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Report: Stoudemire wants to open a Hebrew school

Nov 28, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire

We take a step back from today’s “what should my team do on Dec. 9” discussions to talk in Hebrew. Or at least about Hebrew.

Knicks star Amare Stoudemire is interested in opening up Hebrew school in New York, according to the New York Daily News.

A source close to the New York Knick tells us the power forward is interested in opening a Hebrew school, which would focus on teaching the language and Jewish history. The insider says the idea appears to be on the back burner for the time being but that Stoudemire has discussed it seriously.

Stoudemire’s mother is of Jewish heritage and he has embraced learning about it in the last year, heading to Israel himself. He also keeps Kosher now and has a Star of David tattoo (which is ironic).

Hard to fault any NBA player who wants to sink his money into a school for others, however.

  1. snoopy2014 - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Lol dude sure knows how to market himself to his city. Amare showed zero interest in his “roots” while in Phoenix. Everything’s about marketing appeal and growing a brand nowadays.

  2. ch4wordpress - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Okay, the truth is that Amare’s mother converted into judaism , like Sammy davis Junior. Now, if Amare was truly thinking he would become a Falasa from Ethiopia a truely Black Jewish community, but like so many Black people in the States, we become infatuated with integrating ourselves into White society or a sub society within White society, which is what the Ashkenazi Jews are, instead of upholstering Black society or a subset within Black society.

  3. bertilfox - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Perhaps he became more attuned to that side of his background due to his relocation. I know that if I am in West Roxbury ….the Irish section of Boston, I am aware of my Irish heritage. If I am back in my home area of Upstate NY, I am more aware of the German side. Don’t be so cynical. It’s only natural.

  4. ddrew80 - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Really Amare! Focus on defense and buildin on court chemistry wit Melo. We all love the kids but stop it 5

  5. mondzy805 - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Tell this guy to Shut up already. Who cares what he wants to build. All this East Coast bias, is whats wrong with sports.

  6. sdelmonte - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Doesn’t he know that Hebrew schools are on the decline and have been for ages? It’s all about yeshiva day schools now. And I can name a few that would be glad to accept donations.

  7. trevor123698 - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    This is just plain sad. Looks like these basketball players really are in with the illumined

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