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CESJDS needs to go to camp

CESJDS needs to go to camp

Kayla Liss, Guest Writer

January 11, 2019

If you were to visit me at Camp Ramah in New England, I would tell you to come on a Friday night, when all of camp is together singing after Shabbat dinner. These moments are my favorite in the whole entire world. Everyone’s singing, everyone loves it and someone’s probably crying. Moments like t...

Take the time to read each night, no matter what

Take the time to read each night, no matter what

Amelia Davidson, News Editor

January 2, 2019

Senior year has not been kind to my sleep cycle. Between homework, extracurricular commitments and my ever-present tendency to procrastinate, I often find myself awake well into the night. But no matter how late my World Literature assignment or my math homework keeps me up, I always make sure to re...

JDS should sponsor activities on Shabbat

JDS should sponsor activities on Shabbat

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

December 20, 2018

When extracurricular and athletic activities take place on Shabbat, CESJDS should support all participants, even if they cannot coordinate arrangements to ensure that Shabbat is being observed by those who choose to attend.    According to Head of School Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, the school has been ...

Despite a tight budget, teachers deserve paid leave

Despite a tight budget, teachers deserve paid leave

Jessie Lehman, Design Editor

December 20, 2018

While discussing the toll that childbearing has on working women, my American Women’s History class learned that CESJDS does not, in fact, provide paid parental leave to faculty or staff. We had just begun to learn about the policies that various organizations offer, and I was shocked and frankly quite...

A great leap for teenage activism at MCPS?

A great leap for teenage activism at MCPS?

Editorial Staff

December 20, 2018

In the wake of new political movements and newfound teenage political involvement, the Montgomery County Board of Education is considering allowing high school students to take three excused absences for civic activism. Currently, Montgomery County Public Schools legally allows absences for school-sponsored...

Spend quality time at family dinners

Spend quality time at family dinners

Sara Sporkin, In-Depth Editor

December 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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