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TOGETHER: Rabbi Block  (facing camera) and Rabbi Sufrin hugged before the Shalhevet vs. YULA soccer game March 19 in a display of public unity.

Rabbis Block and Sufrin call for unity after skit mocking Shalhevet and social activism

By Tali Liebenthal, Shalhevet High School March 29, 2022

At a Shalhevet soccer game against YULA on March 19, YULA Head of School Rabbi Arye Sufrin apologized to Shalhevet students, parents and faculty for a Purim skit gone wrong on March 15.  As he began...

FOUNDER: You can’t delegate liking the school, you either like it or don’t, said Dr. Jerry Friedman, who along with his wife Jean Friedman co-founded Shalhevet. And it’s the staff up on top together with the students that create that atmosphere. There has to be that mutual trust and that mutual respect. A full transcript his interview with the Boiling Point appears at the bottom of this story.

Dr. Jerry Friedman and the roots of Shalhevet democracy

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

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...

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.

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

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,...

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.

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

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...

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

Shalhevet alum is awarded Best Soldier in directorate of the IDF

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School February 10, 2020

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...

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.

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

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School February 6, 2020

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

Shalhevet announces it has suspended play against Valley Torah in basketball

By Alex Rubel, Shalhevet High School May 22, 2019

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’...

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

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...

NEW: Israeli street artist Solomon Souza spent two weeks before school started painting murals on the Shalhevet walls.

Larger than life, portraits in undulating colors brighten hallways

By Olivia Fishman, Shalhevet High School November 22, 2022

When students walked into Shalhevet last August, they didn’t expect to be greeted with vibrant, oversized but lifelike, graffiti-sprayed street art. But during the last two weeks of summer break,...

HISTORIC: Yall has been in use since 1631, when British writer William Lisle introduced it in his novel The Faire Æthiopian.

Goofy, friendly or just clearly plural, a new word from the South catches on

By Avi Litvak, Shalhevet High School October 6, 2022

y’all  [pronoun] \ ˈyȯl  \ variant of YOU-ALL Merriam-Webster English Dictionary Every word has a definition. Most words have connotations. Some have hidden meanings. But no word has quite the...

Senior columnist Elliot Serure prompted an AI art generator to create this picture by requesting  “Van Gogh’s Starry Night but with the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Wait — AI can paint now?

By Elliot Serure, Shalhevet High School September 13, 2022

I still don’t know whether I felt terror or awe at that moment. While perusing the internet, I found myself on the website of an AI – artificial intelligence – art generator. The program asked...

TRAVELING: Polina Vorona, 18, stopped to take a selfie in a restroom on her way from Ukraine to Poland in February. She and her grandmother traveled together from Kyiv, leaving behind Polinas father and grandfather. I know it’s really hard for Granny, Polina said, “[to] be separate [from] her husband, with my grandfather, for the first time in I don’t know, 40 years.

‘A sadness which you cannot explain with words’

By Tali Liebenthal, Shalhevet High School May 24, 2022

It seemed natural for Shalhevet sophomore Arielle Gueorguiev to sign up for a program that would connect her with a teenager in Ukraine. Her mother and father are from there, and she needed community service...

CULTURE: Dr. Jonny Ravanshenas and Chazzan Eitan Aharon of Nessah Synagogue led an all-school Sephardi Party, minyan in honor of Nowruz. The celebration highlighted schools Persian-Jewish community with speeches, a musical performance and a traditional breakfast.

‘I can proudly say that I have a lot of Persian pride’

By Amalia Zucker, Shalhevet High School May 10, 2022

For the first time in school history, Shalhevet hosted a Persian-Jewish Cultural Day, a school-wide davening, assembly and breakfast celebrating the heritage of the school’s Persian-Jewish students and...

CRISPY: Originally a vegetarian restaurant, Melrose Bite enthusiastically promoted its switch to chicken in 2021.

Chicken shortage bites kosher restaurant on Melrose

By Olivia Fishman, Shalhevet High School May 5, 2022

Melrose Bite, the trendy fried chicken joint not far from school, announced an end to its O-K Kosher supervision March 18 and stated it would no longer be serving kosher meat. The update was posted on...

PROTECT: Ukrainian soldiers stand guard in the sanctuary of Chabad-Lubavitch of Kyiv.

