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STEPPING OUT: When sophomore Danielle Lowe sang Demi Lovato's

Going solo: New view of ‘kol isha’ lets girls sing on their own

April 18, 2012

The Megillah reading was over, and in the Bet Midrash a party and talent show were in full swing. Suddenly the room was quiet, as a girl in a lace d...

PAYING A DEBT: US Navy Lt. Ethan Samuels, Shalhevet ’03, has served in global hot spots

Rose Bern, Opinion Editor

March 24, 2012

It’s the first night of Passover 2011, and U.S. Navy Lt. (Junior Grade) Ethan Samuels, Shalhevet class of 2003, is on duty running combat operations in Afghanistan from his base on the USS Carl Vinson. He misses the first seder, but the next night, his commander allows him to attend the second seder, which is conducted by a rabbi flown in from Bahrain. “They bent...

Shalhevet Drama finds an unexpected mirror In ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Leila Miller, Editor-in-Chief

December 23, 2011

This story is a National Winner in the Features Story category of Quill and Scroll’s 2012 International Writing and Photo Contest, judged by the American Society of News Editors. Innuendos, fluttering eyelashes and sweetly spoken backhanded insults are familiar to all teenagers, even on a stage with actors dressed in 19th-century gowns and feathered bonnets. Shalhevet Drama’...

When the work isn’t yours

The Boiling Point Editorial Board

December 22, 2011

This story won Honorable Mention for Editorial Writing in the national Gold Circle competition of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and is also a National Winner in the Opinion Story category of Quill and Scroll’s 2012 International Writing and Photo Contest, judged by the American Society of News Editors.  It was written by Rose Bern. It creeps into all clas...

Ancient ritual for ‘transferring’ sins debuts on the Sport Court

November 3, 2011

On a sunny Friday afternoon, sophomore Yarden Harel was standing on the Sport Court holding a chicken upside-down, moving it in circles over his head,...

NAAT! The rally to save Rabbi Naftali Richler’s job started on the Sport Court at the end of breakfast, with posters and cheers mimicking the longtime teacher’s distinctive way of saying that something’s incorrect or untrue. Students said Rabbi Richler was dear to them because of his ‘non-judgemental’ way of encouraging them to perform mitzvot.

Boycott, sit-in challenge non-renewal of Rabbi Richler, apparently without success

June 3, 2011

Long-time rabbi says he’s ‘touched’ and administrators say they’re listening, but so far no success in drive to keep school’s last long-bearded rab...

Students protest non-rehiring of Rabbi Richler

May 23, 2011

A schoolwide walkout and sit-in support of Rabbi Naftali (Hertzie) Richler was held May 19 during Period 3, but there was no sign the administration was...

Snooze or lose: The problem with being sleepy

Snooze or lose: The problem with being sleepy

March 12, 2011

Ever come home from a long day of school to do hours of homework and then go to sleep long after you want to as a result? Wake up the next morning dead...

Slapped in the Facebook ... and other things that can go wrong when social media isn't just social

Slapped in the Facebook … and other things that can go wrong when social media isn’t just social

January 7, 2011

Since Facebook has become such a dominant part of modern society, it’s easy to see why people have started using the website for purposes other than...

Rabbis of the three leading Modern Orthodox shuls shared a light moment during an otherwise intense discussion of issues ranging from how to treat gays to skateboards on Shabbat. From left, Rabbi Elazar Muskin of Young Israel of Century City; Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B'nai David-Judea; and Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob.

Local rabbis apply Modern Orthodoxy to tough issues

January 2, 2011

At a first-ever school Modern Orthodoxy symposium, three rabbis who lead shuls that are home to many Shalhevet families captured students' attention when...

Judge’s comments on BP’s 2010 Story of the Year Award

November 14, 2010

The Boiling Point won first place from the National Scholastic Press Association in the "Multimedia Package" category for its coverage of Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach's resignation and its fallout last spring.  Here are the judge's comments. Source: First place: Breaking news is rare at a high school and, beca...

IF YOU BUILD IT... Deborah Thompson '07 building a sukkah at Brandeis last month. The Boston-area university is one of the most popular for Shalhevet alumni, and has everything Pico-Robertson has including large numbers of students observing holidays and Shabbat.

Life beyond the bubble: Alumni find many shades of Jewish life on campus

November 1, 2010

Shalhevet prides itself on being a school that prepares students to study in the top secular universities and observe their religion wherever they find...

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