AMARE STOUDEMIRE AND FAMILY CONNECT TO THEIR JEWISH ROOTS

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It’s official. Elijah Stoudemire is a part of history and art. The little one’s father, Amar’e Stoudemire, recently stamped his small feet on a beautiful painting at the Beit Hatfutsot museum in Israel, symbolizing his connection with Hebrew heritage. Elijah’s footprints were placed in the middle of the mural, making the moment sentimental on every level for Amar’e.

Stoudemire decided to apply for Israeli citizenship after being greeted warmly by the nation’s president during a tour with the family last month. President Peres encouraged the NBA player to consider shooting hoops for Israel in the future saying, “Since you have already achieved all the possible achievements elsewhere, I now urge you to join the Israeli National Team and be part of our country.”

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Amar’e and his wife, Alexis, took the kids to several historical sites before making a final stop at the Beit Hatfutsot museum. Stoudemire described his experience with Jewish art at the exhibit as “phenomenal. We learned a lot. [Me and the family] connected to the Museum and we had fun! I’m sure I will be back here ”

Amar’e and Alexis have four kids together.

Photos: Sivan Farag/Artolution

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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