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Mind over matter: Psychology offers glimpse of human behavior

Mind over matter: Psychology offers glimpse of human behavior

Izzy May, Reporter

September 26, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

Come December, tri-fold boards will decorate the shelves of the Levitt Library, each one portraying a different mental illness and listing several celebrities that might have it. Seniors are able to participate in this project if they choose to take psychology, a semester-long course in human behavior. For...

Under the same roof: Pluralism in the community

Under the same roof: Pluralism in the community

Addie Bard and Aliza Rabinovitz

April 5, 2017


Filed under In-Depth

Since ancient times, the population of what is now approximately 14 million Jews has been divided into many denominations. This variety of denominations can make it difficult to find a place that is accepting and open to all. Pluralism can be found throughout the Jewish community and is one of CESJDS’...

Turn off the lights: Facing climate change

Turn off the lights: Facing climate change

Aliza Rabinovitz, In-Depth Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, In-Depth, Showcase

In months typically associated with an onslaught of snow days, students walk into school without winter jackets. January 2017 brought with it a local record of 19 days in a row above freezing. In their recent unit on conservation, the sixth grade touched upon this phenomenon and the worldwide warming...

Strings Attached

Strings Attached

Ari Feuer and Dahlia Lehman

January 19, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, In-Depth

First time writing a research paper, first time driving a car and first time drafting an official resume: for many CESJDS students, high school is a time for firsts and experimentation. One way in which some students choose to push the boundaries of their comfort zones is by participating in hookup cul...

Reflections on Syrian refugee crisis

Reflections on Syrian refugee crisis

Lily Daroff and Kate Sosland

December 1, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

The Lion's Tale interviewed CESJDS students about their reactions to the Syrian refugee crisis to complement "Bridging the Gap," a print article about the interactions between JDS Arabic II students and a Syrian refugee family. To read "Bridging the Gap," click here.  ...

Bridging the gap

Bridging the gap

Miriam Minsk, Editor-in-Chief

November 28, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, In-Depth, Showcase

Some speak Arabic and the others speak English. Some are Syrian and the others are American. Twice a month, their lives intersect. Every other Sunday, four CESJDS Arabic II students volunteer one-on-one with four Syrian refugees and help them learn English, review their course material and complete th...

Real-time reactions to the third presidential debate

Real-time reactions to the third presidential debate

Ilan Cohen and Sara Sporkin

October 20, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Opinion, Showcase

Reporters Sara Sporkin and Ilan Cohen share their real-time reactions to the third presidential debate. Ilan Pre-Debate: I’m wondering if there is going to be a handshake tonight. I’m assuming not. Sara Pre-debate: According to a CNN update on my phone, “Clinton will try to stay out of the mud....

Real-time reactions to the second presidential debate

Real-time reactions to the second presidential debate

Isaac Silber and Jared Bauman, News Editor and Guest Columnist

October 11, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, In-Depth, Opinion, Showcase

Two of the many students who tuned into Sunday night’s presidential debate, guest columnist Jared Bauman and news editor Isaac Silber, share their real-time reactions. Jared Pre-debate: Rumor has it first question will go to Hillary, and it will be about Trump’s leaked comments. I despise...

Back to our roots

Back to our roots

Aliza Rabinovitz, Copy Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, In-Depth

Summer in Ukraine Over 4,000 miles separate Rockville, Md. and an area that 60 percent of Jews used to call home: Eastern Europe. This distance leaves the majority of CESJDS students, like senior Sara Heckelman who has no family currently living there, unable to relate much to the region. For Heckelman,...

Fixing up the lion’s den

Fixing up the lion’s den

Miriam Minsk, Editor-in-Chief

August 30, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, In-Depth

Building blocks of the summer construction The need for new lockers and classroom space became clear as administration discussed the possibility of bringing the sixth grade to the Upper School. Administrators first recruited an architect to make a sketch of potential changes to the build...