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LIGHT: Rabbi Benny Lau says the instructions and meaning of Torah can guide all kinds of people, whatever their sexuality or gender identity.

For Orthodox LGBTQ, Rabbi Lau offers a guide to both religious and family life

By Joshua Gamson, Staff Writer
April 23, 2021

There is no map in Judaism to guide an LGBTQ person in family life, but Rabbi Benny Lau has tried to create one, blending what...

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,...

EMOTIONAL:  From left, seniors Nicole Klausner, Eliana Mizrahi and Shayna Becker were among Firehawk fans worrying in the final moments of Shalhevet girls’ 65-61 semi-final loss to the SAR Sting in the Glouberman Tournament Nov. 9. The Firehawks led by as many as 16 points before halftime but were unable to eke out a win in a nail-biting repeat of last year’s tournament. The Maimonides MCATS won the girls tournament, and the Frisch Cougars beat the Firehawk boys to win the boys.

Heartbreak heroes: Girls and boys teams both dominate for most of their games, then lose in final seconds

From tip-off to the final buzzer, they played their hearts out. They gave it their all. But it wasn’t enough.  In the...

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

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief
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,...

LEAVING:   Rabbi Segal and his family plan to make aliyah to Israel next summer, something they’ve said for years that they wanted to do. The head of school gave a news conference to BP editors last April in his office.

Rabbi Segal to make gradual departure for Israel beginning next year

By Molly Litvak, Community Editor
August 12, 2019

Rabbi Ari Segal, who transformed Shalhevet from an idealistic but financially struggling school housed in a former hospital to...

SUCCESSOR:   Rabbi David Block, currently Assistant Principal for Judaic Studies, will transition gradually into the role of Head of School, officials announced today.

Text of school emails announcing Rabbi Segal’s departure and Rabbi Block’s succeeding him

August 12, 2019

The following combined email -- the first section from Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal and the second from Board President Dr....

Beyond courtesy: Titles raise conundrum for schools and synagogues nationwide

Beyond courtesy: Titles raise conundrum for schools and synagogues nationwide

By Clara Sandler, Community Editor
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...

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?

By Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief
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...

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’

By Clara Sandler, Community Editor
August 31, 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

By Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief
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

By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor
March 22, 2017

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

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

By Hannah Jannol, Community Editor
March 22, 2017

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

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