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Aly Raisman, Amar’e Stoudemire to participate in upcoming Maccabiah Games

by Jana Banin, JTA

July 15, 2013 | 3:09 pm

From left: American gymnast Aly Raisman and NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire

From left: American gymnast Aly Raisman and NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire

The 19th Maccabiah Games begin this week. Of the 8,000 athletes from around the world descending on Israel for what some call the “Jewish Olympics,” 1,100 will hail from America.

At the head of the pack is none other than American Jewish gymnast extraordinnaire, Aly Raisman. Another big-name American to look out for at the games, which run July 18-30, is Amar’e Stoudemire. The New York Knicks star surprised fans the first time he traveled to Israel to explore his Jewish roots.  This time the big surprise is that he isn’t representing the United States, but instead will be coaching the Canadian basketball team.

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