Jewish basketball stars from the LES

Opening today at the Village East in Manhattan is a documentary by David Vyorst called The First Basket, about basketball’s popularity among inner-city European Jewish immigrant boys from the 1920s to the early 1950s. Read the brief Times review here. One of the topics discussed is “the role of basketball as a middle ground for second-generation Eastern European immigrants as they established their own American identities, and the corresponding conflicts between old world tradition and American culture.”

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