The Boiling Point

TRANSITION: Former student holds onto religion while changing from female to male

TRANSITION: Former student holds onto religion while changing from female to male

January 28, 2016

Imagine waking up every morning and putting on clothes of the opposite sex. Imagine putting on a dress, or a suit and tie, and then going to work or school and being called a name of the wrong gender, and then being referred to with the wrong pronouns. Then imagine realizing you’re just in the wrong body for the gender you know you are. This is how transgender Shalhevet alumnus Benjamin Kenner explains being transgender.

For transgender, halacha ventures into unknown — or does it?

January 27, 2016

Filed under Torah

Modern Orthodoxy has been considering the topic of gay and lesbian Jews for a while, but transgender Jews present a challenge which is just beginning to be explored.

School upholds promise as two girls daven off campus

School upholds promise as two girls daven off campus

November 29, 2015

Three days a week before school, freshman Noa Kligfeld prays and puts on tefillin at the morning minyan in Pilch Hall of Temple Beth Am. Most days her friend Hannah Friedman, also a freshman, goes with her.

School gathers to celebrate newly completed Torah

School gathers to celebrate newly completed Torah

November 21, 2015

Shalhevet celebrated its first-ever Hachnasat Sefer Torah Oct. 29, with lively dancing and singing in the gym to welcome a newly completed scroll donated by the family of freshman Eytan and junior Zev Kent.

Just Community to take up davening

Just Community to take up davening

September 17, 2015

In meetings planned for the first two weeks of school, Shalhevet students will help develop ideas for davening options this year in the administration’s latest attempt to crack the code of student spirituality.

Dvar Torah: Rosh Hashanah lessons from baseball

Jordan Fields, Staff Writer

September 15, 2015

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In the movie, Field of Dreams, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears the words, “If you build it, he will come,” accompanied by a vision of a baseball diamond. Skeptics doubt his dream, but with hard work and patience, Kinsella realizes his mission to build a baseball field in his cornfield, which ultimately leads him to renew his relationship with his estranged father.

New Judaic Studies teacher views text from the inside out

New Judaic Studies teacher views text from the inside out

September 6, 2015

With years of Gemara study and two Master’s degrees from YU, Ms. Ilana Wilner brings a love for Jewish learning to school as she becomes the second woman to teach Talmud at Shalhevet.

New app for Talmud curriculum gets a tryout by sophomores

New app for Talmud curriculum gets a tryout by sophomores

June 21, 2015

Enthusiasm was palpable in Rabbi David Stein’s 10th-grade Honors Talmud class May 29. After a month’s delay, the students were trying out the curriculum’s new app, planned for all Shalhevet students next year.

Rabbi who sauna-ed with students in New York was scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob on Shavuot

Rabbi who sauna-ed with students in New York was scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob on Shavuot

June 4, 2015

When news broke that Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt of Riverdale had for decades invited young congregants to play squash, talk and then join him naked in a hot sauna, it was only days after he had spent a long weekend as scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills for the holiday of Shavuot.

Women should be ‘spiritual leaders’ but title matters, says Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Women should be ‘spiritual leaders’ but title matters, says Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

June 4, 2015

Hundreds hear Rabbi Shlomo Riskin say women should be "spiritual leaders" during Shalhevet Institute sponsored discussion

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Ancient tradition meets modern sensibility

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Ancient tradition meets modern sensibility

June 3, 2015

With society’s increasingly tolerant attitudes towards rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and those who are changing genders, Modern Orthodox rabbis have been grappling with the role of LGBT Jews within the community in light of halachic proscriptions against homosexual acts.

Jenny Newman ’11: Coming out

Jenny Newman ’11: Coming out

June 2, 2015

Many Jews at Shalhevet and around the world struggle with Judaism and connecting to God.  But for one Shalhevet alumna, the path has been even harder. ...