The Boiling Point

From backyard minyans to distanced dinners, Covid Rosh Hashanah will look and feel different

OUTSIDE: Rosh Hashanah starts tomorrow night. With synagogues closed, many Shalhevet community members will be praying in socially distanced groups outdoors.

Olivia Fishman and Tehilla Fishman, 10th Grade

September 17, 2020

Shalhevet Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg thinks that it will be especially difficult to connect to God during the High Holidays this year. “There is a certain mood and certain energy that happens in shul, where if you walk in and you are not prepared, you can go from a five to a 10 prett...

For the Shalhevet building, spring vacation ended in summer

SAFETY: Dr. Josh Sharfman taught Computer Science in the Wildfire Theater during the first week of the summer classes. Desks were spaced six feet apart, and new plexiglass shields aimed to keep students’ air to themselves.

Benjamin Gamson and Yael Schechter

September 6, 2020

The Shalhevet campus came back to life this summer as students filled the science lab, theatre, cafeteria and room 216 for a summer enrichment program while a day camp met in the gym and on the third floor. The enrichment program, which consisted of week-long, in-person seminars that began the week of June 29 an...

COVID 2.0: Online classes, after-school “camp” and Zoom shofar-blowing welcome new school year

SAFETY: Plexi-glass dividers built by Maintenance Head Jose Flores have been installed around desks in larger classrooms.

Benjamin Gamson, News Editor

August 26, 2020

With endless trips, Shabbatons, pep rallies and spontaneous kumzitzes in the hallways, Shalhevet always feels a little like camp.  This year, for parts of the day, it actually is. Although academic classes will begin online, Shalhevet is planning optional in-person programs on campus starting next wee...

For COVID-19 nurses on opposite sides of the world, keeping families away is the hardest part

STRONG: Sydney Miller ’13 is ready for her shift at  NYU-Lagone Hospital’s coronavirus unit April 20.

By Juliet Wiener, Staff Writer

June 28, 2020

Shalhevet alumna Sydney Miller ‘13 is a nurse at the NYU Langone Hospital in New York. Typically, she finds enjoyment in sitting next to an anxious patient and comforting him or her through conversation. However, due to COVID-19, she now mainly communicates with patients on the screen of an iPad, or ...

A blue-and-white parade of cars celebrates Israel Independence Day in the age of Covid

DIFFERENT: Seniors and a few faculty drove down Cresta Drive in the Yom Haatzmaut car parade April 29. A total of 46 vehicles joined the line, which zig-zagged for 4.9 miles.

Molly Litvak and Alex Rubel

May 7, 2020

Throughout Pico-Robertson and Beverlywood last Thursday, Shalhevet families, alumni and others stood outside their homes carrying signs and Israeli flags, and waiting to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, in the age of Covid-19.  With the usual celebrations banned due to coro...

Just Community election campaign moves online, but not everybody follows

BROADCAST: Snapshots of candidate videos were posted by school officials on Instagram Tuesday. The videos were required by the Fairness Committee, and for most candidates that was their entire campaign.

Benjamin Gamson, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Seventeen candidates are running in Thursday’s election for Just Community offices, but some campaigned much more than others during the official posting period that ended Wednesday at noon.   As of Wednesday night, only six candidates had posted a campaign poster on Schoology, two had...

With memes and TikToks, teens lighten the mood of ‘corona break’

PERSPECTIVE: Social media has become a platform for fun in the time of Covid, including in the world of Jewish memes.

Kate Orlanski, Features Editor

April 29, 2020

Earlier this year,  social media seemed like the problem, blamed for causing unnecessary panic over the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19.  But now, Generation Z is finding light in the midst of uncertainty by using social media as an outlet to spread laughs and positivity dur...

Who suffers, who perseveres

NOW: As Pesach begins in this difficult moment, it is up to us to decide how to move forward.

Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

Many of us in quarantine feel like we are suffering. In many ways, we are. Forced not to see our friends and family, deprived of the outdoors, living in fear for ourselves and our families. These are legitimate problems. And there are less severe problems, but still great losses. Like the plans we made....

Shalhevet to delay decision on reopening in-person school until after Pesach, Rabbi Segal says

UNCERTAIN: A sign at Canfield Elementary School in Beverlywood was an ironic reminder on Tuesday, when state School Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced all state public schools would remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 year.

Sam Rubanowitz and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

April 2, 2020

Shalhevet officials will defer a decision on whether to reopen on-campus school this year until after Passover,  Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal said this week, adding that if things haven't changed by then, "in all likelihood," online-only classes would continue until the end of May. Asked...

California state superintendent says it ‘appears’ public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year

CLOSED: Canfield Avenue Elementary School, an K-5 LAUSD school in Beverlywood, will probably not reopen for the rest of the school year, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond wrote in a letter today.

Sam Rubanowitz, Senior Editor

March 31, 2020

California schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond wrote in a letter to public school superintendents on Tuesday. The letter was obtained by various news sources including the San Francisco Chronicle, The Mercury News,...

Schedule change hopes to restore more normal hustle and bustle to online school day

ADJUST: Kosher meat cases were empty at Ralph's on LaBrea March 15 as consumers rushed to buy products before countywide stay-at-home orders were issued, though workers had assured shoppers they would be restocked the next day.

Alex Rubel, Senior Editor

March 24, 2020

As the school started its second week of online-only learning, administrators announced changes to the schedule that they hoped would restore more of the normal hustle-and-bustle of free periods, club meetings and of course, Town Hall.  A virtual Town Hall has been scheduled for today, Tuesday, thoug...

YULA student tests positive for coronavirus after Bnei Akiva shabbaton; Rabbi Segal says spread to Shalhevet ‘inevitable’

SPREAD: A van belonging to Hatzolah, whose volunteers provide emergency response in Beverlywood, Hancock Park and other Jewish neighborhoods,  was parked on Alta Vista Boulevard yesterday.  The group said local Covid-19 patients had interacted widely before being diagnosed.

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2020

According to a late Saturday email from Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, a student at Yeshiva University of LA (YULA) Girls High School has tested positive for coronavirus. Then on Sunday, both Hatzolah of Los Angeles and Shalhevet Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal sent out emails saying the virus, also known...

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