The Lion's Tale

New student moves to Washington area in pursuit of soccer opportunity

Jessica Gallo, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 17, 2020

Picture having to move 700 miles in the middle of the school year to play soccer with a professional team. For new sophomore Juliano Perczek, this is reality.  Perczek was born in Miami, but grew up in California and returned to Florida with his soccer team two years ago.  When he was recrui...

Fewer seniors to attend capstone trip than average class

Alex Landy, Editor-in-Chief

January 16, 2020

The percentage of students planning to attend the Irene and Daniel Simpkins Senior Capstone Israel trip is on the lower end of the average range of past years. 66 of the 82 graduates, or about 80 percent of the class of 2020, plan on attending, according to High School Principal and Associate Head of Schoo...

In their shoes: Administrators shadow high school students to understand experiences

In their shoes: Administrators shadow high school students to understand experiences

Maya Preuss and Mischa Trainor

January 16, 2020

Three administrators each recently shadowed a student for a day, hoping to gain perspective on what it is like to be a CESJDS student. High School Principal and Associate Head of School Dr. Marc Lindner, Dean of Academics Aileen Goldstein and Dean of Students Roslyn Landy observed all the classes of the...

Two states, one voice: Maryland and Israel sisterhood brings exhibit to JCC

Two states, one voice: Maryland and Israel sisterhood brings exhibit to JCC

Sophie Kaplan, Reporter

January 16, 2020

The Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee, led by freshman student-chair Kate Morgan and her father, chairman Randy Morgan, will display two exhibits at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington from Jan. 12 to Feb. 23. Gov. Larry Hogan founded the committee in 2016 after he learned that countries like ...

School to switch to continuous enrollment for upcoming school year

School to switch to continuous enrollment for upcoming school year

Matthew Rabinowitz, News Editor

January 16, 2020

Starting this upcoming school year, CESJDS is switching to continuous enrollment rather than its previous annual re-enrollment system.  Parents will sign one form that automatically renews their enrollment each year instead of having to manually re-enroll.  “This has been a trend in the fie...

School hosts second annual hackathon

School hosts second annual hackathon

Jessica Gallo, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 14, 2020

Helping people manage and maintain their health was the prompt that kept 13 teens from local high schools busy for 11 straight hours this past Sunday at CESJDS’ second annual hackathon. Hackathons are typically day-long coding events where students come together in small teams to create new proje...

CESJDS, MCPS announce respective calendars for 2020-2021 academic year

CESJDS, MCPS announce respective calendars for 2020-2021 academic year

Eva Bard, Reporter

January 8, 2020

Both CESJDS and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) released their tentative calendars for the 2020-2021 school year earlier this month, showing new half-day dismissal times and fewer days off in the fall holiday season for JDS, and an earlier start for MCPS.  Since many of the high holidays fall on week...

Winter Break Recap

Winter Break Recap

Jessica Gallo, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 2, 2020

Shir Madness performs on Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

Shir Madness performs on Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

Matthew Rabinowitz, News Editor

December 19, 2019

CESJDS’ a cappella group Shir Madness performed 17 songs on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Tuesday night. The performance, which was recorded, can be found here.  Its repertoire included unique takes on Hebrew classics such as “Darkeinu” and “Ki Tov Yom” and on English songs like “Halo” a...

Reason behind swim coach’s firing surfaces

Reason behind swim coach’s firing surfaces

Oren Minsk and Alex Landy

December 3, 2019

Details have emerged in the expulsion of former CESJDS swimming coach, Mike Karel, from the Bender JCC and his subsequent firing from the school. According to an email sent Tuesday, Nov. 19 by Karel to the team after being banned from the JCC and a later email he sent to The Lion’s Tale, two allegations of misconduct we...

Swim coach replaced after being banned from JCC

Swim coach replaced after being banned from JCC

Alex Landy and Oren Minsk

November 25, 2019

This past Tuesday, CESJDS announced that swim coach Mike Karel was banned from the Bender JCC of Greater Washington campus and consequently, let go by JDS. The announcement was made by JDS Athletic Director Becky Silberman in an email to swim team members and their parents. The reason for Karel’s ban was not disclos...

Jewish History class welcomes guest speakers

Jewish History class welcomes guest speakers

Matthew Rabinowitz, News Editor

November 25, 2019

Seven speakers deeply involved in prominent Jewish organizations have spoken to Jewish history teacher and department chair Aaron Bregman’s Contemporary American Jewish Society class over the past two months.  These speakers included the Executive Director of the Jewish Democratic Council of Am...

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