The Boiling Point

Covid Tracker – October 20-28

POLL: View a slideshow of poll results by clicking through the Gallery box below.
By Molly Litvak and Eli Weiss November 3, 2020

The Boiling Point conducting a Covid-19 tracking project to watch how Covid cases are progressing not only at school but among friends, family and personal acquaintances of Shalhevet community members....

Poll shows only two Covid cases so far among Shalhevet extended community

POLL: View a slideshow of poll results by clicking through the Gallery box below.
By Molly Litvak and Benjamin Gamson October 19, 2020

On Oct. 13, the Boiling Point began a Covid-19 tracking project to watch how Covid cases are progressing not only at school but among friends, family and personal acquaintances of Shalhevet community members....

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.
By 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...

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.
By 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...

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.
By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor August 25, 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...

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 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....

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.
By 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...

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.
By 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...

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.
By 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...

Who suffers, who perseveres

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

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.

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...

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.
By 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...

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