The Lion's Tale

The meaning of Hispanic Heritage Month for a student with strong Peruvian roots

Naomi Jaray, Guest Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate Hispanic culture and heritage in the United States. Though this month is not widely celebrated, it is very important to be recognized in schools and organizations such as CESJDS. I appreciate how the school incorporates Hispanic culture and spirit into the nor...

New cellphone policy takes a positive spin

New cellphone policy takes a positive spin

Alex Landy, Copy Editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The administration recently implemented a brand new policy that mandates all students to place their cellphones in containers in the back of each classroom or in their locker in for the duration of the class period. Since the very beginning of the new school year, I have heard mixed opinions from peers...

Presumption of innocence must be upheld in Kavanaugh hearing

Presumption of innocence must be upheld in Kavanaugh hearing

Sara Sporkin, In-Depth Editor

September 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Montgomery County teenagers should care about sexual assault, but to direct anger at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is misguided. I should begin by saying that I believe Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was honest. There is no doubt in my mind that Ford...

As Montgomery County high-schoolers, we need to speak out against Kavanaugh

As Montgomery County high-schoolers, we need to speak out against Kavanaugh

Amelia Davidson, News Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On Thursday, Sept. 27, Christine Blasey Ford got up in front of Congress and once again publicly accused Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, of sexually assaulting her at a party in Montgomery County when they were in high school. Since Ford first spoke out in mid-September, she has received bo...

As US turns away refugees, we must take a stand

As US turns away refugees, we must take a stand

Editorial Staff

August 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

After World War II, the United States faced a moral crossroads. In 1933, the Roosevelt administration had refused to allow a ship with 900 Jewish refugees to dock at American shores, instead sending it back to Germany. In the same year, Congress ignored a bill that would have admitted an additional 20,000...

My journey from MCPS to JDS

My journey from MCPS to JDS

Josie Stein, Guest Writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

My backpack was meticulously organized. I carefully selected my outfit and laid it out the night before. As I walked through the main doors, I was both eager and anxious. It was my first day of freshman year at a completely new school.  I transferred to CESJDS in 2016 after attending Eastern Mid...

New definition of activism: path of understanding

New definition of activism: path of understanding

Kate Sosland, Editor-In-Chief

August 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In a field of unkempt grass that seemed to go on forever,  I stood hand in hand with my black and Jewish peers singing freedom songs. I was in Anniston, Ala., honoring the Freedom Riders’ bravery. There was nothing next to us except a sign that indicated that this was the site of the bombing of a...

Teenagers are not ready to vote

Teenagers are not ready to vote

Oren Minsk, Reporter

June 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Political polarization and teenage activism have both become increasingly common in the US today, which raises the question of whether the federal voting age should be lowered to 16. The cities of Takoma Park and Hyattsville, MD, have already done so for municipal elections, prompting a discussion of wheth...

Should Zimriyah continue to be a competition?

Should Zimriyah continue to be a competition?

Sabrina Bramson and Tali Kuperberg

May 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Below are two responses to the following prompt: Zimriyah lets students celebrate Israel's independence through a competition; however, many believe it distracts from the purpose of Yom HaAtzmaut. Should Zimriyah continue to be a competition? Features Editor Sabrina Bramson believes that Zimriyah ...

Arab-Israeli Conflict class should be required

Arab-Israeli Conflict class should be required

Ilana Kaplan, Reporter

May 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Whether we realize it or not, going to a Jewish school inherently isolates many of us from exposure to negative and hateful speech surrounding Israel. When we leave the confines of the school, both before and after graduation, we must learn to effectively advocate our beliefs through informed and constructive...

Students must stand to make the most of our brains

Students must stand to make the most of our brains

Editorial Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Human bodies ascend to their physical peaks during adolescence, the same time the mind becomes more sophisticated and refined. As a critical stage of human development, the teenage years should be among the most active periods in a person's life. Yet today’s average teenager is as sedentary as a...

The ups and downs of CESJDS’ GPA system

The ups and downs of CESJDS’ GPA system

Matthew Rabinowitz, Reporter

May 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As a new student at CESJDS with little prior knowledge of Hebrew, I have to take ECP level Judaic classes because many require higher levels of Hebrew. All academic classes at JDS, including Judaics classes, are graded on a four-point GPA scale for the ECP level and five-point scale for the advanced level, s...