Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 10:54 am  |  117 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Finds Out He’s Jewish; Arrives In Israel

Believe us, we couldn’t make this story up. Amar’e tweeted an hour ago that he’s already arrived in Jerusalem. From Haaretz: “U.S. Basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire is apparently on his way to Israel for a voyage of discovery after learning he has Jewish roots. ‘On the flight to Israel. This is going to be a great trip,’ announced the power forward, who plays in the NBA for the New York Knicks, via the micro-blogging site Twitter. According to an Army Radio report, Stoudemire plans to spend time in Israel learning Hebrew, having recently learned he has a Jewish mother. ‘The holy land. Learn about it,’ he wrote, adding ‘ze ha’halom sheli’ – Hebrew for ‘this is my dream’. News of Stoudemire’s trip quickly had Israeli basketball fans buzzing with speculation that they might one day see him playing alongside another Jewish NBA star, Israel’s Omri Caspi, on the national team.”

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  • T-Money

    Why is this a crazy story?

  • diego

    oh noooooooo another one in the world

  • Silent Storm

    Black Jesus?

  • Sam

    WOO HOO!!!! Amare is a jew!!! Good news for us!!!! WHATUP JEWS!!!!

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    ^ Beat me to it.

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    I meant silent storm.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I could be wrong but, I guess this means Omri Casspi was not the first Israeli in the NBA…

  • Jer Boi

    Jewish roots is one thing. Being Jewish or any religion is not something you find out. It’s ones own choice.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Since he has that “Black Jesus” tattoo does this make him king of the black Jews? Well, he lived in Arizona and then in New York…whats next? Florida? (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) Maybe Henry Louis Gates Jr. will have Amare on his next program…I’d watch that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com BackInBlack

    It makes him black jewsus

  • diego


  • http://twitter.com/jew94 the005Jew

    A) niQ: Casspi is still the first israeli in the NBA
    B) it’s not “army radio”, it’s “Galay Tzahal” (the (radio) waves of the IDF)

  • Ronald

    Wait. Does he have Jewish practicing family, or is he from Israeli? Aren’t they different things?

  • JTaylor21

    The Jews can’t protect their homeland just like amare can’t protect the rim.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    L’Chaim Amare! Let’s break matza together on Passover next year!

  • snasty10

    i posteed this link on my jewish friends wall, and he’s quite pumped, about to buy himself an amare jersey

  • unrel

    Adam Sandler is going to have to make a remix..

  • snasty10

    jew york knicks?

  • pk

    he was born to a jewish mother which means he’s a jew according to jewish law.
    no he is not israeli. he obviously wasn’t born in Israel. Omri was.
    he just happens to be part of the tribe and just found out about it.
    judaism is not just a religion, its culture and tradition as well.

  • Bryan

    amare’s contract just doubled

  • doobie


    way to rep amare.

  • Klemperer

    Cosign Jer Boi

  • Yesse

    niQ, actually i think Jordan Farmar is the first jewish player in the Nba. I’m not sure was he born in Israel, though.

  • Adrian Zapata

    LDR4 – i think he played HS ball in Florida if i am not mistaken.

  • The Philosopher

    Jordan Farmar is Jewish.
    He was born in L.A., but his mother is Jewish.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    Yesse: and you’d be wrong. The legendary Dolph Schayes was Jewish.

  • funkdoc

    I wonder if Oliver Stone has an opinion on this.

  • Czarkazem13

    Jordan Farmar is the first Jew in the NBA since Danny Schayes (sone of legend ‘Dolf Schayes). Jews used to dominate basketball and much of the modern game is based on their style (“Jewball”).

    Omri Casspi is the first Israeli to play in the NBA (though the fourth to be drafted: Doron Sheffer, Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin; of note Oded Katache, whom many see as the greatest Israeli baller, was about to be signed by the Knicks but the strike happened and he would later have a career ending injury).

    And Israel has a better defense then Amare does (it’s her offense that has been struggling).

    Also, Judaism is a religiong – a national religion to be precised, meaning dominated by one ethnic group). This makes it also a culture and ethnicity. While Christianity and Islam, both internation religions, mostly sread through conversion (forced or not), while Jews through mixing.

    Hope this answers some of ya’lls questions.

  • Sammy G

    @ Funkdoc: I was wonderin’ if Mel Gibson had a opinion on it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So his crazy mom who’s been in and out of jail his whole life is jewish? And he didn’t know about it? Hmm…guess he didn’t spend much time with her in betweeen jail sentences.

  • ktokyo

    Mel Gibson just sh*t himself.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Oo right. My bad.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Oy Vey!!!!!

  • O

    I guess Mel Gibson would consider Amare a two-time loser now..

