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Ezra Fax

Ezra Fax, Photo Editor

Ezra Fax is a senior at Shalhevet and as of this year is Photo Editor at the Shalhevet Boiling Point. In his previous three years he was a staff photographer. Outside of the Boiling Point Ezra has taken part in two drama productions at Shalhevet. He is a member of the Friendship Circle and has been for over five years. In his free time he loves to watch way too much TV. 

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AIRBORNE: No. 3 Eitan Halpert overcomes a Wildcat block to score two points late in the third quarter in the gym of Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino March 1.

[Photo] Close the whole game, Firehawks fall to Milken by two as historic victory slips just beyond their grasp

By Tobey Lee, Staff Writer
March 2, 2017

AIRBORNE: No. 3 Eitan Halpert overcomes a Wildcat block to score two points late in the third quarter in the gym of Crespi Carmelite...

CULMINATION: Boys and girls decided ride separate buses to the schools first-ever Senior Soiree in Oxnard.

[Photo] ‘Senior Soiree,’ school’s first-ever non-prom, takes seniors north for fine food, cruise and overnight

By Benjamin Zaghi, Sports Editor
June 5, 2017

CULMINATION: Boys and girls decided ride separate buses to the school's first-ever 'Senior Soiree' in Oxnard.

CELEBRATE: Shalhevets senior class joined thousands of Jews gathered at the bottom of Rachov Yafo in front of City Hall in Jerusalem to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim on May 24 at the end of their Poland-Israel Experience.

[Photo] Moshiach now?

By Eliezer Lasry, 11th Grade
May 29, 2017

CELEBRATE: Shalhevet's senior class joined thousands of Jews gathered at the bottom of Rachov Yafo in front of City Hall in Jerusalem...

ALUMNA: Dr. Smith was valedictorian of Shalhevets class of 2004. She went on to college at Brandeis and recently received her Ph.D. from NYU.

[Photo] Dr. Smith leaving high school to go back to college

By Clara Sandler, Torah Editor
May 23, 2017

ALUMNA: Dr. Smith was valedictorian of Shalhevet's class of 2004. She went on to college at Brandeis and recently received her...

CHANGE: Rabbi David Block responded to student surveys by handing out his slides. Now, students can pay attention and have good notes.

[Photo] Anonymous surveys improve classes by giving students a voice

By Nicole Soussana, Senior Writer
April 6, 2017

CHANGE: Rabbi David Block responded to student surveys by handing out his slides. Now, students can pay attention and have good...

SIZZLE: Senior Ephraim Drucker and business partner Ben Harel (not pictured), also knows as The Pancake Boys, make pancakes from scratch.

[Photo] Crispy or with syrup, breakfast to order is delivered by friends

By Gabby Grunfeld, Staff Writer
April 1, 2017

SIZZLE: Senior Ephraim Drucker and business partner Ben Harel (not pictured), also knows as "The Pancake Boys," make pancakes...

CENTER: Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation said his synagogue has begun discussions about hiring a woman as community scholar.

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

By Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 28, 2017

CENTER: Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation said his synagogue has begun discussions about hiring a woman as community...

GLOW: According to SAS Psychology teacher Ms. Tove Sunshine, binge-watching affects the brain in ways similar to other addictive pursuits.

[Photo] Click-watch culture

By Lucy Fried, Staff Writer
March 3, 2017

GLOW: According to SAS Psychology teacher Ms. Tove Sunshine, binge-watching affects the brain in ways similar to other addictive...

RUSH: Boys speed through their prayers– or do not really pray at all– during each morning’s Hashkama minyan.

[Photo] OPINION: How to fix the sunrise minyan

By Zev Kent, Senior Editor
February 28, 2017

RUSH: Boys speed through their prayers– or do not really pray at all– during each morning’s Hashkama minyan.

