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

Rachel Chu, right, played by Constance Wu, spends most of the movie trying to gain the approval of her boyfriend’s mother Eleanor, left, played by Michelle Yeoh.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Community Editor

September 13, 2018

This story won a Best of SNO award. 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 Rich Asians provides a refreshing take on the predictab...

Skirball’s ‘Visions and Values’ exhibit is a journey through all of Jewry across all of time

ART: The exhibit displays various paintings and artifacts pertaining to the history of the Jewish people.

By Abby Blumofe, Staff Writer

May 17, 2018

It should not have been surprising to find each room opening onto another at an exhibit that promised to cover the span of all of Jewish history, culture and religion. And yet it was, because each room by itself was so full artifacts and experiences that made Jewish history come alive.  From...

Music room finally sounds like one

RENOVATION: Risers, a carpet and a new piano were added to the music room over the past year. The choir practices there twice a week, and singers report they can see and hear better.

By Nicholas Fields, Arts & Culture Editor

May 14, 2018

After three years in the new building, classroom 308 -- the Jonny and Brigitte Schoen Music Room -- has finally been reconstituted into a proper practice venue for the Choirhawks, while still serving as a classroom during most of the day. Improvements started last summer, when a carpet and a n...

Modern-day issues, captivating scenes in Drama’s ‘The 10 Plagues’

SPAR: Adam Ritz, Shana Lunzer and Donna Grunfeld in ‘‘Primal Instincts’ in the Wildfire Theatre last month.

By Aidel Townsley, Opinion Editor

April 30, 2018

An adolescent frog recites a sonnet about wanting to sing to wild frogs, away from her pet shop tank. The idea of the exodus as a tale of escape from different kinds of “enslavement” – and the ingenuity, in this case, of a connection to Pharoah’s plague of the frogs -- were seen throughout the ap...

Gathered on the roof, students become a giant choir to celebrate Israeli Independence Day

TOGETHER: Students and faculty sang and danced to Matisyahu’s ‘One Day’ in a Koolulam- style performance as part of the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration on April 19.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Features Editor

April 22, 2018

In under an hour on a sunny Yom Ha'atzmaut morning, choir teacher Mrs. Joelle Keene was able to turn an unorganized gathering of 140 students into a full-on musical group. It was an effort to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday April 19 by doing something they do there, and it succeeded beyond organizers’...

Rabbi Bouskila’s journey comes together on stage in ‘The Chosen.’

LEARN: Steve Green as Reb Saunders, right, studies Tractate Yevamot with Sam Mandel as Reuven Malter in 'The Chosen.'  Both actors received coaching from Judaic Studies teacher Rabbi Daniel Bouskila.

By Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2018

When Judaic Studies teacher Rabbi Daniel Bouskila was 12 years old, he aspired to be an actor. With a father in the entertainment industry as a wardrobe specialist, Rabbi Bouskila easily found an agent and headshots. His first audition was for a role as an Arab prince in The Six Million Dollar Ma...

REVIEW: With cast and plot, ‘Black Panther’ leaps over Hollywood barriers

REVIEW: With cast and plot, ‘Black Panther’ leaps over Hollywood barriers

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Features Editor

March 5, 2018

The world has seen many superhero movies. Black Panther is much more. The 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- a series of movies based on Marvel comic book characters --- director Ryan Coogler’s depiction of the African superhero is a refreshing and groundbreaking masterpiece that addres...

LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Sadie Toczek and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Sadie Toczek and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Sadie Toczek

March 4, 2018

This page is being updated throughout the Oscars awards ceremony by BP Lifestyles Editor Sadie Toczek and Features Editor Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks. Click here to read short reviews of the nine movies nominated in the Best Picture category of this year’s Academy Awards. 8:53 Sadie - Thank you all for tuning in! Hope you enjoyed. 8:52 JJLB - But thank you to everyone that read this!...

THE NINE: Short reviews of the 2018 Best Picture nominees

THE NINE: Short reviews of the 2018 Best Picture nominees

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Aidel Townsley, and Jacob Feitelberg

March 2, 2018

  Below are short reviews of all nine movies nominated in the Best Picture category of this year's Academy Awards by BP Features Editor Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz-Brooks, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Jacob Feitelberg, and Opinion Editor Aidel Townsley. Winners will be announced this Sunday at 5 ...

REVIEW: In ‘Ladybird,’ a teenager finds clarity in an old genre made new

REVIEW: In ‘Ladybird,’ a teenager finds clarity in an old genre made new

By Aidel Townsley, Opinion Editor

February 26, 2018

imdb.com The classic coming-of-age story, known as abildungsroman, has been written and rewritten throughout history, its name coined in the late 18th century and the form itself documented since Homer’s Odyssey, 1,000 years before that. Ladybird is a classic bildungsroman with a modern twist. Set in 200...

Student show reflected feminism through modest fashion

RUNWAY: Freshman Rena Harkham modeled a white dress at the Fashion Clubs third annual

By Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief

February 23, 2018

This year’s fashion show had two major stars: modest clothing and a feminist theme. These two highlights may seem contradictory: asking women to cover up is viewed in many feminist circles to be anti-woman, and a fashion show might not seem like the place to showcase feminist values.

From schools to market, Choirhawks share a capella in Seattle

SHARING: Students at Seattle Hebrew Academy heard the Choirhawks' Chanukah songs Dec. 14. The next day the group sang at Northwest Yeshiva High School, where Mr. Jason Feld is head of school.

By Rebecca Cohen, Staff Writer

February 12, 2018

Twenty-five teenagers are wandering around the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle, indistinguishable from the rest of the crowd that is chatting, laughing and admiring the produce. At one moment, a few teens break seem to break out into song, and gradually they are joined by more who have walked over, u...

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