The Lion's Tale

Junior reflects on personal battle with depression and recovery process

Junior reflects on personal battle with depression and recovery process

Yona Levitt, Guest Columnist

June 1, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Opinion

This past fall, I battled major depression and suicidal thoughts. For the first six weeks of my depression, I had not told anybody about my troubles, only making the depression worse and more dangerous. It is unclear to me as to why I thought this, but I was positive that I would die on Oct. 28, 2015...

Developing a new frame of mind on mental health

Developing a new frame of mind on mental health

Talia Denicoff and Ari Feuer

June 1, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

Staring at his computer screen on March 28, junior Yona Levitt could not yet fathom the widespread impact that his Facebook post would have on the community around him. Levitt’s post outlined his struggle with depression, an experience that, while not typically discussed publicly, is very common in Am...

Two different kinds of families

Two different kinds of families

Jessie Lehman, Reporter

May 1, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

As eighth-grader Ava Fradlin-Ryan walks downstairs for dinner at night, rather than feeling frustrated that she is an only child, she feels grateful for the opportunity to spend quality time with her parents. At the Upper School, there are students like Fradlin-Ryan who are only children, and ther...

Twinning!

Twinning!

Amelia Davidson, Reporter

April 18, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

The majority of CESJDS students understand the perks and struggles of having a sibling. While most siblings have some degree of separation in their lives, twins must coexist in many situations they face. The 12 pairs of twins in the Upper School have to share both their academic and social lives. B...

The real March madness: how Shir Madness adjusts without the seniors

The real March madness: how Shir Madness adjusts without the seniors

Jessie Lehman, Reporter

March 16, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase, Style

As CESJDS’ a cappella group, Shir Madness, performed at the Shir On Shabbaton on March 13, something was not the same. While Shir Madness was taking the stage, most of its senior members were across the globe touring Israel. On the annual Shir On Shabbaton, Shir Madness had planned to perform with...

Under pressure

Under pressure

Dahlia Lehman and Arielle Weinstein

March 11, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

“Stop calling me racist,” junior Jared Bauman typed in the first line of his most recent post published on Jan. 2. “I am not kidding. Please, stop calling me racist.” Bauman runs a political blog called “The Young Participant,” and in his latest entry he addressed a topic whose prevalence h...

Siblings at JDS: a look into family life inside the walls of the Upper School

Siblings at JDS: a look into family life inside the walls of the Upper School

Dahlia Lehman, In-Depth Editor

March 10, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

graphic by Dahlia Lehman

All you need is ahava

All you need is ahava

Dahlia Lehman, In-Depth Editor

February 26, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

  graphic by Dahlia Lehman...

The friendship puzzle

The friendship puzzle

Aliza Rabinovitz, Reporter

February 18, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

Through the many years of sleepovers, parties, field trips and FaceTime calls, you were positive the friends you made in school would last a lifetime. But when you decline yet another event because you’re too busy studying for a test, you’re not so sure anymore. According to Guidance Counselors Melissa Gartner...

Valentine’s (to)Day

Valentine’s (to)Day

Shira Godin, Reporter

February 11, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

The legend begins in the third century, and the setting is Rome. Priest Valentine is horrified to discover that his ruler, Emperor Claudius II, has outlawed marriage for all young Roman men in an effort to make them more dependable soldiers. Valentine, who believes marriage is a God-given gift, opposes Cl...

Love in the CESJDS community

Love in the CESJDS community

Arielle Weinstein, In-Depth Editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase, Uncategorized

For the month of February, each week the in-depth section of The Lion's Tale will explore the concept of love in the Upper School. Below is the first installment, which features students and teachers speaking about their families, their friendships and what they value about their Jewish community. The...

Intermarriage

Intermarriage

Malka Himelhoch and Carol Silber

January 30, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

If you walk into many houses off of Seven Locks Road on Friday night, you’ll see families lighting candles, reciting blessings over wine and sitting down for Shabbat dinner. Junior Natalie Morgan and freshman Daniel Morgan’s family is no different. Every Friday night, they too practice the tradition...