The Boiling Point

Getting paid on Shabbat: The work is fun, but is it legal?

Getting paid on Shabbat: The work is fun, but is it legal?

March 8, 2019

On a typical Shabbat morning in a typical synagogue in Los Angeles, dozens of small children are chatting and giggling, playing with toys and drinking app...

New baseball coach brings 40 years of experience

New baseball coach brings 40 years of experience

March 8, 2019

Shalhevet’s new baseball coach’s philosophy is quite simple: do your best, have a good time, and win. “I’ve only had one losing season and I...

New hockey club turns gym into a rink for weekly games after Town Hall

New hockey club turns gym into a rink for weekly games after Town Hall

March 7, 2019

Every Wednesday after Town Hall, most students leave the gym and get their lunch, but a few stay behind to make a hockey rink out of the still-c...

Welcoming the stranger with hot food, scissors and applause

March 6, 2019

It was almost noon when two Department of Homeland Security buses finally turned into a church parking lot in northern Phoenix. Volunteers who had ...

Leaving lives behind, teens carry hope on trip to America

Leaving lives behind, teens carry hope on trip to America

March 6, 2019

ICE had removed their shoelaces as a safety precaution, so their shoe tongues flapped open as they walked. Instead of smartphones and airpods, they wore el...

YAF wonders whether feminism is still needed

YAF wonders whether feminism is still needed

March 5, 2019

Do Shalhevet students believe women have full rights in America? A Young Americans for Freedom meeting Feb. 12 explored this and related subjects during...

Fairness leaders search for consistency as role expands

Fairness leaders search for consistency as role expands

March 5, 2019

Last year, the Fairness Committee wrote and announced a new policy of consequences for students who skip davening.  It involved increasingly severe consequences for being caught ditch...

Pertussis spreads to Harvard-Westlake and two other schools besides Shalhevet, protocols differ

Pertussis spreads to Harvard-Westlake and two other schools besides Shalhevet, protocols differ

March 5, 2019

There were at least five documented cases of pertussis among Shalhevet students last fall, and a continuing outbreak at Harvard-Westlake School starting...

Not just her initials: Skirball exhibit explains why RBG is ‘notorious’

Not just her initials: Skirball exhibit explains why RBG is ‘notorious’

March 5, 2019

When considering the achievements of history’s greatest social reformers, it’s easy to say that they were simply destined to achieve greatness and ch...

Adar 2: Fix the system, don’t discard it

Adar 2: Fix the system, don’t discard it

March 3, 2019

By Joshua H. Glettner, 10th grade Imagine you have a perfect system for completing all your work and always studying exactly enough to succeed. But wh...

Amos Oz, father of Israeli fiction, dies at 79

Amos Oz, father of Israeli fiction, dies at 79

March 1, 2019

“When I was little, my ambition was to grow up to be a book. Not a writer,” Amos Oz wrote in A Tale of Love and Darkness. “People can be killed...

First LA Teacher Strike in Decades Ends With Smaller Classes, Bigger Paychecks

First LA Teacher Strike in Decades Ends With Smaller Classes, Bigger Paychecks

February 28, 2019

Days of intermittent downpour didn’t stop teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District from picketing and marching last month to get a contract...