Amar’e Stoudemire

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Birth Name: Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire

Place of Birth: Lake Wales, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 16, 1982

Ethnicity: African-American

Amar’e Stoudemire is an American basketball player. His parents, Carrie (Palmorn) and Hazell Stoudemire, are both African-American.

Amar’e’s maternal grandparents were Jack Palmorn (the son of Joe Palmorn) and Bessie Thomas.

Amar’e’s mother has evidently “mentioned that somewhere back in her lineage there might be some Jewish roots”.

Amar’e has said:

Both of my parents come from a Hebraic background… My family are Hebrew Israelites descended from the Kingdom of Judah.

Amar’e’s maternal grandparents, who were African-American, were of the Baptist religion.

Amar’e practices Judaism, and plays for an Israeli basketball team. He has also said that he believes that “Jesus is the Messiah”, and that he is “culturally Jewish”.

It does not appear that Jewish ancestry has yet been documented/verified for Amar’e Stoudemire. It is not clear if he has (yet?) converted to Judaism.

Sources: http://njjewishnews.com
http://www.jpost.com

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14 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:

    Correction.

    This is more of a question rather than a true correction.

    Should this line “It does not appear that Jewish ancestry has yet been documented/verified for Amar’e Stoudemire” be stricken from this profile?

    If he claims to be a Hebrew Israelite, I’m pretty sure that he meant he’s a Black Israelite. If that’s the case, there will never be a record of his ancestry to support that claim. Instead of me explaining why that is, I suggest a moderator to look into their history for him and/or herself.

    Either way I feel like the wording should be changed.

    • follers says:

      “Instead of me explaining why that is, I suggest a moderator to look into their history for him and/or herself.”

      I’ll pass.

      As I understand it, Stoudemire meant that he has “typical” Jewish ancestry of some kind, i.e.:
      http://njjewishnews.com/kaplanskorner/2010/08/02/amare-update/

      • passingtime85 says:

        “My family are Hebrew Israelites descended from the Kingdom of Judah.”

        That statement seems to suggest otherwise. But w/e it’s your call.

        • follers says:

          Yes, Stoudemire went from generic Jewish ancestry in the early 2010s to more ambitious comments like that one more recently.

          I don’t think his parents nor his grandparents were Black Hebrew Israelites.

          • bearboy says:

            Speaking of Judaism follers are you 100% confident Anthony Rapp, Abigail Breslin,Aalessandra Torresani, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Carter, and Charlie Sheen have no recent Jewish ancestry?

          • follers says:

            I would say 100% for Torresani, Goldberg, Carter, and most probably Rapp.

            How did Carter get involved in this, anyway? He wouldn’t be my first choice for the first Jewish president.

  2. bearboy says:

    I don’t understand? “Amar’e practices Judaism, and plays for an Israeli basketball team.” “It is not clear if he has (yet?) converted to Judaism.”

  3. Connerfromvine says:

    furthermore***

  4. Connerfromvine says:

    “Amar’e has frequently stated that he has some kind of Jewish ancestry on his mother’s side”

    I have never heard him say “I have Jewish ANCESTRY on my mother’s side” He has only said that he is Jewish and practices Judaism. If he says he practices, then you can assume he does.

    “No Jewish ancestry has ever been documented for Amar’e Stoudemire, nor has he (yet?) converted to Judaism.”

    The media does not document the beliefs of all athletes.

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