The Lion's Tale

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...

From student to faculty: Math teacher Robbie Shorr reflects upon his years at CESJDS

From student to faculty: Math teacher Robbie Shorr reflects upon his years at CESJDS

Robbie Shorr, Guest Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A lot has changed about CESJDS recently, but I’m going to explain something that has remained constant since my high school days at JDS until my return this year as a math teacher. (And, no, I don’t mean the fantastic cafeteria cookies. That’s an article for another time.) Since I started at th...

Simple ways to live sustainably today

Simple ways to live sustainably today

Ben Robinson, Opinion Editor

April 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, here are a few avenues for you to reduce your environmental presence and help preserve the planet. Make a wind tunnel. How do you stay cool on a hot day without hurting the electricity bill? Open a window and a door on the opposite side of the room, which shoul...

Should students have been able to walk out for gun control without academic penalty or missing class?

Should students have been able to walk out for gun control without academic penalty or missing class?

Reilly Lowell and Ari Gershengorn

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Below are two responses to the following prompt: On March 14, CESJDS allowed participation in a school walkout for gun control in response to the shooting in Parkland, Fla. Should students have been able to walk out without academic penalty or missing class? Guest Columnist Reilly Lowell believes that ...

Audiobooks are worth the listen

Audiobooks are worth the listen

Ilana Kaplan, Reporter

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

From the moment we wake up to the second our heads hit the pillow at night, we rely on our eyes to observe and absorb information more than any other sense.  By the time we sit down to complete assigned school readings, our eyes are exhausted, worsening our visual processing and ability to physically...

It is our generation’s time to lead change

It is our generation’s time to lead change

Editorial Staff

March 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As students who are too young to vote, it’s easy to feel closed off from the world of politics. Even though we can follow local and national news, form opinions and debate with peers, our voices often feel futile in a political landscape dominated by adults. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas...

Stand in solidarity

Stand in solidarity

Josh Diewald, Reporter

February 22, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, hundreds of high school and middle school students in the Montgomery County area staged walkouts from their schools on Wednesday, Feb 21, to show support for gun control laws. Students from Richard Montgomery High School...

Onward together

Onward together

Alex Landy, Reporter

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, Jan 30. Since watching the speech, I have had renewed thoughts about how both parties in Congress, as well as the American people, might respond to Trump’s volatile presidency in an effort to return to the p...