Amar’e Stoudemire

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Stoudemire in 2011, photo by Prphotos

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 and Israeli basketball player. His parents, Carrie (Palmorn) and Hazell Stoudemire, are both African-American. He is married to Alexis Welch, with whom he has four children.

In 2019, Amar’e became an Israeli citizen, and plays for an Israeli basketball team. His Hebrew name is Jehoshaphat. He is either in the process of converting to Judaism, or has already converted.

Around 2010, Amar’e has said that his mother has evidently “mentioned that somewhere back in her lineage there might be some Jewish roots.” He later added:

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. It does not appear that Jewish ancestry has yet been verified/documented for Amar’e Stoudemire. He has also said that he believes that “Jesus is the Messiah,” and that he is “culturally Jewish.”

Amar’e’s paternal grandfather was named Jimmie Stoudemire. Jimmie was born in Alabama.

Amar’e’s paternal grandmother was named Oriephine Lamar (the daughter of Joe Lamar, and of a woman surname Robinson). Oriephine was born in Alabama.

Amar’e’s maternal grandfather was named Jack Palmorn (the son of Joe Palmorn). Jack was born in Georgia.

Amar’e’s maternal grandmother was named Bessie Bell Thomas.

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

Article about Amar’e’s Judaism study – https://ohr.edu

15 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Amare’e’s paternal grandfather was Jimmie Stoudemire. Jimmie was born in Alabama.

    Amare’e’s paternal grandmother was Oriephine Lamar (the daughter of Joe Lamar and a woman with last name Robinson). Oriephine was born in Alabama .

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

  4. Connerfromvine says:

    furthermore***

  5. 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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