Today we are going to look at a handful of Black Jews who have had an impact on the sports world. They are all legendary in their own way and hold a strong place in hearts of Jewish sports fans everywhere. Note: This is not a comprehensive list.
Shawn Dawson – American basketball fans probably do not know Dawson unless you are a big fan of the NBA summer league. The son of former pro baller Joe Dawson and a Yemenite mother, Dawson has had strong showings multiple times in the NBA Summer Leagues nearly making the Pelicans in 2016. Dawson is on the Israeli National team and a 4x Israeli League All-Star. He is spending this season in Spain.
Amare Stoudemire – We know that Stoudemire was not Jewish while playing in the NBA but he has officially converted to Judaism. Stoudemire lives primarily in Israel studying and playing ball. Last year he won the Israeli League Championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv. It is fair to say he is one of the most recognizable Black Jews in the world and certainly in sports.
Andre Tippett – This Hall of Famer and former New England Patriot is Jewish. He converted in 1996 a few years after his playing days. His son Coby recently transferred to Rhode Island trying to follow in his father’s footsteps. It will be a tough task as Andre finished his career with 5x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro and the 1985 Defensive Player of the Year.
Elliot Maddox – In 1975, during his playing days, Maddox converted to Judaism. His playing career spanned 11 seasons and 6 teams. He batted .261 with 18 HRS, 234 RBIs and a career .989 fielding percentage. His best year was in 1974 when he finished 8th in the MVP voting.
Josh Ho-Sang – The current New York Islander has a very diverse background; Chinese, Jamaican, Jewish, Russian, and Swedish heritage. The Islanders Right Wing has not had too much success in the NHL and has also played in the OHL and AHL.