The Boiling Point

In death, new respect for Amy Winehouse

Eden Braunstein, Staff Writer

August 22, 2011

If you're like me, before this summer you probably didn't know much about Amy Winehouse, and you knew even less about her music. The only song of hers you knew was "Rehab," in which she stubbornly rejects going into rehabilitation for her alcohol and drug addictions. Winehouse, who died in July at the age of 27, was raised in a Jewish home in London, and if you watched the...

Four new Judaic teachers have wide range of educational backgrounds

Leila Miller, Outside News Editor

June 29, 2011

Three rabbis and one rebbetzin,  whose backgrounds include studies at Harvard, Columbia, Yeshiva University, Stern College and Israeli yeshivot, are among the replacements for five departing Judaic Studies faculty members. Rabbi Ari Segal, head of school as of August 1, introduced the new teachers in an e-mail sent to the Shalhevet community June 17. Although they are all...

Caps and gowns, tears and cheers at graduation

Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Staff Writer, and Nate Erez, Community Editor

June 14, 2011

Cameras flashed and tears of joy traveled down parents’ faces as the class of 2011 marched several seconds apart down the aisles of Nessah Synagogue June 12,  to the music of the European soccer federation’s “Champion’s League Song.” Welcomed in by cheers and a sense of pure accomplishment, all 38 Shalhevet seniors marched in wearing dark blue caps and gowns,...

Lady Gaga: Uplifting the ‘little monsters’ in all of us

Eden Braunstin, 9th Grade

June 4, 2011

Lady Gaga, or Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is the queen of controversy, wacky outfits, and catchy songs.  But she has an underlying message in everything she does: Be yourself, and flaunt it. Many students at Shalhevet oppose Lady Gaga, saying she’s a man, or just a rip-off of Madonna.  But few actually take the time to acquaint themselves with Lady Gaga’s philosophy. ...

Student-organized Sunday picnic forges Muslim-Jewish friendships

Leona Fallas, Senior Staff Writer

June 3, 2011

"Is that some kind of religious thing?" a fellow 16-year-old asked junior Josh Meisel, who was wearing his tzitzit hanging outside of his shirt.  Josh took the whole garment off, threading it out from under his white v-neck, and began explaining symbolism of the 32 strands of braided thread as his questioner and a few friends looked on. Not so unusual, perhaps, for a religious...

Sh’koyach! After-school club serves Torah, brisket

Rachel Lester, Features Editor

June 3, 2011

“Sh’koyach,” casually meaning “congratulations” or “good job,” isn’t just a popular Shalhevet expression anymore. It’s the name of school’s newest club, and the first mishmar the school has seen in three years. “We need a more  yeshivish idealogy,” said sophomore Daniel Schwartz, who speerheaded the project. “We need more Judaism in the school....

Boycott, sit-in challenge non-renewal of Rabbi Richler, apparently without success

Boycott, sit-in challenge non-renewal of Rabbi Richler, apparently without success

June 3, 2011

Long-time rabbi says he’s ‘touched’ and administrators say they’re listening, but so far no success in drive to keep school’s last long-bearded rab...

Girls’ Chorus: New singers, more songs, no boys

Girls’ Chorus: New singers, more songs, no boys

June 3, 2011

Ever since choir president Ariella Benji announced at Town Hall that the energetic singing group was in grave danger of being cancelled unless drastic...

Students’ AP Psych experiments find students… normal

Tamar Willis, Staff Writer

June 3, 2011

“It’s clearly line C!” exclaimed junior Yossi Halpert when asked which line matched the others, among three that were projected on a whiteboard in Mrs. Sunshine’s room. The other students in the room claimed it was line A, but they were purposely all giving an incorrect answer – not just to that question, but to several more. Clearly frustrated, Yossi started to...

Principal Tranchi is moving to Oakwood School in North Hollywood

Principal Tranchi is moving to Oakwood School in North Hollywood

May 31, 2011

General Studies Principal Phu Tranchi said May 31 that he will leave Shalhevet effective at the end of summer vacation, and will take a teaching position...

Leona Fallas, Rose Bern, Ariella Joffe win elections

Leona Fallas, Rose Bern, Ariella Joffe win elections

May 26, 2011

With all on-site ballots and seniors' electronic votes tallied, junior Leona Fallas was elected next year's Agenda Committee chair, becoming the first...

Senior Poland-Israel blog: In tears and triumph, a journey through history

Senior Poland-Israel blog: In tears and triumph, a journey through history

May 23, 2011

            Editor-in-Chief Zev Hurwitz is reporting from the senior Poland-Israel trip.  Previous days' posts...