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The Lion's Tale

Including all Jews

Including all Jews

Bronya Lechtman, Guest Columnist
January 28, 2016
Filed under Guest Column, Opinion, Showcase

One of the things that I appreciate the most about CESJDS is how strongly it subscribes to the principle of community. JDS has done a phenomenal job of establishing a close-knit community that represents a diverse set of Jews. But a certain part of the Jewish community is missing. JDS does provide...

To Tweet or not to Tweet

To Tweet or not to Tweet

Gaby Pilarsky and Jonathan Foldi
January 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Below are two responses to CESJDS' social media marketing efforts. Style Editor Gaby Pilarsky believes that JDS' marketing efforts are negatively impacting the students. Her opinion is located on the top of the page. In-Depth Editor Jonathan Foldi argues that JDS' marketing strategies are beneficial...

Room 328: My home (literally)

Room 328: My home (literally)

Jonah Shrock, Outgoing Opinion Editor
January 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

When I signed up for Journalism I in ninth grade, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. When I walked into Ms. Burke’s class in room 328, I had no idea that this was the room that would become my home. Literally. It turned out to be one of the most interesting classes that I took at JDS,...

Valuing the journey

Valuing the journey

Alysse Weinberg, Outgoing Managing Editor, Design
January 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

High school has is its fair share of stereotypes. There’s your athletes, your mathletes, your hipsters, your prepsters and the list goes on. Well, at least that’s what high school is supposed to be like. JDS definitely has all of that. But for some reason that I just can’t quite figure out,...

A shady guide to surviving high school

A shady guide to surviving high school

Mijal Altmann, Outgoing Style Editor
January 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

At the beginning of every school year, I look at my schedule and what I see is a list of teachers I’d like to friend. In all of my years at JDS, the one thing that I know has been invaluable is the role models that I have been able to learn from. So without further ado, here is Mijal’s Declassified...

Students deserve freedom of the press

Students deserve freedom of the press

Editorial Staff
January 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

We at the Lion’s Tale are very lucky to have journalistic independence and to be free of censorship from our school’s administration. Unfortunately, not all schools in the United States are as lucky. As our school's eighth graders learn, ever since the landmark Supreme Court case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier,...

Opinion: Lessons Learned from Ezra Schwartz

Opinion: Lessons Learned from Ezra Schwartz

Hannah Wexler, Guest Columnist
December 7, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Alumna Hannah Wexler ('15) reflects on the death of Ezra Schwartz, who was killed in the West Bank on Nov.19 during his gap year in Israel. Wexler attended summer camp with Schwartz for eight years at Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire. Loving, caring, passionate, proud, silly and happy. If I were to ...

Female Role Models Today — the Pinnacle of Perfection

Female Role Models Today — the Pinnacle of Perfection

Talia Horowitz, Features Editor
October 7, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Sept. 22 was American Business Women’s Day, a day that is to say the least, one of those national days you see illustrated on the google homepage which alerts you to the fact that you have never heard of this day in your life. In a slight homage to this not very well known day, I thought it would be...

Two Perspectives on Yom Hazikaron

Two Perspectives on Yom Hazikaron

Josh Paretzky
May 1, 2015
Filed under Opinion

An American in Israel and an Israeli in America share their experiences and thoughts on this past Israeli Memorial Day. By Shai Zarka For an Israeli, Yom Hazikaron is one of the most emotional and patriotic days of the year. Not being in Israel on this day, by my sibling soldiers, is a noticeable...

Holocaust Remembrance Day Was a Unifying Experience

Sara Heckelman, Guest Columnist
April 27, 2015
Filed under Opinion

“Sure. I’ll do it,” I answered in what I felt had to be a solemn tone due to the subject at hand. In reality, I was quite eager to begin preparing for something as meaningful and beautiful as the Holocaust Remembrance Day Vigil. As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I feel an unspoken obligation...

The Problems With Hebrew Class

The Problems With Hebrew Class

Izzy Friedland, Reporter
April 16, 2015
Filed under Opinion

An elephant lives in JDS. It’s big, and it’s ugly, and it sneaks around the 300s, sticking its trunk into classes of students with vacant stares and deaf ears. Nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the classroom. Anybody who has ever studied Hebrew on the intermediate or lower levels knows...

AB_E: My College Didn’t Accept Me

Alec Shrager
December 17, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Last Saturday, I woke up with one thought in my mind: go to the computer and check whether you are accepted to the school that was at the top of your list. Short story short, that dream was rapidly crushed by a single computerized letter. I was denied with the cliché words of “we have just completed...