The Lion's Tale

Spend quality time at family dinners

Spend quality time at family dinners

Sara Sporkin, In-Depth Editor

December 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In our busy lives with schoolwork and extracurriculars, we often overlook the importance of spending quality time with our families. For my family, that time comes each night during our dinners together. The Family Dinner Project, an organization that encourages families to share evening meals with e...

Music is instrumental to life

Music is instrumental to life

Jessica Gallo, Guest Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On a typical afternoon, I come home from track practice after a long day at school, eat dinner and head upstairs to start my long haul of homework. But before I take out my laptop, notebooks and planner, I do something that instantly relaxes me, making the transition to homework a little bit easier: I...

Arts classes should factor into a GPA

Arts classes should factor into a GPA

Molly Zatman, Guest Columnist

November 27, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I’ve taken various art classes throughout my years at CESJDS, taking pride in my work and doing my best to succeed, but all of the hard work that I put into my creations will barely affect my future. At JDS, art classes are not factored into student’s GPAs. Obviously, JDS regards art as important, as ...

It’s not them, it’s us: Middle school student reflects on Pittsburgh tragedy

It’s not them, it’s us: Middle school student reflects on Pittsburgh tragedy

Hannah May, Guest Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Anger burns inside me. Fueling my everyday movements, the firey-pit of emotions is the only thing keeping me from shutting down completely. This should not be happening. People. We are all people. We are all living in the same world, breathing the same air. Sorries could never be enough. One word canno...

An attack on one is an attack on all: What the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack means for American Jewry and our community

Alex Landy, Copy Editor

October 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As I turned on the T.V. Saturday to discover what is now believed to be the deadliest attack on American Jews in history, I could only wonder about what the larger implications of the tragic event in Pittsburgh are for Jews in our community and in the United States. As a proud Jew, I find comfort and strength ...

To solve the conflict, look across the security barrier

To solve the conflict, look across the security barrier

Aaron Bregman, Guest Columnist

October 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

There is a crisis of confidence today between the Israelis and Palestinians. Their societies are so polarized, so caught up with advancing their political and cultural interests, that it is nearly impossible to sit down and talk about the issues that matter most. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Time to rethink class discussions

Time to rethink class discussions

Jacob Sher, Guest Colmunist

October 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Elementary school, middle school, high school, college. What do they all have in common? Lunchtime and class discussions. Whether it’s discussing the solution to the bicycle chain problem in geometry or analyzing Jack’s character development in “Lord of the Flies,” every class takes on this critical...

A smarter way to learn Hebrew

A smarter way to learn Hebrew

Editorial Staff

October 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Five years ago, CESJDS invited the organization Hebrew at the Center to audit its Hebrew language program. After visiting teachers’ classrooms, reviewing the curriculum and interviewing faculty, Hebrew at the Center’s experts shared a report with recommendations for the school. JDS considered...

Find a place for homecoming at our school

Find a place for homecoming at our school

Josie Stein, Reporter

October 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Over the past month or so, my Instagram feed has been bombarded with photos of beaming girls with corsages and hunky dates. You guessed it: It’s homecoming season. For many high school girls in the U.S., the first two months of school are spent adjusting to a new year of classes while also drea...

Community Time should be prioritized as a free period for students

Community Time should be prioritized as a free period for students

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

October 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Often times, I find myself in an assembly during Community Time instead of completing schoolwork, attending a club, meeting with a teacher or socializing, which makes me wonder why my Community Time is being taken away. I would personally rather miss a few minutes of each class for an assembly, instead ...

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

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

Naomi Jaray, Guest Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion

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...