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The Lion's Tale

Expected to never forget without anything to always remember

Expected to never forget without anything to always remember

Ayelette Halbfinger, Guest Columnist

September 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Following Zman Kodesh, the entire upper school went to the front parking lot where we stood in unison while the American flag was lowered to half mast. After a short prayer, we held still for a moment of silence - a short moment merely ten seconds long - and proceeded to our first period classes. As...

Follow MCPS for a later start to school

Follow MCPS for a later start to school

Josh Siegel, Reporter

September 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Last summer, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) issued an executive order which forced all public schools in Maryland to begin the school year after Labor Day. As a private school, CESJDS has no obligation to comply with this order, and it has accordingly decided not to move back the first day. This d...

Code to success: Koding with Klossy empowers young women in computer science

Code to success: Koding with Klossy empowers young women in computer science

Aliza Rabinovitz, In-Depth Editor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Supermodel Karlie Kloss calls coding a “superpower,” but I wasn’t sure I truly understood that until I attended the summer program she founded, Kode with Klossy. Although the program has offered girls scholarships in coding since 2015, the Kode with Klossy 2-week program as it exists today began...

Seeds grow beyond their roots

Seeds grow beyond their roots

Amelia Davidson, News Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I had never even heard a national anthem in any language beside English and Hebrew. But there I was, standing in respect for the Palestinian national anthem as people around me sang with pride. I stood surrounded by people singing in foreign languages and making fun of how pale my skin is. I could n...

Legislative inexperience hurts localities

Legislative inexperience hurts localities

Josh Siegel, Guest Columnist

May 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In this past election, there was one local vote which gained little attention, but deserves to be talked about a little more. Question B on the ballot for Montgomery County passed. This measure institutes term limits of three terms of four years for the county executive, and for county council members....

Term limits bring new perspective

Term limits bring new perspective

Jesse Edberg, Guest Columnist

May 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The past couple of years have seen an unprecedented wave of anti-establishment populism sweep through the nation. The 2016 election sent these populist ripples through the nation, most locally in the “yes” vote on the Montgomery County referendum to impose a three consecutive term limit on county...

There are better ways to learn than technology

There are better ways to learn than technology

Ethan Chanin, Guest Columnist

May 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Teenagers spend almost ten hours a day in front of a screen and chances are, you are not an exception. Technology in class is not just distracting, but is detrimental to students' social skills. Although many teachers have made efforts to incorporate technology, specifically computers, into their curricula,...

Know suicide’s signs

Know suicide’s signs

Editorial Staff

May 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each day in our nation, an average of over 5,240 people grades 7-12 attempt suicide. Much of the time, though suicide tragically seems unprovoked and without warning. One...

Make America green again

Make America green again

Kate Sosland, Features Editor

May 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“I can’t believe I’m protesting for reality,” said the sign held proudly over my head during the People’s Climate March. I attended this march on Saturday, April 29, with hopes of bringing more attention to a pressing issue. On the 100th day of President Donald Trump’s administration...

Criticism of Israel does not mean anti-Israel

Criticism of Israel does not mean anti-Israel

Ilan Cohen, Style Editor

April 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

There is more than one way to support the United States. Different parties all have the same goal: a strong U.S. However, they have different plans on how to reach it. This is also the case with Israel. As in the U.S., there are many different political parties in Israel, all with the goal of strengthening...

Support for our state over criticism

Support for our state over criticism

Talia Shemony, Guest Columnist

April 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I believe that we, as Jews, need to have unequivocal support of Israel because it is the only safe haven for Jews in the world. While you can be critical of Israel if you disagree with the policies or decisions of her government or army, there has to be an equal if not harsher criticism of the enemy...

Why we all need to be involved in politics

Why we all need to be involved in politics

Matthew Weiseltier, Guest Columnist

April 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

While many people were happy about the results of the recent election, many people were upset. If you involved yourself in politics this year, congratulations! You have served our democracy, and you have been a part of improving it. If you did not involve yourself, you need to. Forty percent of eligible...