The Boiling Point

SINGER: Rabbi David Block performed alongside Judaic Studies teacher Noey Jacobson at the White House in 2011, and is now teaching Talmud, Tanach, and Jewish History at Shalhevet.

Maccabeat and creator of ‘Candlelight’ joins faculty as new ‘spiritual advisor’

September 21, 2016

New Judaic Studies teacher Rabbi David Block is Shalhevet’s second mashgiach ruchani and its second Maccabeat.

SQUASH: Ninth-grade Tanach teacher Ms. Smith fell in love with squash, a raquetball-like sport, while at Brandeis.

Shalhevet ’04 valedictorian is back to teach Tanach

September 13, 2016

When new Judaic Studies teacher Ms. Sara Smith was in high school, her teachers included Mrs. Roen Salem, Mrs. Joelle Keene, Mrs. Suzanne Halloran and Ms. Emily Chase.

RELATABLE: Mrs. Tsaidi hopes to get to know every freshman and sophomore girl.

New teacher for a new role: ‘Rakezet’ Mrs. Tsaidi

September 7, 2016

Ninth- and tenth-grade girls will have Mrs. Carolyn Tsaidi as a spiritual guide-counselor, or rakezet, this year.

GUIDE: Mr. Dwivedi has led tours of Los Angeles and also worked as a hotel concierge.

New science teacher loves to take classes as well as teach them

September 6, 2016

A California native, self-proclaimed “foodie” and former L.A. tour guide, Mr. Tushar Dwivedi is teaching this year’s Chemistry and Physics classes. Although...

MEDIA: Dr. Keith Harris, a published author and Civil War expert, has over 31,000 views on his Youtube channel.

Blogger, Youtuber, academic joins History department

September 2, 2016

If Dr. Keith Harris is not teaching Civil War history in a classroom, he is talking about it on his blog, Youtube channel, or research novel, Across the Bloody Chasm.

LOCKS: Mr. Smith's dreadlocks are 21 years old.

Veteran English Teacher Will Aim For Personal Spin

August 31, 2016

Mr. Eric Smith likes to laugh, and says he laughs at himself a lot. “Not that students should try to make me laugh; education is a very serious thing,...

SUPPORT: New Educational Support Specialist Jen Hurvitz, a close friend of the department's director Ms. Ashley Evins, is looking forward to working with students one on one instead of in large classes.

JEN HURVITZ: Through winding journey, a passion for helping kids

August 30, 2016

Ms. Jen Hurvitz, new Educational Support Specialist, discovered a growing passion to help kids when she was studying sociology at UC Santa Barbara.

DRIVEN: Ms. Silva's main goal is to always be the most dependable person in the room.

MS. SILVA: Receptionist loves teens, is used to hard work

August 30, 2016

Growing up as the second of five children in a low-income family in South Los Angeles, Ms. Daniella Silva said that she never really felt like a teena...

Caption: PRIVELAGED: Mrs. Skaist said that leading the meditation minyan at Shalhevet was an honor.

Known for personal touch, Ruthie Skaist leaves to pursue painting

June 14, 2016

On Yom Hashoah, mixed groups of all grades dispersed to tables spread around the gym and shared their thoughts on memory, connection and the Holocaust. It started with a stack of small pictures and each student choosing one to ponder. There were speeches and discussions, and then, at the end of the assembly, students were asked to stay silent for 5 minutes, while writing answers to questions posed on giant posters on the walls around the room.

LEAVING: Ms. Amy Sirkis taught AP Chemistry, Chemistry, Physics, and the after-school CIJE engineering course.

Teacher departures will change science course offerings next year

June 14, 2016

With the departure of its two remaining teachers, the Science Department will have a new, smaller look for next year. Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry will not be offered, nor will Anatomy and Physiology.

LEGACY: Under Mr. Schiff, the Firehawks moved into the new gym and hosted Glouberman tournament.

Athletic Director leaves after five years of wins, milestones, new teams

June 14, 2016

Mr. Elliot “Eli” Schiff, who has served as Athletic Director since 2012 and oversaw the creation of the boys flag football team and girls swim and...

Mrs. Robyn Lewis, Executive Director who oversaw building construction, to resign at year's end

Mrs. Robyn Lewis, Executive Director who oversaw building construction, to resign at year’s end

June 9, 2016

The following e-mail was sent by Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal to the Shalhevet Community at 9:46 AM today. Dear Shalhevet Community, It is with bittersweet f...

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