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Basketball great shares secrets at TABC

LocalPublished: 12 December 2008

There’s no me in basketball, it’s about what you can do to make your team better.” With that statement Rick Barry shared his winning ways with young players at the Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck last Thursday at the school’s gym.

“If you don’t play defense, you’re not going to win any championships,” the retired NBA great continued. His strategy insights were followed by demonstrations of ball-handling, shooting technique, and key defensive skills.


Egyptian diplomat says world is at a turning point

Local | WorldPublished: 28 November 2008

We are at a very important historical juncture,” and this turning point requires new thinking as nations work together for the greater good.

That message was delivered by Hamdi A.W. Saleh, Egyptian diplomat and scholar, at a talk last Thursday with students and faculty at the Teaneck campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Speaker tells of Polish effort to restore Jewish burial grounds

WorldPublished: 07 November 2008

Jewish cemeteries in Poland bear witness to centuries of Jewish history — often peaceful and productive, sometimes tortured, but now mostly memories buried under weathered and toppled tombstones.

That picture is changing, however, as a new generation of Poles is becoming aware of and celebrating the country’s Jewish past. Among those are groups of volunteers who have made it their mission to find, document, and refurbish those aging burial sites.


Trio tells gathering Obama is better

LocalPublished: 17 October 2008

What we do for our own national security will be good for Israel.” With that statement Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to Israel now serving as chief foreign policy adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, launched a forum in Paramus Sunday evening on “Why Obama is Best for America and Israel.”

Kurtzer, who also has served as envoy to Egypt, was the lead-off speaker followed by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) in the forum at Bergen Community College attended by some 200 people.


Green Party hosts forum on Israel; ADL scores speakers

Local | WorldPublished: 19 September 2008

Israeli policies were criticized last Wednesday at a forum hosted by the Green Party of Bergen County called “The Israel-Palestinian Conflict: What’s Next?”

Some 60 people at the Ethical Culture Society in Teaneck listened as scholar and author Norman Finkelstein, lawyer and Palestinian-American activist Issa Mikel, and community organizer Lawrence Hamm of Newark faulted Israeli policies in the conflict with the Palestinians and urged that pressure be placed on the Jewish state. The audience seemed largely sympathetic to the speakers and applauded several times during the session.

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