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

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Author David A. Goldstein takes a good-sized look at the life of African Americans who come to Israel for a career in basketball - and who often find a whole new life. This may be more information than some are looking for, but those who are interested in the subject will find the book has rewards.
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Every season, dozens of African American basketball players pack 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.
Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land, is the first book to provide an in-depth exploration and analysis of the experiences of African American basketball players in Israel from the 1970s till today. Author David A. Goldstein examines how they end up in the country in the first place, the multitude of 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.
 

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Published November 7, 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors.
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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Sep 16 2017

Author David A. Goldstein takes a good-sized look at the life of African Americans who come to Israel for a career in basketball - and who often find a whole new life. This may be more information than some are looking for, but those who are interested in the subject will find the book has rewards.

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