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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...

Dear 2017…

Dear 2017…

Shira Gould, Guest Columnist
February 23, 2017
Filed under Guest Column, Opinion

Before the CESJDS Class of 2017 embarks on their senior capstone trip, alumna Shira Gould ('16) wrote what she thought was the message from her trip and about how the current seniors should go into their travels. Dear CESJDS Class of 2017 (and all future JDS seniors), Congratulations on finishing high school. Ob...

Standing up for our rights at the Women’s March on Washington

Standing up for our rights at the Women’s March on Washington

Addie Bard, Copy Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“My body, my choice,” I scream in unison with hundreds of women crowding Pennsylvania Avenue. “Her body, her choice,” the men in the crowd echo in response. This was one of the countless chilling and unforgettable moments I experienced at the Women’s March on Washington.     On Satur...

How to fight anti-Semitism 101

How to fight anti-Semitism 101

Editorial Staff
January 20, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

In light of a recent rise in hate crimes in our community, CESJDS hosted a panel of local leaders including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Chief of Police Tom Manger. They discussed what various groups are doing in response to the anti-Semitic events and how we should react if confronted...

The problem with the school’s kippot policy

The problem with the school’s kippot policy

Izzy Friedland, Features Editor
January 20, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It feels like every male student has at least one story of being told to cover his head in class. Only slightly fewer have stories of actually being sent out of class to either retrieve their own kippah or even purchase one (for the admittedly low price of 50 cents) from the main office before they are...

Find your own passion, follow it

Find your own passion, follow it

Miriam Minsk, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
January 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Throughout elementary school, I defined myself as a competitive swimmer because my parents wanted me to play a sport. In middle school, I joined the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (PVYO) because my parents wanted me to play my clarinet in a group setting. When I started high school, however, I was determi...

The importance of women-only spaces

The importance of women-only spaces

Talia Horowitz, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
January 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Shadows danced by the light of the old beeswax candle as eight young girls and their mothers one by one shared their favorite part about being a woman. After seven years as a camper, I was experiencing my first Visitor’s Weekend as an assistant counselor at Chimney Corners Camp for Girls (CCC). One o...

A case for extracurricular activities

A case for extracurricular activities

Arielle Weinstein, Outgoing In-Depth Editor
January 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

I’ve always had a thing for getting involved in the extracurriculars that aren’t exactly CESJDS mainstream — or, in other words, that no one usually cares about. Sure, our Junior State of America chapter and The Lion’s Tale staff have won this school some pretty awards that administrators love to boast...