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

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

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’

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

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

Shalhevet alum is awarded Best Soldier in directorate of the IDF

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

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

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

Shalhevet remembers growing up with Kobe

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

Shalhevet announces it has suspended play against Valley Torah in basketball

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,...

Welcome to ‘The Talking Point’

Welcome to ‘The Talking Point’

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

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

Remer: All school sports shut down to contain coronavirus

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

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

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

Local school closures certain, timing undecided

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

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

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

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

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

Sarachek Tournament cancelled as coronavirus outbreak closes YU

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

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

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

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

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

Politics meets streetwear as presidential candidate Andrew Yang comes to Fairfax

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

Addicted to TikTok

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

We can hold two ideas at once

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

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

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

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

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

Greta Thunberg finds local angle on climate change

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

10 stories that shaped the 2010’s

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

Jojo Rabbit: Sparks of love in a world of hate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Yellow Vest’ protests rock France

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

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

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

The magical madness that is math

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

On the runway, calming jitters and building confidence

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

Welcoming the stranger with hot food, scissors and applause

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

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

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 ...

Citing Student Handbook, Fairness rules admin cannot enforce school rules at Starbucks if student has not checked in to school

Citing Student Handbook, Fairness rules admin cannot enforce school rules at Starbucks if student has not checked in to school

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
March 7, 2019
Filed under News

In the first public Fairness case of the year, a ruling based on a technicality raised but did not clearly answer the question of when and whether students have to follow school rules when off campus. Senior Donna Grunfeld brought the case to the Fairness Committee Jan. 7 after she was approached...

Fame in an instant: Senior becomes internet celebrity after chance encounter with ‘vlog’ star

Fame in an instant: Senior becomes internet celebrity after chance encounter with ‘vlog’ star

By Lucy Fried, Shalhevet High School
February 26, 2019
Filed under News

Dylan and Dallas Corn were at Target buying carpet cleaner and gushers last Thursday, when they recognized Youtube star David Dobrik looking for pants for his friend. After some conversation, Mr. Dobrik -- known universally as “David” -- and his friends began to discuss video ideas with Dylan...

Poll shows Firehawks favor Rams as both LA teams make NFL playoffs

Poll shows Firehawks favor Rams as both LA teams make NFL playoffs

By Alex Rubel and Adam Tizabi
January 18, 2019
Filed under Sports

The results are in. Whatever happens in this weekend’s playoff games, the Los Angeles Rams have thus far won the contest for loyalty among most Shalhevet football fans, who hope to be able to root for them in this year’s Super Bowl. In a Schoology poll Jan. 8, 47 percent of 66 respondents said...

Working to tip an election, one front door at a time

Working to tip an election, one front door at a time

By Shani Shaham, Staff Writer and Eva Brous-Light, Staff Writer
December 17, 2018
Filed under Midterm Elections

Richard Ceseroni, a 69-year-old former Marine, was returning home to his ranch- style house in Santa Clarita from church on Oct. 28 when someone he recognized approached him in his driveway. “Why is the mayor of Los Angeles in my driveway?” said Mr. Ceseroni, who served in the Sheriff’s Department...

Deadly Woolsey Fire hits Jewish camps, schools, homes

Deadly Woolsey Fire hits Jewish camps, schools, homes

By Clara Sandler, Shalhevet High School
December 13, 2018
Filed under California Fires

The Woolsey Fire ravaged Simi Valley, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, West Hills and Malibu, resulting in thousands of home evacuations, destroyed properties and displaced schools. Three Jewish summer camps were destroyed, and buildings were burned at the Ilan Ramon Jewish Day School in Agoura Hills and...

EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Garcetti tells LA Jewish teens to build bridges to other groups in wake of Pittsburgh tragedy

EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Garcetti tells LA Jewish teens to build bridges to other groups in wake of Pittsburgh tragedy

By Shani Shaham and Eva Brous-Light, Shalhevet High School
December 5, 2018
Filed under News

It's okay to feel the pain of what is happening, to feel it and cry.  But remember to stand up afterward, get involved and build bridges. That was the message to Jewish teenagers from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, speaking to Boiling Point reporters while canvassing door-to-door in Santa Clar...

Jewish school, summer camps damaged or destroyed in Woolsey fire

Jewish school, summer camps damaged or destroyed in Woolsey fire

By Clara Sandler, Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, and Molly Litvak
November 30, 2018
Filed under California Fires

Jewish schools and camps have been hit hard by Southern California’s fires, with at least one day school and two camps reporting significant damage in the three-day-old blaze. The Ilan Ramon Jewish Day School in Agoura Hills, which was seen in flames on live television Friday afternoon; the Shalom Inst...

Call for emails to senators starts dispute over politics on Schoology

Call for emails to senators starts dispute over politics on Schoology

By Lucy Fried and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks
November 29, 2018
Filed under News

Some have called the past two years the most divided time in American history. Last month, that division spilled onto Schoology -- Shalhevet’s online system for everything from attendance and quiz grades to club meetings, chesed opportunities and missing smartphones -- and some now are calling for po...

Town Hall mostly defends Justice Kavanaugh as conversation stays civil

Town Hall mostly defends Justice Kavanaugh as conversation stays civil

By Alex Rubel, Shalhevet High School
October 31, 2018
Filed under News

A recent Town Hall discussing the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court turned out to be a serious and dignified conversation, and the contentious debate that some expected failed to materialize since most speakers took Kavanaugh’s side. Announced several days ahead of time,...

Her training completed, Yoetzet Segal finds new ways to teach and relate to students, female and male

Her training completed, Yoetzet Segal finds new ways to teach and relate to students, female and male

By Tobey Lee and Lucy Fried
October 11, 2018
Filed under Features

Last month in Israel, Ms. Atara Segal, who has been teaching Tanakh, Talmud, and Statistics for seven years, completed training and passed her exams to become a yoetzet halacha -- literally, an adviser in Jewish law, but used to designate a woman who is rabbinically certified to make halachic decision...

Heartfelt and funny, cultures clash in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Heartfelt and funny, cultures clash in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
September 27, 2018
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Hollywood has seen shake-ups recently of some of its most formulaic film genres when the element of race is introduced. Following in the footsteps of Get Out (horror) and Black Panther (superhero), Crazy Rich Asians provides a refreshing take on the predictable genre of the romantic comedy. The film,...

Beloved by many, Jewish rapper will be remembered

Beloved by many, Jewish rapper will be remembered

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School
September 27, 2018
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“Overdosing is just not cool,” said the rapper Mac Miller in 2016, describing his battle with addiction in his first-person documentary, Stopped Making Excuses. “There’s no legendary romance,” he continued. “You don’t go down in history because you overdosed. You just die.” Comments like tha...

Student journalists from Parkland high school tell CSPA how they covered shooting that killed 17

Student journalists from Parkland high school tell CSPA how they covered shooting that killed 17

By Hannah Jannol, Shalhevet High School
April 19, 2018
Filed under News, Student Protests

In the wake of the shooting that killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month, the school’s student journalists found themselves breaching the norms of journalism to cover the event. Ten of them spoke at the annual conference of the Columbia Scholastic...

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