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Dr. Jerry Friedman and the roots of Shalhevet democracy

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By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
May 7, 2020
Filed under Features

For Dr. Jerry Friedman and his wife, Jean, it all began at their daughter’s graduation from Harvard University. That day, Dr. Friedman -- successful Los Angeles real estate developer specializing in industrial warehouses -- heard Harvard president Derek Bok call for non-educators to join the field. Soon...

Shalhevet to delay decision on reopening in-person school until after Pesach, Rabbi Segal says

UNCERTAIN: A sign at Canfield Elementary School in Beverlywood was an ironic reminder on Tuesday, when state School Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced all state public schools would remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 year.

By Sam Rubanowitz and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks
April 3, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

Shalhevet officials will defer a decision on whether to reopen on-campus school this year until after Passover, Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal said this week, adding that if things haven't changed by then, "in all likelihood," online-only classes would continue until the end of May. Asked whether...

YULA student tests positive for coronavirus after Bnei Akiva shabbaton; Rabbi Segal says spread to Shalhevet ‘inevitable’

SPREAD: A van belonging to Hatzolah, whose volunteers provide emergency response in Beverlywood, Hancock Park and other Jewish neighborhoods,  was parked on Alta Vista Boulevard yesterday.  The group said local Covid-19 patients had interacted widely before being diagnosed.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
March 19, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

According to a late Saturday email from Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, a student at Yeshiva University of LA (YULA) Girls High School has tested positive for coronavirus. Then on Sunday, both Hatzolah of Los Angeles and Shalhevet Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal sent out emails saying the virus, also known...

Shalhevet alum is awarded Best Soldier in directorate of the IDF

HONORED: Rachel Lester gives a speech on Sept. 24 in Herzliya at the award ceremony for top soldiers in the Operational Directorate.

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School
February 10, 2020
Filed under Features

Alumna Rachel Lester, Shalhevet class of 2012, was named an Outstanding Soldier in the Operational Directorate of the Israel Defense Forces this year, making her one of about 20 soldiers to be chosen by the various parts of the IDF responsible for planning the use of military force. Rachel was awa...

Poll finds less than one-third of Shalhevet students favor removing Trump from office

AWAITING: With the Senate impeachment vote coming Wednesday, Republicans are looking for a quick and easy acquittal of the President on two Articles of Impeachment voted by the majority-Democratic House of Representatives.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
February 6, 2020
Filed under Impeachment, At Home

Seventy percent of Shalhevet students believe President Trump should not be removed from office in the current Senate impeachment trial, while 30% believe he should be. But there are significant differences in opinion by grade, which shows ninth-graders more critical of the president than the rest of...

Shalhevet remembers growing up with Kobe

2009: Bryant showcased championship and MVP trophies after the Lakers won the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic in Game 5. It was the first time he’d been named Finals MVP.

By Alex Rubel, Adam Tizabi, Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, David Saeedian, Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, Nate Erez, Clara Sandler, and Maital Hiller
January 29, 2020
Filed under Sports

Kobe Bryant, the five-time NBA champion who spent all 20 years of his basketball career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41 years old. According to multiple news reports, Kobe’s personal helicopter went down and crashed just before 10 a.m local time. There were...

Shalhevet announces it has suspended play against Valley Torah in basketball

RIVALRY:  Firehawk and Wolfpack players fought for position to get a rebound in the Firehawks’ 55-41 victory over the Wolfpack on the opening night of the Glouberman Tournament last fall. Following Shalhevet’s CIF quarterfinal loss 56-48 to Palm Springs in February, allegations surfaced that the Valley Torah coach gave the Palm Springs coach information about Shalhevet prior to the game, though Valley Torah denies any “malicious” encounter.

By Alex Rubel, Shalhevet High School
May 22, 2019
Filed under Sports

Shalhevet will refuse to play Valley Torah in boys’ basketball until the school’s head coach is replaced, because of help the coach provided to the Palm Springs High School Indians, the Firehawks’ opponent, in advance of this year’s CIF quarterfinal game, Rabbi Segal has announced. It was...

Students explore athletic opportunities beyond the Shalhevet gym

Students explore athletic opportunities beyond the Shalhevet gym

By David Edwards, Shalhevet High School
January 3, 2017
Filed under Sports

As Shalhevet’s seniors watch for their college admission emails this month, their classmate Nathan Benyowitz faces a different kind of waiting game. While others are wondering about dorm life, food and science departments, Nathan is wondering which tennis team he’ll play on. Just like Early Decision,...