SERVICE: Students pack Shabbat kits consisting of grape juice and candles for patients at Cedars-Sinai

[Photo] Three Jewish high schools join Shalhevet for march, group learning, community service to counter Westboro protest

By Zev Kent, Senior Editor
February 27, 2017

SERVICE: Students pack Shabbat kits consisting of grape juice and candles for patients at Cedars-Sinai

CHESED (acts of kindness): Students packed Shabbat kits at Beth Jacob this morning for patients at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

[Photo] Westboro picketers wave signs, sing songs at school for 30 minutes

By Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 27, 2017

'CHESED' (acts of kindness): Students packed Shabbat kits at Beth Jacob this morning for patients at Cedars Sinai Medical Center....

LIFT: An ordinary car service ride took a surprising turn recently when a student revealed she was Jewish.

[Photo] OPINION: Becoming an undercover Jew

By Eva Suissa, Opinion Editor
February 20, 2017

LIFT: An ordinary car service ride took a surprising turn recently when a student revealed she was Jewish.

Eva Suissa

[Photo] Eva Suissa

August 30, 2016

Concentration: Three seniors do their homework up on the turf.

[Photo] How to get yourself to do your homework

By Aidel Townsley, Opinion Editor
February 1, 2017

Concentration: Three seniors do their homework up on the turf.

OATH: Students watched President Trumps swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address live in the gym Jan. 20.

[Photo] OPINION / National unity starts with each of us

By Ariella Sassover, 10th Grade
February 5, 2017

OATH: Students watched President Trump's swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address live in the gym Jan. 20.

SUSPICIOUS: Extra security guards and police officers watched todays dismissal due to a suspicious phone call received this afternoon. They searched cars before allowing them through the gate.

[Photo] ‘Suspicious’ phone call led to increased security during today’s dismissal

By Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 2, 2017

SUSPICIOUS: Extra security guards and police officers watched today's dismissal due to a suspicious phone call received this afternoon....

SCRAMBLE: Firehawk junior Isaac Kahtan fights YULA No. 15 for the ball at rivalry game in Encino Jan. 14.

[Photo] Disputed call gives rivalry soccer game to the Panthers

By Nicholas Fields, Staff Writer
February 2, 2017

SCRAMBLE: Firehawk junior Isaac Kahtan fights YULA No. 15 for the ball at rivalry game in Encino Jan. 14.

EFFORT: Shalhevets Sammy Ellenhorn leaps over TABC defense in Game 4 Nov. 10. The Firehawks won, 44-42.

[Photo] Boys finish fifth at Glouberman but regroup to win Milken

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Staff Writer
January 21, 2017

EFFORT: Shalhevet's Sammy Ellenhorn leaps over TABC defense in Game 4 Nov. 10. The Firehawks won, 44-42.

READY: Sophomore Bailey Mendelson and senior Michelle Greenberg prepare to face the Harkham Gaon flag football in one of the two games against them this year.

[Photo] Girls flag football season shrinks to just four games

By Tobey Lee, Staff Writer
January 14, 2017

READY: Sophomore Bailey Mendelson and senior Michelle Greenberg prepare to face the Harkham Gaon flag football in one of the...

LEAVING: Agenda Secretary Lucy Fried, second from right, listened Jan. 16  as the committee discussed how to replace her for second semester. Lucy announced last Friday that she would be spending spring semester in Israel, setting off a constitutional crisis as to how to replace her.

[Photo] Agenda asks Fairness to help decide how to replace departing secretary

January 17, 2017

LEAVING: Agenda Secretary Lucy Fried, second from right, listened Jan. 16 as the committee discussed how to replace her for second...

LEAVING: Agenda Secretary Lucy Fried, second from right, listened Jan. 16  as the committee discussed how to replace her for second semester. Lucy announced last Friday that she would be spending spring semester in Israel, setting off a constitutional crisis as to how to replace her.

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LEAVING: Agenda Secretary Lucy Fried, second from right, listened Jan. 16 as the committee discussed how to replace her for second...

REAL: Finstas, a combination of the words Fake and Instagram are a social media platform for teenagers to share and view a more real version of themselves and their peers.

