The Boiling Point

2019-2020 Boiling Point Staff

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks


Some people have to discover their interests; others have no choice but to follow them. Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks has been a member of the Boiling Point staff since the first semester of his freshm...

Gilad Spitzer

Web Editor-in-Chief

After joining the Boiling Point in his freshman year, Gilad got involved with the online and social media aspects of the paper, creating the post of Social Media Editor and becoming Deputy Web Editor-in...

Zev Kupferman

Director of Production and Design

Zev has been the main graphic designer for the Boiling Point since the first issue of his freshman year. He started with a big bang: contributing to the double-truck design about the presidential election...

Sam Rubanowitz

Senior Editor

Sam Rubanowitz currently serves as Executive Producer of the Talking Point podcast, as well as Outside News Editor and Chief Video Editor of the Boiling Point. Sam joined as a staff writer at the start...

Alex Rubel

Senior Editor

Alex joined the Boiling Point as a staff writer in his sophomore year, rose to Sports Editor in his junior year and is serving as both Sports Editor and Senior Editor this year. Aside from journalism,...

Nicholas Fields

Managing Editor

Nicholas Fields has been a member of the Boiling Point since freshman year. Starting off with a story about freshman orientation, he quickly fell in love with journalism. After serving as a staff writer...

Molly Litvak

Community Editor

Molly Litvak joined the Boiling Point in her freshman year as a staff writer and quickly fell in love with journalism. She was editor of Outside News in her sophomore year and won national multiple awards...

Kate Orlanski

Features Editor

Kate Orlanski joined the Boiling Point as a staff writer during her freshman year and now serves as Features editor during her junior year. Outside of journalism, she is co-chair of the Young Americans...

Liad Machmali

Torah Editor

Liad Machmali joined the Boiling Point during her freshman year as a staff writer and is now editor of the Torah section. As a freshman, she wrote stories about the Young Americans for Freedom club and ...

Zach Helfand

Opinion Editor

Zach Helfand joined the Boiling Point as Opinion Editor in his senior year and is eager to make an impact in the time he has left at the school. Aside from Boiling Point, Zach participates in the scho...

Jolie Wineburgh

Arts & Culture Editor

Jolie Wineburgh joined the Boiling Point as a staff writer in her freshman year and is now serving as Arts and Culture editor.  In a world chock full of fake news and misleading stories, Jolie has ...

Jacob Benezra

Page 3 Columnist

Sarah Feuer

Chief Layout Editor

Sarah Feuer joined the Boiling Point freshman year and has been working on the layout team since. This year, As Chief Layout Editor, she is excited to push the limits of design and create beautiful and ...

Ellie Orlanski

Chief Layout Editor

Ellie Orlanski joined the Boiling Point freshman year as a layout editor and is now serving as Chief Layout Editor. She really enjoys creating page designs and seeing her visions come to life in t...

Maia Lefferman

Chief Photo Editor

Now a photo editor, Maia Lefferman joined the Boiling Point as a photographer in her junior year. Her skill and passion for photography have provided the BP with pictures of striking LAUSD teachers, election...

Shayna Becker

Director of Reader Engagement

Shayna Becker started working for the Boiling Point during her first semester at Shalhevet and has gradually become more involved in reader engagement, through brainstorming out-of-the-box ways to best...

Neima Fax

Photo Editor

Neima Fax has been a part of the Boiling Point team for three years now, and cannot wait for her fourth. She started out as a photographer, spent two years as Photo Editor, and is now starting as the Creative...

Joelle Keene

Faculty Advisor

Joelle Keene, CJE, has been the faculty advisor of the Boiling Point since 2003, and is also the founding director of the Jewish Scholastic Press Association. She obtained her master's degree from Columbia U...

Clara Sandler

Co Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Clara Sandler was co-editor-in-chief during the 2018-19 school year and is now a student at the Midreshet Lindenbaum seminary in Jerusalem.  She plans to attend the University of Chicago next fall.

Lucy Fried

Co Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Lucy Fried was co-editor-in-chief during the 2018-19 school year and is now a student at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She will attend UC Berkeley beginning next year.

Tamar Willis

Editor-In-Chief Emeritus

Tamar Willis is a graduate of Princeton University where she wrote and served as business manager for the culture magazine Nassau Weekly. She joined the Boiling Point staff in ninth grade and served as...

Hannah Jannol

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Hannah Jannol was Editor-in-Chief of the Boiling Point during the 2017-2018 school year. Since then, she has attended The New School and written for their HerCampus chapter; edited obituaries for The Tra...

Alec Fields

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

In four years at the Boiling Point, Alec Fields has wrote stories for every section and won some of the top awards in high school journalism, including the Quill and Scroll Sweepstakes Award for best n...

Ma’ayan Waldman

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Ma’ayan Waldman joined the staff of the Boiling Point in ninth grade and served as Arts Editor, Opinion Editor, Community Editor, and finally Co-Editor-in-Chief.  She won First Prize in New Writing...

Eric Bazak

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

After serving as staff writer, Features Editor, and Outside News Editor over the previous three years, Eric Bazak served as Editor-in-Chief for the 2015-16 school year. He is currently a freshman at ...

Goldie Fields

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Currently a freshman at USC, Goldie kept the Boiling Point going for her entire four years at Shalhevet, putting her heart and soul into every role and and was very proud of everything the staff&...

Alexa Fishman

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Now a freshman at Princeton University, Alexa Fishman joined the Boiling Point as a freshman and went on to serve as Community Editor and Features Editor before becoming Editor-in-Chief in 2014-15....

Kalil Eden

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Currently serving in the Israeli Defense Force, Kalil Eden was the Editor-in-Chief and Opinion Editor of the Boiling Point in the spring of 2013.  Before joining the IDF he spent his freshman year...

Zev Hurwitz

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

After serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Boiling Point in 2010-11 school year, Zev went on to UC San Diego where he was Editor-in-Chief of the campus paper, The Guardian.  He is currently the...

Leila Miller

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Currently a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Leila has already had a distinguished career in journalism, writing ground-breaking reports for the Miami Herald, Moment Magazine and the Jewish...

Lexi Gelb

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Lexi Gelb was Editor-In-Chief of the Boiling Point for the 2009-10 school year and won awards from the National Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll.  While at Shalhevet she was also...

Elana Eden

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Elana Eden vowed never to write journalism again after her first catastrophic story for the BP’s Torah section but went on to become Editor-in-Chief during the 2008-09 school year. After spending...