Every season, dozens of African American basketball players pack up their sneakers to play and live in Israel. 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.
Author David A. Goldstein's presentation not only deals with basketball and its impact on Israel, but it delves into emotion-laden issues of race, religion, identity, and politics, primarily through the eyes of the players themselves, based on more than forty extensive first-person interviews Goldstein conducted. Books will be available for purchase.
Free and open to all. Please register at http://bit.ly/AlleyOopAliyah.