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Former Jewish NBA Player Returns to Play in Israel

Former Jewish NBA Player Returns to Play in Israel

Former NBA Jewish point guard Jordan Farmar is headed back to Israel to play for the Maccabi Tel Aviv. Farmar played for the Clippers, Nets, and won 2 championships as a member of the Lakers. He now looks to revitalize his career and his roots in the holy land.

Farmar 28, was born in Los Angeles in 1986 to an African father and Jewish mother. His father was a minor league baseball player, while his mother was a nurse at a local hospital.  He attended Hebrew school and had his bar mitzvah at Temple Judea in Tarzana, California. Farmar attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana and Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, before transferring his second year to Taft High School in Woodland Hills, a suburban community of the San Fernando Valley within Los Angeles.

At Taft High School, Farmar scored a record 54 points in a single game. As a junior, he averaged 28.5 points per game, 8.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 4.5 steals. As a senior, he averaged 27.5 points and 6.5 assists, and led Taft to the school's first Los Angeles City title. He had over 2,000 points in two seasons at Taft Farmar was named the Los Angeles Times Player of the Year, LA City Co-Player of the Year, and California Interscholastic Federation Los Angeles City Section High School Player of the Year. He earned USA Today Super 25 selection, second-team Parade All-American, Slam Magazine Honorable Mention All-American, CalHi Sports All-State honors, and the Southern California Jewish Athlete of the Year.

Farmar then at attended local UCLA where he shined as a point guard. He was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team and the all Pac-10 Tournament team. As a freshman in 2004–05, Farmar was the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Year, and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. He led the team in assists (5.28 average) and free throw percentage (.801), and was # 2 in minutes (34.3) and points (13.2 points).

He was drafted by his home town Los Angeles Lakers with the 26th pick overall in the 2006 NBA draft. He played 4 years in with the Lakers organization playing a long side NBA legend Kobe Bryant and winning 2 NBA titles.  Farmar was then traded to the New Jersey Nets where he spent 2 season before a brief stint with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2011. Farmar returned to the NBA after a year overseas, playing for both Los Angeles’s franchises. On July 6, 2015, Farmar returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv, signing a contract for the 2015–16 seasons hoping to revive his NBA career.

 

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