[Photo] REALITY CHECK: So-called ‘finsta’ accounts bring a different view of teen life to Instagram

By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor
January 9, 2017

REAL: Finstas, a combination of the words "Fake" and "Instagram" are a social media platform for teenagers to share and view a...

DEPARTED: After five years, Ms. Robyn Lewis, former Executive Director, has now moved to Beth Jacob.

[Photo] Departing Executive Director leaves a legacy of elegance

By Ariella Sassover, 10th grade
December 28, 2016

DEPARTED: After five years, Ms. Robyn Lewis, former Executive Director, has now moved to Beth Jacob.

QUESTIONS: The Agenda Committee met Dec. 12 in Room 204. The committee, which decides Town Hall topics, has decided to take up the question of whether the Just Community Constitution should be thrown out. 

[Photo] Agenda says it will bring election rules, Constitution to Town Hall

December 26, 2016

QUESTIONS: The Agenda Committee met Dec. 12 in Room 204. The committee, which decides Town Hall topics, has decided to take up...

VOTING: Students with last names in the first half of the alphabet voted outside the STEM lab on the second floor during Mock Election Nov. 8.  Shalhevet followed national trends, with an upset victory for Donald Trump.

[Photo] Shalhevet students say why they voted for Trump

By Jacob Feitelberg, Outside News Editor
December 18, 2016

VOTING: Students with last names in the first half of the alphabet voted outside the STEM lab on the second floor during Mock...

IN CHARACTER: Juniors Shana Lunzer and Will Kasdan reherse a heated argument in Almost, Maine. Performances will begin on December 13th.

[Photo] Feeling distant and close in ‘Almost, Maine’

By Nomi Willis, Staff Writer
December 8, 2016

IN CHARACTER: Juniors Shana Lunzer and Will Kasdan reherse a heated argument in Almost, Maine. Performances will begin on December...

TRUMPED: Ezra Hess and Bailey Mendelson collected ballots in the second-floor hallway during the mock presidential election at lunch Nov. 8.

[Photo] Trump beats Clinton 91 – 84 in mock presidential election

By Lucy Fried, Arts & Culture Editor
November 8, 2016

TRUMPED: Ezra Hess and Bailey Mendelson collected ballots in the second-floor hallway during the mock presidential election at...

HANDS-ON: Boiling Point editors said the Comprehensive Writing Award was for group effort.

[Photo] Boiling Point wins Rockowers and top national honors in writing

By Clara Sandler and Lucy Fried
November 2, 2016

HANDS-ON: Boiling Point editors said the Comprehensive Writing Award was for group effort.

SERVICE: Mrs. Sarah Leah Gormins passion for Judaism led her to become religious as a college student.

[Photo] New chesed coordinator plans out-of-state trips

By Eva Suissa, Staff Writer
October 30, 2016

SERVICE: Mrs. Sarah Leah Gormin's passion for Judaism led her to become religious as a college student.

ALIYAH: Mr. Jeremy Shine, a former IDF soldier, previously worked for the JDC helping the Russian community.

[Photo] A history teacher who has already changed history

By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor
October 28, 2016

ALIYAH: Mr. Jeremy Shine, a former IDF soldier, previously worked for the JDC helping the Russian community.

SPIRIT: Students from all grades spend Friday lunchtime singing under the rakez tent on the roof, led by Rabbi Tsaidi, at left, and Rabbi Block.

[Photo] Growth in Judaic Studies department means more teachers, more connections

By Maayan Waldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 26, 2016

SPIRIT: Students from all grades spend Friday lunchtime singing under the 'rakez' tent on the roof, led by Rabbi Tsaidi, at left,...

BUILT: New STEM room for the Robotics team replaced Genius Bar on second floor, is almost complete.

[Photo] More classrooms built for record student body, staff

By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor
October 22, 2016

BUILT: New STEM room for the Robotics team replaced Genius Bar on second floor, is almost complete.

