The Lion's Tale

Learning hand in hand: A deep dive into Israeli students’ experiences and challenges at JDS

Zara Ducker, Lena Nadaner, and Harry Davidson April 11, 2022

Something that sets CESJDS apart from other schools is its large Israeli student population. Whether it is the boisterous Hebrew that echoes throughout the hall or the prevalence of blue diplomat license...

Piecing together pluralism

Zara Ducker, Ivan Endelman, Rochelle Berman, Incoming In-depth Editor, Outgoing Features Editor, Outgoing Managing Editor, Copy February 7, 2022

Shabbat and Holy Days As described in the student handbook, while there are many approaches to observance among JDS families, the school still strives to create an environment in which all of their students...

Building a better youth group

Eitan Malkus, Lena Nadaner, and Ella Kotok December 16, 2021

After hours, many CESJDS students are a part of and lead another community: Jewish youth groups. As with any organization, there are several issues these groups are trying to address such as safe relationships...

Breaking down eating disorders

Eva Bard, Zara Ducker, and Maya Preuss November 9, 2021

Uncovering Disordered Eating As Anna* scrolled through her phone on a summer afternoon, she came across a YouTube video: “How to Lose Weight Quickly.” As a rising eighth-grader starting a new school,...

Global meltdown

Sam Berns, Julia Rich, and Daniela Abrams September 10, 2021

As temperatures rise, people around the world are becoming more aware of the drastic effects climate change has on the planet. Many teachers and students within the CESJDS community are combating climate...

A clear conscience? Examining the racial biases of CESJDS and the greater Jewish community

In the wake of continuous incidents of police brutality, the United States is currently undergoing a racial reckoning and examining the history and impact of systemic racism. Many institutions, including...

Behind the Mask: Delving into mental health during the pandemic, understanding how to cope

Since the pandemic began, many teens have tried to maintain normalcy in their lives. Teens can feel very anxious or depressed at times, and the pandemic has only enhanced these emotions. This causes mental...

How to Help: Ways that teens can help themselves and others with mental health

Exercise Studies show that exercise can help improve mood and mental health. When a person exercises the body releases endorphins, or “happy chemicals,” along with stimulating the neurotransmitter...

Separate Bubbles: A look at polarization within the JDS community in light of the election season

Daphne Kaplan and Mischa Trainor November 6, 2020

After sophomore Anouchka Ettedgui praised President Donald Trump’s policy about building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico on her Instagram story, her direct message inbox filled rapidly with...

Not Enough Time: A look into the importance of sleep and why it’s so hard to get

Maya Preuss and Mischa Trainor September 10, 2020

Many students at CESJDS struggle to get a healthy amount of sleep on a nightly basis. Several factors can contribute to this including extracurriculars, procrastination, an overload of work on a single...

School Sick: Statewide shutdown shifts academics online

Daphne Kaplan, Mischa Trainor, and Eva Bard June 8, 2020

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, temporarily halting conventional life across the globe. Following WHO’s declaration, Governor Larry Hogan issued...

Is shalom hello or goodbye? Alumni make own choices about practicing Judaism

Daphne Kaplan and Rochelle Berman January 16, 2020

As alumna Beyla Bass (‘19) sat and prayed in a Conservative synagogue, she looked down at her new bumblebee tattoo, and realized that it did not make her any less Jewish. Many CESJDS alumni, like Bass,...

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