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Certified digital wellness educator Corrine Yourman leads a session titled Your Digital Life and Your Jewish Values to members of the high school community.

February’s Wellness Wednesday: Digital Wellness

Ruby Kotok, Features Editor February 8, 2024

Students heard from experts on Feb. 7 in the newest installment of Wellness Wednesdays. This “Disconnect to Connect” program consisted of over six sessions covering topics about digital wellness, such...

Students watch as Steinberg presents on her time as a journalist in Israel.

Israeli journalist speaks to Upper School

Isaiah Segal-Geetter, Guest Writer February 5, 2024

Jessica Steinberg, an editor at The Times of Israel, spoke to the CESJDS Upper School on Jan. 30 about her role as a journalist. She focused on the challenges of covering the hostage situation, as well...

The Jewish caucus honors Marsha Tishler, Rockville resident and Holocaust survivor, for Holocaust Remembrance day at an event on Jan. 29.

Lawmakers initiate Maryland Legislative Jewish Caucus

Maya Greenblum, News Editor January 30, 2024

As the Israel-Hamas War advances, antisemitic incidents have reached extreme rates worldwide, inspiring a rise in Jewish advocacy through social activism and regional protests.  Senator Shelley Hettleman...

Juniors attended mental health trainings every week during November.

Train your brains

Ruby Kotok, Reporter January 4, 2024

Four in five teens struggling with mental health challenges first turn to their peers for support, according to Drew Fidler, Senior Director of the BBYO Center for Adolescent Wellness. That is why JDS...

Admin all-in

Mia Forseter, Reporter January 4, 2024

Most high school administrators start their careers as teachers, and many stop teaching when they become administrators. However, for many CESJDS principals and deans, their role as a teacher does not...

Antisemitic graffiti was found in Bethesda earlier this fall.

Antisemitism on the homefront

Lily Rulnick, Features Editor January 4, 2024

The world has seen a significant increase in antisemitic incidents since the Oct. 7 attacks in Israel. Despite its large Jewish population, many Jewish residents in the greater Washington, D.C. area have...

Three open letters written by CESJDS alumni circulated around the school about the Israel-Hamas war.

A series of open letters rock the CESJDS community

Aliza Bellas, Opinion Editor December 25, 2023

A series of open letters rocked the CESJDS community in mid-December. The first, critical of Israel during its war with Hamas and the school’s approach to Israel education, was quickly followed by two...

11th grade ECP English classes welcomed numerous speakers to host immersive workshops for the book they are reading,“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Junior English class welcomes guest speakers

Sophie Schwartz, Reporter December 14, 2023

As a way to delve deeper in their curriculum of understanding Black voices, the junior ECP English students welcomed Founder and Co-Director of Exploring Black Narratives (EBN) Lonnie Firestone (‘97),...

Israeli performer Ishay Ribo performs for thousands during teen pre-rally.

Community participates in the March For Israel rally

Aliza Bellas, Opinion Editor November 15, 2023

On Nov. 14, over 290,000 Jews and allies gathered on the National Mall to voice support for Israel during its ongoing conflict with Hamas, demand the immediate return of hostages from Gaza and denounce...

Sophomore Amalia Netter uses magnetic granite power to uncover her fingerprint in the Forensic Crime Scene Investigation session

JDS hosts fifth annual STEM day

Gila Safra, Reporter November 10, 2023

The CESJDS high school gathered in the auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 8 to kick off the 5th annual STEM Day conference. Everyone had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Maya Lieber (‘12), a civil...

Display showcases high-chairs, chairs, flowers and a sign for all viewers to see.

D.C. Jewish community gathers by Lincoln Memorial to show recognition for the hostages

Mia Forseter, Reporter November 7, 2023

Four high chairs and over 100 empty chairs surrounded a Shabbat table set in front of the Lincoln Memorial, representing the hostages in Gaza who cannot enjoy Shabbat. The empty chairs represented only...

JDS students sit with students from Bishop Mcnamara High School to engage in a meaningful conversation

JDS students and faculty visit Bishop McNamara high school in continued partnership

Cati Werbin-Gradel, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 7, 2023

CESJDS’ partnership with Bishop McNamara High School continued this past week, with 19 students and seven faculty members visiting their campus on Nov. 2. Last year, a group of students and faculty visited...

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