The Boiling Point

Visual decadence, and lots of cheese…

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts Editor

March 11, 2011

Filed under Features, Restaurant reviews

When you see “26,”  a new dairy restaurant on Pico’s kosher restaurant row, you immediately understand that owner Geoffrey Ghanem  places considerable value on the visual aspects of his restaurants. A veteran restaurateur, Ghanem also owns the acclaimed Shiloh’s steakhouse. At “26,” the building design, the interior of the restaurant space, and even the restaurant...

Lost your appetite? Try the Fair Trade diet

Jenny Newman, Senior Staff Columnist

March 11, 2011

Filed under A Jenny for your thoughts

It’s probably a safe bet to say that almost no chocolate consumers have any idea about the origin of their chocolate. But right here, at Shalhevet, we are selling the products of slave labor in the Student Store and vending machines. I ran every product at Shalhevet that contains cocoa through the Fair Trade website to see what products are and are not certified as being...

A slice of Shalheaven: When it comes to charity, it’s complicated

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

December 31, 2010

Filed under A slice of Shalheaven, Columns, Community, News

Living in Los Angeles, Christmas entangles us in its green and red blanket. Most of the attention is on gifts, flashy lights, and coffee shop specials that we all enjoy. From Toys for Tots to a man dressed up as Santa Claus asking for donations of street corners, Christmas does try and promote generosity to those in need as an underlying theme. Judaism always encourages...

Restaurant review: Shanghai Diamond says Merry Chinese!

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

December 31, 2010

Filed under Columns, Features, Restaurant reviews

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...

Bodhi on Pico: Say hi to Thai

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

November 1, 2010

Filed under Features, Restaurant reviews

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...

How Time Magazine doesn’t care about journalism

Jenny Newman, Staff Columnist

October 31, 2010

Filed under A Jenny for your thoughts, Award-winners, Columns, Opinion

“In the week that three Presidents, a King and their own Prime Minister gather at the White House to begin a fresh round of talks on peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the truth is, Israelis are no longer preoccupied with the matter,” writes Karl Vick, Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Time Magazine. The story that goes with that statement (http://tinyurl.com/BPTIMEARTICLE),...

COLUMN: Where childhood martyrdom is ‘in,’ critical thinking is ‘out’

August 30, 2010

A Jenny for your thoughts: In Palestinian YouTube video, childhood has no room for children “When we die as martyrs, we will go to heaven...” ...

Schnitzly: Only in Pico-Robertson

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

August 26, 2010

Filed under Columns, Features, Restaurant reviews

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...

A little slice of Shalheaven: Take everything in stride

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

August 26, 2010

Filed under A slice of Shalheaven, Columns

This is the first day of my last year of High School, so I know the routine. I take the time the night before to lay out my favorite outfit (all recently bought over summer), triple check my backpack’s contents, make sure my alarm is set, and try to go to sleep hours earlier than I have in two months, praying that I have everything ready to ease the stress of tomorrow. Whether this is a...

13TH GRADE: Peace, hope and refugees — just another day in a gap year

13TH GRADE: Peace, hope and refugees — just another day in a gap year

May 23, 2010

I’m writing right now from the center of Israel—not Jerusalem, the spiritual heartland, but the true center, Be’er Sheva, four hours in from both...

OUTSIDE SPORTS: In NBA finals, team ball should trump star power

Ari Feuer, Sports Editor

May 23, 2010

Filed under Columns, Sports

Eight seconds before ending this year’s first round series with the Chicago Bulls on April 27, LeBron James threw the sports world into chaos.  Actually, all he did was throw up a free throw—with his left hand. This year’s Most Valuable Player – who is normally right-handed – sparked a media panic that included articles in major newspapers across the country,...

SushiKo: Japan on Pico

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Staff Columnist

May 23, 2010

Filed under Columns, Features, Restaurant reviews

Restaurant review Located on Pico Boulevard, Sushiko can pride itself on being the only kosher sushi restaurant in Los Angeles County. With that monopoly comes a big responsibility; it must be good enough to keep people coming and paying the extra price for being kosher, and not wandering off to the plethora of other sushi restaurants – or other kosher restaurants -- in t...