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Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land

Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land

by David A. Goldstein
Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land

Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land

by David A. Goldstein

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The “fascinating” stories of African American basketball players who find new careers—and sometimes new lives—in Israel (Luke Winn, senior writer, Sports Illustrated).

In recent decades, hundreds of African American basketball players have packed up their sneakers to play and live in Israel. They eat Israeli food, navigate Israeli hustle and bustle, experience cultural and religious customs in the world’s only Jewish country, and voluntarily expose themselves to the omnipresent threat of violence in the volatile Middle East. Some players are both Black and Jewish by birth. Others choose to convert to Judaism while residing in Israel. Some go so far as to obtain Israeli citizenship, enlist in the Israeli Army, marry Israeli women, and stay long after their playing careers end.

This is the first book to provide an in-depth exploration and analysis of their experiences in Israel from the 1970s till today. David A. Goldstein examines how they end up in the country in the first place, the distinctive aspects of their lives there, the challenges and difficulties they face, and the reasons some choose to return to Israel year after year. In some cases they even decide to stay in Israel permanently. Based on more than forty extensive first-person interviews conducted by Goldstein, a sports journalist of half-Israeli descent, this revealing book that is about more than just a game.

“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 . . . .captivating . . . You don’t have to be a basketball aficionado, or even a sports fan, to appreciate this eminently human story that draws on elements of race, religion, nationality, politics, business and sports.” —The Times of Israel

“My favorite kind of sports book--one where the author reveals an entire world that I hardly knew existed before.” —Rafe Bartholomew, author of Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball

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ISBN-13: 9781510724815
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 233
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David A. Goldstein is a journalist and sports executive based in Toronto, Canada. He is the Chief Operating Officer of U SPORTS (the Canadian equivalent of the NCAA). He is also an adjunct professor of sports law at the University of Toronto, and he lectures on the topic at his alma mater, Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, David profiled NBA players for more than a decade in a regular sports feature for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and from 2002 to 2003 he also wrote for SHARE, a weekly African Canadian and Caribbean newspaper in Toronto.

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