The Boiling Point

From backyard minyans to distanced dinners, Covid Rosh Hashanah will look and feel different

Olivia Fishman and Tehilla Fishman, 10th Grade | September 17, 2020

Shalhevet Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg thinks that it will be especially difficult to connect to God during the High Holidays this year. “There is a certain mood and certain energy that happens in shul, where if you walk in and you are not prepared, you can go from a five to a 10 pretty quickly,” said Rabbi Schwarzberg.   This year, no one will be going to shul -- at least...

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Even via Zoom, the shofar signals the season in Elul

Benjamin Gamson, News Editor | September 15, 2020

Summer is ending. School, in its strange configuration, is revving up. And even in this pandemic year, Jews everywhere are getting ready for Rosh Hashanah, and trying to think about the year that’s passed and the year to come. Even though there are fewer distractions, and perhaps more anxiety, than in other years, even this year -- maybe especially this year -- it’s a hard transition. Enter...

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For now, Zoom Town Hall will be every other week

Noah Elad, Staff Writer | September 14, 2020

When Town Hall convenes tomorrow morning, it will be the second time this year. But the first time wasn’t last Tuesday. It was the Tuesday before. This fall, for the first time in school history, Town Hall has been scheduled to take place every other week instead of weekly. Until now, since the school’s founding in 1993, Town Hall had been a weekly event. But over the summer, Agenda Committee...

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

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 graduated from Shalhevet in 2017,  is now a senior at the university in Newark, Del., where he plays Division 1 tennis for the Blue Hens.  Although the fire is under investigation and...

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