FIREMAN: Senior Sammy Ellenhorn stands in front of firehouse 63 in Venice where he worked this summer training to become a cadet.

[Photo] Job hunt uncovers a passion for firefighting

By Benjamin Zaghi, Opinion Editor
October 18, 2016

FIREMAN: Senior Sammy Ellenhorn stands in front of firehouse 63 in Venice where he worked this summer training to become a cadet....

PASSIONATE: Sophomore David Mazouz said that he acts and goes to auditions simply out of enjoyment

[Photo] ‘Gotham’ star and sophomore, David Mazouz, balances stardom with studies

By Eva Suissa, Staff Columnist
October 6, 2016

PASSIONATE: Sophomore David Mazouz said that he acts and goes to auditions simply out of enjoyment

POPPED: Model Congress practice, pictured above, continues this year without bubble members.

[Photo] Admin cancels ‘bubble’ on Model Congress team, saying uncertainty caused more problems than it solved

By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor
October 5, 2016

POPPED: Model Congress practice, pictured above, continues this year without bubble members.

PURPOSE: Seiji Shaw worked at two hospitals, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

[Photo] Robotics captain turns his talents to hospital labs

By Clara Sandler, Sports Editor
October 9, 2016

PURPOSE: Seiji Shaw worked at two hospitals, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

WORDS: Eytan Rosenman, one of the three candidates for senior Fairness representative who was allowed to speak, talked about his plans for the committee after a heads-down, hands-raised vote narrowed the field from five to three candidates.

[Photo] Fairness Committee picks winners of Fairness senior rep elections

By Zev Kent, Senior Editor
September 28, 2016

WORDS: Eytan Rosenman, one of the three candidates for senior Fairness representative who was allowed to speak, talked about his...

BLAST: Rabbi Block blows the shofar during Hashkama minyan, a reminder to the students about the importance of listening.

[Photo] The sound that calls the inner voice

By Maayan Waldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief
September 22, 2016

BLAST: Rabbi Block blows the shofar during Hashkama minyan, a reminder to the students about the importance of listening.

SINGER: Rabbi David Block performed alongside Judaic Studies teacher Noey Jacobson at the White House in 2011, and is now teaching Talmud, Tanach, and Jewish History at Shalhevet.

[Photo] Maccabeat and creator of ‘Candlelight’ joins faculty as new ‘spiritual advisor’

By Nicole Soussana, Torah Editor
September 21, 2016

SINGER: Rabbi David Block performed alongside Judaic Studies teacher Noey Jacobson at the White House in 2011, and is now teaching...

FOCUSED: Rabbi Segal warned against complacency about challenges faced by LGBT students in Orthodox schools.

[Photo] Rabbi Segal calls for Orthodox schools to take action supporting LGBT students, including support groups on campus

By Alec Fields and Maayan Waldman, Co-Editors-in-Chief
September 14, 2016

FOCUSED: Rabbi Segal warned against "complacency" about challenges faced by LGBT students in Orthodox schools.

SQUASH: Ninth-grade Tanach teacher Ms. Smith fell in love with squash, a raquetball-like sport, while at Brandeis.

[Photo] Shalhevet ’04 valedictorian is back to teach Tanach

By Nicole Soussana, Torah Editor
September 13, 2016

SQUASH: Ninth-grade Tanach teacher Ms. Smith fell in love with squash, a raquetball-like sport, while at Brandeis.

INTERVIEW: Rabbi Segal responded to over an hour worth of questions ranging from politics, to halacha, to the constitution

[Photo] 5 p.m. dismissal could be solution to schedule issues, Rabbi Segal tells news conference

By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor
September 9, 2016

INTERVIEW: Rabbi Segal responded to over an hour worth of questions ranging from politics, to halacha, to the constitution

GUIDE: Mr. Dwivedi has led tours of Los Angeles and also worked as a hotel concierge.

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GUIDE: Mr. Dwivedi has led tours of Los Angeles and also worked as a hotel concierge.

