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Tu B’Shvat prompts food tasting and learning

Tu B’Shvat prompts food tasting and learning

Matthew Rabinowitz, Reporter

February 2, 2018


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Traditional holiday fruits were given out during both middle school and high school lunches on Jan. 31 as a way for CESJDS students to celebrate Tu B'Shvat. Tu B’Shvat is the Jewish new year for trees. The holiday has a large focus on nature, and it is customary to plant trees or eat certain fru...

Historic change to curriculum

Historic change to curriculum

Aliza Rabinovitz, In-Depth Editor

January 31, 2018


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Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, the CESJDS history department will require seniors to enroll in a new course, 21st Century American Identity, rather than allow them to choose from elective options as they do now. 21st Century American Identity will first be introduced as an elective for the hi...

Umttr holds assemblies on mental wellness in wake of tragedies in Montgomery County

Umttr holds assemblies on mental wellness in wake of tragedies in Montgomery County

Amelia Davidson, News Editor

December 12, 2017


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Following recent tragedies throughout the Montgomery County area, the umttr organization held mental health workshops for all CESJDS Upper School grades on Tues., Dec. 5 and Wed., Dec. 6. The umttr workshops had been scheduled in advance, but coincidentally were held after two suicides shook the ...

Middle school administration launches kindness initiative

Middle school administration launches kindness initiative

Aliza Rabinovitz and Sara Sporkin

October 24, 2017


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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the middle school administration decided to have a Middle School Community Building Day, called V'Ahavta Le'Rei'akha KamoKha, on Friday Oct. 20, in order to promote inclusivity in the CESJDS community. According to middle school history teacher and...

Rep. Jamie Raskin speaks to students in contemporary issues class

Rep. Jamie Raskin speaks to students in contemporary issues class

Ilan Cohen, Style Editor

October 18, 2017


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Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Jewish member of Congress who represents Maryland’s 8th District, visited CESJDS on Monday, Oct.16 to speak with students in a contemporary issues class. Two other classes joined Jewish History teacher Aaron Bregman’s eighth period contemporary issues class on Monday morning...

Club fair promotes student involvement

Club fair promotes student involvement

Sara Sporkin, News Editor

September 27, 2017


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Rather than basketballs and volleyball nets, the gym was filled with tables and posters during Community Time on Wednesday as students walked around learning about club opportunities from the organizations’ leaders. According to Dean of Students Roslyn Landy, more people wrote signed up for club...

Shabbaton without Shabbat

Shabbaton without Shabbat

Ethan Chanin, Reporter

September 25, 2017


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Seniors embarked on a retreat on Sept. 17 through Sept. 18 at Capital Camps and Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Pa. After dealing with a busy schedule and dodging an ACT testing day, the administration decided to schedule the Shabbaton on a Sunday, instead of having it over Shabbat, like past years. “One...

Car broken into in CESJDS parking lot

Car broken into in CESJDS parking lot

Ari Feuer, Isaac Silber, Rina Torchinsky

September 13, 2017


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Police were called to the CESJDS Upper School parking lot at 6:58 p.m. yesterday to respond to an alleged theft from a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country. The owner of the car, Lisa Stone, was at the Upper School to watch her son Ayden Stone play soccer for the Berman Hebrew Academy Cougars in their...

9/11 Commemoration includes flag lowering ceremony in honor of emergency responders

9/11 Commemoration includes flag lowering ceremony in honor of emergency responders

Ethan Chanin, Reporter

September 11, 2017


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In order to commemorate the 9/11 terror attacks that took place sixteen years ago, students quietly assembled outside following Z’man Kodesh for the ceremonial lowering of the American flag. The program included a prayer, chanted by Jewish text teacher Rabbi Rosenbaum, and a moment of silence in honor...

New high school students gain head start on school year

New high school students gain head start on school year

Jesse Edberg, Reporter

August 29, 2017


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While some returning students spent their final day of summer at the beach or by the pool, others spent it helping incoming students get ready for a successful year. High school orientation was held on August 28. It included many activities which helped integrate new high school students into the...

Remembering Senesh Magill

Remembering Senesh Magill

Ari Feuer, Editor-in-Chief

August 29, 2017


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In one word, Senesh Magill’s friends described her as “happy.” In more than one word, their praise for Senesh was effusive. She was positive, always enthusiastic and made bad days better just with her presence and her smile. Senesh passed away at the age of 12 on May 26, 2017, a day that was su...

Despite MCPS change, administration stands pat on finals policy

Despite MCPS change, administration stands pat on finals policy

Addie Bard, Copy Editor

May 24, 2017


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After Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) decided to end finals for the 2016-17 school year, questions arose within the CESJDS community regarding the future of finals. The county chose to get rid of finals in order to maximize instructional time, former school board president Patricia O’Neill...