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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

Used with permission from the Balva family.

Omer Balva: A Beacon of Kindness and Zionism Dies at 22

Ari Kittrie, Opinion Editor January 4, 2024

Omer Balva (‘19), a CESJDS alumnus who was an ardent Zionist and dreamed of moving to Israel, was killed on Oct. 20 on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. Balva was a staff sergeant in the 9203rd...

Alumni in the IDF

Sophie Schwartz, Reporter January 4, 2024

Just ten minutes before Eitan Tavor (‘21) prepared to leave his base, sirens and explosions rang through the air. Stationed in the South, where rockets were aimed, Tavor remained in the bomb shelter...

An Israeli flag is raised in support of Israel during the March for Israel Rally on Nov. 14. JDS cancelled the school day to allow students and teachers to attend.

Solidarity beyond borders

Kaylah Goldrich, Jonah Beinart, and Stella Muzin January 4, 2024

rael on Oct. 7, a new sign has greeted Upper School students each morning: “CESJDS Stands in Solidarity With Israel.” JDS’ commitment to supporting Israel in the current war has been constant over...

Not behind us yet

Ella Waldman, Kaylah Goldrich, and Stella Muzin October 20, 2023

As society emerges from the pandemic, long-term impacts of distance learning are still emerging. The CESJDS community is no exception as students and teachers are actively facing the continuing challenges...

All Eyes On Identity

All Eyes On Identity

Lena Nadaner, Editor-in-Chief September 8, 2023

Background  As part of its DEIJ (Diversity Equity Inclusion Justice) curriculum, the Lower School began teaching gender inclusion lessons in 2020, which have garnered a wide range of parent reactions,...

Our recommendations for the best way to spend your summer.

Fun under the sun

Live concerts and new music Ed Sheeran is bound to impress when he comes to Landover, Maryland on June 24. His “+-=÷x Tour” has received quite the hype due to the release of his Disney+ docuseries...

Schools are taking measures to combat fentanyl crisis.

Too much to lose

Lena Nadaner, Ella Waldman, and Lilli Libowitz April 18, 2023

When Marc Hausman woke up on Jan. 17, he walked into his 16-year-old son Landen’s bathroom to find him lying on his bathroom floor covered in blood. The blood vessels in his nose had burst because Landen,...

Small class size gives
private school students an academic edge.

Less is more

Ella Waldman, Lily Rulnick, and Jonah Beinart March 18, 2023

The national average class size for public schools is 24 students. The average class sizes for Walter Johnson High School and Sherwood High School, two local public high schools, are 26 and 21 students...

Matthew Steindecker and Alec Silberg at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student’s Of The Year Gala.

It takes teamwork

Eliana Wolf, Reporter January 8, 2023

Dressed to the nines, the CESJDS 007 License to Cure Fundraising Team stood anxiously in the gala ballroom on March 12, along with other Washington, D.C. student campaigns, awaiting the final donations...

Families battling cancer are offered a wide variety of help from medical professionals to religious support.

Tougher together

Aliza Bellas and Gigi Gordon January 8, 2023

Grappling with the experience of cancer in a family is difficult for even adults to grasp. For an elementary-aged Jonah Boles, the experience of his brother’s cancer diagnosis was even more terrifying....

Zman Kodesh or Zman Chofesh

Ever since CESJDS was founded in 1965, a specific time for prayer has always been set aside as part of each student’s day. Over the course of many years, this time in the morning has evolved into what...

Settling the score

Daniela Abrams, Lily Rulnick, and Zara Ducker June 10, 2022

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX legislation that mandated that schools provide equal opportunities to female athletes, many schools are reevaluating their athletics programs to see if they...

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