The Boiling Point

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 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. However, due to COVID-19, she now mainly communicates with patients on the screen of an iPad, or ...

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.

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 -- some to peacefully protest police brutality and others to violently loot, graffiti and damag...

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.

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 is a pro-Israel lobbying group that advocates for a two-state solution and closer ties between Israel and the U.S.  It does this partly by ...

Humans of Ninth Grade

Humans of Ninth Grade

June 3, 2020

Most of us make an extra effort to get to know the incoming freshman class each year. This year, that has been harder since we have been learning off campus. With the help of the spring Journalism elective, The Boiling Point is happy to be able to introduce to you to some of the ninth-graders you ought...

In annual spring One-Acts, pandemic reshapes the platform — and some of the plots

ADAPTED: For Yishai Thau's play 'Speak Now,' about a graduation party, a professional videographer created an animated screen using photos of the actors.  From left, Hannah Poltorak, Talya Kukurudz and Neima Fax played graduating seniors.

Bayley Sandler, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

When the Shalhevet Drama’s spring production was almost in tech week -- its final week of rehearsals before the live show -- COVID-19 came to Los Angeles. The students began to wonder if the show would still go on.  Drama teacher Ms. Emily Chase began looking for ways everyone could still see it th...

Students feel heard as school reshapes academic policies for COVID

MATH: Ninth-graders in Ms. Kong’s Honors Geometry class studied the volume of three-dimensional shapes on Zoom this morning.  Students say they appreciate the reduction in homework, though some still find learning harder via computer.

Olivia Fishman, Ninth Grade

May 22, 2020

After a stressed-out start to Zoom learning in March, students are reporting lighter workloads and more free time for activities beyond school work since the administration instituted a new “Safety, Workload and Academics” policy after Passover break. The policy was announced on April 6 in a joint emai...

Rabbi Lieberman elected faculty representative to new Judicial Review Subcommittee

ELECTED: Rabbi Lieberman is the first person elected by the faculty and staff to represent them in a Just Community position in at least 10 years.

Benjamin Gamson and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

May 21, 2020

Judaic Studies teacher Rabbi Abraham Liberman was elected to be the first faculty member on the new Judicial Review Subcommittee and will serve for the remainder of this school year, the Fairness Committee announced last night.  Only faculty and staff participated in the election. They were invited to ...

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.

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 when davening and religious services might be permitted in Los Angeles or California.  Head...


REVIVED: An original of the preamble to the Just Community constitution, signed by students and staff in 2002, dominated the second-floor hallway Thursday, day 39 of distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Proponents said changes would bring the constitution into line with what school is like now, and also help more proposals be enacted.

Benjamin Gamson and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

May 14, 2020

UPDATED MAY 16: After a year of discussion, deliberation, meetings and last-minute revisions, members of the Just Community voted overwhelmingly today to approve a major overhaul of the Just Community constitution, the most significant change in school governance since it was first approved in 2002.  The...

Voting has opened, Constitution must earn majority in at least three grades to pass

BALLOT: Online voting on a multi-part amendment to the Just Community constitution is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today.

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2020

Today’s vote on the amended Just Community constitution will have to pass with a two-thirds majority, and also three of four grades will need to pass it by majority vote for it to be approved, Fairness Co-chair Gilad Spitzer wrote on Schoology this morning. Quoting the original 2002 constitution...

The Constitution Proposal: What you need to know

The Constitution Proposal: What you need to know

Eli Weiss, Assistant Producer of the Talking Point

May 14, 2020

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Vote moved up to Thursday after Town Hall shows support for new constitution

Vote moved up to Thursday after Town Hall shows support for new constitution

Benjamin Gamson and Molly Litvak

May 14, 2020

Drafters of the proposed new Just Community constitution decided late Wednesday that they would try to move up the vote to Thursday, after flash polling at Town Hall showed strong majorities favoring key aspects of the proposal. Senior Sabrina Jahan, one of three students who had been working on the...

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