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NIGHT: Most songs fill the silence. Others light your way.

MY LIFE IN A SONG: Anya Mendelson and ‘Headlights’

By Anya Mendelson, 11th Grade March 17, 2021

Most songs fill the silence. The occasional one will fuel whatever bottled-up feeling is left inside of you. But the rare song, combined with all its rare components, will present you with a kind of serenity...

BOTH: Rabbi Jonathan Perry of Chabad said it is a struggle to be seen as fully Jewish and fully Black. At top, from left, Town Hall was led by Agenda Chair Kate Orlanski, who interviewed Shalhevet teachers Ms. Valencia Wilson and Mr. Fred Leach, and Mrs. Chava Shervington of the Orthodox organization Kamochah.

Town Hall offers view of what it’s like to be Orthodox Jews who are Black

By Molly Litvak, Editor-in-Chief March 16, 2021

  Racism against Black Americans exists in the Jewish community too, according to four Black panelists -- two of whom are Jewish -- who spoke at Town Hall on Feb. 5 in honor of Black History Month. Interviewed...

MASKED: Dr. Eric Vail works in the clinical molecular pathology lab at Cedars-Sinai, wearing PPE to protect himself from Covid-19 samples he is studying.

Just blocks from school, doctors searching for U.K. variant of Covid-19 discovered California’s

By Juliet Wiener, Science Writer March 10, 2021

California is known for the beach, movie stars, fashion, and now for its very own coronavirus variant. Originating in Southern California, this variant -- called CAL.20C, or the California variant --...

Caption: FOUNDER: Dr. Sam Gomberg, z

Dr. Sam Gomberg, former principal and architect of Just Community, has died at age 74

By Talia Davoudian, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

Dr. Sam Gomberg, former Shalhevet principal and Director of Moral Education and an integral contributor to the school’s Just Community, passed away at age 74 March 2 at his home in Crest Hill, Ill.,...

DESERT: Part of the name for the new Phoenix campus is ‘Nishmat Adin,’ after Rabbi Adin Steinsalt, z”l. The planned school is using a version of Shalhevet's logo.

‘Shalhevet Scottsdale’ plan foresees Phoenix-area students attending LA school via Zoom with next year’s freshmen and sophomores

By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor March 8, 2021

Shalhevet hopes to open a partner school in Scottsdale, Ariz., next fall, taking advantage of virtual teaching technology made familiar during Covid to help a growing but small Jewish community near Phoenix...



By Juliet Wiener, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

Editor’s Note: Covid Tracks is the Boiling Point’s bi-weekly column on the Covid-19 pandemic. Compiled by BP science reporter Juliet Wiener from medical journals, official government websites and briefings,...

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Covid Tracker – February 23-24

By Benjamin Gamson, Eli Weiss, and Molly Litvak March 5, 2021

This week, percentages of “yes” answers increased across all six questions in the Boiling Point’s bi-weekly survey of how Covid is impacting members of the Shalhevet community. The percentage...

COUNTRIES: Shalhevet’s debaters represented Israel and Japan at last month’s Yeshiva University Model UN conference, held Feb. 14-15 over Zoom. Dr. Harris took this screen shot of a team meeting just before the conference began.

Moving screens, louder voices and ‘breakout’ committee rooms as debate teams move online

By Gabriella Gomperts and Yael Schechter March 3, 2021

Shalhevet’s Model Congress, Mock Trial and Model UN teams have all competed virtually this year due to Covid-19. And though students miss the camaraderie of traveling together, getting to know their...

VOTE: Residents of Beverlywood and other areas received ballots to vote in the 30th State Senatorial district.

Candidates in primary election for open State Senate seat share their views

By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor March 2, 2021

On Feb. 2, residents of California’s 30th State Senate district will vote for someone to replace Holly Mitchell, who was elected County Supervisor in December. The Boiling Point invited all candidates...

LISTEN: News and interviews in an audio format.

Season 2, Episode 1: A Special Election

By Eli Weiss, Digital Media Editor March 1, 2021

 Season 2 Episode 1 features a summary of the upcoming Special Election in California’s 30th State Senatorial district. There are recorded interviews with candidates  Joe Lisuzzo,...

COVID TRACKS is a biweekly feature keeping readers up to date on cases, vaccinations, variants and other news as it affects Shalhevet, Shalhevet neighborhoods and Los Angeles County.

COVID TRACKS — FEB. 16, 2021

By Juliet Wiener, Staff Writer February 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the Boiling Point’s bi-weekly column on the Covid-19 pandemic. Compiled by BP science reporter Juliet Wiener from medical journals, official government websites and briefings,...

ABHORRED:  In video shown Feb. 9 at former President Trump’s impeachment trial, his supporters shouted “No Trump, no peace!” as they marched up the Capitol steps Jan. 6 hoping to stop the certifying of electoral votes from the November election. Shalhevet students were unanimous in condemning the action.

Two days after rioters invade U.S. Capitol, Town Hall seeks lessons through questions

By Talia Davoudian, Staff Writer February 15, 2021

  Editors' Note: Because of the national climate of violence surrounding this issue, and to ensure the safety of students and their willingness to speak at Town Hall, this story gives only the...

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