  • AL

    this explains why he left for more money..

  • http://www.slamonline.com doyouwantmore

    Israel has been protecting their homeland way better than Amare protects the rim.

  • http://www.slamonline.com doyouwantmore

    I can’t believe people will accuse you of racism for supporting tea partiers or calling Barack Obama an obvious amateur, but any mention of Israel at all and SLAM just lets people post anti-semitic and overtly racist jokes. Like Al right above and several others.

  • http://www.slamonline.com doyouwantmore

    Just like other media, SLAM won’t let you be raci$t against anyone but people associated with Israel. Then it’s okay.

  • Brandon

    How ironic is it that Amares twiter account reads “AmareISREAL”… just switch the E and A in real and u got Amare-Israel….HA!

  • Ash

    i hate saying this but a Black Jew must have the most oppressed roots ever

  • D12FSU

    as a jewish man with an israeli mother, this is pretty cool…now my people can form a 3-3 team of Farmar, Casspi and Amare…that beats miami’s big 3 any day!!

  • Bob

    White power freaks will have a feild day

  • Jason

    It should be noted, that while Jordan Farmar is indeed a Jew, hes been quoted as saying he doesn’t want to be a role model for Jewish kids, and doesn’t identify himself as a Jew. Another fun fact, Taylor Mays, former Safety of USC and now in the NFL is also Jewish and strongly identifies himself with his Jewish ties.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    congrats to amare for discovering more about hisself and his roots

  • total scrotal implosion

    So, how is his black mother jewish? Doesnt make sense. Maybe hes from the lost tribe of judah. Iron lion zion!

  • Knowsitall

    JFarms mom isn’t Jewish, it’s his stepdad!!

  • total scrotal implosion

    Irgun and stern gangs. Research history, its not as clear cut as they say

  • total scrotal implosion

    Also, odd how the so called ‘holy land’ is the site of quite possibly the most violence, murder, and war in human history.

  • http://twitter.com/dyalektraps d.Y.

    yessss. I was tired of only having Lenny Kravitz & Slash as role models.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    I don’t mind the cheap jokes or Gibson jokes, but the stuff that diego spouts is really just not needed.

  • Leah Sarah

    Total — there are plenty of black Jews. In addition to Ethiopian Jews, there are black Jews by means of conversion either from many generations ago or more recently.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Kudos to Amare for discovering and embracing his roots. And a middle finger to all the ignorant bigots. Prejudice, racism and anti-semitism is never cool.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    (Jerry Seinfeld voice) Whats the deal with goggles on the basketball court?? Is he going for a swim after the game??

  • ALEX80

    Perfect for NY though.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    He just trying to get more $$$ in NYC

  • Mitya

    Reminds me of that Chappelle’s racial draft skit… Also, back when I lived in Jerusalem, I met a black dude from New York, who came there with his Jewish mom. And he could ball too, we were tearin’ it up at Gan Hapoamon. Wasn’t as dark-skinned as Mamare, but still – could be true.

  • T-Money

    Czarkazem: very accurate but while Judaism is (mostly) spread by blood nowadaways it was also spread through conversion once upon a time. Genetic studies prove that most Jews from Eastern Europe have no “roots” in the Middle East. That’s also why you have Jewish communities in East Africa, South Asia. / People need to chill with the racist comments.


    Did Carrie Stoudemire just find out she’s jewish too?

  • total scrotal implosion

    Im sayin, how is his mom jewish? From all reports, she doesntt act like it. Did her parents convert her when she was a kid? No way shes jew by blood. I want the complete details….. This reminds me of when lois found out shes part jewish and peter runs wild with it. I want to see amare get chest hair implants, wear a star of david chain, and a yamaka, just for fun

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    How do Jews act?
    They don’t go to jail?
    Do drugs?
    Have babies without daddies?
    Just curious because I’ve seen Jewish people do all of those things..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Ethopia has had a Jewish community for centuries, just in case y’all didn’t know.
    And Ethiopians are black.

  • Ace

    Cool beans and the racist jokes are unacceptable. This is America, meaning that a huge majority of black Americans in this country are really mixed.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Amare needs to focus on improving his defense and post up game for the Knicks, he should be improving his game not worring about his hertiage, because we all know where he really comes from.

  • Ace

    @Total are you friends with David Duke?

  • The Philosopher

    The original Jews… were Black.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Allenp, im sayin, ive never read of her goin to temple or anything. Never heard she was jewish. Jews do plenty of bad stuff, just like other religions/cultures. See my previous post about irgun and stern gangs. U probably have never heard of them, look it up. And I also know about ethiopia. Lost tribe of judah. Addis ababa. Thats also the birthplace of rastafari. The emperor haile salassie(sp?). Jah!

