The Boiling Point

ECON: Director of College Counseling Aviva Walls, who holds a master's degree from NYU's Stern School of Business, will teach a new SAS Economics class next year.

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...

CON: Ubers are no longer permitted in the school parking lot, so carpool line is only parents and friends.

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.

CROWD: Middle East expert Dr. Dalia Kaye of the Rand Corporation answers questions about the Iran Deal for about 150 people at B'nai David-Judea Aug. 16.

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.

CROWNED: Seniors Goldie Fields, Nicole Feder and Margo Feuer collect the Gold Crown Award at CSPA conference in March 20 New York.

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.

SELFIE: Mr. Danovitch captures a photo of one of his final Brit. Lit. classes at the JCC in June.

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.

PLANS: Beth Jacob invites teens to shiur with Rabbi Rosenblatt in pink on flyer (left), but cancels
 it with new flyer (right)  before news media described his naked sauna visits with students.

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.

TRADITION: Leviticus 18:22, highlighted above, is the verse used by Rabbis to prohibit homosexual relations, but LGBT Jews have a different perspective on its meaning.

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.

Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Twice the power of love

Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Twice the power of love

June 2, 2015

The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University has ordained thousands of rabbis since its founding in 1896. Rabbi Steven Greenberg of ...

SMOKESTACK: Clearly visible from the surrounding city of Lublin, the  chimney at Majdanek jutted into a blue sky in a scene of unsettling beauty as seniors on the Poland-Israel trip approached.

SENIORS IN POLAND: Day 1 – Majdanek: Endless death in the heart of a city

May 20, 2015

“With your permission, a quick moment of silence until we reach our final destination,” said Yonatan, our tour guide, en route to Majdanek. I did...

GOD'S ABSENCE: One barracks at Majdanek is filled with thousands of shoes taken from prisoners as they arrived.

SENIORS IN POLAND – At day’s end, ‘I sang because I can’

May 20, 2015

By Shana Chriki, 12th grade Shoes. Millions of shoes clumped together, they looked like one. Big shoes, women's shoes, kid's shoes and baby shoes....

CHEATOLOGY: More than twice as many students say they cheat on Schoology as on paper

CHEATOLOGY: More than twice as many students say they cheat on Schoology as on paper

May 13, 2015

More than two years into Shalhevet's use of Schoology-- the online resource for teachers and students that has become the backbone of communication at the school-- it turns out that the much-loved website facilitates something it was never intended to support: cheating.

MEMORIES: Above, students explore Soviet-themed decor in Ms. Malikov’s math classroom April 1. Guard towers and the Soviet flag were supposed to be a tribute, but brought back terrible memories for the teacher

Soviet-themed tribute brings unexpected heartbreak to teacher, then students, at Senior Prank

May 3, 2015

An otherwise harmless senior prank took a hurtful turn when 12th-graders paying tribute to Math teacher Mrs. Katia Malikov decorated her classroom wit...

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