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

Molly Litvak | 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…

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VIDEO: Local Businesses Board Up For Election Day
Video

Molly Litvak | 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…

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

Keira Beller | 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…

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

Talia Davoudian | 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…

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

Joshua Gamson | 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…

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

Benjamin Gamson | 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…

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

Molly Litvak | 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…

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

Gabriella Gomperts | 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…

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

Boiling Point Editorial Board | 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…

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

Olivia Fishman | 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…

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

Benjamin Gamson | 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…

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Firehawk athletes support pros’ Jacob Blake walkouts
Sports

Noah Elad | 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….

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The Talking Point: Episode Five: Hope?
Coronavirus

Eli Weiss | 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…

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New York allowing minyans, Los Angeles not yet
Coronavirus

Molly Litvak | 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…

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Dr. Jerry Friedman and the roots of Shalhevet democracy
Features

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | 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…

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The Talking Point Episode 3: Community Means Community
Coronavirus

Sam Rubanowitz | 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…

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

Kate Orlanski | 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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Zoom assembly sparks daylong outpouring of family stories, inspiration for Yom Hashoah
News

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | April 24, 2020

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…

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The Talking Point Episode 2: Change
Coronavirus

Sam Rubanowitz | April 9, 2020



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…

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Welcome to ‘The Talking Point’
Coronavirus

Sam Rubanowitz | April 3, 2020

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…

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

Sam Rubanowitz | 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,…

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

Sam Rubanowitz | March 26, 2020

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…

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Remer: All school sports shut down to contain coronavirus
Coronavirus

Alex Rubel | March 19, 2020

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…

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

Sam Rubanowitz | March 19, 2020

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…

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

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | 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…

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Local school closures certain, timing undecided
Coronavirus

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | March 13, 2020

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…

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

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | March 10, 2020

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)…

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

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | March 9, 2020

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…

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Sarachek Tournament cancelled as coronavirus outbreak closes YU
Coronavirus

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | March 5, 2020

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…

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

Liad Machmali | March 5, 2020

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…

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Shalhevet alum is awarded Best Soldier in directorate of the IDF
Features

Benjamin Gamson | 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…

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Poll finds less than one-third of Shalhevet students favor removing Trump from office
Impeachment, At Home

Sam Rubanowitz | 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…

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

Benjamin Gamson | February 5, 2020

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…

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Politics meets streetwear as presidential candidate Andrew Yang comes to Fairfax
News

Sam Rubanowitz | February 3, 2020

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…

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Addicted to TikTok
Features

Kate Orlanski | January 31, 2020

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…

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We can hold two ideas at once
Opinions

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | January 31, 2020

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…

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

Sam Rubanowitz | January 30, 2020

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…

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Shalhevet remembers growing up with Kobe
Sports

Alex Rubel | 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…

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

Liad Machmali | January 23, 2020

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…

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Greta Thunberg finds local angle on climate change
News

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | January 6, 2020

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…

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10 stories that shaped the 2010’s
Features

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | January 6, 2020

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…

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Jojo Rabbit: Sparks of love in a world of hate
Arts & Entertainment

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | January 6, 2020

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…

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

Kate Orlanski | October 31, 2019

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…

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

Molly Litvak, Community Editor | October 31, 2019

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…

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

Sam Rubanowitz | October 25, 2019

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…

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

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | October 8, 2019

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…

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

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | October 2, 2019

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…

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Shalhevet announces it has suspended play against Valley Torah in basketball
Sports

Alex Rubel | 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’…

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

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | May 21, 2019

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…

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‘Yellow Vest’ protests rock France
News

Jolie Wineburgh | April 2, 2019

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…

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