The Boiling Point

Just Community to take up davening

TRIBES:  Above, the Beit Midrash hosts Hashkama minyan and a 9th-10th grade minyan, while the 11th-12th grade minyan is in the Beit Knesset next door.  Twelve small windows represent the 12 tribes Below, the wooden Aron in the Beit Midrash.

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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

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

SCHOLAR: Ms. Ilana Wilner has two master's degrees, one in education and the other in

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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

ROLL-OUT: Students punctuate, translate, highlight and take notes on new Judaic Studies app.

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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

PLANS: Beth Jacob invites teens to shiur with Rabbi Rosenblatt in pink on flyer (left), but cancels
 it with new flyer (right)  before news media described his naked sauna visits with students.

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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

PIONEER: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said leading rabbis supported his allowing women to carry the Torah from the very beginning.

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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

TRADITION: Leviticus 18:22, highlighted above, is the verse used by Rabbis to prohibit homosexual relations, but LGBT Jews have a different perspective on its meaning.

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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. Shalhevet graduate Jenny Newman is a lesbian, though she refers to herself as “queer.”  A senior at American University who will attend Georgetow...

Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Twice the power of love

Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Twice the power of love

Noah Rothman, Community Editor

June 2, 2015

The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University has ordained thousands of rabbis since its founding in 1896. Rabbi Steven Greenberg of Boston is no exception, except for the fact that he is the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi in the world. Rabbi Greenberg grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He went to ...

Evolution of a title ensnares potential new faculty hire

LEADERS: Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold,left,works at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal. Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman, right, works at Congregation Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C. All graduates of Yeshivat Maharat have found positions where they can use their title.

By Noah Rothman, Community Editor

April 27, 2015

When Ms. Ramie Smith visited Shalhevet as a prospective teacher this past January, she met with students, teachers, parents and the board of Shalhevet.  By all accounts, she was a hit. “I thought she really liked the school and the school seemed to really like her,” said senior Shana Chriki,...

More than a signature: The legacy of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein

Mourners at the funeral of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein April 21 in Gush Etzion

Mati Hurwitz, Sports Editor

April 21, 2015

In the middle of a bedroom wall covered with posters of John Wooden, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck hangs a small printed-out letter from Yeshivat Har Etizon, “The Gush.” Scripted at the bottom left corner of the page is the signature of the true Gadol Hador, HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l.

In a first for Los Angeles, B’nai David adds a clergy intern who is female

CHANGE: Alissa-Thomas Newborn outside B'nai David Judea in 2015, where she serves as spiritual leader.

Noah Rothman, Torah Editor

February 11, 2015

“We believe that women can bring something to the table that men cannot and vice versa,” said Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea Congregation, a shul where many staff and Shalhevet families are members. “There is a certain redundancy to having two of the same, and a supplementary power...

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