North Carolina

Behind Bars, Lessons From Wallenberg

09/26/2003
Staff Writer
Fort Dix, N.J.: The residents who traverse the blue cinderblock wall hallways, decorated only by stenciled warnings not to loiter and to "keep your hands out of pockets," are focused on two things: getting through each day and the date they will be released. But on a recent Monday afternoon, two dozen men in dun-colored uniforms are bent over worksheets on their desks in a pair of windowless rooms at the Midstate Correctional Facility here focusing on something larger than themselves: the heroes in their lives.

Educators As 'Endangered Species'

08/11/2000
Staff Writer
Alvin Mars will come to Long Island this week for a few days of shopping. He's looking for Jewish teachers. Mars is headmaster of the American Hebrew Academy, a "liberal preparatory school" in Greensboro, N.C., that will open in September 2001. The nondenominational boarding school hopes to have 800 students and 200 teachers. He will start a formal search next month, and already says "it's a struggle to find teachers": trained, competent teachers.

The Forgotten Olympians

08/06/2004
Staff Writer
In Olympic years, some People of the Book become people of the backstroke, the clean-and-jerk, and the high hurdles. The Games, Summer and Winter, serve as a showcase for the best athletes, Jewish and non-Jewish. From A (Ruth Abeles) to Z (Eli Zuckerman), names like Mark Spitz and Kerry Strug are in the record books as well as Jewish history texts. Beginning with 10 medals won by Jewish athletes at the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, Jews have been a steady presence at the international competition.

TABC Mock Trial Team Already Winner

04/14/2005
Staff Writer
The students on the mock trial team of Teaneck’s Torah Academy of Bergen County, who won the New Jersey Mock Trial Championship last month, won their biggest decision last week — they’ll be able to compete in the national championship in May. This time, they didn’t argue their own case. The finals of the National High School Mock Trial Championship were to be held Saturday, May 7, in Charlotte, N.C. The members of the Modern Orthodox day school team could not compete, if they progressed that far, because of Shabbat.

Carolina On His Mind

03/09/2007
Staff Writer
Chapel Hill, N.C. — With 11 minutes left in the first half of a recent University of North Carolina home basketball game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the giant TV screens above the Dean E. Smith Center flash the image of a graying, bespectacled septuagenarian Jew from the East Bronx.

Jesse Helms and the Pro-Israel Divide

Sunday, July 6th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), who died on Friday at the age of 86, was a perfect lightning rod for one of the critical divides in Jewish life. For many pro-Israel activists, Helms’ conversion from staunch foe of their agenda  — in 1983 he suggested breaking diplomatic relations with Israel because of the war in Lebanon, and he was a consistent foe of foreign aid  - to ardent Likudnik was the stuff of legends and a turning point in pro-Israel politics.
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