The Boiling Point

It’s ‘Hail to the Chief’ as Town Hall gets a visit from student versions of Romney, Obama

Rose Bern, Community Editor

November 6, 2012

Red, white and blue streamers lined the ceilings of the Beit Midrash and "Hail to the Chief” blasted through speakers as Town Hall was transformed for a mock presidential debate last Thursday, featuring students playing the roles of everyone from candidates to Secret Service agents. Seniors Daniel Schwartz and Jacob Ellenhorn, dressed in blue suits and striped ties, played...

Shakespeare you can love: Drama prepares ‘Twelfth Night’

Daniel Steinberg, Staff Writer

November 5, 2012

From the mismatched chairs and miscellaneous props strewn across the floor to the dazed ninth-grader waltzing in 20 minutes late, the Wildfire Theater did not appear ready for a play on Thursday, Oct., 11, after school. But it was only a rehearsal – in fact, the very first line rehearsal of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night,* and there was still plenty of time until the scheduled...

LA Muslim teens say they don’t support violence over Mohammed film

Colleen Bazak, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2012

As Anti-American riots spread to over 20 countries in the Middle East and Africa and American flags were burned outside American embassies, at least some Muslim teens in Los Angeles disapproved and were anxious about negative generalizations about Muslims that would result from the chaos. Some of the uprisings were in reaction to a Youtube video called Innocence of Mus...

After student requests, Sephardic rabbi joins staff in multifaceted role

After student requests, Sephardic rabbi joins staff in multifaceted role

October 19, 2012

After several years of not having a Sephardic Rabbi, Shalhevet last week welcomed Rabbi Aharon Assaraf, new leader and go-to guy for the Sephardic minyan...

Gliding by school, Space Shuttle thrills viewers at lunchtime

Colleen Bazak, Co-Editor-in-Chief, and Rose Bern, Community Editor

September 28, 2012

As the Space Shuttle Endeavour glided by the south side of the Shalhevet campus last Friday, about a third of the student body was watching from the parking lot, where they had rushed to see the spectacle during lunch. The Boeing 747 carrying the shuttle on its back passed by Shalhevet’s campus at 11:54 a.m.. It flew around the Los Angeles area, including Malibu, South...

Rare Talmud Siyum Shows Varied Styles of Learning

Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor

September 9, 2012

Why was only one Shalhevet student -- the author of this article -- at the Daf Yomi Siyum Hashas, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown Aug. 1? Three thousand other L.A. Orthodox Jews were there – including students or rabbis from YULA High School, Maimonides Academy, Beth Jacob Congregation and Young Israel of Century City -- all celebrating the completion by...

Everything south of reception area to become apartment complex

By Jacob Ellenhorn and
Colleen Bazak
, Co-Editors-in-Chief

September 8, 2012

Shalhevet has signed the initial contracts with Alliance Residential for the southern half of the school property, Rabbi Segal said, and is embarking on what will likely be a multi-year process of either refurbishing what’s left or creating a new building from scratch. “The sale will allow us to pay off accumulated debt, retire our existing (onerous) mortgage and be i...

Summer Shootings to Trigger Lockdown Drills

September 7, 2012

After a summer of random violence in the U.S. and elsewhere, Shalhevet is getting ready to hold its first-ever lockdown drills this semester, in hopes of making students better prepared and less likely to panic in case of emergency. Facilities Director Mr. Eli Schiff said the administration had been planning such drills already, but that shootings this summer at the Century...

Longer class periods, shorter days highlight new schedule

Colleen Bazak, Co-Editor-In-Chief

September 7, 2012

A new rotating block schedule, with six longer classes a day instead of eight shorter ones, has added more excitement and confusion than usual to the first week of school. Classes now meet six times in two weeks instead of four times every week, and each class meets for one hour instead of 47 minutes. Lunch is just one minute shorter at 46 minutes, and school is out at 4:20...

Everything South of Reception Hallway to Become Apartment Complex

Jacob Ellenhorn, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 1, 2012

By Jacob Ellenhorn, Co-Editor-in-Chief Shalhevet has found a buyer for the southern half of the school property, officials say, and is embarking on what will likely be a multi-year process of either refurbishing what’s left or creating a new building from scratch. According to Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal, negotiations are complete to sell everything from the receptio...

The Happy Mystery That Is Ghana

The Happy Mystery That Is Ghana

September 1, 2012

In the village of Anloga, Ghana, where I stayed for three weeks this summer, when someone dies people gather in the streets and they dance.  Some wear red an...

At 69, Barry Manilow shows ‘Fanilows’ he still has it at Hollywood Bowl

August 4, 2012

By Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Arts Editor I became a Fanilow on July 4, 2012. I know what you’re going to say.  How can I possibly be a Barry Manilow fan?   My response: ”Tame thy tongues!”   The July 4th concert at the Hollywood Bowl was chock full of L.A.’s finest mixed nuts and everyone, regardless of age, just loved Barry. My mom, who for years has immer...