The History of Jews in Basketball

A few years after its invention by James Naismith, basketball became the primary sport in the crowded streets of the Jewish neighborhood on New York’s Lower East Side.

Participating in the new game was a quick and enjoyable way to become Americanized. Jews not only dominated the sport for the next 50-plus years, but were also instrumental in modernizing the game. While the influence of Jewish players, referees, coaches and administrators has gradually diminished since the mid‑1950s, the current basketball scene features numerous Jews in important positions. Charley Rosen and Douglas Stark host a lively discussion of Jews’ contributions to the evolution of present-day pro basketball.











When: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500
Price: $29
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A few years after its invention by James Naismith, basketball became the primary sport in the crowded streets of the Jewish neighborhood on New York’s Lower East Side.

Participating in the new game was a quick and enjoyable way to become Americanized. Jews not only dominated the sport for the next 50-plus years, but were also instrumental in modernizing the game. While the influence of Jewish players, referees, coaches and administrators has gradually diminished since the mid‑1950s, the current basketball scene features numerous Jews in important positions. Charley Rosen and Douglas Stark host a lively discussion of Jews’ contributions to the evolution of present-day pro basketball.

Buy tickets/get more info now