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

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

The Lion's Tale

Shir Madness and other a cappella groups watch another team perform.

Shir Madness attends singing competition for first time since COVID-19

Talia Loeffler, Reporter May 17, 2023

All eyes are on the stage as junior Shiri Cohen begins to sing the lyrics to “Mizmor/King” arranged by Kol Sasson. A few moments later, junior Nate Shemony joins in, harmonizing beautifully with Cohen....

The mixed purple team is currently undefeated with a 5-0 record.

Synagogue basketball league takes over JDS

Eitan Rattner, Reporter May 10, 2023

As the winter basketball season came to an end at CESJDS, many student-athletes still found themselves wanting to continue to play basketball into the spring. As a result, many students now participate...

Rocky streams and waterfalls are a major draw on the Great Falls Trail.

Off the beaten path

Eliana Wolf, Reporter April 24, 2023

Being in the midst of nature is an experience like no other. To be surrounded by rushing streams, skyscraping trees and majestic animals creates a perfect space to reset one’s mind and body. In the...

Hadriel plays piano, guitar or drums at Kabbalat Shabbat each week.

Music man

Talia Loeffler, Reporter April 24, 2023

The lyrics to “Hello Dolly” fade in as freshman Hadriel Dayanim stands up from his perch at the piano and takes out a saxophone. The audience is captivated by each jazzy note coming from Hadriel’s...

The Brophys estimate that their chickens produce about six eggs per day.

Chickening out

Kaylah Goldrich, Editor-in-Chief April 24, 2023

Every Saturday morning as Jane Brophy grabs a cup of coffee and goes out to sit in her backyard, she hears chickens pecking in her periphery. In addition to five kids, alumnus Samuel (‘21), junior Aaron,...

Michael Greenberg (left) along with other members of Climate Defiance display a banner that reads “END FOSSIL FUELS” at the Center for Strategic International Studies after forcing White House Climate Czar Ali Zaidi (right) off the stage. Photo via the Climate Defiance website (used with permission)

Alumnus takes direct action for the environment

Ruby Kotok, Reporter April 20, 2023

Alumnus Michael Greenberg (‘12) was almost in D.C. when he got the call. Despite his sophomore year attempt to sneak the environmental club out of school to meet former Representative Chris Van Hollen,...

Evonne Schnitzer and granddaughter Ruby greet each other on the first day of school.

Family bonding

Maya Greenblum March 18, 2023

On her first day of kindergarten, freshman Ruby Kotok walks into the classroom and instantly eyes a fresh pear on her desk. Beneath it is a note from her grandmother who happens to be across the hall....

DEIJ all the way

Cati Werbin-Gradel, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 18, 2023

Starting in 2021, CESJDS has made more of an effort to bring Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) into the school community and instill these values in the students. As a result, the DEIJ framework...

Invest at your best

Adin Halbfinger, News Editor March 18, 2023

Applause filled the room as freshman Leo Steindecker walks up to the front to accept his prize of a dozen donuts. Four months of investing in the Finance Club’s MarketWatch Virtual Stock Exchange Investing...

Yoav Amit takes to the skies with his instructors to learn his way around his plane.

Frequent flyer in training

Ari Blumenthal, Reporter March 18, 2023

While most juniors are working on getting their driver’s licenses, Yoav Amit is aiming much higher - literally. For the past few months, Amit has been preparing to receive his pilot’s license. Yoav...

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