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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Shalhevet High School
Wait — AI can paint now?
Arts & Entertainment

Elliot Serure | 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…

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‘A sadness which you cannot explain with words’
Features

Tali Liebenthal | 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…

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

Amalia Zucker | 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…

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Chicken shortage bites kosher restaurant on Melrose
News

Olivia Fishman | 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…

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

Tali Liebenthal | 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…

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

Benjamin Gamson | 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…

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Students respond to new policies on appearance
Features

Tali Liebenthal | 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…

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

Benjamin Gamson | 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.

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Vaccine mandate takes effect for most students 16 and up
News

Juliet Wiener | 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. 

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EDITORIAL: Masks work. We should know.
Opinions

The Boiling Point Editorial Board | 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…

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

Keira Beller | 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.

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

Elliot Serure | 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. 

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Israel Under Fire: Views of a War
Features

Keira Beller | 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…

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School officials study path to no masks next fall
News

Juliet Wiener | 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…

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

Keira Beller | 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…

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

Joshua Gamson | 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…

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OPINION: Four views of a (Covid) year
Opinions

Samson Taxon | 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…

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

Keira Beller | 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…

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How is your seder different from all other seders?
Features

Liad Machmali | 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…

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

Molly Litvak | 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.

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

Juliet Wiener | 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 –…

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

Talia Davoudian | 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.,…

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

Talia Davoudian | 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…

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

Liad Machmali | 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…

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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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