The Boiling Point

Prop. 22: In fight over rules, voters will decide app drivers’ future

PICKUP: An Uber Pickup Zone at Westfield Century City Mall.
By Talia Davoudian, Ninth Grade November 2, 2020

Editor's Note: On Tuesday Nov. 3, Proposition 22 passed, with 59% of voters supporting the proposition and 41% opposed. Independent contractors or employees? That is the decision that Californians...

‘Holy conduct’: How to be Jewish during a hard election season

GIFT: At the end of a divisive presidential campaign, Rabbi Yosef Kanesfky told his congregation that from a religious perspective, democracy is a gift that we have been empowered with “to impact and affect the lives of other human beings.”
By Molly Litvak, Editor-in-Chief October 30, 2020

In an email to his congregation last Tuesday, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea Congregation in Pico-Robertson said Jews of all political beliefs should aspire to holiness during the current...

Measure J hopes to answer George Floyd protests by reallocating some county funds

DEFUND? Measure J on the Los Angeles County ballot would reduce the percentage of county dollars available for sheriff’s and jail funding.
By Joshua Gamson, Ninth Grade October 30, 2020

Editor's Note: On Tuesday Nov. 3, Measure J passed with 57% of voters supporting the measure and 43% opposed.   With racial justice becoming a higher priority for them, the Los Angeles County...

Prop. 18 could make voting a reality for some 17-year-olds in California

VOTE: An official California election drop box was ready for ballots at the Westside Jewish Community Center Oct. 21. Many people are voting by mail to avoid exposure to Covid-19 while waiting at polling places, and mail-in ballots can also be placed in drop boxes around the state.
By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor October 28, 2020

Editor's Note: On Tuesday Nov. 3, Proposition 18 failed, with 56% of voters against the proposition and 44% in favor.   Some 17-year-olds in California may soon get the right to vote, depending...

UAE and Bahrain treaties could signal new era, Israel Consul-General says

SMILES: President Trump (center) was applauded at the White House Aug. 13 after announcing agreements to normalize diplomatic relations  between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, with (from left), Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
By Molly Litvak, Editor-in-Chief October 5, 2020

New treaties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain -- only the third and fourth Arab countries to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in its 72-year history -- will be economically beneficial...

Orange skies, cancelled activities as epic fires fill the air throughout the West

AIR: Smoke from fires as that ravaged the West Coast filled the skies Sept. 13, shrouding the sun at Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades. The nearest fire was the Bobcat Fire in Pasadena.
By Gabriella Gomperts, Staff Writer October 1, 2020

Fires raging throughout the West grew so large earlier this month that davening was cancelled and Camp Firehawks activities were moved indoors, as a orange-yellow haze replaced the season’s typical blue...

Arson at Chabad near U Delaware gives Div. 1 athlete a platform to oppose hate

FIRE: Emergency personnel worked to extinguish an arson fire Aug. 25 at the Chabad Jewish Center in Newark, Del., which serves the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.
By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor September 10, 2020

When Nathan Benyowitz saw pictures of an arson attack burning the Chabad Jewish Center serving the University of Delaware, he realized he had a platform to take a stand against hate.  Nathan, who...

Firehawk athletes support pros’ Jacob Blake walkouts

Talia Tizabi, left, and Hilla Lasry, right, pictured at the 2019 Glouberman Tournament on Nov. 8, both said they support what the NBA players did.
By Noah Elad, Staff Writer August 31, 2020

Shalhevet Firehawk athletes were unanimously supportive of professional athletes’ boycotting games in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, an African-American man, by police in Kenosha, Wisc., Aug....

‘Constantly aware’ — Shalhevet’s Fred Leach describes being black in LA

UNEXPECTED: Shalhevet's Digital Firehawks Instructor Fred Leach said that he was surprise to see the amount and diversity of support for justice for George Floyd and others.
By Sam Rubanowitz, Senior Editor July 14, 2020

Mr. Fred Leach, whose title at school is Digital Firehawks Instructor, is part of Shalhevet's Educational Support team. He oversees and helps students who take online classes or who use other academic...

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....

George Floyd protests, both peaceful and violent, reach Shalhevet neighborhoods

UNITED: People of all ages and races converged on the Hall of Justice near City Hall downtown yesterday to protest police brutality against African-Americans. Seniors Maia Lefferman and Avital Jacobson were part of the crowd, which media reports estimated at more than 3,000 people.
By Molly Litvak, Community Editor June 4, 2020

In a weeklong outburst of frustration, protest and fear that reached into the heart of Shalhevet neighborhoods, Americans reacted to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by taking to the streets...

AIPAC cancels 2021 national policy conference

CANCELLED: AIPAC, which last year welcomed 18,000 pro-Israel activists to its policy conference in Washington, D.C., held its general session in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Pictures of side-by-side Israeli and American flags are a common backdrop for speakers, who include political and religious leaders from the U.S. and elsewhere.
By Benjamin Gamson, Staff Writer June 4, 2020

Acting almost a year in advance, the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) announced Sunday that it would be canceling its 2021 Policy Conference due to concerns about the novel coronavirus. AIPAC...

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