The Boiling Point

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

March 4, 2020

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

PROTEST: From left, Shalhevet faculty Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Dr. Jonathan Ravanshenas, Mr. Chris St. Germaine, and Rabbi David Block stood outside a home on Poinsettia Place in Hancock Park to support Lonna Ralbag’s right to a get, or religious Jewish divorce,  Aug. 23. Agunah activist Rabbi Jeremy Stern joined them, at right.

Rabbis, others demonstrate against ‘get refuser’ while he is sitting shiva

August 29, 2019

Soaked from knee to toe, 40 people stood outside a shiva home on Poinsettia Place Aug. 23 to take a stand against get refusal. Inside, a man who has r...

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.

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

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

March 28, 2017

For two weeks last month, Los Angeles Modern Orthodoxy held its breath as a statement from New York threatened to sew disunity in its rapidly growing, multi-faceted and yet tightly knit community.

PROTECTION: The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta say a community is protected from measles if at least 96 percent of members are immunized.  By that criteria, no one at Shalhevet is likely to catch the very contagious disease.

Private schools playing catch-up on immunizations against measles

March 22, 2017

Los Angeles’ latest measles outbreak, which was centered in the Orthodox Jewish community, has been over since early last month.  But low school immun...

PROTECTION: The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta say a community is protected from measles if at least 96 percent of members are immunized.  By that criteria, no one at Shalhevet is likely to catch the very contagious disease.

Private schools playing catch-up immunizing against measles

March 22, 2017

Los Angeles’ latest measles outbreak, which was centered in the Orthodox Jewish community, has been over since early last month.  But low school immun...

NEW: Ms. Sarah Emerson, has taken over as of last week. She is
the sister of YULA Boys Head of School.

New Executive Director has background in corporate law

January 11, 2017

Ms. Sarah Emerson Helfand, former Cedars-Sina Medical Center Senior Development Officer and the sister of Rabbi Dov Emerson, the Head of School at YUL...

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