The Lion's Tale

Why cursing is much worse than you think

Jessica Gallo, Reporter

September 16, 2019

During a typical five minute passing period, I head to my next class and walk through at least five conversations where I hear my friends and peers cursing, not out of anger or frustration, but out of habit like it’s no big deal.  When I was younger, I almost never heard anyone swear. When I wa...

9/11 needs more recognition

9/11 needs more recognition

Sabrina Bramson, Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2019

When I walked into school, it seemed like any other Wednesday. I was greeted at the door by familiar faces. I said good morning to the guard on duty. I saw the morning announcements on the white board at the front of the school. I walked to the alcove to put my backpack away. And I headed to my Zman K...

Hopes For Expanding the Zman Kodesh Program

Hopes For Expanding the Zman Kodesh Program

Izzy May, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2019

Minyan is the only time during our school day that allows us to reflect on ourselves and connect with our form of religious devotion. For many students at CESJDS, this davening is practiced in many different ways, none more legitimate than the rest. That is why JDS offers 14 different Zman Kodesh option...

Pro advice from a senior: Tips and tricks for slaying the school year

Izzy May, Opinion Editor

August 27, 2019

As a senior, I’ve gone through many first days of school. This means that I consider myself a well-informed expert on how to be fully prepared coming into each new year. And now, I’ve decided to impart my wisdom onto my fellow students in the list form below. First, get to school earlier in the ...

Should the arts credit be required?

Mischa Trainor and Adam Drexler

August 27, 2019

Below are two stances on the recent addition of an arts requirement. Contributing Editor Mischa Trainor is against the requirement while Reporter Adam Drexler is in favor of it. Against  While exploring the arts is important, having an arts requirement causes students to stress about fulfilling the...

English curriculum needs more diversity

Rochelle Berman, Reporter

August 27, 2019

The English curriculum at CESJDS has been carefully crafted in order to expose students to different styles of literature and the deeper meaning of the texts. In my opinion, one aspect that the English department has fallen short on is the lack of diversity found within the JDS high school’s book list. R...

Ditch the deepfakes

Editorial Staff

August 27, 2019

Democracy relies on discussion, debate and differing opinions, all of which require a foundation of facts upon which we all agree. Today, however, we cannot even agree on the facts, hindering the meaningful discussions needed to move this country forward. The president uses the term “fake news” t...

Threat of isolation on elderly population

Threat of isolation on elderly population

Aiden Melkin, Guest Writer

May 28, 2019

Elderly social isolation and loneliness is a growing concern that affects millions of elderly people across America. According to the AARP Foundation, 17% of adults 65 years or older are socially isolated and 46% of women 75 years and older live alone. Unfortunately, these conditions can increase the lik...

Stronger together: A look into German Jewry

Stronger together: A look into German Jewry

Daphne Kaplan, Contributing Editor

May 23, 2019

Growing up, it seemed as though history had painted Germany harshly. And while to me, the horror of Germany’s actions throughout the 20th century can never be forgotten, it is in sharp contrast to what Germany is today. Last month, I had the privilege of attending BBYO’S Ambassador Trip to Germany,...

All year long: JDS should keep a short Friday schedule consistenly

Tal Arber, Reporter

May 23, 2019

In mid-March, the clock moves forward an hour and the short Friday schedule shifts back to a regular schedule. Many students, including myself, who participate in outside of school sports on Friday afternoons during the winter no longer have the option to continue participating once the schedule changes...

Devices Down, Curtains Up

Devices Down, Curtains Up

Maia Zimmers, Reporter

May 20, 2019

As you sit at home binge-watching “The Office” for the 100th time, you could be watching a similar story, but live, feeling energy pump through the room as the story unravels. You could be bettering your social and emotional skills. You could be watching theater. Theatrical productions tell unique stories a...

Phones down, eyes up

Phones down, eyes up

Eva Bard, Guest Writer

May 15, 2019

Do yourself a favor and get off your phone. How five days of limited screen time shifted my lifestyle: My homework is complete, my pajamas are on, my teeth are brushed and it’s time to answer my Snapchats. But as I tap my finger to the yellow ghost, the app does not open. Instead, a white screen wi...