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NEW: The ninth grade class in Jewish law is taught by Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg.

Ninth grade studies how to bring holiness to the ordinary

By Sean Silver, 11th Grade June 17, 2022

Shalhevet’s Judaic Studies Department has created a mandatory halacha class for the ninth grade this year to introduce freshmen to Jewish law, instead of teaching it only as it comes up in other Judaic...

TRIPLE: Shavuot begins this Saturday night at sunset, just after Shabbat, creating a three-day yom tov. The holiday ends Monday, June 6, at 8:46 p.m.

Shavuot: Honoring a slim but pivotal moment of connection

By Elishai Khoobian, 10th Grade June 3, 2022

Shavuot is known as the fun holiday where we stay up all night learning Torah, eating endless amounts of cheesecake and as many dairy products as we can think of. On that day thousands of years back we...

GAME: Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, whose 10th grade Advanced Tanach class played the Mishna Bomb game, offered extra-credit points to anyone who memorized a Mishna.

Surprise challenges from friends help students memorize Mishna

By Amalia Zucker, Staff Writer May 26, 2022

On Feb. 1, Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg posted eight mysterious words to the Just Community Schoology board: The First BOMB is about to be dropped.... As alarming as it sounded out of...

LEARN: Rabbi Simon bar Yochai and his son studied in a cave for 12 years, fed only by a carob tree outside.

Lag B’Omer: Plagues and renewal, then and now

By Yael Schechter, 11th Grade May 19, 2022

Lag BaOmer is a joyous holiday that takes place on the 33rd day of the omer – the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot, when we mourn the deaths of the students of Rabbi Akiva who were punished...

SUNSET: The first two days of Pesach Yom Tov begin tonight at 7:07 pm and end Sunday at 8:05 pm.

Connecting to Pesach

By Eliana Kerendian, 11th Grade April 15, 2022

“In every generation, a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt” (Mishnah Pesachim 10:5). In the Haggadah (after marror), Rabbi Gamliel obligates us to revisit the...

FIRST: Ms. Etshalom, who co-teaches the 12th-grade Beit Midrash class this year, had lunch with students in January on the turf.

School hopes new GPATS fellow will set an example of women’s learning

By Olivia Petlak, Ninth Grade April 7, 2022

It is the first full in-person school year since March of 2020, and the seniors at Shalhevet are learning through Zoom from a grad school student living in New York. Their teacher is Ms. Ariella Etshalom,...

CHOICE: Jews have never been required to plant trees on a specific day, but we choose to anyway. Why?

Trees, love and humanity come together on Tu B’shvat

By Amalia Zucker, Staff Writer January 17, 2022

This Jan. 17, in the dead of winter, we once again find ourselves in Tu B’shvat, a rabbinic holiday also known as Rosh Hashanah haIlanot, or “New Year of the Trees.” Tu B’shvat has evolved to...

SUCCESS: Dr. Walter Poor, Hinda Grosss grandfather, poured olive oil for fuel into the metal cups of his hanukkiah.  It was the sixth night of Hanukkah – also his birthday.

HANUKKAH: Looking for wicks in Phoenix – and inside ourselves

By Hinda Gross, Ninth Grade December 5, 2021

I want to invite you to a day I spent with my grandfather about a month ago. He had recently informed me that he was in need of small plastic menorah inserts, prefilled cups of oil with wicks, for his...

KORBAN: Like the ancient ‘gratefulness sacrifice,’ Thanksgiving turns inner thankfulness into something shared.

THANKSGIVING: Grateful in public

By Mordechai Heller, 10th Grade November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving is a time to connect with loved ones close to you, to reflect and be thankful. The Torah provides a very similar sentiment long before our modern time: the korban todah -- the Thanksgiving...

TIMED: Allan Abshez, top left, spoke for 12 minutes on behalf of the hotel’s developers at a Los Angeles City Planning Commission meeting last Thursday on Zoom.  He said other hotels in the area do not consider needs of the area’s Jewish community.

Housing wins out as Planning Commission votes down ‘Soro Hotel’

By Joshua Gamson, Torah Editor November 24, 2021
Developers deciding whether to appeal to City Council
CENTRAL:  A proposed hotel being voted on by a city panel today would fill most of the block just south of the intersection of Pico and Robertson boulevards, the central corner that gives the neighborhood its name.

Hotel or housing? City Planning Commission deciding future of key intersection tomorrow

By Joshua Gamson, Torah Editor November 17, 2021

Tomorrow, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission is expected to vote on whether to approve a hotel near the intersection of Pico and Robertson boulevards, which its developer says would serve both...

SPACED: Ikar once again held High Holiday services in the Shalhevet gym. But this year, chairs, posters, plants and the Torah ark were socially distanced and worshipers had to show proof of vaccination to attend.

Area synagogues tried to stay spiritual while managing pandemic policies for a second High Holiday season

By Joshua Gamson, Torah Editor October 17, 2021

It’s 2021 and with many teens and adults now vaccinated against Covid-19, High Holiday services were different from 2020’s -- but how different? Five area synagogues surveyed by The Boiling Point...

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