Amar’e Stoudemire connects to his Jewish roots
Amar’e Stoudemire, NY Knicks star and co-owner of Hapoel Yerushalaim Basketball team, keeps connecting to his Jewish roots – visited Beit Hatfutsot with his family
Amar’e Stoudemire, who changed his name to Yehoshafat following a conversion process, ended his visit in Israel at Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. The NBA Basketball player was hosted by Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot and Irit Admoni Perlman, Director of Israel Friends.
New York Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently discovered his Jewish roots and decided to convert, arrived to Beit Hatfutsot at Irit Admoni Perlman’s invitation. Stoudemire was accompanied by his family who also connected to the ongoing story of the Jewish People, as presented at Beit Hatfutsot. The Stoudemire family also joined the American community artist Max Levi Frieder who leads the summer project of Beit Hatfutsot, Blue and White in Color; a project during which families can enjoy painting on huge canvases their version of the future of the Jewish people.
Stoudemire, 2.08 meters, wore an apron, took a brush and proved he is not only a gifted basketball player but also a talented artist.
Together with wife Alexis and 3 of his children he created a painting that reflects the love for his family, basketball and Jewish heritage. “Art is the perfect way to connect between people and different spirits”, said Stoudemire .
“The visit at Beit Hatfutsot was phenomenal. We learned a lot. We connected to the Museum and we had fun!” added Stoudemire, “I’m sure I will be back here.”
Photos: Sivan Farag