The Boiling Point

Teachers using ‘daf aleph’ give students a chance to check in

Teachers using ‘daf aleph’ give students a chance to check in

May 22, 2018

When reading the Talmud it is easy to notice that the book opens with daph bet, or page two. But rather than a typographical decision, teachers at Shalhevet and elsewhere believe that there is a deeper meaning that can be gained.

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MINIMESTERS 2018: Short electives explore anti-semitism, women’s law and more to combat senioritis

May 15, 2018

Zev Kupferman Mini-mesters have been an institution at Shalhevet for four years now, designed to combat “senioritis,” a supposed lack of intrinsic...

SCROLL: Senior Ilan Bouskila was first to chant from the scroll. Sephardic Torahs are read standing vertically, while Ashkenazic Torahs are read lying flat on the table.

Spotlight on Sephardic community with new Torah dedication

March 9, 2018

Shalhevet welcomed its first-ever Sephardic Torah on Feb. 15, Rosh Chodesh Adar.  After a schoolwide davening in the gym, students, faculty and fami...

LISTENING: At a recent Shalhevet Institute event moderated by Ms. Julie Fax, center, members of the community heard Ms. Atara Segal, Rabbi Abraham Lieberman and Rabbanit Pnina Neuworth discuss modesty, leadership and other concerns in Modern Orthodoxy.

Institute event explores power imbalance, modesty ‘in the age of #MeToo’

January 15, 2018

At a recent Shalhevet Institute event, the moderator said she had never received a good explanation of tzniut, or modesty. “It was women's job to stop men's impulses -- I haven’t heard anything else,” said Ms. Julie Fax, the mother of sophomore Neima Fax a former senior writer at the Jewish Journal, who grew up attending Orthodox schools in Los Angeles.

PRAYERS:  Every morning and afternoon Shalhevet students pick up a new Koren-Sacks siddur for prayer services.

School replaces aging Artscroll siddurim with new Koren-Sacks

December 22, 2017

Shalhevet welcomed about 260 new siddurim to the school last month.  After at least 15 years of using Artscroll prayerbooks, the Judaics Studies faculty decided the new Koren siddur would be a better fit, and bought paperback copies of the Koren Sacks Weekday Siddur, Lobel Edition.

LEARN: Beit Midrash Chabura, led by Rabbi David Block, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Optional extra Judaic classes extend day in both directions

November 20, 2017

Students are opting for extra Torah study this year with three new programs outside of school hours this year: early morning learning with Rabbi Lieberman,...

LEADING: Senior Benny Zaghi who started the Sephardic Minyan has help leading it from his classmate Ilan Bouskila (right), Rabbi Bouskila -- Ilan's father (left), and juniors Isaac Kahtan and Sam Navon.

Sephardic minyan returns after four year hiatus

November 6, 2017

At 7:10 a.m. Sept. 12, there was a new sound heard at Shalhevet -- the music of a Sephardic minyan. Every school day since then, about seven girls and 15 boys have ...

RESPECT: Ramie Smith, a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, has also taught prisoners. She said she follows the same principles whoever her students are.

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...

PRESSURE: From left, Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, Noa Segal, Ilan Bouskila and Yakir Kanefsky are all offspring of rabbis.  Their experiences have been partly the same and partly different.

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...

EARLY: Rabbi Abraham Lieberman held a daily Talmud shiur this year that met at 7 a.m.

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.

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