The Boiling Point

NEW COLUMN: Will I really change?

NEW COLUMN: Will I really change?

October 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Top Stories

By Naomi Ornstein, Ninth grade Aug. 29, my first day as a student at Shalhevet High School. My first day of an ongoing four-year journey. The feeling of being the youngest in a school was something I hadn’t felt in a while. Walking the halls that day brought back me...

A great step for the school makes us want more

A great step for the school makes us want more

October 4, 2018


Filed under Unsigned Editorials

By the BP Editorial Board Having Judaic role models for both genders at a co-ed school is crucial. We have wonderful rabbis here at Shalhevet, and we are also fortunate to have female teachers who have taken advantage of the highest levels of learning offered to women. Rabba Ramie Smith, who is a...

We were strangers in the land of Egypt

We were strangers in the land of Egypt

September 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

By the BP Editorial Board As Shalhevet students, we are constantly being reminded of the weight our voices hold in the world and our responsibility to stand up for what is right. We believe this translates to all Jews being empowered in the same way. Asher Shalom, the owner of Asher Caffe, the new kos...

CLARA’S CALLS: Kvetch about the present, but kvell for the future

CLARA’S CALLS: Kvetch about the present, but kvell for the future

Clara Sandler, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2018


Filed under Clara's Calls, Sports Columns, Top Stories

As an Ashkenaz Jew, oy vey zmeir is not only part of my vernacular, but perhaps one of my most commonly used phrases. In case you needed to brush up on your Yiddish, oy vey zmeir directly translates to “woe is me” and is used to complain. If there was a phrase I could use to describe Los ...

EDITORIAL: Gaza and the perils of polarization

EDITORIAL: Gaza and the perils of polarization

June 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories, Unsigned Editorials

Our school is full of passionate and spirited supporters of Israel. We celebrate Israeli culture, and recognize the religious importance of the nation. But we have gotten to a point where that same emotion bleeds into our discussions of the political side of Israel.

EDITORIAL: Thanks and farewell to 11 years of greatness and gravitas

EDITORIAL: Thanks and farewell to 11 years of greatness and gravitas

June 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

A recent yet untraceable colloquialism which has entered the lexicon of many Shalhevet students is the term “Old Shalhevet.” There is no exact year which divides “old Shalhevet” from “new Shalhevet” -- perhaps the new building, or changes in faculty and leadership.

TWO BOILING POINTS OF VIEW: Which side has the facts in the gun control debate?

TWO BOILING POINTS OF VIEW: Which side has the facts in the gun control debate?

May 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories, Two Boiling Points of View

Emotion will not solve America’s gun violence problem By Sam Rubanowitz, 10th grade “It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.” - Barbara Jordan On Friday, March 23, Mia Freeman and Hayley Licata, survivors of the shooting at...

Just Community takes a step in the right direction

Just Community takes a step in the right direction

May 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

Dead. That’s the word a lot of people use to describe the Just Community and its three branches. But in a rare and admirable feat of liveliness and action, the Agenda Committee recently proposed a referendum to allow three Student Activities Committee co-chairs, instead of two, and to have two vice chairs, as opposed to one as in previous years.

COLUMN: Getting lost in the game in times of loss

COLUMN: Getting lost in the game in times of loss

Clara Sandler, Community Editor

May 22, 2018


Filed under Clara's Calls, Opinion, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

While basketball is definitely not my favorite sport, I do identify as a Laker fan. Being a Laker fan is usually easy, but in recent years, it has been difficult to have hope for an organization that really seems so helpless. Going into the playoffs, I did not have a team that I was particula...

EDITORIAL: Not everyone lives in Beverlywood

EDITORIAL: Not everyone lives in Beverlywood

May 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Unsigned Editorials

By the BP Editorial Board Not all Shalhevet students live in Beverlywood, or even “the city.” In fact, a good number of students live in the San Fernando Valley, near the beach or even near the airport. These students are expected to be in school at the same time and manage the same workloads, even though they live as much as three times as far from 910 South Fairfax.

TWO BOILING POINTS OF VIEW: Should Judaic classes be graded?

TWO BOILING POINTS OF VIEW: Should Judaic classes be graded?

Aidel Townsley, Opinion Editor

May 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories, Two Boiling Points of View

Yes, our experience in Judaic classes must be active. School days at Shalhevet are packed full with learning, tests, and the formidable grading. The pressure to perform well in classes and succeed remains steady throughout high school (barring senioritis.) Our dual curriculum makes the school ...