The Boiling Point

COLUMN: What was Goldstone thinking?

Jenny Newman, Senior Columnist

April 18, 2011

Richard Goldstone is retracting the Goldstone report. Partially. When the report was issued last year in response to the Israeli military action dubbed “Operation Cast Lead,” I never thought that the same man who argued that the Israeli soldiers involved were guilty of war crimes would ever denounce his own report. This is nothing against Richard Goldstone, mind you....

Don’t ask; we don’t want to know

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

April 17, 2011

“Where do you see yourself in four years? How about 10? What do you do for a living?” If you are a senior, all will ask these questions. If you are anyone else, be prepared for a witty, rhetorical response. People assume that since we are leaving high school we know our whole life plan. I never know how to respond. If I say, “I don’t know.” I hear “Well, say...

A little respect, please

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

March 23, 2011

On Monday, February 14, I heard an incredible speaker talk about oppression and atrocities in his time, while I witnessed disturbance and assumptions in the crowd. The audience was composed of parents and extra-credit seeking students belonging to YULA and Shalhevet, and although I was there for personal reasons (my great-uncle was liberated from Buchenwald by an African-American...

Unleash some attitude

Talia Rotenberg, Fashion Columnist

March 12, 2011

I cannot believe we are already halfway into the school year. We have our friendships established, no more nerves about new teachers and you may be happy with the grades you’re getting. Now what? Have we let ourselves get too comfortable – and settled into a fashion rut? The stress of high school can be overbearing, but are we going to let it get in the way of looking...

Visual decadence, and lots of cheese…

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts Editor

March 11, 2011

When you see “26,”  a new dairy restaurant on Pico’s kosher restaurant row, you immediately understand that owner Geoffrey Ghanem  places considerable value on the visual aspects of his restaurants. A veteran restaurateur, Ghanem also owns the acclaimed Shiloh’s steakhouse. At “26,” the building design, the interior of the restaurant space, and even the restaurant...

Lost your appetite? Try the Fair Trade diet

Jenny Newman, Senior Staff Columnist

March 11, 2011

It’s probably a safe bet to say that almost no chocolate consumers have any idea about the origin of their chocolate. But right here, at Shalhevet, we are selling the products of slave labor in the Student Store and vending machines. I ran every product at Shalhevet that contains cocoa through the Fair Trade website to see what products are and are not certified as being...

A slice of Shalheaven: When it comes to charity, it’s complicated

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

December 31, 2010

Living in Los Angeles, Christmas entangles us in its green and red blanket. Most of the attention is on gifts, flashy lights, and coffee shop specials that we all enjoy. From Toys for Tots to a man dressed up as Santa Claus asking for donations of street corners, Christmas does try and promote generosity to those in need as an underlying theme. Judaism always encourages...

Restaurant review: Shanghai Diamond says Merry Chinese!

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

December 31, 2010

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan mentioned in her confirmation hearings last summer that as an American Jew, she generally spent Christmas eating Chinese food ( In her honor, this week seems like the perfect occasion to review the best Chinese restaurant on Pico Boulevard. Shanghai Diamond Garden has rightly made a name for itself in the past...

Bodhi on Pico: Say hi to Thai

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

November 1, 2010

No one will argue that it’s easy to limit oneself to only kosher restaurants, especially since it seems that 95 percent of them in Los Angeles lie between a certain Mobil gas station and a mortuary on Pico Boulevard. So you can imagine my joy when something totally unique opens. Bodhi restaurant (closer to the gas station than to the mortuary), which opened four months...

How Time Magazine doesn’t care about journalism

Jenny Newman, Staff Columnist

October 31, 2010

“In the week that three Presidents, a King and their own Prime Minister gather at the White House to begin a fresh round of talks on peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the truth is, Israelis are no longer preoccupied with the matter,” writes Karl Vick, Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Time Magazine. The story that goes with that statement (,...

COLUMN: Where childhood martyrdom is ‘in,’ critical thinking is ‘out’

August 30, 2010

A Jenny for your thoughts: In Palestinian YouTube video, childhood has no room for children “When we die as martyrs, we will go to heaven...” ...

Schnitzly: Only in Pico-Robertson

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

August 26, 2010

Restaurant review There’s something that I always look forward to when I go the Pico Robertson area (I know, I am Jewish -- but I don’t live there). I don’t know if it’s the synagogues on every corner and more. Maybe it’s the atmosphere. But when Schnitzly opened its doors on Pico just east of Glenville, next door to the Happy Minyan and replacing the short-li...