The Boiling Point

REALITY CHECK: So-called ‘finsta’ accounts bring a different view of teen life to Instagram

REALITY CHECK: So-called ‘finsta’ accounts bring a different view of teen life to Instagram

January 9, 2017

On Oct. 27, senior Layla Galeck posted a photo of herself to Instagram from her vacation to Israel during Sukkot break. It was a smiley photo of her and...

Boiling Point wins Rockowers and top national honors in writing

Boiling Point wins Rockowers and top national honors in writing

November 2, 2016

In its highest honors to date, the Boiling Point last spring was named one of the top three best-written high school newspapers in the country and also won ...

School remembers Peres for heart, poetry, devotion to peace

School remembers Peres for heart, poetry, devotion to peace

October 25, 2016

Shimon Peres, who died last Tuesday, tried to be a unifier – even in Los Angeles. In March 2012, Israel’s elder statesman and then-president spoke at t...

School makes LGBT inclusion official policy, hoping to set an example for Modern Orthodox schools

School makes LGBT inclusion official policy, hoping to set an example for Modern Orthodox schools

October 11, 2016

Hoping to start a trend that will spread throughout Orthodox Judaism, Shalhevet has adopted a six-point LGBT non-discrimination pledge, co-written by Head...

A real shoe crisis: Reflections on senior visit to Poland

A real shoe crisis: Reflections on senior visit to Poland

August 24, 2016

“Mom! I’m having a major shoe crisis!” I yelled, as I shoved mounds of clothes into my suitcase. My mother walked into my room and frowned -- it was one hour till takeoff from LA to Poland, and my suitcase was overflowing, unable to zip. “Yes? she asked, clearly unamused. “Okay so basically, I want to take my Allstars AND my Adidas, because one is black and one is white, and I like them both, but they don’t both fit, and I don’t know what to do!!”

Only two APs to remain next year as school expands SAS

Only two APs to remain next year as school expands SAS

March 23, 2016

Barron’s books, May exams and curriculum cramming will soon be a thing of the past, as next year there will be just three AP classes offered. As part of a transit...

Now trending: Uber joins carpool line while students disregard legal contracts

Now trending: Uber joins carpool line while students disregard legal contracts

November 14, 2015

Exiting Shalhevet onto Fairfax, a group of students can be seen daily waiting not for their parents to pick them up, but for Ubers, a trendy and convenient method of going to and from school.

A summer of argument as Iran deal polarized community

A summer of argument as Iran deal polarized community

September 11, 2015

Handshakes in Vienna, cheers in Tehran, disappointment in Israel, ambivalence in the U.S. -- diverse emotions and reactions burst into view after the announcement of one of the more historic diplomatic deals in U.S history July 14.

Three-peat as BP wins third Gold Crown, Rockower prizes

Three-peat as BP wins third Gold Crown, Rockower prizes

June 23, 2015

The Boiling Point added a wide range of national awards to its virtual trophy case this spring, with four staff members winning national high school Quill & Scroll awards and five earning a Simon J. Rockower Award in competition English-speaking Jewish journalists across the globe.

Looking back on 11 years of Dano-mite

Looking back on 11 years of Dano-mite

June 15, 2015

The school was ready for this moment. There were student-produced videos, Town Hall farewell speeches, and even a new hiree for the General Studies principal position.

Rabbi who sauna-ed with students in New York was scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob on Shavuot

Rabbi who sauna-ed with students in New York was scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob on Shavuot

June 4, 2015

When news broke that Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt of Riverdale had for decades invited young congregants to play squash, talk and then join him naked in a hot sauna, it was only days after he had spent a long weekend as scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills for the holiday of Shavuot.

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Ancient tradition meets modern sensibility

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Ancient tradition meets modern sensibility

June 3, 2015

With society’s increasingly tolerant attitudes towards rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and those who are changing genders, Modern Orthodox rabbis have been grappling with the role of LGBT Jews within the community in light of halachic proscriptions against homosexual acts.