The Boiling Point

BUSY: Israeli  Minister of Science, Technology and Space,  Ofir Akunis, spoke to an all-school assembly Feb. 8, as Consul General David Siegel looked on.  Minister Akunis was in the U.S. to work on research and space agreements.

Israeli Cabinet Minister tells assembly of joint stem cell research with California

April 13, 2016

Feb. 8 was a busy day for Israel’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ofir Akunis. In the afternoon, he signed an agreement on stem cell research between Israel and a California bio-tech firm. After that, he was heading to Washington, D.C., to meet with NASA in hopes of sending an Israeli astronaut to Mars. But before that, he had a date to speak with the student body at Shalhevet.

SOLIDARITY: Students  watch broadcast of Ezra Schwartz's shloshim in gym Dec. 21. Schools watching around the world could see one another.

Worldwide video chat remembers terror victim Ezra Schwartz

February 16, 2016

Shalhevet students gathered in the gym Dec. 21 to take part in a siyum with yeshivas across the world via Skype in honor of Ezra Schwartz, z”l.

PROTECT: Since September, IDF soldier Saul Rothman ‘11 has been guarding Israeli bus stations instead of the border. His training, shown here, has been interrupted by the spate of stabbings and car rammings.

Alumni live, learn and serve amid terror in Israel

November 12, 2015

Blood stains the streets of Jerusalem as IDF soldiers and medical personal tend to victims of terrorist stabbing attacks. During what has been colloquially called a “Third intifada,” public street stabbings shootings and car have become somewhat of a regular occurrence in Israel.

Local experts read the same words, draw different conclusions

Elon Glouberman, Outside News Editor

September 30, 2015

Mr. Yaki Lopez, Consul for Political Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, said the Iran deal will not work because the Iranians will not follow it.

CROWD: Middle East expert Dr. Dalia Kaye of the Rand Corporation answers questions about the Iran Deal for about 150 people at B'nai David-Judea Aug. 16.

A summer of argument as Iran deal polarized community

September 11, 2015

Handshakes in Vienna, cheers in Tehran, disappointment in Israel, ambivalence in the U.S. -- diverse emotions and reactions burst into view after the announcement of one of the more historic diplomatic deals in U.S history July 14.

LIVE: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed AIPAC conference March 2. Seventeen students from Shalhevet were there.

Students hear Bibi in D.C. and JCC

May 10, 2015

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress March 3, Shalhevet was ready to receive him. Junior Will Bernstein had made a successful push for the administration to show the speech live in the Auditorium, even though it meant cancelling first period.

INTERVIEW: Israeli Consul General David Siegel spoke with Boiling Point reporters on the JCC breezeway Jan. 7th.

Israel, California join forces on water crisis

February 19, 2015

The state of California and the government of Israel signed an agreement last spring on a large-scale plan that will bring Israeli expertise in a variety of areas -- especially water -- to California over the next couple of years.

FIRST: David Siegel, Israel's Consul General for the Southwestern U.S, answered students' questions in the auditorium Jan. 11. It was the first time someone in his position had spoken at school.

Consul General says Palestinian ICC bid harms cooperation

February 15, 2015

"Once you decide to go to court, it's a completely new relationship," said Israeli Consul General David Siegel, describing the impact of the Palestinian...



September 18, 2014

It wasn’t exactly summer vacation this year for members of the Shalhevet community, both inside and outside of Israel. From juniors on their long-awaited Israel summer programs to alumni serving in the Israel Defense Forces - and everyone else, it seemed - June and July were spent chained to iPhone news apps, following the latest reports of rockets and troop mobilizations and arguments in cyberspace over who was to blame.

REST: An IDF soldier on leave from the fighting in Gaza addressed Bnai Akiva students in Jerusalem July 22.

A view from Israel, Part 3: Surreality

August 12, 2014

BEERSHEVA, Aug. 1: In the past few weeks since my last update, I have done a multitude of things. I completed a four-day army simulation, fired an M-16,...

DEFENSE: Iron Dome missiles intercepting rockets sent by Hamas toward Israeli population centers. According to, Iron Dome shot down 735 missiles of 3,659 that were fired.

A view from Israel, Part 2: Safety guilt

July 15, 2014

We are on our way to Jerusalem! Along the way, there are only two designated safe spots to stop in order to use the bathroom. Our tour guide just told us t...

HOME FRONT:Day trips have been replaced by activities closer to the bomb shelter at the Beit Elazraki home for underprivileged kids in Netanya this summer.

In Israel’s North, staying safe means staying home for 250 underprivileged children

July 14, 2014

NETANYA, Israel, July 14 -- Only a few weeks ago was I studying arduously for finals, but today it feels like months ago. For the past few weeks I have...

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