The Lion's Tale

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...

More than just a newspaper

More than just a newspaper

Rina Torchinsky, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“Journalism is dying,” they tell me — all the time. In fact, I expect to hear it every time someone asks me about my plans for the future. It echoes in my head as I brainstorm story ideas for the next edition of The Lion’s Tale. I wish I could stop it, but I cannot. Instead, I wonder, ...

I’m graduating and I still don’t understand late passes

I’m graduating and I still don’t understand late passes

Gabe Krantz, Outgoing Opinion Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s safe to say that I have learned a thing or two throughout my 13 years at CESJDS (shocking, I know). I have become so comfortable and familiar with almost every aspect of the school and building where I have spent a large portion of my life. Whether it be staying at school until 10 p.m. or...

I kept my life on track through track

I kept my life on track through track

Emily Cohen, Outgoing Features Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Some of the most important experiences in my life have come from trying things I initially thought I wouldn’t like. I know, lots of people say they try new things and turn out to love them, but I was adamantly against pursuing almost all of my current extracurricular activities at the start of...

Change: Not always a good thing

Change: Not always a good thing

Ari Feuer, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes" doubles as a brilliant David Bowie lyric and CESJDS’ motto over my time at the school. Everywhere I turn as I walk through these halls which I first sauntered through six years ago, I see changes. I see new people come and go as grades enter an...

Some advice for my younger self

Some advice for my younger self

Isaac Silber, Outgoing Managing Editor, Copy

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As I sat down with only a couple days left of high school, a few more hours in the place I’ve called home for the last six years, I had some trouble trying to make sense of the fact that my time at CESJDS was coming to an end. In thinking back on my time here, the one thing that I can say fo...

Keep art classes optional

Keep art classes optional

Sally Rogal, Reporter

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I love art and music education, but requiring students to study the arts may result in the loss of valuable time to pursue their interests and acquire more marketable career skills. Especially with the increasingly high demand for STEM jobs, schools should focus on teaching core classes rather t...

Make art classes mandatory

Make art classes mandatory

Sophia Miller, Reporter

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Although many people may think that Apple founder Steve Jobs only cared about technology, they are wrong. Jobs said, “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married to the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.” Taki...

Uncomfortable as a Jewish atheist at a pluralistic school

Uncomfortable as a Jewish atheist at a pluralistic school

Nate Miller, Reporter

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

CESJDS claims to be the poster child for Jewish pluralism. The student body represents many denominations of Judaism: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and non-practicing. However, JDS can be an uncomfortable place for Jewish atheists. A Jewish atheist is someone who ethnica...

It’s time for a change to our snow policy

It’s time for a change to our snow policy

Editorial Staff

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This winter, CESJDS has had two school closures, one two-hour delay and one early dismissal due to winter weather. Currently, JDS follows Montgomery County Public Schools’ decision on the first day of a storm and then makes its own decision on subsequent days. Because JDS maintains only two...

Should the US have stricter gun control laws?

Should the US have stricter gun control laws?

Dora Mendelson and Jesse Edberg

October 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Below are two responses to the following prompt: The gun control debate is back in the limelight after the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 and left nearly 500 injured. Should the US have stricter gun control laws? Guest writer junior Dora Mendelson believes there should be tighter...

Stand up for Jewish students in public school

Stand up for Jewish students in public school

Editorial Staff

October 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It is possible that next Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur there will be almost no children or young adults present in synagogue; they will sit in school instead. After Governor Larry Hogan mandated that schools start after Labor Day and still end in mid-June, public school districts must scramble to create...