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Amar’e Stoudemire. Learning more about Jewish heritage Photo: AP
Amar’e Stoudemire. Learning more about Jewish heritage Photo: AP
 
 

Stoudemire to open Hebrew school?

NY Daily News reports American basketball player interested in opening school which would focus on teaching language, Jewish history

David Shear
Published: 12.10.11, 08:24 / Israel Culture

Take this report from the NY Daily News with a grain of salt, but it seems that NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks' power forward, is embracing his Jewish heritage and is interested in opening a Hebrew school.

 

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According to the NY Daily News: “Amar’e Stoudemire wants to get into education, but it has nothing to do with basketball. 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.

 

"The 29-year-old renaissance man, who speaks some Hebrew himself, went to Israel during the summer of 2010 to learn more about his Jewish heritage on his mother’s side of the family. He also sports a Star of David tattoo on his hand, and, after returning from the Holy Land, follows a kosher diet.

 

"Another source close to the b-baller tells us Amar’e is ‘always looking for ways to improve education and resources for all children,’ but ‘no school of any kind is currently in the works.’”

 

Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life  

 

 

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