“New book by author David Goldstein explores some of the 800 black Americans who have come to play professional basketball in the Jewish state since the 1970s”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Alley-oop to the Holy Land: 40 years of African American hoopsters in Israel
by Robert Sarner
October 8, 2017

…In Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land [David Goldstein] presents the Jewish state from an original angle — through the experiences of the many black Americans who’ve come to Israel since the 1970s to play basketball, from the legendary Aulcie Perry to present-day figures such as Amar’e Stoudemire. Based on lists he received from the Israel Basketball League, Goldstein says some 800 black Americans have come to play over the past 40 years. What makes the story more compelling is that a small number of them chose to remain in Israel, became Israeli citizens, married Israelis, and converted to Judaism. In a few cases, they’ve served in the IDF and raised Israeli-born, Hebrew-speaking children who are now accomplished Israeli basketball players in their own right. READ MORE

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One Response to “New book by author David Goldstein explores some of the 800 black Americans who have come to play professional basketball in the Jewish state since the 1970s”

  1. janowrite says:

    What a great article! Will look for the book when it comes out!

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