The Boiling Point

FRESHMAN BLOG: Mr. Schramm goes to Washington

FRESHMAN BLOG: Mr. Schramm goes to Washington

February 7, 2013

By Eitan E. Schramm, 9th grade The second my family and I stepped off the train in Washington D.C., I knew I would never take heat for granted again.  It was FREEZING!  I was glad we were on our way to the Newseum -- a museum about n...

RAW REFLECTIONS: Seniors blog from Poland-Israel trip

RAW REFLECTIONS: Seniors blog from Poland-Israel trip

May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 31st, Holon and Tiberius, Israel This morning I woke up at around five a.m. in the same conditions many Israeli soldiers live in every da...

Tamar’s Blog

May 12, 2012

Sorry it’s been so long! I’ve been busy—in the past two months we’ve done so much.  We spent a week at a kibbutz in the South learning about kibbutz life and solar energy, participated in Gadna (army training), and went on a three day sea-to-sea hike—though it really ended up only being mountain to mountain. Gadna was an experience unlike anything I’ve ever done. ...

A SLICE OF SHALHEAVEN: Don’t let May steal your soul

May 2, 2012

By Katie Feld, Staff Columnist The month of May has graced us with her presence once again. Wait, scratch that…what I really meant was that the month of May has bashed down the doors, tumbled across the room and fallen abruptly into our laps. I do not recall inviting her in and May deserves nothing near a warm, open-armed welcome. If I haven’t made myself clear alr...

Freshman Blog: A last day of freedom, my baby brother, and an abdominal ache

April 15, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012 -- today I guess since it is a little past midnight – is my last day of freedom before my final quarter in my first year of high school. Over Pesach break I have been home spending quality time (otherwise known as too many hours in close quarters) with my family. During this short vacation I have completely wrecked my internal clock, gotten a stomach ...

RINA’S 9th Grade BLOG: Dodging the punches

Rina Katzovitz, Staff Blogger

March 25, 2012

  Tanach class today was very interesting. We watched a clip from the movie The Karate Kid. We watched this as a comparison to Megillat Esther. This clip helped us to understand that if you are the weaker opponent you must use your enemy’s strength against him. By your dodging the punches, the enemy’s momentum keeps pushing him forward. Trying to use your liabilit...

Tamar’s Blog: Something to believe in

Tamar Willis

February 18, 2012

I am not a deeply religious person, and I never have been.  I’m not entirely sure what to believe when it comes to God.  When it comes to Judaism, I connect to the cultural side as opposed to the religious side.  I love the culture of Judaism.  Coming on this program, I knew I’d be exposed to Jewish and Israeli culture but that inevitably I would have to face the more...

Tamar’s Blog: The Lost Girls

February 14, 2012

We arrived in Israel on Monday at 2 p.m., exhausted but exhilarated.  The 14-hour nonstop flight from LA had seven kids, and we landed about 2 hours before the group flight from New York.  The trip was off to an interesting start when my friends Marcia and Paige, who I know from camp, lost the group at the airport.  It was mostly funny, but also pretty embarrassing. We...

NEW BLOG: Tamar’s travels in the Holy Land: Goodbye LA, Hello Jerusalem!

January 29, 2012

It’s been three-and-a-half years since I was screaming and crying at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. I threw the most outrageous tantrum ever—and I had no shame. I probably looked and sounded like a spoiled little brat. I remember going through security (though I tried to resist), and a TSA employee said to my face: “Who do you think you are, Lindsay Lohan?”...

A small matter


January 29, 2012

I will start off by saying I am short. On second thought I will say I am tiny! I have been the shortest child in my class since pre-pre-first or kindergarten or whatever you want to call it. I am now the shortest person in my entire high-school, by at least three inches. I have numerous stories I wouldn’t have otherwise if not for my height. For instance, when I was seven...

Rina’s Freshman Blog: Boredom in the kingdom of vacation

Rina Katzovitz, Staff Blogger

January 26, 2012

Over the past three days, I have gotten progressively more, more and more bored to the point of me actually wanting to be in school. It is funny because I know that being bored is slightly irrational, since there is a plethora of things I could be doing right now. I could for instance be practicing my Urdu: Aadab aap ka Rina naam hay. Or I could be going over some material...

JoJo’s Junior Blog: Finals without freaking out

JoJo Fallas

January 19, 2012

It's finals week everyone! Isn't this just the best time of the year? With everyone freaking out and not knowing how to spend their time, I'm going to give a few tips that I have found helpful when studying over the years: 1) Study in increments: don't try to be Superman. There's no way that you can stay sane trying to do all of your studying in one sitting. Take your time...