Shul and large JCC are now shelters, says Chief Rabbi of Kyiv

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School March 22, 2022

Purim came to Ukraine yesterday as it did to the entire Jewish world, and was observed at Chabad-Lubavitch of Kyiv with a seudah in a building that has also become both a shelter and a storehouse. The...

This school year, students are not allowed have unnaturally colored hair and boys are not permitted to have piercings of any kind.

Students respond to new policies on appearance

By Tali Liebenthal, Shalhevet High School January 26, 2022

Last Aug. 4. Principal Mr. Daniel Weslow sent out an updated version of the Shalhevet Student Handbook to students and parents.  Almost no students – or maybe none at all – actually read it. But...

SPACE: Roen posed in the Art Room in 2019.  In Shalhevet’s old and new buildings, the rooms were always covered with art of hers and her students, and became not only a place for art class, but a place to relax and chat with Roen throughout the school day.

Roen Salem, who found beauty in stray objects and sparked students’ creativity, has died at 76

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School January 12, 2022

Ms. Roen Salem, who inspired more than a generation of Shalhevet art students with her creativity, quirkiness and belief that anyone could be great at art, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 76. ...

 SWAB: Arielle Grossman and Keira Deutsch wait for their Covid test in the cafeteria Dec. 3 as Director of Facilities Lili Einalhori oversees. Weekly Covid testing is required for unvaccinated students and members of the basketball team, and also available for any student who wishes.

Vaccine mandate takes effect for most students 16 and up

By Juliet Wiener, Shalhevet High School December 6, 2021

As of Nov. 30, all Shalhevet students 16 and up, as well as faculty and staff, must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to attend in-person school, or they will have to attend class via Zoom.  ...

FIT: Which one are you? The right way to wear a mask is covering your nose, not your neck.

EDITORIAL: Masks work. We should know.

By The Boiling Point Editorial Board, Shalhevet High School October 28, 2021

On Aug. 23, three days before the start of school, the Boiling Point Editorial Board met with Rabbi Block for two hours in his office at school. Sitting around the coffee table with no doors or windows...

CONNECTED: Jewish service members join together to engage in prayer while deployed in Afghanistan in 2018. U.S. Army chaplain Rabbi David Becker, left, led services for the soldiers, including U.S. Army Maj. Moses Scheinfeld,
second from left; both live in Los Angeles. “I try to lift them up,” said Rabbi Becker, who taught at Shalhevet. “It’s a very difficult time in a soldier’s or military member’s life to be deployed so far from home and everything they know.”

Pride mixed with heartache for Jewish army officers who served in Afghanistan as US departs

By Keira Beller, Shalhevet High School October 21, 2021

Watching with the rest of America as the Taliban swiftly took over Afghanistan last month were two members of Los Angeles’s Orthodox Jewish community who are currently on active duty in the U.S. Army. ...

BOARDS:  Members of the Shalhevet Surf Club, along with Judaic Studies teacher Dr. Shiela Keiter, met several times during the summer and plan to continue in the 2021-22 school year.
They are, from left, Dr. Keiter,  Adam Hertzberg, Akiva Rubin, Lippe Popack and Gabriella Bentolila.

Surf’s up and cowabunga, quarantine saw many more students and faculty catching the waves

By Elliot Serure, Shalhevet High School September 16, 2021

During the pandemic, new and established Shalhevet surfers found themselves zooming through frigid California waves at the crack of dawn, before returning to their computers to Zoom into class.  ...

OVERLOOK: From the balcony of his dorm overlooking the Kotel, David Edwards 20 photographs smoke rising where fireworks had ignited grass fields after being launched from Silwan in East Jerusulam before Shabbat on May 14.

Israel Under Fire: Views of a War

By Keira Beller and Caroline Kboudi September 14, 2021

On May 10, six rockets were fired into Israel from Hamas in Gaza. Two were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, two fell inside the Gaza Strip, and two landed in open fields. In the...

YES: School officials say getting a vaccine could mean a green light for going massless to school next fall.

School officials study path to no masks next fall

By Juliet Wiener , Shalhevet High School June 2, 2021

In order for Shalhevet to be completely mask-free next fall, all staff and students would have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, school officials said this week.  However, the question of whether...