  • total scrotal implosion

    I just want to know how shes jewish. Judaism is kinda funny cuz when someone finds out a relative is jewish, theyre like, o snap, im jewish now! Now, thats true if theyre jew by blood, but most arent. Ive never heard anyone find out theyre grandfather was mormon, and say, o im mormon! I gotta go to utah!

  • T-Money

    The Seed: you’re a moron. I’m so tired of these either-or type arguments. Is it outside the realm of possibilities that there could be a basketball gym in Jerusalem? Athletes travel all over the world in the off-season and they usually bring their people with them to train. Kobe does it, Wade does it, Bron does it.

  • wilz

    bryan wins. amare will be loved by the ny jews

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS


  • Ace

    @total you can’t compare finding out you have jewish roots to finding out you have mormon roots. How do you know that most jews are not jewish by blood, did you poll every jew in the world? Why are you fighting this so, have a thing against blacks being jews or what.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    The original Jews/Hebrews descended from East Africa, hence there being Ethiopian Jews. Being Jewish also pertains to being religious and/or ethnic identification, whether you’re full-blooded Jewish or mixed. It’s no different for Askenazis, Sephardis or Mizrahis–they’re just different ethnic mixtures descending from the same clan, at least when ethnic heritage is concerned.
    Co-sign with M. CHO.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    An Ethiopian was the first non-Jewish convert to Christianity. Did y’all know that?

  • total scrotal implosion

    I certainly can compare the two, and did. Now, judaism has a heritage/bloodline aspect and a religion aspect. If your mother is a jew by blood then youre halfjewish by blood, but still whatever religion you were before. Unless, of course, you decide to convert. If your mother is jewish by conversion, and you werent raised jewish, then youre not all of a sudden jewish. Most jews being jewish by conversion and not blood is common sense. How could a relatively small number of jews keep their bloodline pure for thousands of years? Like most people on earth, most jews are a combination of different bloodlines. I dont hate black jews or hate anyone based on race. I just want to know how amares mother is jewish

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    Lol woulda expected more mel gibson jokes but ok congrats to amare for finding more about hisself and his roots.

  • total scrotal implosion

    On a loosely related note, obama is not the first black president, hes the first asian president

  • total scrotal implosion

    Thanks san dova for being so precise

  • diego

    oh he is in holy land, so he is alowed to kill a Muslim or let the palestinian children to starve.

    they really have nice values,

  • T-Money

    i couldnt care less about how amare’s mom is jewish. if he says he’s jewish then that’s good enough for me. the religious and “ethnic” aspects of judaism are too often intertwined when it’s not always the case. a lot of jews from the maghreb, east africa, eastern europe have no link to the proverbial original tribe. people converted over time to all major religions, judaism is no different.

  • Ace

    @Total you can try and compare but it’s not going to work. Being jewish had to do with bloodline as much as it does with the religious aspect. Being mormon is not the same thing. If you even had a jew in your family in europe (around the time of hitler) you were considered a jew and punished. You could be a practicing christian but b/c someone in your family tree was jewish you got punished. How about the jews continued to have sex to keep the population going. Did it matter if the guy or girl was jewish as long as one of them was prob not. Unless your Abraham. I never said you hated black jews but I do think it’s very suspect that you keep wondering “how is his black mother jewish? Doesnt make sense.” then say “Im sayin, how is his mom jewish? From all reports, she doesntt act like it. Did her parents convert her when she was a kid? No way shes jew by blood.” What else am I suppose to get from these statements? And saying that she doesn’t act jewish was just a blatant stereotype. He’s jewish accept it.

  • Groves

    just recieved a max contract worth of jew gold…. Black Jesus!

  • The Philosopher

    - If your religion makes you kinder than I,then your religion is better than mine. (Bradford Leavitt)

  • The Philosopher

    - Religion is the opium to the masses. (Karl Marks)

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com brotherwithwisdom

    Sigh reminder to me that muslim basketball players in the nba of recognition have disappeared since shareef abdur-rahim.

  • MikeC.

    Amare Stoudemire can dunk.

  • monkeyball

    Lol @The Philosopher

    “Religion is the opium OF the masses.” (Karl MARX)

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    yeah there are a sect of Ethiopian Jews, as well as some jews in Zimbabwe and Malawi called Lemba who trace their heritage back to Israel, and historians have verified this connection…..about Amar’e well I figured he was just a Hebrew Israelite, didn’t know his mother was actually Jewish…interesting.

  • Matthew M


  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol is Karl Marks kin to Sean Marks??? lmbo

  • Jon

    Wow this guy is a retard. Being jewish and embracing the religion is 2 different things.

