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Braiding Hopes for the New Year - Rosh Hashanah 2022

Sundown, Sept. 25, 2022  marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and start of the Jewish High Holy Days. 

In my family, we celebrate through food. At least a day of preparation goes into each holiday, and this Sunday included the baking of a round, fig-stuffed loaf of challah. 

My mom has decided I am the household expert on braiding challah, my credibility based on a Zoom class I took a year and a half ago. 

In practice, the braiding process involved peering over cryptic instructions, stiffly holding flour-coated hands in the air. Which left, over where? What does it mean, octopus? In tradition, weaving strands of dough into a round loaf symbolizes the year; beginning and end joining together in bread and in life. 

Participating in these traditions opens a space for me to step into Judaism. As I braid the loaf into being with my mother, as we light candles and recite blessings, as we sit down and dig into the meal, I’m thinking of the year ended and the year begun. 

Shanah Tovah! 

Post and photos by Sofi Maranda

Braiding Hopes for the New Year - Rosh Hashanah 2022

Sundown, Sept. 25, 2022 marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and start of the Jewish High Holy Days.

In my family, we celebrate through food. At least a day of preparation goes into each holiday, and this Sunday included the baking of a round, fig-stuffed loaf of challah.

My mom has decided I am the household expert on braiding challah, my credibility based on a Zoom class I took a year and a half ago.

In practice, the braiding process involved peering over cryptic instructions, stiffly holding flour-coated hands in the air. Which left, over where? What does it mean, octopus? In tradition, weaving strands of dough into a round loaf symbolizes the year; beginning and end joining together in bread and in life.

Participating in these traditions opens a space for me to step into Judaism. As I braid the loaf into being with my mother, as we light candles and recite blessings, as we sit down and dig into the meal, I’m thinking of the year ended and the year begun.

Shanah Tovah!

Post and photos by Sofi Maranda
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Tate Zeleznik, Ebie Lamb, Nadya Matish and Evers Baskey share what they are looking forward to in Community Ensemble Theatre (CET) this year.

Videos and post by Hannah Rubenstein

Tate Zeleznik, Ebie Lamb, Nadya Matish and Evers Baskey share what they are looking forward to in Community Ensemble Theatre (CET) this year.

Videos and post by Hannah Rubenstein
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On Sept. 19, 2022, juniors had their first class meeting of the year, providing them with a layout of the important year ahead of them. 

Counselors Kelly Maveal and Brian Williams lead them through a presentation giving the students an overview of what to expect from their junior year. 

“Seniors right now are currently in the row of applying for colleges, which is a year from today for juniors,” Williams said. “So we really just want to make sure we start that process, but at the same time, understand the uniqueness of each person's post secondary journey.”

The weight of junior year is stressful and the counselors want to make it a point that students understand the importance of this specific school year. Meaning they hope that students make the most of the year and push themselves, while understanding their limits. 

“I think the biggest thing is, this is the last time you're gonna have an impact on that transcript, which is really kind of the golden ticket for a lot of institutions and serves as their starting point,” Williams said. “They're gonna look at your transcripts, see how well you did in school academically, what types of courses you've taken, so you want to make sure we pass that message on early in the junior year.”

Photos by Ivy Prochaska
Post by Addi Hinesman

On Sept. 19, 2022, juniors had their first class meeting of the year, providing them with a layout of the important year ahead of them.

Counselors Kelly Maveal and Brian Williams lead them through a presentation giving the students an overview of what to expect from their junior year.

“Seniors right now are currently in the row of applying for colleges, which is a year from today for juniors,” Williams said. “So we really just want to make sure we start that process, but at the same time, understand the uniqueness of each person's post secondary journey.”

The weight of junior year is stressful and the counselors want to make it a point that students understand the importance of this specific school year. Meaning they hope that students make the most of the year and push themselves, while understanding their limits.

“I think the biggest thing is, this is the last time you're gonna have an impact on that transcript, which is really kind of the golden ticket for a lot of institutions and serves as their starting point,” Williams said. “They're gonna look at your transcripts, see how well you did in school academically, what types of courses you've taken, so you want to make sure we pass that message on early in the junior year.”

Photos by Ivy Prochaska
Post by Addi Hinesman
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Alita Cunningham: CR at Manzanitas
Alita Cunningham: CR at Manzanitas
Bridgette Kelly 37 minutes ago

A couple of times a week after school, Alita Cunningham, a junior at CHS, heads over to Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool for an exciting new Community Resource (CR) class she’s taking this semester. Manzanitas is a preschool that provides a completely Spanish-speaking environment for kids. Cunningham volunteers there for two to three hours...

Patio Snacks - Spanish sardines, asparagus with pistachio aïlade, pickled carrots and housemade foccacia
An Appetite for Innovation
Lewis Perry 50 minutes ago

Nestled in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Spencer is an abstract farm-to-table restaurant that curates menus unlike any other in the city. Ten years ago, co-owner Steve Hall met his now wife and...

CHS Alumni: Sela Gur-Arie
CHS Alumni: Sela Gur-Arie
Abbi Bachman, Fashion Editor • 5 days ago

Sela Gur-Arie graduated from CHS in June 2021, after a completely virtual school year. Now, she goes to Jacksonville University in Florida. Gur-Arie is an aviation operations major, which is also part...

Hannah Crabtree poses in the brightly-colored art room. They love teaching art for its flexibility as a subject— encouraging people to find their own paths to art is what their class is all about.
Meet Hannah Crabtree, New Art Teacher at CHS
Rita Ionides September 19, 2022

The art room, a light-filled, paint-stained classroom tucked away in the southwestern corner of the first floor, has a new teacher in residence. Smiling, plaid-clad Hannah Crabtree is the newest addition...

