The student news site of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

The Lion's Tale

The student news site of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

The Lion's Tale

The student news site of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

The Lion's Tale

2023-2024 Staff

Lena Nadaner
Editor-in-Chief

Lena Nadaner

As Editor-in-Chief, Lena Nadaner is ecstatic to continue working on the Lion’s Tale after serving as Features Editor and Assistant In-depth editor. She relishes writing, copy-editing, and designing for print editions and the website. Lena is on the CESJDS Varsity Dance Team and is a peer tut...

Kaylah Goldrich
Editor-in-Chief

Kaylah Goldrich

Kaylah Goldrich is so excited to continue her work on Lion’s Tale as Editor-in-Chief after previously serving as the Sports Editor. She enjoys writing and editing articles and loves designing spreads for the monthly print edition. Outside of the newspaper, Kaylah is a proud co-captain of the debat...

Ellie Fischman
Managing Editor, Copy

Ellie Fischman

Ellie is very excited to continue their work on Lion’s Tale as Managing Editor, Copy. Their previous positions of Opinion Editor and Assistant Sports Editor have reinforced their passions for design and helping writers refine their work. Outside of Lion’s Tale, Ellie is a peer tutor at JDS’s writ...

Ella Waldman
In-Depth Editor, Director of Social Media

Ella Waldman

Ella Waldman is incredibly excited to continue her work on Lion’s Tale as In-Depth Editor and Director of Social Media after having previously worked as Features Editor and then News Editor. She loves working on articles and design and is excited to work with fellow editors to enhance the publicat...

Lilli Libowitz
In-Depth Editor, Director of Staff Management

Lilli Libowitz

Lilli Libowitz is excited to continue her work on Lion’s Tale as In-Depth Editor after having previously worked as an Arts and Entertainment Editor and Assistant Opinion Editor. Lilli loves writing and editing articles and designing spreads for print editions. Outside of Lion’s Tale, Lilli is pres...

Simon Albert
News Editor

Simon Albert

Simon Albert is thrilled to continue working with the Lion’s Tale and take on his new role as the News Editor. In the past, Simon was the Assistant In-Depth Editor where he built skills as a copy-editor and spread designer. He enjoys bringing light to unknown stories through his writing and design ...

Adin Halbfinger
News Editor

Adin Halbfinger

Adin Halbfinger is enraptured by the opportunity to continue his work as News Editor this year. He loves updating his peers about all news occurring both in and out of our community, and hates the Oxford comma. In addition to Lion's Tale, Adin is involved in JSA, Mock Trial, Track and Field, Grade G...

Ari Kittrie
Opinion Editor

Ari Kittrie

As Opinion Editor, Ari is more than excited to put his best foot forward when writing, editing and designing spreads. Other than the Lion’s Tale, Ari is on the Wrestling Team, and is very active in politics including having worked as an Election Judge this past November. Additionally, he has worked for...

Aliza Bellas
Opinion Editor

Aliza Bellas

Aliza is very excited to begin her work as Opinion Editor for the Lion’s Tale. Throughout her past year as a reporter, she has enjoyed writing for all sections, and looks forward to getting involved with design and editing. Outside of the paper, Aliza is involved in grade government, the Mel...

Lily Rulnick
Features Editor

Lily Rulnick

Lily Rulnick is ecstatic to take on a new role on the Lion’s Tale staff as Features Editor. Editing has always been something that Lily has loved, and she is thrilled to be able to help writers put forward work that makes themselves and the publication shine, while also continuing to write articles he...

Jonah Beinart
Features Editor

Jonah Beinart

Breaking news: there’s a new features editor in town, and he’s ready to continue his work on The Lion’s Tale. Jonah is a section editor on the Bohr Franklin Science Journal and writes for his neighborhood newspaper, the Lakelands Leader. He is also an avid runner and participates in cross-count...

Gigi Gordon
Sports Editor

Gigi Gordon

Gigi is excited to be Sports Editor for the Lion’s Tale. She has loved sports since she was little and cannot wait to help run the section. Gigi is a member of the varsity soccer and basketball teams. She is also very active in other school clubs and activities like Debate Team, Paper Bridges, and...

Ari Werbin-Gradel
Sports Editor

Ari Werbin-Gradel

Ari Werbin-Gradel is super excited to be working on Lion’s Tale as a second time editor for sports! He previously served as a reporter, sports social media coordinator, features editor last year, and now is a sports editor. In his free time, Ari enjoys playing and watching sports, reading scien...

Aaron Waldman
Sports Editor

Aaron Waldman

Aaron is blessed with the opportunity to be Sports Editor for a second straight year! He loves watching, playing, and covering sports! He plays for the varsity baseball and basketball teams. Also, Aaron is a very active student! He is a co-President of the Vocab club with Adin (followed by dictionary.co...

Cati Werbin-Gradel
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Cati Werbin-Gradel

Cati is excited to begin her work as an A&E Editor after previously serving as a reporter. She is looking forward to writing and editing articles as well as designing creative spreads for print. She is also eager to strengthen her leadership skills through her editor position. Other than Lion...

Stella Muzin
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Stella Muzin

Stella is ecstatic to continue her work on the Lion’s Tale as Arts and Entertainment Editor. She is excited to work to enhance the Lion’s Tale’s A&E sections with interesting articles and spreads. Outside of the newspaper, Stella is a member of the Debate Team, Political Discussion Club, and ...

Libby Hurwitz
Staff Illustrator

Libby Hurwitz

Reporter

Sadaf Zadeh

Reporter

Gila Safra

Eliana Wolf
Reporter

Eliana Wolf

Ruby Kotok
Reporter

Ruby Kotok

Vivi Ducker
Reporter

Vivi Ducker

Matthew Steindecker
Reporter

Matthew Steindecker

Matthew is excited to continue his work as a reporter on Lion’s Tale. He is looking forward to writing about sports and issues in the CESJDS community. Outside of Lion’s Tale, Matthew enjoys playing baseball, working out, watching movies and hanging out with friends. He is a member of Current Event...

Julia Rich
Reporter

Julia Rich

Ari Blumenthal
Reporter

Ari Blumenthal

I am so excited to continue my work as a reporter on Lion’s Tale. I love writing articles and the freedom of the press. In addition to Lion’s Tale, I am co-president of the mega-successful Current Events Club and treasurer of Vocab Club. I can’t wait to write great articles this year....