BEFORE: Thousands of an estimated 100,000 Haredim and others at Mount Meron sang and swayed together around a huge Lag BOmer bonfire April 30.

Amidst dancing and ‘pure happiness,’ alumni saw tragedy unfold on Israel’s Mount Meron

By Keira Beller, Shalhevet High School May 27, 2021

Around 1:15 a.m. on April 30, Sam Rubanowitz tried to make his way down an overcrowded, slippery exit pathway from the Lag B’Omer celebration at Northern Israel’s Mount Meron. Twenty minutes...

LIGHT: Rabbi Benny Lau says the instructions and meaning of Torah can guide all kinds of people, whatever their sexuality or gender identity.

Offering a guide where there is no map, Rabbi Lau writes on how to be Jewish and LGBTQ

By Joshua Gamson, Shalhevet High School April 27, 2021

There is no map in Judaism to guide an LGBTQ person in family life, but Rabbi Benny Lau has tried to create one, blending what he describes as the disparate worlds of Torah ideals with the reality of the...

VIEWPOINTS: Now that it’s been a year since the pandemic arrived, we asked one student from each grade to share how this time has changed their lives.

OPINION: Four views of a (Covid) year

By Samson Taxon, Bayley Sandler, Avi Litvak, and Shira Elyaszadeh April 8, 2021

In a few decades, numbers and data might be the main vehicles through which people look back on the Covid-19 pandemic -- numbers of deaths, jobs lost and school on Zoom.  But there’s something else...

MORE: One in four residents of Los Angeles suffered from food insecurity during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, officials estimate. For low-income families, the percentage was almost half.

Essential workers, essential work: How local food banks learned to protect staff from Covid and still feed the hungry

By Keira Beller, Shalhevet High School April 5, 2021

Almost exactly a year ago, Los Angeles schools, businesses, travel, and just about everything else shut down to keep people safe from the coronavirus.   The city’s Jewish food banks didn’t have...

ASKING: Among other questions, Passover -- which starts this Saturday  night -- wonders why the seder night is different from all others.

How is your seder different from all other seders?

By Liad Machmali, Shalhevet High School March 24, 2021

“Really long,” “matzah pizza,” and “cleaning” are words linked to Pesach in most of our minds. But another buzzword that may pop up when thinking about the Jewish holiday that starts this Saturday...

BOTH: Rabbi Jonathan Perry of Chabad said it is a struggle to be seen as fully Jewish and fully Black. At top, from left, Town Hall was led by Agenda Chair Kate Orlanski, who interviewed Shalhevet teachers Ms. Valencia Wilson and Mr. Fred Leach, and Mrs. Chava Shervington of the Orthodox organization Kamochah.

Town Hall offers view of what it’s like to be Orthodox Jews who are Black

By Molly Litvak, Shalhevet High School March 18, 2021

Racism against Black Americans exists in the Jewish community too, according to four Black panelists -- two of whom are Jewish -- who spoke at Town Hall on Feb. 5 in honor of Black History Month. ...

MASKED: Dr. Eric Vail works in the clinical molecular pathology lab at Cedars-Sinai, wearing PPE to protect himself from Covid-19 samples he is studying.

Just blocks from school, doctors searching for U.K. variant of Covid-19 discovered California’s

By Juliet Wiener, Shalhevet High School March 12, 2021

California is known for the beach, movie stars, fashion, and now for its very own coronavirus variant. Originating in Southern California, this variant -- called CAL.20C, or the California variant --...

Caption: FOUNDER: Dr. Sam Gomberg, zl, taught teachers how to develop ethical thinking to students.

Dr. Sam Gomberg, former principal and architect of Just Community, has died at age 74

By Talia Davoudian, Shalhevet High School March 11, 2021

Dr. Sam Gomberg, former Shalhevet principal and Director of Moral Education and an integral contributor to the school’s Just Community, passed away at age 74 March 2 at his home in Crest Hill, Ill.,...

ABHORRED:  In video shown Feb. 9 at former President Trump’s impeachment trial, his supporters shouted “No Trump, no peace!” as they marched up the Capitol steps Jan. 6 hoping to stop the certifying of electoral votes from the November election. Shalhevet students were unanimous in condemning the action.