  • yassar

    Hope he’s not Zionist….but stakes aren’t looking good if he thinks he has any right to Palestinian land.

  • http://Slamonline.com Boogiedown

    Saw a comedian the other day, said ” I’m “blu-ish” black and Jewish, that’s why I look like a muppet”.

  • http://sdfkjlf.com Jukai

    What does this have to do with Muslims? People need to learn the difference between Jews and Israelis…. Muslims and Arabs… and just generally have to get more educated about a lot of f’ing issues in this world.

  • EEE

    in unrelated news, LeBonBon finds out he’s Cuban, and arrives in South Beach

  • total scrotal implosion

    ‘there is a land, far far away. Its called addis ababa’ word to joseph hill and culture. For those unaware, culture was one of best reggae groups of all time

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Maybe Sammy Davis Jr. is his real daddy? Hmmm…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Maxed out Amare gets his due.

  • nahum

    OK! Once and for all, to be a jew you have to have been born to a jewish mother, converted, or your parents converted when you were young and they converted you. there is no such thing as a half Jew. doesnt exist. Halachah ( Jewish Law) clearly states your mother must be jewish in order to be considered a jew. converts are welcome as long as they accept all the commaqndments of the Torah. Judaism can be best described as being a member of a family, specifically the family of Abraham, Isaac , and Jacob ( Israel). people can join this family but once you are in, you are in. no leaving. a jew can practice many different religions but is still considered a jew for life. The first Jew was Abraham who came from what is modern day Iraq. while we have had converts and mixed blood line along the way, some jews, specifically those from the tribe of Levi, and those descendant of Moses’ brother, Aaron who are called Kohanim (priests) have pure blood lines and it has been proven by what is know as the
    Y-chromosomal Aaron gene tracing back Kohanim to a single ancestor descende to the middle east.

    none the less what makes a jew is his mother. a thing we share, is our beleif in one G-d, the Torah, Our Land Israel, and the belief in a Final Redemption.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    lol @ BossTerry

  • spit hot fiyah

    co sign diego. Palestine is the holy land in this case. if isreal is the holy land then i guess there was no holy land before ww2.

  • ab_40

    he just got himself some endorsement deals by proclaiming he has jewish ancestry. And he can go to israel?(war zone) but he can’t play in the world championships? Am I missing something here?

  • Yann Blavec

    I think he can’t play for Israel because he has already played for the US.

  • sefos

    it is truly astounding, how ignorant and/or hateful some people can be. israel is not a “war zone”, and definitely not “The site of quite possibly the most violence, murder, and war in human history”. I mean, do you have any idea at all what your’e talking about? have you ever read an actual history book, dear mr.implosion? or any book, for that matter? if you ever get your head out of your ass long enough to look it up, you’ll find that there are many other places in the world with a far bloodier history. but why actually check facts? its so easy to just spew any old shit that pops into your head. and in case you still have any doubt, i’m a Jew and an Israeli. and proud of it. im also a knicks fan of the last 18-19 years. go knicks and go Amare! and to all you people talking shit about israel and jews – kansu li latachat! you could ask your hebrew-speaking friends what that means, if you had any.

  • sefos

    and by the way – i have no problem with jokes about jews, when theyre funny and not just anti-semitism in disguise. the one about arizona-new york-florida cracked me up!

  • jpbl1976

    As far as I’m aware, Amare’s disqualified from playing for Israel because he already played for the US Men’s Team.

    This is same the reason Tim Duncan couldn’t suit up for the Virgin Islands when they fielded a team to the Tournament of the Americas. TD even asked Larry Brown to hold him out of the US-VI game.

  • Hussman25

    Good for Amare for digging to find ouit more about his roots and makeup. I applaud anyone who wants true “Knowledge of Self”…

  • JTaylor21

    FU*K the Palestines bunch of wining pansies. When you cowardly attack innocent people ala terrorists, you deserve to get that sh^t bombed out of you. Israel has every right to that land and whoever disagrees is Hitler’s BFF.

  • Dave from Queensbridge

    Moses’ wife happened to have been black

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    So was David’s grandmother and Solomon’s mom. Just saying.
    And, JTaylor is really out of control.

  • YidsinNBA
  • Ace

    @Nahum Kairite Jews believe in the paternal line instead of the maternal one that you mentioned. So to them if your father is jewish but mom is not your still a full jew.

  • kousinkar

    Amar’e: “To clear everything up: I’m studying history & want to learn about all religions. I think I might have some Hebrew Roots and I’m researching it.”

  • Ab

    @ JTaylor21 you’re an imbecile, that’s all there is to it.

    Amare should visit the Apartheid wall while he’s there.

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  • http://Yahoo.com Sergio

    Now lebron is going to say he’s Mexican

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