The Lion's Tale

Support for our state over criticism

Support for our state over criticism

Talia Shemony, Guest Columnist

April 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I believe that we, as Jews, need to have unequivocal support of Israel because it is the only safe haven for Jews in the world. While you can be critical of Israel if you disagree with the policies or decisions of her government or army, there has to be an equal if not harsher criticism of the enemy...

Why we all need to be involved in politics

Why we all need to be involved in politics

Matthew Weiseltier, Guest Columnist

April 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

While many people were happy about the results of the recent election, many people were upset. If you involved yourself in politics this year, congratulations! You have served our democracy, and you have been a part of improving it. If you did not involve yourself, you need to. Forty percent of eligible...

It’s time we emphasize teaching about consent

It’s time we emphasize teaching about consent

Editorial Staff

April 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Rape and sexual assault are two of the most serious issues in our society. We cannot work to “fix” the sexual assault and rape problem at the high school and college level without a proper education and subsequent understanding of it. Last month, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped during school...

Dear 2017…

Dear 2017…

Shira Gould, Guest Columnist

February 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Before the CESJDS Class of 2017 embarks on their senior capstone trip, alumna Shira Gould ('16) wrote what she thought was the message from her trip and about how the current seniors should go into their travels. Dear CESJDS Class of 2017 (and all future JDS seniors), Congratulations on finishing high school. Ob...

Standing up for our rights at the Women’s March on Washington

Standing up for our rights at the Women’s March on Washington

Addie Bard, Copy Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“My body, my choice,” I scream in unison with hundreds of women crowding Pennsylvania Avenue. “Her body, her choice,” the men in the crowd echo in response. This was one of the countless chilling and unforgettable moments I experienced at the Women’s March on Washington.     On Satur...

How to fight anti-Semitism 101

How to fight anti-Semitism 101

Editorial Staff

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In light of a recent rise in hate crimes in our community, CESJDS hosted a panel of local leaders including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Chief of Police Tom Manger. They discussed what various groups are doing in response to the anti-Semitic events and how we should react if confronted...

The problem with the school’s kippot policy

The problem with the school’s kippot policy

Izzy Friedland, Features Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It feels like every male student has at least one story of being told to cover his head in class. Only slightly fewer have stories of actually being sent out of class to either retrieve their own kippah or even purchase one (for the admittedly low price of 50 cents) from the main office before they are...

Find your own passion, follow it

Find your own passion, follow it

Miriam Minsk, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Throughout elementary school, I defined myself as a competitive swimmer because my parents wanted me to play a sport. In middle school, I joined the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (PVYO) because my parents wanted me to play my clarinet in a group setting. When I started high school, however, I was determi...

The importance of women-only spaces

The importance of women-only spaces

Talia Horowitz, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Shadows danced by the light of the old beeswax candle as eight young girls and their mothers one by one shared their favorite part about being a woman. After seven years as a camper, I was experiencing my first Visitor’s Weekend as an assistant counselor at Chimney Corners Camp for Girls (CCC). One o...

A case for extracurricular activities

A case for extracurricular activities

Arielle Weinstein, Outgoing In-Depth Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I’ve always had a thing for getting involved in the extracurriculars that aren’t exactly CESJDS mainstream — or, in other words, that no one usually cares about. Sure, our Junior State of America chapter and The Lion’s Tale staff have won this school some pretty awards that administrators love to boast...

Finishing the last chapter of my CESJDS book

Finishing the last chapter of my CESJDS book

Aaron Schonfeld, Outgoing Features Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When people think about the CESJDS community, they think of one large family. This is literally the case for me, as I am the younger brother of two lifers, David Schonfeld (’13) and Brian Schonfeld (‘15). JDS has always been in my life for as long as I can remember, especially when I shared a ca...

Lessons learned from my time on The Lion’s Tale

Lessons learned from my time on The Lion’s Tale

Joel Vardon, Outgoing Sports Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Since the graphic design, art, photography, ceramics and exercise science electives were filled up my freshman year, I was forced to think of new ways to fill that hole in my schedule. The only available elective remaining was Journalism I, but I had no interest in taking another writing class for a g...