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New York allowing minyans, Los Angeles not yet

MINCHA: An outdoor minyan observed strict social distancing March 18 in Hancock Park. Officials say that is not permitted in California or Los Angeles, although it will soon be allowed in New York.
By Molly Litvak, Community Editor May 21, 2020

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted there starting tomorrow, but Los Angeles rabbis say they have not heard anything about...

California state superintendent says it ‘appears’ public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year

CLOSED: Canfield Avenue Elementary School, an K-5 LAUSD school in Beverlywood, will probably not reopen for the rest of the school year, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond wrote in a letter today.
By Sam Rubanowitz, Senior Editor March 31, 2020

California schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond wrote in a letter to public school superintendents on Tuesday. The...

Three coronavirus cases in people returning from AIPAC; one is in Los Angeles

CROWD: According AIPAC’s website, more than 18,000 people, including 51 Shalhevet students, attended AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., last week. Also there were some who had been in contact with a coronavirus patient in New York, and who were quarantined on their return.

Los Angeles County health officials announced today that one person from Los Angeles has tested positive for coronavirus after returning from last week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)...

Sarachek Tournament cancelled as coronavirus outbreak closes YU

HIGHLIGHT: Attending the annual Red Sarachek Tournament is a big event not only for Shalhevet players but for their fans, many of whom fly to New York for the event.  Above, Firehawk then-captain and MVP Zack Muller leapt over rival YULA players in YU’s Max Stern Athletic Center in 2018.
By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Alex Rubel March 4, 2020

UPDATED MARCH 5: Next week’s Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament at Yeshiva University has been cancelled due to fears of the coronavirus, Shalhevet Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal announced this morning...

SAR, two other day schools and Young Israel congregation closed by coronavirus case in New York

PRECAUTION: An email sent out by the SAR administration March 3 announced a temporary closure of school after a parent was diagnosed with coronavirus.
By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor March 4, 2020

Three Jewish day schools located in the New York area, Salanter Akiba Riverdale (SAR) Academy High School, Westchester Torah Academy, and Westchester Day School, announced yesterday that they would be...

Super Tuesday Livecast

Super Tuesday Livecast
March 3, 2020

PLEASE STAND BY.  Broadcast resumes at 6:30 p.m. PST. Click on the arrow for live coverage with Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks, Sam Rubanowitz, Benjamin Gamson and Neima Fax.  Our 4:15 segment has...

Poll finds less than one-third of Shalhevet students favor removing Trump from office

AWAITING: With the Senate impeachment vote coming Wednesday, Republicans are looking for a quick and easy acquittal of the President on two Articles of Impeachment voted by the majority-Democratic House of Representatives.
By Sam Rubanowitz, Senior Editor February 4, 2020

Seventy percent of Shalhevet students believe President Trump should not be removed from office in the current Senate impeachment trial, while 30% believe he should be. But there are significant differences...

Stark divide between teens and adults ahead of Iowa caucuses tonight, polls show

UPCOMING: Residents of Iowa, whose flag is shown above, are casting the first ballots of the 2020 presidential contest at caucuses tonight.
By Benjamin Gamson, Ninth Grade February 3, 2020

BP Graphic by Eli Weiss Iowans are gearing up for the first presidential contests in the 2020 nomination process to be held tonight on Monday Feb. 3. An Iowa youth straw poll of the state’s middle...

Politics meets streetwear as presidential candidate Andrew Yang comes to Fairfax

CLOSE: Andrew Yang, candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, waved to a cheering crowd outside of Tried and True Co. vintage clothing store on Fairfax Avenue just north of school Dec. 19. The storefront had been completely revamped with Yang hats, sweatshirts and other “merch,” and some of the crowd had arrived at 6 a.m., as they might for a drop of rare clothing from a popular manufacturer.
By Sam Rubanowitz, Senior Editor January 31, 2020

  Waiting in line for a Supreme clothing drop on Fairfax Avenue Dec. 19, senior Ben-Tsion Oliel was surprised to see a commotion down the block. Then he saw cars approaching with “Yang” stickers...

TABLE TALK: U.S. killing of Soleimani starts domino effect of events

AFTERMATH: President Trump spoke at the White House Jan. 8 after Iran shot missiles at two United States military bases in Iraq.
By Eli Weiss, Assistant Web Editor January 27, 2020

  A United States drone strike in Iraq Jan. 3, ordered by President Donald Trump, killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the country’s elite Quds force, prompting retaliatory...

Iranian-Americans at school split on issue of border detentions of travelers

BORDER: The Peace Arch, located at the border crossing between the U.S. and Canada in northwest Washington state, was built as a monument to American-Canadian friendship. Earlier this month, American citizens of Iranian descent were detained there for as much as nine hours in a crackdown after the killing of Iranian General Qaxxam Soleimani.
By Sam Rubanowitz and Liad Machmali January 26, 2020

Learning of new problems for Iranian-Americans at U.S. border crossings, Shalhevet students and faculty of Iranian descent were divided over whether they were being unfairly targeted or whether it was...

Greta Thunberg finds local angle on climate change

INTERNATIONAL:Youth protestors crowded downtown Los Angeles Nov. 1 to pressure Gov. Gavin Newsom for more action against climate change.
By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief December 3, 2019

Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Los Angeles City Hall Nov. 1 heard the leader of the world’s youth climate change movement connect wildfires that were burning that day near the Getty Museum...

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