GUIDE: Mr. Dwivedi has led tours of Los Angeles and also worked as a hotel concierge.

[Photo] New science teacher loves to take classes as well as teach them

By Zev Kent, Senior Editor
September 6, 2016

GUIDE: Mr. Dwivedi has led tours of Los Angeles and also worked as a hotel concierge.

Dr. Keith Harris has over 31,000 views on his Youtube channel and has published a book on the Civil War.

[Photo] Blogger, Youtuber, academic joins History department

By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor
September 2, 2016

Dr. Keith Harris has over 31,000 views on his Youtube channel and has published a book on the Civil War.

LOCKS: Mr. Smiths dreadlocks are 21 years old.

[Photo] Veteran English Teacher Will Aim For Personal Spin

By Lucy Fried, Arts & Culture Editor
August 31, 2016

LOCKS: Mr. Smith's dreadlocks are 21 years old.

SUPPORT: New Educational Support Specialist Jen Hurvitz, a close friend of the departments director Ms. Ashley Evins, is looking forward to working with students one on one instead of in large classes.

[Photo] JEN HURVITZ: Through winding journey, a passion for helping kids

By Benjamin Zaghi, Opinion Editor
August 30, 2016

SUPPORT: New Educational Support Specialist Jen Hurvitz, a close friend of the department's director Ms. Ashley Evins, is looking...

DRIVEN: Ms. Silvas main goal is to always be the most dependable person in the room.

[Photo] MS. SILVA: Receptionist loves teens, is used to hard work

By Lucy Fried, Arts & Culture Editor
August 30, 2016

DRIVEN: Ms. Silva's main goal is to always be the most dependable person in the room.

TABLE: From left, General Studies Principal Mr. Daniel Weslow, Hannah Jannol of the Boiling Point, and Dean of Students Mr. Jason Feld posed questions to candidates for Agenda Chair in the gym May 12.

[Photo] Candidates for Agenda Chair differ on wide range of issues at contentious pre-election debate

By Hannah Jannol, Arts & Culture Editor
May 12, 2016

TABLE: From left, General Studies Principal Mr. Daniel Weslow, Hannah Jannol of the Boiling Point, and Dean of Students Mr. Jason...

OPEN: Dr. Amit served coffee to students in an open sided tent on the rooftop turf during his two-week residency in February.

[Photo] Scholar says ‘kol isha’ rules should never have existed

By Eric Bazak, Editor-in-Chief
April 24, 2016

OPEN: Dr. Amit served coffee to students in an open sided tent on the rooftop turf during his two-week residency in February....

LIFTOFF: Firehawk star Joe Schnitzer leaps for a basket during the first game of the Steve Glouberman tournament in Shalhevets new gym Nov. 12.

[Photo] TOURNAMENT TIME: Steve Glouberman Basketball Tournament greets schools from throughout U.S.

By Zev Kent, Sports Editor
November 12, 2015

LIFTOFF: Firehawk star Joe Schnitzer leaps for a basket during the first game of the Steve Glouberman tournament in Shalhevets...

HELPFUL: Daniel Schwartz converses with sophomore Ephraim Drucker in the JCC foyer.

[Photo] Daniel Schwartz, first special needs employee, joins school staff

By Jordan Fields, Staff Writer
May 6, 2015

HELPFUL: Daniel Schwartz converses with sophomore Ephraim Drucker in the JCC foyer.

RESTAURANT: Mexikosher chef Katsuji Tanabe prepares food behind the counter for waiting customers.

[Photo] Mexikosher owner says cooking kosher changed him

February 9, 2015

RESTAURANT: Mexikosher chef Katsuji Tanabe prepares food behind the counter for waiting customers.

FIRST: David Siegel, Israels Consul General for the Southwestern U.S, answered students questions in the auditorium Jan. 11. It was the first time someone in his position had spoken at school.

