The Boiling Point

More blame, and rockets, for the oldest child

The BP Editorial Board

August 27, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Israel is like the oldest child. No matter what she does, the blame is always put on her. And when rockets are being shed onto Israel from Gaza, the world critiques Israel harshly when she defends herself and sends rockets back. Furthermore, the one neighbor that Israel has been on friendly terms with the longest almost recalled its ambassador. Because of a wave of violence...

A slice of Shalheaven: Honest hands

Katie Feld, Staff Columnist

August 26, 2011

Filed under A slice of Shalheaven

In the presence of cheating, can we still stand strong with pride? Shalhevet is famous for its passionate school spirit. It is often expressed by foam fingers, red lipstick, and “Don’t you wish your high school was hot like mine” T’s. Just flip through any Shalhevet yearbook, there are always at least two pages dedicated to pictures of pep rallies, spirit days, an...

Paint with optimism

The Boiling Point Editorial Board

August 24, 2011

Filed under Opinion

The smell of new paint lingers in the hallways, walls have been  knocked down between classrooms, and there are new conference rooms for private teacher-student meetings. It’s all part of Shalhevet’s newest remodeling – the third in four years. Students arriving at orientation this week immediately sensed change. The outside walls are bright red – Firehawk color...

The blessing of rabbinic diversity

The BP Editorial Board

June 29, 2011

Filed under Opinion

There goes 22 years of varied, hardcore, and lovingly imparted rabbinic instruction out the front door of the school. Shalhevet is losing three cherished veteran rabbis, each with a different Jewish background and ideology, and each with his own unforgettable way of relating to students. Rabbi Segal is bringing in three rabbinic replacements with exciting academic records,...

Sometimes, saying goodbye is not enough

Melanie Berkey, English Department Chair

June 29, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

The last Town Hall of the year left my head spinning and a bitter taste in my mouth.  I am still appalled that, in a year that had seen more teachers leaving than any other, we went out with the weakest and most haphazard tribute I could remember.  I’ve thought of all the reasons for why this could have gone down the way it did:  we tried to pack too much into the last s...

Keeping my core

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

June 28, 2011

Filed under A slice of Shalheaven, Community

Someone asked how Shalhevet has prepared me for the next big stage in my life. Then I realized I have no idea what lessons I will take with me since I haven’t been to college yet. All I can truthfully write about is what I know about Shalhevet’s influences on my growth as a person so far. I like who I have become, and hopefully my essence and core personality will remain...

COLUMN: At a crossroads, a (scary) time of possibility

Jenny Newman, Senior Columnist

June 6, 2011

Filed under A Jenny for your thoughts, Outside News

At this time, the United States recognizes 194 independent countries. Very soon, that number may grow by at least one: an autonomous state of Palestine. Early this month, BBC News reported that the first-ever Palestinian bonds have been sold (, raising $70 million which will go toward building a tourism center in the West Bank and a new power plant. "The...

Keep the flame alive

The BP Editorial Board

June 5, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Yet another drastic change in the administration was announced this week. Feels like the same old story. Last year, Rabbi Weinbach resigned just a month after the announcement of the lower schools’ closing. This year, two teachers who have taught here for over a decade were not renewed. And now Mr. Tranchi is leaving for Oakwood School in North Hollywood. We all...

Refuah Sh’lema, Mr. Reynolds…

The BP Editorial Board

June 5, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Although we’re in a school that makes Town Hall announcements encouraging students to support the after-school clean-up staff, no announcement at all was made when our interim Head of School was in a severe car accident on January 31. Mr. Nat Reynolds, the founding General Studies principal of the school 20 years ago, held a steady – albeit discreet – presence among...

Two Boiling Points of View: Over the Line

Rose Bern, Staff Writer

June 5, 2011

Filed under Opinion, Two Boiling Points of View

In a speech President Obama gave at the State Department on May 19, he restated America’s longtime stance towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” It’s incredible how a simple statement can spark so much outrage. But this outrage is justified. While President Obama...

Two Boiling Points of View: Good Strategy

Justin Brandt-Sarif, Staff Writer

June 5, 2011

Filed under Opinion, Two Boiling Points of View

As “Hail to the Chief” played on loudspeakers, President Barak Obama was met with cold applause as he took the stage to address the 10,000 people attending AIPAC policy conference in Washington D.C. last week. In the days leading up to the conference, some Jewish leaders had been criticizing the President for suggesting that Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians...

13th Grade: An Israel gap year of many worlds and viewpoints

Lexi Gelb, BP Emeritus

June 3, 2011

Filed under 13th grade, Torah

As I write this article from my dorm room in Jerusalem, my favorite poster is smiling down on me. It is a big red poster featuring a photo of PM Bibi Netanyahu with bunny ears positioned haphazardly atop his balding head. Below it hangs an advertisement that I picked up in Ramallah encouraging me to join The Palestinian Circus School. Other adornments include the Chanukah...