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Another first for Covid school: Art kits for every student

SUPPLIES: Sophomore Benjamin Gamson attended art class on Zoom Sept. 22 with materials provided by the Art department. When in-person classes were cancelled in March, art supplies were at school and teachers had to find ways to teach without them.

Elliot Serure, 10th Grade

September 25, 2020

When school started on Aug. 26,  Shalhevet’s art students grabbed brand-new plastic mesh packages they’d picked up from school, opened their sketchbooks, and set themselves up for art class online.  Zoom screen and blank page in front of them, they would soon touch pen to paper and br...

New receptionist Sarah Cardenas brings love for people – and the Dodgers – to Shalhevet foyer

Sarah Cardenas previously worked as receptionist at Yavneh Hebrew Academy in Hancock Park.

Gabriella Gomperts, 11th Grade

September 24, 2020

Watching over school comings and goings from the entryway of the building’s three-story lobby is Sarah Cardenas, the new receptionist. And though there are fewer people than usual, she says her favorite part of the job is interaction. “I’m a people person, so I know that I’m on the daily deal...

VIDEO: What are you repenting for on Yom Kippur 5781?

VIDEO: What are you repenting for on Yom Kippur 5781?

Ariella Hirschhorn, Boiling Point Video Team

September 23, 2020

Yom Kippur starts Sunday night. The Boiling Point wishes everyone a meaningful holiday and an easy fast.

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

OUTSIDE: Rosh Hashanah starts tomorrow night. With synagogues closed, many Shalhevet community members will be praying in socially distanced groups outdoors.

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 prett...

Even via Zoom, the shofar signals the season in Elul

REMOTE: Rabbi David Block blew the shofar over Zoom for his 10th-grade Talmud class on Sep. 8.

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...

For now, Zoom Town Hall will be every other week

<span style=DISCUSSION: David Edwards, last year’s Agenda Chair, led a Zoom Town Hall on May 13 about a proposed new Just Community Constitution. " />

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’...

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.

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 h...

For the Shalhevet building, spring vacation ended in summer

SAFETY: Dr. Josh Sharfman taught Computer Science in the Wildfire Theater during the first week of the summer classes. Desks were spaced six feet apart, and new plexiglass shields aimed to keep students’ air to themselves.

Benjamin Gamson and Yael Schechter

September 6, 2020

The Shalhevet campus came back to life this summer as students filled the science lab, theatre, cafeteria and room 216 for a summer enrichment program while a day camp met in the gym and on the third floor. The enrichment program, which consisted of week-long, in-person seminars that began the week of June 29 an...

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.

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. 23, recognizing the importance of battling racism to many players across the various leagues.&nbs...

Six essentials for remote school 2.0

Six essentials for remote school 2.0

Liad Machmali, Culture Editor

August 30, 2020

The 2020-21 remote school year has begun!  In case this is not your favorite time of the year,  the Boiling Point is here to help with this list that we hope will prevent a few mental breakdowns. Here are six back-to-school items sure to add a little spice to your new learning environment, ...

COVID 2.0: Online classes, after-school “camp” and Zoom shofar-blowing welcome new school year

SAFETY: Plexi-glass dividers built by Maintenance Head Jose Flores have been installed around desks in larger classrooms.

Benjamin Gamson, News Editor

August 26, 2020

With endless trips, Shabbatons, pep rallies and spontaneous kumzitzes in the hallways, Shalhevet always feels a little like camp.  This year, for parts of the day, it actually is. Although academic classes will begin online, Shalhevet is planning optional in-person programs on campus starting next wee...

‘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.

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 accommodations. Along with his fellow Ed. Support teacher Valencia Wilson, custodian Mary Hawkins...

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