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Liad Machmali

Liad Machmali, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Liad Machmali joined the Boiling Point during her freshman year as a staff writer and was editor of the Torah section in her sophomore year. In her junior year she was editor of the Features, Arts & Culture, and Sports sections of the paper, all at the same time. Her stories are published on various news sites and her column on cheating was published in LA Times High School Insider. While the news is constantly full of heartache and politics, Liad adds a joyful side to the paper and hopes to leave readers smiling.  Outside of BP, Liad is also a Co-chair of the Student Activities Committee and a Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator. During her free time she enjoys shadowing dentists as well as playing tennis and sewing.

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COURSES: Rabbi Block said he wanted departments to offer more specialty courses. ‘We have amazing departments in this school and I want to take those to the next level,’ he said.

Rabbi Block sees a future where Shalhevet alumni lead in all fields

By Liad Machmali, Deputy Editor-in-Chief
January 18, 2022

“The world needs so much help – why should the people who are thought leaders and communal leaders, and those who are creating...

HANGOUT: Nachum Joel’s office became a place for students to talk about many subjects.

Nachum Joel, administrator who taught hands-on Economics, moves to Yavneh Academy

By Liad Machmali, Deputy Editor-in-Chief
August 31, 2021

Mr. Nachum Joel, a teacher whose office was often full of students and who had his economics students practice paying taxes and...

VIDEO: Rabbi Segal Looks Back

By Jacob Hoenig and Liad Machmali
August 27, 2021

Over his 10 years as Head of School at Shalhevet, Rabbi Ari Segal says he tried to create an institution that allowed for growth...

ASKING: Among other questions, Passover -- which starts this Saturday  night -- wonders why the seder night is different from all others.

How is your seder different from all other seders?

By Liad Machmali, Features Editor
March 22, 2021

“Really long,” “matzah pizza,” and “cleaning” are words linked to Pesach in most of our minds. But another buzzword...

HOME: A Boiling Point survey found that all kinds of Jews give presents -- and don’t.

When it comes to Chanukah gift-giving, the ritual is whatever you grew up with

By Liad Machmali, Life and Features Editor
December 14, 2020

This Chanukah 5780, senior Yael Rubin’s family will be exchanging gifts among aunts, uncles and cousins. Dean of Students Rabbi...

WISH: As the country is consumed with a divisive election, there are some who wish they could tune it out.

Waiting for it all to go away

By Liad Machmali, Features and Culture Editor
October 29, 2020

It’s on my neighbor’s front lawn, the topic of discussion at my dinner table, and infiltrating my Tik Tok ‘For You’ page....

STUFF: Its horrible, but there are things you can use to make Covid times better.

Six essentials for remote school 2.0

By Liad Machmali, Culture Editor
August 30, 2020

The 2020-21 remote school year has begun!  In case this is not your favorite time of the year,  the Boiling Point is...

Which Purim Character are You?

Which Purim Character are You?

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
March 10, 2020

It’s that time of the year again, when all Jews finally get to wear the discounted costumes they purchased back in November...

PRECAUTION: An email sent out by the SAR administration March 3 announced a temporary closure of school after a parent was diagnosed with coronavirus.

SAR, two other day schools and Young Israel congregation closed by coronavirus case in New York

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
March 4, 2020

Three Jewish day schools located in the New York area, Salanter Akiba Riverdale (SAR) Academy High School, Westchester Torah Academy,...

ARRIVAL: Newly planted in last year’s wooden planters by the turf fence, an heirloom cherry tomato plant celebrates the holiday of the trees. “I will be starting up the garden on the third floor this Monday, on Tu B’Shvat,” Jacob posted on Schoology Friday morning.

Tu B’shvat: Who grows the fruit?

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
February 10, 2020

The “new year” of the trees, also referred to as the birthday of the trees or Tu B’shvat, meaning the 15th of Shvat,...

BORDER: The Peace Arch, located at the border crossing between the U.S. and Canada in northwest Washington state, was built as a monument to American-Canadian friendship. Earlier this month, American citizens of Iranian descent were detained there for as much as nine hours in a crackdown after the killing of Iranian General Qaxxam Soleimani.

Iranian-Americans at school split on issue of border detentions of travelers

By Sam Rubanowitz and Liad Machmali
January 27, 2020

Learning of new problems for Iranian-Americans at U.S. border crossings, Shalhevet students and faculty of Iranian descent were...

LATE: On the day of the vandalism, Nessah was open for Mincha, but employees continued cleaning and organizing the synagogue at 7:55 pm.

Suspect in Nessah religious vandalism incident had no known ties to hate groups, BHPD says

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
January 17, 2020

Banging on his door around 7 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 14, a congregant waited anxiously to inform Rabbi David Shofet that it...

At a parent-teen learning session on Oct. 29, Rav Judah taught about the meaning of tefillah (prayer) and how to incorporate it into their day-to-day lives.

Visit from Rav Judah sheds a Hasidic light on prayer

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
January 5, 2020

When Rabbi Judah Mischel made his annual visit this year, students once again engaged with a Hasidic perspective that they don’t...

IDEAS: This year, why give the usual? And your dog deserves a gift, too.

Eight gift ideas for the eight nights

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
December 10, 2019

It’s time to get lit--literally! Hanukkah is Dec. 22 through Dec. 30. While the Festival of Lights offers the usual Jewish-holiday...

LONGER:  Freshmen Amalia Abecassis, Zoe Miller and Tehilla Fishman worked on a class project last month. This year, girls are wearing midi, maxi and uniform skirts after Shalhevet changed its dress code to ban knee-length pencil skirts.

School cracks down on pencil skirts; midis and maxis preferred

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
October 25, 2019

Shalhevet changed its girls dress code over the summer, announcing that girls would no longer be allowed to wear pencil skirts...



By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
September 24, 2019

Here come the chagim!  Rosh Hashanah starts Sept. 29, Yom Kippur Oct. 8, and the eight days of Sukkot follow just a few days...

PEOPLE: Mrs. Honig coniders herself a ‘people person’ and has also worked selling wigs and teaching people how to paint.

New Tanakh teacher says the ‘bubble’ is a good thing

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
September 22, 2019

As someone who did not always connect to either Judaism or Jewish school but eventually fell in love with both, new Judaic Studies...

YERUSHALMI: Sophomore Josh Glettner was one of three studying  Masechet Brachot of Talmud Yerushalmi with Rabbi Lieberman, learning a different kind of Talmud.

Waking up early to learn something different

By Liad Machmali, Staff Writer
June 8, 2019

From the start of the school year all the way until the end, every weekday at 7.a.m., three students met with Rabbi Abraham Lieberman...

COLUMN: Cheating?

COLUMN: Cheating?

By Liad Machmali, Staff Writer
March 12, 2019

As I have started high school the fear of the future has overcome me, introducing a type of peer pressure I did not expect: the...

DISCUSS:   Lunchtime meeting heard diverse opinions on pay, privilege, and #MeToo.

YAF wonders whether feminism is still needed

By Liad Machmali, Staff Writer
March 5, 2019

Do Shalhevet students believe women have full rights in America? A Young Americans for Freedom meeting Feb. 12 explored this and...

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