UAE and Bahrain treaties could signal new era, Israel Consul-General says

SMILES: President Trump (center) was applauded at the White House Aug. 13 after announcing agreements to normalize diplomatic relations  between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, with (from left), Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

By Molly Litvak, Shalhevet High School
October 6, 2020
Filed under News

New treaties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain -- only the third and fourth Arab countries to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in its 72-year history -- will be economically beneficial and shift mindsets in the Middle East towards Israel, according to Dr. Hillel Newman, Israel...

Orange skies, cancelled activities as epic fires fill the air throughout the West

AIR: Smoke from fires as that ravaged the West Coast filled the skies Sept. 13, shrouding the sun at Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades. The nearest fire was the Bobcat Fire in Pasadena.

By Gabriella Gomperts, Shalhevet High School
October 5, 2020
Filed under News

Fires raging throughout the West grew so large earlier this month that davening was cancelled and Camp Firehawks activities were moved indoors, as a orange-yellow haze replaced the season’s typical blue skies and made the air unhealthy for people throughout Los Angeles. General Studies Principal...

EDITORIAL: Ruth Bader Ginsburg z”l: One of us, who rocked America

ICONIC: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was famous for wearing carefully chosen collars to Supreme Court deliberation. Here she is pictured wearing a white jabot from South Africa, a favorite of hers.

By Boiling Point Editorial Board, Shalhevet High School
September 28, 2020
Filed under Opinions

Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have been only 5’1, but she was a giant. Not the kind of giant you see at the top of the beanstalk, nor the kind that becomes memorable by living infamously. No, she was a giant because of the way she changed the country for the better, and because of the legacy she left from...

From backyard minyans to distanced dinners, Covid Rosh Hashanah will look and feel different

OUTSIDE: Rosh Hashanah starts tomorrow night. With synagogues closed, many Shalhevet community members will be praying in socially distanced groups outdoors.

By Olivia Fishman and Tehilla Fishman, 10th Grade
September 18, 2020
Filed under News

Shalhevet Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg thinks that it will be especially difficult to connect to God during the High Holidays this year. “There is a certain mood and certain energy that happens in shul, where if you walk in and you are not prepared, you can go from a five to a 10 pretty...

Arson at Chabad near U Delaware gives Div. 1 athlete a platform to oppose hate

FIRE: Emergency personnel worked to extinguish an arson fire Aug. 25 at the Chabad Jewish Center in Newark, Del., which serves the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School
September 11, 2020
Filed under Sports

When Nathan Benyowitz saw pictures of an arson attack burning the Chabad Jewish Center serving the University of Delaware, he realized he had a platform to take a stand against hate. Nathan, who graduated from Shalhevet in 2017, is now a senior at the university in Newark, Del., where he plays Division 1 tennis for the Blue Hens. Although the fire had not yet bee...

Firehawk athletes support pros’ Jacob Blake walkouts

Talia Tizabi, left, and Hilla Lasry, right, pictured at the 2019 Glouberman Tournament on Nov. 8, both said they support what the NBA players did.

By Noah Elad, Shalhevet High School
September 1, 2020
Filed under Sports

Shalhevet Firehawk athletes were unanimously supportive of professional athletes’ boycotting games in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, an African-American man, by police in Kenosha, Wisc., Aug. 23, recognizing the importance of battling racism to many players across the various leagues. ...

The Talking Point: Episode Five: Hope?

DIFFERENT: The way people consume media has changed, so The Boiling Point has decided to present news and interviews in a new format.

By Eli Weiss, Shalhevet High School
May 26, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

In this episode, staff writer Juliet Wiener interviews science teacher Dr. Elizabeth Basheer on the why it may take so long to develop a coronavirus vaccine and Senior Editor Alex Rubel shares his thoughts on how to stay motivated as a senior in the age of COVID.Co-hosts Molly Litvak and Benjamin Ga...

New York allowing minyans, Los Angeles not yet

MINCHA: An outdoor minyan observed strict social distancing March 18 in Hancock Park. Officials say that is not permitted in California or Los Angeles, although it will soon be allowed in New York.

By Molly Litvak, Shalhevet High School
May 22, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted there starting tomorrow, but Los Angeles rabbis say they have not heard anything about when davening and religious services might be permitted in Los Angeles or California. Head of...

