Amar’e Stoudemire to Open Hebrew School?


stoudemireTake 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.

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.'”

{Ynet/ Newscenter}


  1. Whether or not he is halachically Jewish by Orthodox standards is up for debate, but still, the concept of what he is doing is fascinating. It also paints Judaism in a positive light to the media-much better than how we are portrayed by CNN, BBC, and NPR. I say it’s great and shouldn’t be mocked.

  2. i was in a silver store in williamsburg last year when mr stoudemire entered and bought the nicest menora in the store.right in front of my eyes.

  3. “…went to Israel during the summer of 2010 to learn more about his Jewish heritage on his mother’s side of the family.” that means he may be jewish. go knicks!

  4. We JEWS need to praise our JEWS THAT STEPPED UP TO LEARN MORE TORAH. not glen beck and assorted personaliies outside.

    One day they will ALLLLL know the ONE GD OF ISRAEL..therefore we have to make OURSELFS READY.


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