African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land – Special MLK Presentation

African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land Alley-oop to Aliyah

*This event is for young Jewish professionals in their 20s & 30s*

Rabbi Mark Wildes in interview with David Goldstein
Light Dinner, Wine| $5 Donation

Celebrate MLK Day with MJE and young Jewish professionals for a chance to hear the incredible behind the scenes true stories of African American professional basketball players in Israel.

In his recently published book, “Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land,” David Goldstein explores the intersections of race, religion, identity, sports and Israeli culture. As Sport Illustrated remarked, “Alley-Oop to Aliyah” isn’t just a basketball book; it’s also about immigration, religion, politics, and how players’ lives were changed by their experiences in Israel.”

A Q+A session will follow to allow for questions and comments from the audience.



David A. Goldstein is a journalist and sports executive based in Toronto, Canada.

David is the Chief Operating Officer of U SPORTS (the Canadian equivalent of the NCAA). He is also an adjunct professor of sports law at the University of Toronto, and he lectures on the topic at his alma mater, Osgoode Hall Law School (York University).

A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, David profiled NBA players for more than a decade in a regular sports feature for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and from 2002 to 2003 he also wrote for SHARE, a weekly African Canadian and Caribbean newspaper in Toronto.

Book Website:

Recent column about the book from Haaretz:

Article from Jewish News Syndicate (about a recent speaking engagement in Jerusalem with Nefesh b’Nefesh):

National TV interview on Sport 5 (Israel’s equivalent of ESPN or TSN):

8:00PM Light Dinner, Wine
8:15PM In Conversation with Rabbi Mark Wildes MJE
8:45PM Q+A