The Boiling Point

Restaurant review: Shanghai Diamond says Merry Chinese!

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

December 31, 2010

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan mentioned in her confirmation hearings last summer that as an American Jew, she generally spent Christmas eating Chinese food (www.tinyurl.com/BPChinese). In her honor, this week seems like the perfect occasion to review the best Chinese restaurant on Pico Boulevard. Shanghai Diamond Garden has rightly made a name for itself in the past...

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

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...

Four rules to manicure by

November 1, 2010

Remain dedicated to looking refined and elegant. Elegance is achieved when equal parts effort and nonchalance are exerted during “The Process.” 1. If you are doing a mani and pedi, never ever choose different colors that will compete with each other for attention.   For example, never choose a shade of fuchsia for your fingernails and coral for your toes.  Your toenails...

Bodhi on Pico: Say hi to Thai

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

November 1, 2010

No one will argue that it’s easy to limit oneself to only kosher restaurants, especially since it seems that 95 percent of them in Los Angeles lie between a certain Mobil gas station and a mortuary on Pico Boulevard. So you can imagine my joy when something totally unique opens. Bodhi restaurant (closer to the gas station than to the mortuary), which opened four months...

Why not do your nails at home?

Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Staff Writer

November 1, 2010

Have you ever wished you could get a salon-quality manicure at home without having to pay for it? Manicures can run anywhere from $11 at Contempo Nails on Robertson all the way to $30 at The Paint Shop on trendy Third Street in West Hollywood. For an initial investment of $25  -- for one bottle of nail polish, one bottle of bottom-and-top coat, cotton balls, acetone, nail...

College destinations for Shalhevet grads are mostly Modern Orthodox-friendly

November 1, 2010

TOP 12: Universities with the most Shalhevet grad enrollees from 2006 to the present. All have at least some Orthodox life and seven offer pretty much anything you can find in the neighborhoods around Shalhevet. Barnard and Columbia are listed together because their Jewish activities are combined. This story won a National Award for In-Depth Reporting by an Individual in ...

Building bridges while deconstructing buildings in AJSS teen summer program

Jaclyn Kellner, Deputy Editor

August 31, 2010

Conflicting views on gender issues test principles of religious pluralism ... In an uninhabited farmhouse in the once-Jewish farming community of Marvell, Arkansas, the 21 members of my summer program, American Jewish Society for Service, sat in a circle to discuss how we should pray together. As the observant track in a summer volunteer program of the American Jewish S...

Volunteers share a hands-on summer in Arkansas

Volunteers share a hands-on summer in Arkansas

August 30, 2010

... as teens learn how to help build homes by tearing them down In your steel-toed boots you walk through the maze of an old, abandoned furniture store in...

New school year, new styles

Leona Fallas, Arts Editor

August 26, 2010

We’re all sad to leave the sunshine for school, but the end of August does have a bright side: back-to-school shopping! I’m here to tell you what’s hot, because with the dress code crackdown, nobody wants to be caught and forced to change.  Luckily, this season’s styles fit in perfectly with school policy. There are not one but two skirts everyone has an eye...

Schnitzly: Only in Pico-Robertson

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

August 26, 2010

Restaurant review There’s something that I always look forward to when I go the Pico Robertson area (I know, I am Jewish -- but I don’t live there). I don’t know if it’s the synagogues on every corner and more. Maybe it’s the atmosphere. But when Schnitzly opened its doors on Pico just east of Glenville, next door to the Happy Minyan and replacing the short-li...

Cafri triplets, tied but separate, to go their own ways

Cafri triplets, tied but separate, to go their own ways

June 30, 2010

Four-year-old Meir Cafri kicks his soccer ball around the backyard, which young Meital tries to steal. The third triplet, Meirav, uses her colored pencils...

AP Chemistry celebrates end of year with a tasty lab

AP Chemistry celebrates end of year with a tasty lab

June 30, 2010

If you think ice cream and chemistry have nothing to do with each other, guess again. After AP exams were over, the AP Chemistry class gathered in the...