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Psalms and slow singing soften a day of broken hearts after Pittsburgh shooting

SONG: Rabbi David Block led the school in slow shira Oct. 29 as the school gathered on the floor of the gym to remember victims of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.  Earlier, students had lit 11 candles, one for each of the victims.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Community Editor
November 1, 2018
Filed under Community, Top Stories

Everyone had heard about how they died on the news. But on Monday morning, the Shalhevet community took time to appreciate the victims of the mass synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh as kedoshim — holy ones. Last Saturday, the Jewish world was shocked as word spread of the shooting at the Tree of L...

Faiths and viewpoints come together at Westwood vigil for Pittsburgh shooting victims

MOURNING:  About 700 people lit candles, sang songs and listened to speakers at a memorial Sunday night for victims of Saturday's synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Staff Writer
October 30, 2018
Filed under Outside News, Top Stories

On a wide expanse of grass on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard, beyond the noise and traffic of the street, there was a stillness in the air as Jews and non-Jews alike stood holding candles Sunday night in honor of the 11 Jewish lives lost at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning. Accord...

EDITORIAL: Pittsburgh, Parkland and your bar mitzvah

EDITORIAL: Pittsburgh, Parkland and your bar mitzvah

December 5, 2018
Filed under Award-winners, Opinion, Top Stories, Unsigned Editorials

By The Boiling Point Editorial Board    Shock, horror, confusion, despair. When we hear news of mass shooting, and these days that’s regularly, we become numb. Numb because we still cannot understand why someone did something so horrible. Numb because we cannot believe that it happened aga...

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

INVOLVED:    Mayor Eric Garcetti, campaigning Sunday in Santa Clarita for a Democratic candidate for Congress, said the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh should not make Jewish teenagers live in fear but rather build bridges with other groups.

By Shani Shaham and Eva Brous-Light, Staff Writers
October 29, 2018
Filed under Award-winners, Outside News, Top Stories

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 Mayor Eric Garcetti, speaking to Boiling Point reporters while canvassing door-to-door in Santa Clar...

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

ADVOCATE:     Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti canvassed for Katie Hill, who won the 25th district House against Republican Steve Knight.

By Shani Shaham, Staff Writer and Eva Brous-Light, Staff Writer
November 28, 2018
Filed under Award-winners, Outside News, Top Stories

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 is the mayor of Los Angeles in my driveway?” said Mr. Ceseroni, who served in the Sheriff’s Depar...

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Maia Lefferman

Maia Lefferman


Now a photo editor, Maia Lefferman joined the Boiling Point as a photographer in her junior year. Her skill and passion for photography have provided the BP with pictures of striking LAUSD teachers, election canvassing in Arizona and a Westwood nighttime vigil after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh,...

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Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Poway Chabad victim, is remembered for strength and ‘radical empathy’

GLOOM:    The weather reflected the feelings of the crowd as hundreds stood and watched the funeral on a screen right outside.

By Clara Sandler, Co-Editor-in-Chief
May 2, 2019
Filed under Outside News, Top Stories

Her favorite song was Eshes Chayil -- Woman of Valor -- sung around tables on Friday nights just before Kiddush, as several speakers pointed out over the course of her funeral Monday in the town where she lived.  And so, as Lori Gilbert-Kaye was laid to rest, her family, neighbors and friend...

Glouberman opens with more teams, more fans and two victories for the Firehawks

PAUSE:    Firehawk boys basketball team members paused on the court before the first game as Rabbi Block led 11 seconds of silence in honor of victims of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.  Star guard Zack Muller, second from right in blue, did not play, but the Firehawks won anyway.

By Clara Sandler, Co-Editor-in-Chief and Nicholas Fields, Torah Editor
October 31, 2018
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Steve Glouberman Tournament, Top Stories

The fourth annual Steve Glouberman Basketball Tournament began tonight with a Firehawk boys victory over the Valley Torah Wolfpack and a girls victory over the YULA Panthers, both in front of capacity crowds in the gym and overflow fans watching on TVs in the foyer and cafeteria. The girls, who pl...