Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 12:32 pm  |  38 responses

Report: Amar’e Stoudemire Interested in Opening a Hebrew School

The end of the report makes it sound as if this is nowhere close to becoming a reality, but if Amar’e Stoudemire’s hebrew school does come to fruition, it’d undoubtedly be a first for an NBA player, right? Details via 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.’”

(H/T: Deadspin)

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  • Patrick

    Wow, i wonder why he’s so interested in this.

  • marc

    The gesture is nice but come on didnt he just find out he was jewish last year. Also i thought it was against their religion to have tattoos.

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

    Applause!!!! Learning a new language opens up so much opportunity for a young child. Certaintly opens the mind. Hope he’s making this available to (if not catered towards) the underpriviliged urban youth. Would be an absolutely incredibly gesture…rooting for you Amar’e!!!

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

    @marc generally those were my first thoughts…but none of this is about him or how true his own connections are to the Hebrew culture. Its about providing an opportunity for young people to learn and grow more culturally aware, and inspiring confidence in their own ability to succeed. lovin it

  • DieselMechanic

    Amare is the greatest Jewish player in NBA history!

  • Red

    He’s a douchebag, he’s not religious, what part of tattooing the star of David makes u more religious? He’s an idiot.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Wasnt Amare”e’ calling himself black jesus a couple years ago? LOL

  • ben

    @BETCATS Jesus is Jew so it make perfect sense

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Call him a douche or whatever, but if the end result is beneficial to our youth then I’m all for it. It’s like the Decison. Yeah, Lebron is a jerk for doing it, but it also raised millions of dollars for the boys and girls club so how mad can I really be?

  • http://WWW.BALLER-BRAND.COM diego

    i am a knicks fan but this jewish thing its all to gain more popularoty in ny, because its full of jews and the got the power.

  • shutupallenp

    Dont see why people hate so much, im pretty sure its against catholic religion to have tattoos too, but dont see you outside of church condemning every person with a cross, Jesus or some psalm of the bible or Quran on them. Ultimately this is about enlightenment and charity not only for himself but others, he should be praised. whether you like him as a basketball player or not you should respect every mans journey to find himself.


    Of all the things he could be doing he’s sucking up to NY’s checkbooks. Wanna teach kids something worth wild, teach them how to handle credit and speak spanish or chinese! But I guess it is a better headline than him being caught with 3lbs of heroine and a dead hooker.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Jewish kids need that school, jewish are poor you know

  • Robb

    @DEKNOWZ: maybe he should teach you how to type in english. Worth wild? really?

  • slamfan4life

    Jew’s runnin thangss

  • http://www.breitbart.com George Orwell

    Thanks for exposing yourself as an ignorant, immature racist. Just because our society is sliding into mainstream anti-semitism (OWS anyone?) doesn’t mean you’re not a sick, crowd-following, groupthinking racist.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    He probably just learned that moors were the first hebrews.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    they are immature but jewish is not a race its a religion.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    @Slick Ric – not exactly: you can be Jewish by race or by religion, or, as I think it is in most cases – both.

  • Red

    It’s not beneficial for the youth lol, it’s only for Jewish folks & it’s a PR move..he lives in NY.

  • EJ

    Jewish race=semetic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Is Amar’e Jewish?

  • EJ

    @BP, yea it reads right there that his mother has jewish heritage.
    And Einstein is one example of somebody who was jewish by ethnicity but not by religion.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Arabs are also Semites.
    And Occupy Wall Street is anti-semetic? LMFAO.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Tonnes of secular Jews out there.
    And @ Red: What is wrong with benefiting Jewish youth? And why does that make you so mad? lol…

  • Red

    That’s like asking what’s wrong with giving a kid a book, nothing at all. Why did you think I had an issue with the education of Jewish youth? Every youth should be educated. My issue is that this dude is tatted up & yet is trying to reach the Hebrew community, he’s not a religious rolemodel clearly, he just is making a power move. I didn’t realize u could detect anger through font, Teddy get off the computer!

  • http://www.novalight-imaging.com novamike

    Unlike many NBA stars, Amare has given a lot of time and effort to working with kids of all races and religions, largely to help them stay off drugs. Too bad all most NBA players care about is how much bling they can amass and show off.

    If Amare wants to be Jewish, who the hell cares? That’s totally his business. Most of the people complaining about this are either bigots or just plain idiots who think they get to decide when someone else’s religious convictions are legitimate or not. People with a true spiritual core do not pass judgement on whether another’s beliefs are genuine, because they understand they cannot possibly know this.

    Get a life, people.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Well the letter J did not exist until the 1700′s and before then the “jews” were referred to as Hebrews which was/is a religious term not a race.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @slick rick it is yahood in arabic, which is related to the word jew, more of a y sound, but they were called other than hebrews before that

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    and j existed in spanish well before the 1700′s

  • Ben

    Amar’e is the only jewish athlete

  • SwaGG_SeaN

    Hmmm…..sounds like he’s trying to profit off his khazarian heritage……seems like he doesn’t know that the real Hebrews are black Africans and these current Khazarian Jews are nothing more than impostors who converted to the babylonion Talmud in 800 AD. But since these Khazarian zionist Jews run the world I guess you can’t blame him for going where the money is SMFH, btw Israel is a artificial creation by the British in return for Americas involvement in WWII orchestrated by the Rothschilds. Read the book the Thirteenth Tribe by Aurthor Kosler, right after the boom was published a month later both him and his wife were found dead also read the Unseen Hand by A. Ralph Epperson peace

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    people who spoke spanish did not create hebrew though.

  • EJ

    Jews run the world? Really? I mean there’s a lot of powerful jews for sure, but that’s just ridiculous.
    And what’s funny is that it was christians and muslims, and their anti-semitism that gave jews their power. They actually forced jews to be bankers, cause they themselves didn’t want to.

  • Red

    Muslims were well know for their efficiency in finance actually. Muslims have never shown Antisemitism, they’ve never had an issue until post WW2.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    What always gets me is that Christians and Muslims literally conquered the world over… But it’s the Jews who are bent on world domination? Get out of here with that BS.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ SwaGG_SeaN: Actually, while the British allowed Jewish settlements to be built in Palestine (the “British Mandate of Palestine”), they didn’t want to anger the Arab population because they feared they’d side with Hitler in WWII and turn against them. So they actually prohibited Jewish settlement for a period and detained them in internment camps/ghettos–somewhat favoring the Arabs.
    Britain played both sides of the fence the way all empires do–they’ve never been a friend to the Jews. When the Arab League invaded in 1948, their soldiers were British-trained and British-armed–although the British did a poor job of arming and training them because they didn’t want the Arabs to be strong in case of a rebellion. The exception being (I think) an army of 6000 soldiers from Transjordan, which was specially trained or w/e.
    Also, Israel declared independence unilaterally. The British didn’t even recognize the state of Israel until a year later, after the Arab-Israeli war. The first country to officially recognize Israel was the Soviet Union.

  • ben zonah

    איזה גבר