The Lion's Tale

Stem with a purpose: Middle school elective promotes competition

Stem with a purpose: Middle school elective promotes competition

Lincoln Aftergood, Reporter

March 15, 2019


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A competition to design devices for use during natural disasters led to a new course for eighth grade students called the Cadena Initiative elective. CESJDS will compete regionally against Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy and put their prototypes on display on Sunday, April 7 at JDS. Whichever school wins t...

Junior’s Instagram post goes viral

Junior’s Instagram post goes viral

Rebecca Safra, Guest Writer

March 15, 2019


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On Jan. 10, Hadara Bilsky texted her parents, asking if she could get a dog if she got one million likes on an Instagram post. Without hesitation, her parents agreed, not even imagining that it would come true six weeks later. “I never thought in a million years she would get one million likes,”...

Observing Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Observing Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Kayla Liss, Reporter

March 15, 2019


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February was Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a month that has been dedicated to raising awareness about disabilities in the Jewish community. CESJDS recently had a Kabbalat Shabbat that focused on raising awareness with a presentation from a group of students that took a trip t...

School honors gun violence victims in new way

School honors gun violence victims in new way

Carrie Hirsch, Reporter

March 14, 2019


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Walkouts and other displays of activism took place on Thursday in the Washington region and across the country to honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that happened 13 months ago. Unlike last year, CESJDS did not have a school-sponsored walkout on campus. Dean of ...

Guest speaker returns to JDS for 25th time

Guest speaker returns to JDS for 25th time

Rachel Dori, Guest Writer

March 6, 2019


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Dr. Craig Futterman—whom Jewish Text teacher Paul Blank has been inviting to speak to freshman Ethical Dilemmas classes for a quarter of a century—recently returned on Feb. 27 and 28 to speak to the current students taking the class. Futterman, a physician and pediatric cardiac intensive care spec...

Upper School tuition to rise for the upcoming school year

Upper School tuition to rise for the upcoming school year

Irit Skulnik, Style Editor

March 4, 2019


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Upper School tuition will increase by 4.5 percent, from $34,720 to $36,280, for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. This increase leaves some members of the CESJDS community wondering how the school will spend its larger revenue. “I am a little curious where all this money is going to because I don’t...

The red light on food delivery services

The red light on food delivery services

Sabrina Bramson, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019


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Siyum speech calls new alumni to action

Siyum speech calls new alumni to action

Daphne Kaplan, In-Depth and Design Editor

February 11, 2019


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English teacher Melissa Fisanich delivered the faculty address on Friday, Feb. 8 at the CESJDS Class of 2019’s Siyum, or culminating senior ceremony. “Honored” by the grade who chose her to deliver this year’s speech, Fisanich strived to encapsulate some of the Class of 2019’s greatest attr...

CESJDS introduces new podcast series

CESJDS introduces new podcast series

Oren Minsk, Managing Editor

January 30, 2019


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“The JDS Pawdcast,” CESJDS’ new podcast series, launched last December in order to “expand [the] content strategy” of the school, according to Director of Marketing and Communications Laurie Ehrlich. Ehrlich was looking for a new marketing tool to add to the current array of social media...

Just down the road: Students embrace service opportunity

Just down the road: Students embrace service opportunity

Daphne Kaplan, Assistant Features Editor

January 25, 2019


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In a new opportunity for community service, CESJDS students gathered to assist students at Sargent Shriver Elementary School in their studies, located two miles away from the JDS Upper School campus. Shriver Elementary School is a Title 1 institution, meaning it receives supplemental funding from...