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The Lion's Tale

Even in face of tragedy, chain remains unbroken

Even in face of tragedy, chain remains unbroken

Isaac Silber and Rina Torchinsky, Managing Editor, Copy and Editor-in-Chief

August 29, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Showcase

When a student’s grandparent dies, the school typically helps students mourn the loss by reaching out to the family and being lenient about homework deadlines. But there was no  precedent for a student death in the Upper School until this past school year when seventh-grader Senesh Magill died sudde...

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...

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 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...

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 Guest Column, In-Depth, 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, 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...

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, 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...