Two days after rioters invade U.S. Capitol, Town Hall seeks lessons through questions

By Talia Davoudian, Shalhevet High School February 17, 2021

Editors' Note: Because of the national climate of violence surrounding this issue, and to ensure the safety of students and their willingness to speak at Town Hall, this story gives only the first...

HOME: A Boiling Point survey found that all kinds of Jews give presents -- and don’t.

When it comes to Chanukah gift-giving, the ritual is whatever you grew up with

By Liad Machmali, Shalhevet High School December 15, 2020

This Chanukah 5780, senior Yael Rubin’s family will be exchanging gifts among aunts, uncles and cousins. Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg will be giving gifts just to his wife and kids. Freshman...

PAUSED: New tents in the parking lot last Thursday night waited for students who would have started on-campus Judaic Studies classes yesterday if not for a last-minute cancellation.

Partial reopening of in-person school is cancelled after LA Covid cases spike

By Molly Litvak and Benjamin Gamson November 19, 2020

At a meeting that lasted less than an hour, school officials decided Sunday to cancel yesterday’s scheduled reopening of on-campus Judaic Studies classes because of a sudden steep spike in local cases...

VIDEO: Local Businesses Board Up For Election Day

By Molly Litvak, Jacob Hoenig, Ariella Hirschhorn, and Barbara Seruya November 16, 2020

Just a few months after some George Floyd demonstrations turned violent last June, stores and businesses in Shalhevet neighborhoods boarded up their stores Nov. 2 in preparation for the possibility of...

RECOVERED: Stolen political yard signs were set up on the front lawn of Amanda Kogan in Beverlywood Oct. 5 so people could pick them up. Ms. Kogan posted on NextDoor that shed found the signs, which had been dropped in a pile on Wooster and 18th streets.

YEAR OF THE YARD SIGN: Election’s conflicts and tensions are playing out on area front lawns

By Keira Beller, Shalhevet High School November 5, 2020

Jill Lefferman woke up early Oct. 5 to discover one of the political yard signs had been stolen off her lawn in the heart of Beverlywood. It was a Biden-Harris sign, with the phrase “B’H,” an abbreviation...

PICKUP: An Uber Pickup Zone at Westfield Century City Mall.

Prop. 22: In fight over rules, voters will decide app drivers’ future

By Talia Davoudian, Shalhevet High School November 3, 2020

Independent contractors or employees? That is the decision that Californians will have to make when they vote on Nov. 3 on Proposition 22. Proposition 22, if passed, would exempt Uber, Lyft, and...

DEFUND? Measure J on the Los Angeles County ballot would reduce the percentage of county dollars available for sheriff’s and jail funding.

Measure J hopes to answer George Floyd protests by reallocating some county funds

By Joshua Gamson, Shalhevet High School November 2, 2020

With racial justice becoming a higher priority for them, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided over the summer to ask voters whether they should place 10% of county funds off-limits for law...

VOTE: An official California election drop box was ready for ballots at the Westside Jewish Community Center Oct. 21. Many people are voting by mail to avoid exposure to Covid-19 while waiting at polling places, and mail-in ballots can also be placed in drop boxes around the state.

Prop. 18 could make voting a reality for some 17-year-olds in California

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School October 29, 2020

Some 17-year-olds in California may soon get the right to vote, depending on what happens with a proposition on the statewide Nov. 3 ballot.  Proposition 18 would amend the California state Constitution...

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.

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

By Molly Litvak, Shalhevet High School October 6, 2020

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...

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.

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

By Gabriella Gomperts, Shalhevet High School October 5, 2020

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...

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.

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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.

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

By Benjamin Gamson, Shalhevet High School September 11, 2020

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...

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.

Firehawk athletes support pros’ Jacob Blake walkouts

By Noah Elad, Shalhevet High School September 1, 2020

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....

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

The Talking Point: Episode Five: Hope?

By Eli Weiss, Shalhevet High School May 26, 2020

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...

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.

New York allowing minyans, Los Angeles not yet

By Molly Litvak, Shalhevet High School May 22, 2020

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...

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

The Talking Point Episode 3: Community Means Community

By Sam Rubanowitz, Shalhevet High School May 1, 2020

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...

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

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

By Kate Orlanski, Shalhevet High School April 30, 2020

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...

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