[Photo] Consul General says Palestinian ICC bid harms cooperation

By Mark Miller, Staff Writer
February 15, 2015

FIRST: David Siegel, Israel's Consul General for the Southwestern U.S, answered students' questions in the auditorium Jan. 11....

DIVERSITY: Mr. Lawton Gray described some of his experiences at Town Hall Dec.23, saying blacks have been treated differently by police.

[Photo] Town Hall tackles race issues after Ferguson

By Eric Bazak, Features Editor
February 14, 2015

DIVERSITY: Mr. Lawton Gray described some of his experiences at Town Hall Dec.23, saying blacks have been treated differently...

PRINCIPALITY: General Studies Principal Mr. Danovitch, right, who is not returning next year, chatted with Principal Noam Weissman at lunch Feb. 6.

[Photo] Search committee closes in on replacement for Mr. Danovitch

By Alexa Fishman, Editor-in-Chief
February 13, 2015

PRINCIPALITY: General Studies Principal Mr. Danovitch, right, who is not returning next year, chatted with Principal Noam Weissman...

GEMARA: Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg teaches 10-12th graders during AGS, where students are learning Sanhedrin.

[Photo] Students sign up for extra Talmud, no grades involved

By Jacob Perelman, Staff Writer
December 19, 2014

GEMARA: Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg teaches 10-12th graders during AGS, where students are learning Sanhedrin.

DEBATE: Elan Carr, left, debated Ted Lieu at Beth Jacob Oct. 28. Mr. Lieu is now congressman-elect.

[Photo] Local Republican with ties to Shalhevet will probably run again

By Mark Miller, Staff Writer
December 19, 2014

DEBATE: Elan Carr, left, debated Ted Lieu at Beth Jacob Oct. 28. Mr. Lieu is now congressman-elect.

Coach Buckley walks into the Town Hall football pep rally.

[Photo] Mister Buckley

By Alec Fields, Staff Writer
December 12, 2014

Coach Buckley walks into the Town Hall football pep rally.

FLAME: Seniors held candles during Havdalah at the school Shabbaton Nov. 14 at Camp Max Strauss in Glendale.

[Photo] OPINION: On schoolwide Shabbaton, vulnerability ruled and should have kept its crown

By Alexa Fishman, Editor-in-Chief
December 14, 2014

FLAME: Seniors held candles during Havdalah at the school Shabbaton Nov. 14 at Camp Max Strauss in Glendale.

SET: Girls Voleyball spiked their way to a victory against LA Adventist on October 6th

[Photo] Firehawk Girls Volleyball defeats LA Adventist in home opener at JCC

October 7, 2014

SET: Girls Voleyball spiked their way to a victory against LA Adventist on October 6th

SPARKS:  Sophomore Micah Gill, founder and editor of Nitzotzei Torah, hands out copies to juniors Jillian Einalhori and Shana Chriki Feb. 21.

[Photo] Hand-delivered, ‘Nitzotzei’ offers a weekly look at the parsha produced by students

By Sigal Spitzer, Opinion Editor
February 26, 2014

SPARKS: Sophomore Micah Gill, founder and editor of Nitzotzei Torah, hands out copies to juniors Jillian Einalhori and Shana...

MULTIFACETED: Drama’s fall play was The 39 Steps, an adaptation of Hitchcock’s famous movie.  Junior David Lorell played protagonist Richard Hannes, and junior Sara Sobolev played two characters--both Richard’s love interests.

[Photo] Five actors, 100 roles, 39 Steps

By Bennet Schneier, Staff Writer
January 28, 2014

MULTIFACETED: Drama’s fall play was The 39 Steps, an adaptation of Hitchcock’s famous movie. Junior David Lorell played protagonist...

MOVING: The latest exhibit at the Annenberg Space for photography features five themes, a documentary on photojournalism and five themes with hundreds of photos.

[Photo] Photojournalism exhibit captures range of human experiences

By Adam Rokah, Arts & Culture Editor
January 16, 2014

MOVING: The latest exhibit at the Annenberg Space for photography features five themes, a documentary on photojournalism and five...

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