Jared Armstrong is using basketball to help Israeli children escape the realities of war


Courtesy of Jared Armstrong

Jared Armstrong, center, is running free basketball clinics for children in Ashkelon, Israel.

(JTA) - Last summer, Jared Armstrong traveled from his adopted home of Israel back to the United States to confront a problem - running basketball clinics across the country in a bid to improve Black-Jewish relations.

Now, following Hamas' