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

Joshua Weissmman | March 25, 2019

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…

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The magical madness that is math
Features

Tobey Lee | March 25, 2019

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…

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On the runway, calming jitters and building confidence
Features

Shani Shaham | March 18, 2019

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…

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Welcoming the stranger with hot food, scissors and applause
Features

Sam Rubanowitz | March 18, 2019

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…

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

Molly Litvak | March 18, 2019

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…

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

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | March 7, 2019

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…

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

Lucy Fried | February 26, 2019

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…

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

Alex Rubel | January 18, 2019

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…

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

Shani Shaham, Staff Writer | December 17, 2018

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…

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Deadly Woolsey Fire hits Jewish camps, schools, homes
California Fires

Clara Sandler | December 13, 2018

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…

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

Shani Shaham and Eva Brous-Light | December 5, 2018

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…

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Jewish school, summer camps damaged or destroyed in Woolsey fire
California Fires

Clara Sandler | November 30, 2018

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…

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Call for emails to senators starts dispute over politics on Schoology
News

Lucy Fried | November 29, 2018

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…

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Town Hall mostly defends Justice Kavanaugh as conversation stays civil
News

Alex Rubel | October 31, 2018

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…

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

Tobey Lee | October 11, 2018

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…

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

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | September 27, 2018

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…

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Beloved by many, Jewish rapper will be remembered
Arts & Entertainment

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks | September 27, 2018

“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,”…

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