Housing Segregation in Ann Arbor
Housing Segregation in Ann Arbor
Lucy Tobier May 25, 2022

In Ann Arbor, and across the country, exist thousands of deeds restricting the sale of property by race. Hidden in historic documents and city archives, these racially restrictive covenants serve as a...


Efforts by the Democratic National Committee to urge college students to register to vote will include banner planes over football games, including at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/TNS)
Is the Michigan Wolverines' Football Schedule too Easy?
Lewis Perry, Web Feature Editor • 3 days ago

166-17. This is the point differential between the Michigan Wolverines and their first three opponents of the 2022-2023 football season. At...

A woman cries Tuesday, May 24, 2022, as she leaves the Uvalde Civic Center, in Uvalde, Texas. At least 19 students and two adults were killed when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott. (William Luther/San Antonio Express-News/Zuma Press/TNS)
We Will Be Next
Ria Lowenschuss May 25, 2022

Yesterday, 19 children and 2 adults were killed in an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Today, millions of American children filed...

The Search For Perfection
The Search For Perfection
Felicity Rosa-Davies and Lucy Cassell-Kelley April 28, 2022

As I waded through the swamp of college admissions, I realized that I didn’t have a dream school. Like so many of my peers, I felt the pressure...

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History of AP
Anjali Kakarla April 9, 2022

College Board administered the first Advanced Placement (AP) tests to 27 high schools in 1954 as part of a pilot program. Last year,...


Co-presidents Matthew Castillo and Zoe Simmons after the first meeting of Forum Council on Sept. 7, 2022.
First Forum Council Meeting 9/7
Izzie Jacob and Morgan McClease September 12, 2022

On Sept. 7, 2022, the first meeting of Forum Council commenced in room 315. Forum Council will be meeting on Wednesdays at lunch in Ryan Silvester’s room. This year Forum Council has two co-presidents: Zoe Simmons and Matthew Castilho. Sam Cao is vice president. Simmons and Castilho hope to rebuild the Community forum culture this year. “One...

Community Ensemble Theatre members pose in front of Craft Theater with a sign reading Join CET!. The auditions for the groups fall play will take place on Sept. 12-13.
CET Involvement Deadline Approaches
September 10, 2022

On Monday, Sept. 12, and Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Craft Theatre, Community Ensemble Theater (CET) will be holding auditions for their fall show, “The Visit”. “The Visit” is a play about Claire...

High School Sports Recap
High School Sports Recap
May 25, 2022

The Skyline High School (SHS) track and field team competed against Saline High School and Dexter High School (DHS) on Tuesday, April 12. Community High School (CHS) students Lydia Cocciolone, Mason Jett,...

CET Pulls Off Another Just Desserts
CET Pulls Off Another "Just Desserts"
May 23, 2022

On April 30, Community Ensemble Theater hosted its first Just Desserts, a production created in 24 hours, for the first time in-person since 2019. Click below for photos from the night.

Feminist Club Organizes Walkout for Abortion Rights
Feminist Club Organizes Walkout for Abortion Rights
May 23, 2022

On Thursday, May 19, Community High School's Feminist Club hosted an all-school walkout in support of access to abortions. Students met on the back lawn and walked first to the courthouse, and then to...


Anthony Wang
Anthony Wang
Max Lawton April 27, 2022

“I like how the people here are pretty nice and I like it here at Community because people don't judge you about really anything and they treat...

Ebie Lamb
Ebie Lamb
Mathias Takacs April 8, 2022

“Something I really like about Community is it's so easy to create little families for yourself. I have three families at Community. I have...

Nadya Matish
Nadya Matish
Mathias Takacs April 7, 2022

“When I was a little kid, like, seven or eight, my moms put me into this Shakespeare camp thing where we put on Shakespeare plays. So I really...

Amy McLoughlin
Amy McLoughlin
Mathias Takacs April 4, 2022

“I became a counselor because I like working with young people and as a teacher I was more concerned that I wasn't able to reach them with...


Minari Review
"Minari" Review
Lewis Perry

“Minari” follows an aspiring farmer who takes a gamble by moving to a mobile home in remote Arkansas to establish a new career. Steven Yeun, playing the main character of Jacob Yi, strives to provide for his family while working towards the American Dream. Director Lee Isaac Chung bases this autobiographical drama on his experience as a Korean...

November 9th Review
"November 9th" Review

This past summer, I never imagined picking up a book. My sister begged me to give “November 9th” a chance because she wished she could read it again for the first time. If you’ve read romantic...

A Silent Voice Review
"A Silent Voice" Review

[Content Warning: There are moments within this article where suicide is mentioned/implied] “A Silent Voice,” an anime-style film, begins with a struggling teenage boy who thinks the world would...

Haunting of Hill House Review
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We can’t run away from our problems. Especially if one of those problems is a haunted house. The Haunting of Hill House (2018) is a ten-episode series on Netflix. It is based on the novel from 1959,...

Beyoncé accepts the award for best R&B performance at the 63rd Grammy Award outside Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 14, 2021. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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No matter what you think of her, Beyoncé is an icon; a modern figure that is, in every way, undeniably embedded in our culture and music today. “Lemonade,” her last album release, was perhaps the...


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Women In Painting
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Addi Hinesman

Picture This: Ali OBrien
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Spring Into Fashion
Spring Into Fashion
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