The Talking Point Episode 3: Community Means Community

DIFFERENT: The way people consume media has changed, so The Boiling Point has decided to present news and interviews in a new format.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
May 1, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

In this episode, Senior Editor Alex Rubel shares some insight on remaining motivated during this time of quarantine; co-hosts Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks and Benjamin Gamson update the COVID-19 situation in Los Angeles and beyond, including donations of plasma from Orthodox Jewish communities in New Yor...

With memes and TikToks, teens lighten the mood of ‘corona break’

PERSPECTIVE: Social media has become a platform for fun in the time of Covid, including in the world of Jewish memes.

By Kate Orlanski, Shalhevet High School
April 30, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

Earlier this year, social media seemed like the problem, blamed for causing unnecessary panic over the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19. But now, Generation Z is finding light in the midst of uncertainty by using social media as an outlet to spread laughs and positivity during...

Zoom assembly sparks daylong outpouring of family stories, inspiration for Yom Hashoah

MEMORY: Seniors Maya and Jonah Tochner light a candle in honor of their grandmother, who was a survivor of the Shoah. Stories and artifacts submitted by 40 students and teachers can be seen at the bottom of this page.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
April 24, 2020
Filed under News

What seemed like a limitation ended up being a new way to connect to Jewish roots as pictures of holy books, ritual objects, hats and other heirlooms poured onto the Student Activities page on Schoology in commemoration of Yom Hashoah Tuesday. In past years the day has been observed with a schoolwide...

The Talking Point Episode 2: Change

The Talking Point Episode 2: Change

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
April 9, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

 In this episode, we cover COVID-19 news updates, new Shalhevet academic policies, the Zoom-Seder controversy, and student efforts to find meaning during these times. FEATURED: A special interview and d'var torah by Shalhevet Judaics Studies teacher Rabbi Abraham Lieberman. Segments: -...

Welcome to ‘The Talking Point’

DIFFERENT: The way people consume media has changed, so The Boiling Point has decided to present news and interviews in a new format.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
April 3, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

Given that society is so different right now under COVID-19, the Boiling Point is offering a new way for the community to access our news coverage. Welcome to the Talking Point. The Talking Point will cover the ongoings at Shalhevet and around the globe, providing interviews with students, facu...

God, fragility and coronavirus: senior Tanach class seeks religious meaning of quarantine

INTROSPECTION: On the turf March 6, the class discussed Purim and personal insecurity. A week later, the topic was  quarantine.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
March 26, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg’s senior Tanach class held a Schoology discussion forum last Thursday on the religious significance of quarantine from the coronavirus. “Given the craziness and uncertainty of our current reality,” Rabbi Schwarzberg wrote in the discussion description, “I'd like you all...

Remer: All school sports shut down to contain coronavirus

CANCELLED: Firehawk girls flag football players stretched before their 30-2 rout of the YULA Panthers Sept. 16 at the Glendale Sports Complex. All athletics at Shalhevet -- practices and games -- have been postponed indefinitely.

By Alex Rubel, Shalhevet High School
March 19, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

Athletics at Shalhevet have been suspended indefinitely, in response to the intensifying coronavirus outbreak, Athletic Coordinator Jeff Remer told the Boiling Point Friday morning. “I would have to say that sports -- more or less -- will be shut down completely,” said Coach Remer. “We’re...

No on-campus classes next week as school joins accelerating shutdown of L.A. due to coronavirus

HOME: Senior Anna Weiss followed her SAS Biology class online during last Monday’s school closure “preparedness drill.” All classes will be held online next week, according to an email sent out by administration this afternoon.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
March 19, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

Classes will move online starting next Monday for at least a week, school officials announced today, after two all-day training sessions for online learning and following news that most other Jewish schools and synagogues in the area had closed or would be closing beginning today. Also this mornin...

Local school closures certain, timing undecided

TIMING: Health department officials who spoke to Shalhevet parents last night said wide coronavirus is inevitable, but measures such as school closures, hand-washing and social distancing could spread out new cases, giving hospitals time to keep up with the need for services.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
March 13, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

According to Los Angeles County public health officials who are advising Shalhevet, school will not be closing for now, and any closures will be timed to have the greatest impact on slowing the spread of the virus while not overly disrupting life for students and parents. In a live webinar for pa...

Three coronavirus cases in people returning from AIPAC; one is in Los Angeles

CROWD: According AIPAC’s website, more than 18,000 people, including 51 Shalhevet students, attended AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., last week. Also there were some who had been in contact with a coronavirus patient in New York, and who were quarantined on their return.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Benjamin Gamson
March 10, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

Los Angeles County health officials announced today that one person from Los Angeles has tested positive for coronavirus after returning from last week’s American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was also attended by 51 students from S...

