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School to switch to continuous enrollment for upcoming school year

School to switch to continuous enrollment for upcoming school year

Matthew Rabinowitz, News Editor

January 16, 2020

Starting this upcoming school year, CESJDS is switching to continuous enrollment rather than its previous annual re-enrollment system.  Parents will sign one form that automatically renews their enrollment each year instead of having to manually re-enroll.  “This has been a trend in the fie...

School hosts second annual hackathon

School hosts second annual hackathon

Jessica Gallo, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 14, 2020

Helping people manage and maintain their health was the prompt that kept 13 teens from local high schools busy for 11 straight hours this past Sunday at CESJDS’ second annual hackathon. Hackathons are typically day-long coding events where students come together in small teams to create new proje...

JDS should end Shabbatons

Ivan Endelman and Lincoln Aftergood

January 14, 2020

The weekend before winter break, the sophomore class went on their annual Shabbaton at Capital Camps and Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. While it may seem that Shabbatons that include praying, games and discussions are a good way for the grade to bond over shared experiences and common b...

Boys team loses to rival Berman Hebrew Academy, 54-53

Boys team loses to rival Berman Hebrew Academy, 54-53

Mischa Trainor, Assistant Sports Editor

January 13, 2020

The boys varsity basketball team (7-8) narrowly lost to the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Cougars 54-53 on Saturday night.  In the first quarter, the Cougars won the tip-off and scored the first points. However, the Lions took an early 12-2 lead with junior and captain Ariel Gershman hitting trip...

CESJDS, MCPS announce respective calendars for 2020-2021 academic year

CESJDS, MCPS announce respective calendars for 2020-2021 academic year

Eva Bard, Reporter

January 8, 2020

Both CESJDS and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) released their tentative calendars for the 2020-2021 school year earlier this month, showing new half-day dismissal times and fewer days off in the fall holiday season for JDS, and an earlier start for MCPS.  Since many of the high holidays fall on week...

Hallmark Hannukah movies miss the mark

Hallmark Hannukah movies miss the mark

Sophie Kaplan, Reporter

January 7, 2020

The Hallmark channel created two Hanukkah movies this year, including “Double Holiday” starring Carly Pope and Kristoffer Polaha. Going into this movie, I was quite excited for Hallmark to educate viewers on the traditions and history of Hanukkah, but ultimately I believe the movie failed in tha...

Winter Break Recap

Winter Break Recap

Jessica Gallo, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 2, 2020

Visit the Newseum over winter break before it closes

Visit the Newseum over winter break before it closes

Eva Bard, Reporter

December 20, 2019

If families are staying in town over winter break, it is imperative that they travel to Pennsylvania Avenue to visit the Newseum before it closes on Dec. 31. The Newseum is not only laying in our backyard, but CESJDS students are able to receive free admission, making it a must-see museum.  Alth...

Shir Madness performs on Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

Shir Madness performs on Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

Matthew Rabinowitz, News Editor

December 19, 2019

CESJDS’ a cappella group Shir Madness performed 17 songs on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Tuesday night. The performance, which was recorded, can be found here.  Its repertoire included unique takes on Hebrew classics such as “Darkeinu” and “Ki Tov Yom” and on English songs like “Halo” a...

Last-minute holiday gift ideas

Last-minute holiday gift ideas

Josie Stein, Features Editor

December 18, 2019

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