placing an aquaponics tank in the cafeteria. The two tanks simultaneously support three fish and grow a mixture of broccoli, radish and non-GMO salad blend. When fully grown, the kitchen staff uses t...

‘Tis the (prom) season

Seniors Dylan Fox and Naomi Jaray open their senior prom invitation. Prom will take place on Jan. 30.

Josie Stein, Outgoing Features Editor

January 16, 2020

Students and faculty have recently witnessed several “prom-posals” throughout the halls, marking the end of the seniors’ year and the beginning of prom season. While CESJDS prom is traditionally held in late January, the meticulous planning process starts at the beginning of the school year. Dean o...

Meet the Accafellas: Senior boys form a capella group

The Accafellas perform a song medley at Kabbalat Shabbat in December. They incorperated handmotions into their songs to excite the audience.

Matthew Rabinowitz, Contributing Editor

January 16, 2020

A group of eight senior boys came back from their Shabbaton with a new calling: singing in their new a cappella group, the Accafellas. “For the longest time, we’d been thinking, ‘Hey, what’s a way to spice up our grade? We’re kind of boring,’” Accafella member senior Arieh Fischtal sa...

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