Campus to close Monday as trial run for coronavirus shutdown tries out online classes

SCREEN: A Google Hangouts window shows IT Director Nick Parsons testing the web application for the online class trial set for Monday. School officials have planned a “preparedness drill” in case school closure is needed because of coronavirus.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Sam Rubanowitz
March 9, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief and Sam Rubanowitz, Senior Editor School on Monday will beheld via Google Hangouts as a test for a possible future school shutdown over the coronavirus outbreak, administration announced in an email to all students, parents and faculty late this m...

Sarachek Tournament cancelled as coronavirus outbreak closes YU

HIGHLIGHT: Attending the annual Red Sarachek Tournament is a big event not only for Shalhevet players but for their fans, many of whom fly to New York for the event.  Above, Firehawk then-captain and MVP Zack Muller leapt over rival YULA players in YU’s Max Stern Athletic Center in 2018.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Alex Rubel
March 5, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

UPDATED MARCH 5: Next week’s Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament at Yeshiva University has been cancelled due to fears of the coronavirus, Shalhevet Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal announced this morning on Schoology. The annual tournament, which hosts 20 teams from Jewish high schools around the U.S. ...

SAR, two other day schools and Young Israel congregation closed by coronavirus case in New York

PRECAUTION: An email sent out by the SAR administration March 3 announced a temporary closure of school after a parent was diagnosed with coronavirus.

By Liad Machmali, Shalhevet High School
March 5, 2020
Filed under Coronavirus

Three Jewish day schools located in the New York area, Salanter Akiba Riverdale (SAR) Academy High School, Westchester Torah Academy, and Westchester Day School, announced yesterday that they would be closed temporarily, after the state’s third case of coronavirus was confirmed in the father of a ...

Stark divide between teens and adults ahead of Iowa caucuses tonight, polls show

UPCOMING: Residents of Iowa, whose flag is shown above, are casting the first ballots of the 2020 presidential contest at caucuses tonight.

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School
February 5, 2020
Filed under News

Iowans are gearing up for the first presidential contests in the 2020 nomination process to be held tonight on Monday Feb. 3. An Iowa youth straw poll of the state’s middle and high school students found that 22.8% supported entrepreneur Andrew Yang, compared to 20.3% for Sen. Bernie Sanders and...

Politics meets streetwear as presidential candidate Andrew Yang comes to Fairfax

CLOSE: Andrew Yang, candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, waved to a cheering crowd outside of Tried and True Co. vintage clothing store on Fairfax Avenue just north of school Dec. 19. The storefront had been completely revamped with Yang hats, sweatshirts and other “merch,” and some of the crowd had arrived at 6 a.m., as they might for a drop of rare clothing from a popular manufacturer.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
February 3, 2020
Filed under News

Waiting in line for a Supreme clothing drop on Fairfax Avenue Dec. 19, senior Ben-Tsion Oliel was surprised to see a commotion down the block. Then he saw cars approaching with “Yang” stickers pasted on. “People were just going around painting the sidewalk, writing ‘Yang’ on the floor,...

Addicted to TikTok

Sophomores Miriam Saedian and Audrey Gold film a TikTok dance in an empty classroom

By Kate Orlanski, Shalhevet High School
January 31, 2020
Filed under Features

Spend a day roaming the halls of Shalhevet and you are bound to see flocks of teenagers filming each other dancing, lip-syncing or performing other antics clip by clip on their phones. This latest social media phenomenon is known as TikTok, and it has possessed the minds of teensglobally, providing...

We can hold two ideas at once

SHOCK: Kobe Bryant and eight other people, including his daughter Gianna, died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
January 31, 2020
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

I’ve felt a lot of things over the past few days. I was at first shocked, in complete denial that something could happen to someone I felt almost familiar with. Kobe existed when I was born and throughout my life until now. Living in LA it felt like you were under his domain. He was such an incredible...

Iranian-Americans at school split on issue of border detentions of travelers

BORDER: The Peace Arch, located at the border crossing between the U.S. and Canada in northwest Washington state, was built as a monument to American-Canadian friendship. Earlier this month, American citizens of Iranian descent were detained there for as much as nine hours in a crackdown after the killing of Iranian General Qaxxam Soleimani.

