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Not just apples and honey: Sephardic Rosh Hashanah

Not just apples and honey: Sephardic Rosh Hashanah

September 19, 2017

The beginning of the New Year is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again. Aware of life’s complexities and that no year is ever going to be perfect, Jewish tradition offers us the opportunity to begin anew, with the hope that any negativity from our past will be wiped away, and that we will hopefully avoid all potential negativity in the coming year.

Something a little calmer for a teacher who dives with sharks

Something a little calmer for a teacher who dives with sharks

September 18, 2017

You may not see new Judaic Studies teacher Ramie Smith every day, because she’s teaching just one class this year, 10th Grade Talmud.  She’s also developing a sex education curriculum with Rabbi Block, which will be taught to all grades, not just seniors.

Beyond courtesy: Titles raise conundrum for schools and synagogues nationwide

Beyond courtesy: Titles raise conundrum for schools and synagogues nationwide

September 12, 2017

When Judaic Studies teacher Ilana Wilner arrived at Shalhevet in fall 2015, it wasn’t clear what she was going to be called. She did not want to b...

Weekly Parsha: From Israel to ninth grade, new titles, new beginnings

September 8, 2017

By Hannah Poltorak, 9th Grade In this week’s Parsha, Ki Tavo, Moshe instructs the Jewish people that once they enter the land of Israel, they are to bring the “first” ripe fruit, or bikkurim, to the kohanim to show their gratitude to God. We also learn about the various blessings and curses if God’s laws are abided, or if they are not. Bnai Yisrael have recently adop...

When you’re the child of a rabbi, who are you?

When you’re the child of a rabbi, who are you?

September 7, 2017

The already difficult pressures of being a teenager can be even greater when you have to meet the expectations not only of your parents, but of a whole communi...

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

September 1, 2017

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman loves dark chocolate. He believes he has tasted every available kosher, dark chocolate brand, and enjoys them all, but his favorite is Taza Chocolate, a brand based in Somerville, Mass.

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, outgoing head of YULA Girls High School, joining Shalhevet faculty next fall

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, outgoing head of YULA Girls High School, joining Shalhevet faculty next fall

June 17, 2017

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, who has been the head of YULA Girls High School since 2008, is set to join the Judaic faculty as a full-time as a teacher nex...

Ramie Smith, rabba at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in NY, will join faculty next fall

Ramie Smith, rabba at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in NY, will join faculty next fall

June 16, 2017

Yeshivat Maharat graduate Ramie Smith, who is known as Rabba Smith in her current position at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York, will be joining th...

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

May 30, 2017

What does Ruth have to do with Shavuot? We saw part of the answer when 'kindertransport' survivor Michelle Rodri spoke in on Yom Hashoah.

Moshiach now?

Moshiach now?

May 29, 2017

Fifty years ago, many Jews around the world saw the retaking of Jerusalem by the forces of the State of Israel as a symbol of the coming of Mashiach and the start of the Messianic Era. But the Torah is ambiguous in its depiction of the Messianic Era, and therefore no one is sure of what it will look like. How can we even know if or when Mashiach is here? What does a Messianic Age actually entail?

Matzah: Crunchy, dry and transforming

Matzah: Crunchy, dry and transforming

April 7, 2017

By Eliezer Lasry, 11th Grade To most Jewish adults, matzah symbolizes the redemption of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. To most Jews a few thousand ye...

Beth Jacob stance prevents break over women clergy after OU says no

Beth Jacob stance prevents break over women clergy after OU says no

March 28, 2017

For two weeks last month, Los Angeles Modern Orthodoxy held its breath as a statement from New York threatened to sew disunity in its rapidly growing, multi-faceted and yet tightly knit community.