The Lion's Tale

CESJDS English teacher takes on unique hobby: karate

CESJDS English teacher takes on unique hobby: karate

Sophie Kaplan, Guest Writer

April 5, 2019

Students often imagine English teachers reading books with a cat in their lap; certainly, students do not imagine them as being a brown belt in karate. However, English teacher Melissa Fisanich breaks that stereotype.   Fisanich has been taking karate since the summer of 2014 when she started compe...

CESJDS hosts STEM challenge modeled after ‘The Amazing Race’

CESJDS hosts STEM challenge modeled after ‘The Amazing Race’

Adam Drexler and Matthew Rabinowitz

April 5, 2019

Over 50 students from 11 different middle schools in the DMV gathered together to participate in a STEM event at CESJDS on Sunday modeled after the television show "The Amazing Race." Three to four participants were grouped into teams that competed in a race to metaphorically cross the finish line fir...

Lions defeat Falcons in fifth game of the season

Lions defeat Falcons in fifth game of the season

Maia Zimmers, Guest Writer

April 5, 2019

In the fourth inning of the boys varsity baseball game against The Field School, freshman Eli Gordon was on the edge of the white foul line near first base as he caught the ball. The audience erupted to Gordon’s defense, stating that he was inside of the line, even though the referee ruled that the ball...

“Five Feet Apart” is worth the tears

“Five Feet Apart” is worth the tears

Irit Skulnik, Style Editor

April 4, 2019

“Five Feet Apart,” directed by Justin Baldoni, gives viewers a glance into the lives of protagonists Stella Grant, portrayed by Haley Lu Richardson, and Will Newman, portrayed by Cole Sprouse, both of who both struggle with cystic fibrosis. The blockbuster was released on March 15. The tragic...

Lions fall to Cougars in first volleyball game of the season

Lions fall to Cougars in first volleyball game of the season

Rebecca Safra, Guest Writer

April 3, 2019

The boys varsity volleyball team lost 3 sets to none to the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Cougars in their first game of the season on Wednesday. They hope to use this loss as a learning experience for the future. The team is composed of only three returning players, and about half is comprised ...

JDS Foodies promote satirical commentary on cafeteria food

JDS Foodies promote satirical commentary on cafeteria food

Abigail Katz, Guest Writer

April 2, 2019

JDS Foodies, an Instagram account run by  student Adrian* about food from the CESJDS cafeteria, has been gaining popularity throughout the year and has attracted the attention of the student body and has over 200 followers and counting. “I actually have a friend who goes to Capital Camps, and [they...

Local track meet organized by CESJDS students raises over $1,000 for charity

Local track meet organized by CESJDS students raises over $1,000 for charity

Eva Bard, Guest Writer

April 1, 2019

Side by side, students, families, alumni and olympic-caliber refugee runners raced around the track not in competition, but as one unified community. Despite the rain and the harsh wind, over 70 people came together this past Sunday for the 6th annual Charity Track Meet at the Melvin J. Berman H...

Fashion Friday: Spring Edition

Fashion Friday: Spring Edition

Corinne Zlotnitsky, Reporter

March 29, 2019

On any given day, Sophomore Lila Berger can be found wearing Air Force 1’s with personally made sketches on them. Doodling on Air Force is a new 2019 trend, that “allows students to express their creativity,” Berger said. This trend has rapidly spread around school, and is a unique and easy wa...

Lions best Cougars 23-6 in third game of the season

Lions best Cougars 23-6 in third game of the season

Rochelle Berman, Guest Writer

March 29, 2019

After sophomore Sasha Trainor began to lose concentration while pitching, she received some words of wisdom from her twin sister and captain of the girls’ varsity softball team, Jane Trainor. She was then able to regain her focus, and her next pitch gave the Berman Hebrew Academy Cougars their final out...

First-ever Renaissance night delivers variety of music and acting performances

First-ever Renaissance night delivers variety of music and acting performances

Ivan Endelman, Reporter

March 28, 2019

Works of art ranging from singing to sword fighting were showcased at the first-ever CESJDS Renaissance night on Wednesday. The event has been in the works for many months, and the practice paid off. “Mr. Dunn, Mr. Feigenson, and Dr. Solomon have been plotting this for months; possibly years in ...

HIV and AIDS speaker, author and advocate Scott Fried speaks to high school students

HIV and AIDS speaker, author and advocate Scott Fried speaks to high school students

Jessica Gallo, Reporter

March 28, 2019

HIV and AIDS advocate and author Scott Fried spoke to CESJDS high school students on Monday, March 25 throughout the day and during lunch and community time. Fried’s message was not just about HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention, but also on the importance of loving yourself, even if you are still...