By Sam Rubanowitz and Liad Machmali
January 30, 2020
Filed under News, Showcase

Learning of new problems for Iranian-Americans at U.S. border crossings, Shalhevet students and faculty of Iranian descent were divided over whether they were being unfairly targeted or whether it was a good idea. In the aftermath of a U.S. drone strike Jan. 3 that killed top Iranian General Qassem...

Suspect in Nessah religious vandalism incident had no known ties to hate groups, BHPD says

LATE: On the day of the vandalism, Nessah was open for Mincha, but employees continued cleaning and organizing the synagogue at 7:55 pm.

By Liad Machmali, Shalhevet High School
January 23, 2020
Filed under News

Banging on his door around 7 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 14, a congregant waited anxiously to inform Rabbi David Shofet that it was not going to be a typical Shabbat morning at Nessah, their synagogue, located on Rexford Drive just south of Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The night before, someone...

Greta Thunberg finds local angle on climate change

DEMANDS:Speakers at the event urged Gov. Newsom to more severely restrict California’s fossil fuel developments.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
January 6, 2020
Filed under News

Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Los Angeles City Hall Nov. 1 heard the leader of the world’s youth climate change movement connect wildfires that were burning that day near the Getty Museum to the dangers of climate change. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who is the...

10 stories that shaped the 2010’s

TIME: Most of us weren't even teenagers when the decade started, but we still felt the changes of the 2010s.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
January 6, 2020
Filed under Features

As a disclaimer, I was only eight years old at the onset of the 2010’s and live in America, so there is a degree of bias in my selections. But I try to keep well-informed, and embarked on some retrospective research to try and make a list as accurate as possible. So without further ado, I present...

Jojo Rabbit: Sparks of love in a world of hate

FRIEND: Waititi portrays Jojo’s imaginary version of Adolf Hitler, a father figure to Jojo, whose own father went missing.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
January 6, 2020
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

After sitting through an opening scene featuring at least 10 “Heil Hitler”’s, few would expect a film that evokes uncontrollable laughter and tears. Yet in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, that is just what an audience member will take part in. One of the more bizarre premises in recent movie ...

Kosher knockoffs offer a taste of the wide world of American snacks

YUM: Companies that specialize in making kosher versions of popular non-kosher snacks are now part of a 3 billion industry.  'Treif,' or forbidden, foods are one type of food that can't be enjoyed by those who keep kosher; another are kosher dairy items, which can't be eaten immediately after meat.

By Kate Orlanski, Shalhevet High School
October 31, 2019
Filed under Features

Sandwich Cremeos. Chips a Plenty. Elite Cheetos Crunch. Chesters Puffcorn. Chili & Lime Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips. What do all these snacks have in common? You may not have heard of them, but they are all 100 percent kosher-certified. The American snack industry produces tens of billions of dollars in rev...

Getty Fire closes Milken and other Jewish campuses, winds as high as 80 mph expected tonight

EARLY:   Senior Leah Alkin saw the Getty Fire from her car window on her way to school Monday morning, after evacuating from her home in Pacific Palisades.

By Molly Litvak, Community Editor, Shalhevet High School
October 31, 2019
Filed under News, Showcase

At 6 a.m. Oct. 28, senior Leah Alkin was woken up by her dad and told they needed to evacuate the house because of a big fire nearby. After packing up some clothes, books and pictures, they fled their house and entered a frenzy of traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway. “I looked out the wind...

Brexit fears? Israel has a separate trade deal with the UK, just in case

PARTNERSHIP: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at 10 Downing Street, the residence of the British prime minister, earlier this year. The two countries signed a trade agreement in February in case Brexit occurs.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
October 25, 2019
Filed under News

Leaving the European Union will mean that the United Kingdom — whose full moniker is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland — will lose the benefits of trade agreements the EU holds with countries around the world. But Israel and the UK have taken steps to ensure a continuity in...

LETHAL VAPOR: At least 12 deaths so far from mysterious vaping illness

SMOKE: New studies show that vaping is much more dangerous than previously thought. As of Oct. 1, there have been 1,080 hospitalizations of Vaping-Associated Lung Injury and 18 deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Sivan Karz
October 8, 2019
Filed under Vaping

There are lots of reasons not to vape. For one thing, it’s against Shalhevet rules, as Principal Daniel Weslow announced to the community at an assembly in the fall of last year. Vaping can also cause addiction to nicotine -- the most addictive part of tobacco -- even though it contains no tobacco....

