The Lion's Tale

Although grounded in Toronto, JDS athletes made light of the situation by building a snowman together.

JDS sends varsity basketball teams to Toronto to compete in international tournament

Sasha Karasik, Reporter January 31, 2023

Last week, the varsity girls and boys basketball teams traveled to Toronto, Canada to compete in the 2023 Israel Becker International Invitational Basketball Tournament, hosted at the Tanenbaum Community...

Junior Ari Blumenthal guards the ball in the Lions game against Berman on Jan. 19.

Berman defeats boys varsity basketball team in clean sweep

Julia Rich, Reporter January 24, 2023

Hundreds of CESJDS students, parents and teachers gathered to show their support for the boys varsity basketball team on Thursday, Jan. 19, against Berman Hebrew Academy. JDS lost the game 70-63. However,...

Senior Talia Sporkin rises up to block shot during the much-anticipated JDS vs. Berman matchup.

Girls varsity basketball team falls to rival Berman for the second time

Stella Muzin, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 24, 2023

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy have long been rivals, so when it came time for the annual Cougars vs. Lions game on Thursday, Jan. 19, the stands were packed....

Sophomore Benji Kushner goes up for a shot against Spencerville.

Junior varsity defeats Spencerville at home

Sadaf Zadeh and Tyler Portnoy January 12, 2023

The JV basketball team started off strong in their game against the Spencerville Hornets with a tipoff win along with two quick free throw points and they didn’t let up from there. Wednesday’s home...

Senior and co-captain Talia Sporkin tips the ball against the Spencerville Hornets.

Girls varsity basketball takes down Spencerville

Sophie Schwartz and Eliana Wolf January 11, 2023

Players and fans were on the edge of their seats as the Spencerville point guard took two back to back three pointers in the last four seconds of the game. The Spencerville point guard missed both shots...

Eighth grader Aviv Stein dribbles the ball on a fast break.

Middle school boys basketball falls short to St. Anslem’s at home

Joshua Dori and Penelope Terl January 10, 2023

As eighth grade point guard Aviv Stein dribbles down the court, he calls out the play “Carolina.” The team gets into position. He quickly passes the ball to eighth grader Caleb Berman, who knocks down...

Senior Ben Bass tips the ball against the Beth Tfiloh Warriors.

Boys varsity basketball takes down Beth Tfiloh on the road

Mia Forseter and Maiya Blumenthal January 9, 2023

Senior captain Ben Bass jumped up to win the tipoff at the start of the boys varsity basketball team’s Saturday night game against the Beth Tfiloh Warriors, starting the Lions on offense as the Warrior’s...

Comfortably cold

Kaylah Goldrich, Incoming Editor-in-Chief January 8, 2023

Layer Up Whether you’re playing basketball in your backyard or going for a run around your neighborhood, it is important to wear multiple layers of clothing in the cold weather. At a minimum, you should...

Junior Leah Harrison with her team before their game against Germany.

Kicking it up a notch

Ari Werbin-Gradel, Incoming Sports Editor January 8, 2023

When junior Leah Harrison and her family packed up their Potomac house this past fall and moved to Israel, Harrison had no idea that a month later, she’d be starting for the Under-19 Women’s Israel...

Elana Skolnick-Einhorn fends off a Spencerville defender.

Run it back

Mia Forseter, Guest Writer January 8, 2023

During the fall soccer season, alumnus Jonathan Polon (‘92) watched with pride as his eighth-grade daughter stole the ball from a player on CESJDS’s rival team, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy. The...

Senior Josh Kelner stands at the top of a mountain in Park City, UT.

Going to new heights

Lilli Libowitz, Incoming In-Depth Editor, Director of Staff Development January 8, 2023

When senior Josh Kelner searched online for opportunities to give back to the community, his eyes lit up when he saw the position of ski instructor at the Special Olympics. An avid skier since age eight,...

Sophomore Ari Kittrie helps coach Chuck Woolery demonstrate a wrestling move to the rest of the team.

Wrestling team check-in

Gila Safra and Tali Loeffler January 5, 2023

After almost three years of hibernation, the Lions wrestling team had their first match on Dec. 6 at the Covenant Life School. Though only one team member won their match-up, coach Chuck Woolery was happy...

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