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Spotlight illuminates CESJDS’ 50 years

Spotlight illuminates CESJDS’ 50 years

Gabe Krantz and Isaac Silber
June 1, 2016
Filed under News

After nearly two years of planning, CESJDS held the Spotlight celebration on Thursday, May 26 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The event was the culmination of the 50th anniversary celebrations for JDS. Over 1,000 people were in attendance, including current and former JDS faculty,...

Juniors participate in ‘Inside College Admissions’ program

Juniors participate in ‘Inside College Admissions’ program

Jonathan Foldi, Managing Editor, Copy
June 1, 2016
Filed under News

On May 18, the junior class participated in the second-ever Inside College Admissions program, organized by the College Guidance department. The program was led by admissions officers from 15 different colleges from across the country. The college representatives spoke to the juniors and their parent...

Hidden in the background

Hidden in the background

Isaac Silber and Rani Zimand
June 1, 2016
Filed under News

Lower School Math and Science Coordinator Hannah Viana was fired after CESJDS was notified that Viana lost her teacher’s license because of alleged inappropriate conduct with a student at her former school, Jordan Elementary School in Chicago. Head of School Rabbi Mitchel Malkus emailed the JDS commu...

Live stream of Zimriyah 2016

Live stream of Zimriyah 2016

Noah Green, Social Media and Visual Editor
May 12, 2016
Filed under Features, News, Showcase

Zimriyah, CESJDS' celebration of Israeli Independence Day, will occur on Thursday, May 12 at 2 p.m. Watch the live video of this year's performances here:

Upper School campus in shelter in place mode after Montgomery County shootings

Upper School campus in shelter in place mode after Montgomery County shootings

Isaac Silber, News Editor
May 8, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The CESJDS Upper School campus went into a shelter in place drill at 1:47 p.m. Friday during Dor L’Dor day, after two reported shootings at Westfield Montgomery Mall and the Aspen Hill Shopping Center. The shelter in place at the Upper School lasted only 30 minutes, and the shooter has since been ...

Live Vigil for Yom HaShoah

Live Vigil for Yom HaShoah

James Schlackman, Director of Information Technology
May 5, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

In honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the sophomore class is holding a vigil to remember those who were lost in the Holocaust. Watch the live vigil below:    ...

Fellows from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy speak to junior class

Fellows from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy speak to junior class

Talia Denicoff, News Editor
April 18, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Two fellows of The Washington Institute, a think tank which promotes policies for peace in the Middle East, came to speak to the junior class about the Arab-Israeli conflict on April 12. The two speakers were David Makovsky, an American Jew, and Ghaith al-Omari, an Arab. Makovsky previously worked as a...

A temporary move

A temporary move

Talia Denicoff, News Editor
April 15, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Last week, the sophomore class moved into their alcove for the last two months of the school year, even though they will not have it for their junior year. For the 2016-2017 school year, the tenth grade lockers will be where the ninth grade hallway currently is, and the seventh and eighth grade locker...

Old place, fresh start

Old place, fresh start

Ilana Jach, Guest Writer
April 14, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Rabbi Janet Ozur Bass, a seventh and eighth grade Jewish text teacher at CESJDS, will become the new assistant principal of the middle school for the 2016-2017 school year. After working at the school for twenty years, Ozur Bass is eager to move beyond her role in the classroom to a new leadership position. As ass...

Bridging boundaries: Arab-Israeli delegation interacts with juniors

Bridging boundaries: Arab-Israeli delegation interacts with juniors

Aliza Rabinovitz, Reporter
April 12, 2016
Filed under Features, News, Showcase

CESJDS juniors had the opportunity to learn about Israel outside of the classroom when the Spark of Change Foundation delegation joined them on their Shabbaton this year. The delegation consisted of four Northern Israeli teenagers: two Arabs and two Jews, who arrived on Thursday, March 31 and left...

Students participate in Families in Action Day

Students participate in Families in Action Day

Rina Torchinsky, Features Editor
April 12, 2016
Filed under News

As freshman Hallel Samson scooped horse dung at a local horse farm, others wrote letters to sick children, taught the elderly to use technology or made bracelets to give to homeless children as part of CESJDS’ form of the Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day, known as Families in Action Day The JDS parent...

New high school principal meets with students

New high school principal meets with students

Sara Sporkin, Reporter
April 8, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

New High School Principal Marc Lindner visited the Upper School on Wednesday, March 30, and took the opportunity to speak with high school students during lunch. During Lindner’s visit with over 20 high school students, he asked them about themselves and what they liked about CESJDS. He also asked...