Rabbis, others demonstrate against ‘get refuser’ while he is sitting shiva

PROTEST: From left, Shalhevet faculty Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Dr. Jonathan Ravanshenas, Mr. Chris St. Germaine, and Rabbi David Block stood outside a home on Poinsettia Place in Hancock Park to support Lonna Ralbag’s right to a get, or religious Jewish divorce,  Aug. 23. Agunah activist Rabbi Jeremy Stern joined them, at right.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
October 2, 2019
Filed under News

Soaked from knee to toe, 40 people stood outside a shiva home on Poinsettia Place Aug. 23 to take a stand against get refusal. Inside, a man who has refused to give his wife a valid get, or religious divorce, was observing the seven days of mourning for his mother, who died earlier this month. Shiv...

Fairness Committee overturns result of election for next year’s Fairness chairs, committee to have three next year

FIRST: Students in Room 308 this morning heard junior Gilad Spitzer argue against the school election results in the first-ever Fairness case to discuss overturning school election results.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Molly Litvak
May 21, 2019
Filed under News, Showcase

Shalhevet’s Fairness Committee will have three co-chairs next year, after a Fairness deliberation changed the result of a Just Community election today for the first time in school history. The decision will take effect next year and apply only to next year, and the Fairness Committee also said the...

‘Yellow Vest’ protests rock France

VIOLENCE:    A Starbucks outside the St. Lazare train station was vandalized and looted on Dec. 8, with inscriptions on the store saying ‘Pay your taxes’ and ‘Return us the money’.

By Jolie Wineburgh, Shalhevet High School
April 2, 2019
Filed under News

The broken glass and graffiti have been cleared away, but according to Americans in Paris reached by the Boiling Point, the gap between the richest and poorest citizens of France is still growing as weeks of violent protests continue for unspecified economic changes that would reduce poverty and protect...

New hockey club turns gym into a rink for weekly games after Town Hall

GAME:   Hockey club leader Adam Ritz shelters the ball during a scrimmage in the gym Jan. 30.
 Photo by Carin Arbib

By Joshua Weissmman, Shalhevet High School
March 25, 2019
Filed under Sports

Every Wednesday after Town Hall, most students leave the gym and get their lunch, but a few stay behind to make a hockey rink out of the still-carpeted gym in order for Shalhevet’s hockey enthusiasts to be able to play their beloved sport. Lugging black plastic folding chairs to the sides of the...

The magical madness that is math

BP Drawing by Caroline Edry

By Tobey Lee, Shalhevet High School
March 25, 2019
Filed under Features

Although she sleeps just five hours the night before a math test -- less than her normal of seven hours -- studying late into the night makes junior Nicole Klausner feel good about the material before the test the next day. “Once you really invest your time into it and then you do well on a test,...

On the runway, calming jitters and building confidence

STYLE:   Above, left, freshman Danielle Finn modeled a red button down coat. Senior Ari Sassover, middle, donned a black floral dress and corduroy jacket. Sophomore Rebecca Cohen, right, wore a long floral dress with sandles.
 BP Photos by Neima Fax

By Shani Shaham, Shalhevet High School
March 18, 2019
Filed under Features

Standing in the Shalhevet gym, freshman Danielle Finn attempted to tame the butterflies in her stomach Jan. 13 while an audience of women from throughout the Los Angeles Jewish community waited in anticipation for the long-planned event to begin. The gym had been completely transformed, with a runway...

Welcoming the stranger with hot food, scissors and applause

BRAID: Helped by volunteers from Los Angeles and elsewhere, asylum seekers who had been held in detention before being cleared to enter the U.S. were welcomed with their first showers and hot meals at the Casa de Oracion No. 2 church in northern Phoenix Jan. 16. Above, Marian Merritt braided one girl’s hair.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School
March 18, 2019
Filed under Features

It was almost noon when two Department of Homeland Security buses finally turned into a church parking lot in northern Phoenix. Volunteers who had been there since around 9 a.m. were lined up and waiting to welcome the travelers into America. The first family to emerge -- a mother holding on to her two...

First LA Teacher Strike in Decades Ends With Smaller Classes, Bigger Paychecks

PERSISTENCE:   Students and teachers at Laces High School protest through heavy rain to reach their goals in the LAUSD teacher strike. 
 BP Photo by Maia Lefferman

By Molly Litvak, Shalhevet High School
March 18, 2019
Filed under News

Days of intermittent downpour didn’t stop teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District from picketing and marching last month to get a contract with smaller class sizes, more nurses, and higher pay. Lasting from Jan. 14 to Jan. 22, the first teachers strike in Los Angeles in 30 years ended ...

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