The Lion's Tale

Strings Attached

Strings Attached

Ari Feuer and Dahlia Lehman

January 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

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