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Notable Accomplishments

 Class of 2013 Spotlight

  • The 88 members of the Class of 2013 were admitted to 157 colleges and universities.

  • Nearly 58% of the class (51 students) was awarded merit scholarships valued at $5.2 million.

  • Twenty percent of the class of 2013 received National Merit recognition. Nationally, 6.5 percent of students receive this honor. One student was named a National Merit Scholar, three students were named National Merit Semi-Finalists and fourteen were named Commended Scholars.

  • Twenty-one students were admitted into the University of Maryland Honors/Scholars program (60% of our admitted students), with three students earning the Banneker/Key full scholarship.

  • The Class of 2013 logged more than 21,000 hours of community service.


Group Accomplishments

  • The CESJDS Mock Trial team prevailed over Richard Montgomery High School to win the County Championship.

  • Hidden Gems, a student-run literary magazine that publishes the artwork and writing of homeless individuals in the DC area, was awarded a First Place designation by the American Scholastic Press Association.

  • Melting Pot, the CESJDS literary magazine featuring student poetry and prose in Spanish and French as well as student artwork, was designated First Place with Special Merit by the American Scholastic Press Association—the highest award bestowed by ASPA.

  • The Lion's Tale student newspaper was named an All-American newspaper by the American Scholastic Press Association—the highest distinction the organization gives to high school publications.

  • Collage, the Middle School literary magazine, was awarded the Gold Crown Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).  The Gold Crown was awarded to only three publications nationally, and is the highest award conferred by CSPA.

  • Only 16 teams in the entire county qualified for the final tournament in the Montgomery County Debate League, and CESJDS was proud to send three squads.

  • Shir Madness, the Upper School A Cappella choir, won “Best Ensemble Piece” at Kolot Hayam Choral Music Festival in Atlantic City, NJ.  Manny Bass ‘16 was awarded best male soloist.

  • The Class of 2017 donated $8,550 to nine student-nominated non-profit organizations as part of the B’nai Mitzvah Tzedekah Project.  


Student Accomplishments

  • Sarah Rubin '14 was honored for her extraordinary community service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.  The award  was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Sarah’s passion for helping handicapped children took her to Sydney, Australia to participate in their Friendship Circle program.

  • Yael Green '14 received a Congressional Award Bronze Medal for her commitment and service to the community.

  • Two CESJDS students were elected to the 2013-2014 regional executive board of Seaboard Region USY.  Sammy Felson '14 was elected president and Micah Cohen '15 was elected Religion/Education Vice President.

  • Matthew Foldi ’14 was selected to be among 500 attendees at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June.

  • Eitan Cohen ‘13 was a recipient of the Maryland Global Citizenship Award, which provides a scholarship to a two-week Spanish immersion program at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota.

  • Sophie Lavine ’17 exhibited her artwork, an oil on canvas entitled “Simplicity,” in the 30th National Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery in Washington, DC. A reception was held at The Smithsonian Institute in May.

  • Samantha Kevy '14 was a recipient of the Vivian and Morton Rabineau Teen Volunteer Award from the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

  • Jaimin Kammerman  ‘18 designed an amethyst bracelet worn by Taylor Swift to the Grammys.

  • CESJDS students received recognition at the Junior Statesmen of America convention.  Matthew Foldi '14 won two awards for best speaker, one in his committee and one in the full senate.  Jeremy Kaplan ‘15 and Falicia Elenberg '15 successfully lobbied their bill through the full congress.

  • Jack Gruber '14 was selected as the pianist for the 2013 Maryland All State Jazz Band.

  • Mollie Griminger ’17 had an article published online at Kidspiritonline.com.  Her article “How Judaism Affects My View and Values of Money” addresses the ways in which Judaism has shaped the value that she places upon tzedakah in her life.

  • Hannah Halpern '14 performed in the preliminary finals of Brave New Voices, the largest youth poetry slam in the world.  Hannah traveled to Chicago to represent the DC/MD area at the international slam.

  • Max Smith '13 was named as an Honorable Mention All-Metropolitan Wrestler by The Washington Post, the first time in school history that a CESJDS wrestler has received this honor.  

  • Daniel Grossman '14, was named by USA Fencing as a member of the Absolute Fencing Gear All-Academic Second Team. Daniel, who is a member of the DC Fencers Club, was one of 170 high school-age fencers honored during the Summer Nationals in Anaheim, CA.


Faculty Accomplishments

  • Second-grade teacher Jenna Schilit was the recipient of the Beryl & Norman Meyer Outstanding Educator Award through the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning.

  • Jessie Nathans (Lower School art teacher) and Benjamin Tellie (Upper School art teacher) presented at the National Art Education Association Conference (NAEA) in Forth Worth, Texas. Their presentation, Artmaking and spirituality: Identity, discourse, and exploration, featured lessons about ways they teach, approach, and explore spirituality and cultural identity through art with students at both campuses the CESJDS.

  • Shari Bergel, Lower School art teacher, was reappointed by the mayor and council of the city of Rockville to serve as a commissioner on the Rockville Cultural Arts Commission.

  • Two CESJDS Spanish Teachers, Emily Horwitz (Chair of the Department of Romance Languages) and Dr. Silvia Kurlat Ares, presented at the annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore in March 2013.  Their session, entitled Combining Literature with Technology, is based upon innovative work that they have done in their classrooms at CESJDS over the past two years.

  • Dr. Silvia Kurlat-Ares, Upper School Spanish teacher, was invited by the Ibero-American Institute to present a paper at their symposium in Berlin.  Dr. Kurlat-Ares’ presentation is based on her research on Latin American science fiction.


Alumni Accomplishments

  • Avichai Ozur Bass '13 was selected as a recipient of The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. Avichai was chosen as one of 26 Fellows from a pool of 300 applicants from across the US and Canada.  The highly selective Fellowship includes a five-week program of intensive summer study in Israel.

  • Daniel Liss '12 was awarded a $40,000 scholarship from the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program, which also includes a NASA internship at a facility of his choosing. 

  • Miriam Israel '13 was awarded a scholarship with National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). Funded by the U.S. Department of State, this scholarship enables Miriam to study Arabic in Oman for the year. Through her participation in the program, Miriam will serve as a citizen diplomat while developing the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community.

  • Katie Hamelburg '13 was featured in the Washington Jewish Week for her work as the International Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice President of United Synagogue Youth.

  • Max Ungar '12 was drafted by the Washington Nationals in round 36 of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

  • Ronit Stahl ’98 was one of 21 recipients of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows selected by The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

  • Micha Weinblatt ’01 was named one of CNN Money's Ten Generation Next Entrepreneurs to Watch.  He was also named one of the Washington Business Journal's "40 Under 40" along with Steven Freidkin '02.

  • Rabbi Shira Stutman ’91 is the Director of Jewish Programming at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC, helping to infuse Sixth & I’s diverse programs with Jewish context and content.

  • Andrew Zuckerman ’95, noted filmmaker and photographer, released his latest book, FLOWER, in October 2012.  Andrew’s distinctive approach has resulted in five critically-acclaimed multi-media projects which have been realized as books, films and traveling exhibitions.

  • Sara Polon '95 was featured in the April issue of Oprah Magazine for taking the leap to leave her career as a comedian to open a kosher soup shop, Soupergirl.

  • Chuck Fox ’91 is the Medical Director of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates' Midtown Endoscopy Center, and was named to Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" Guide.


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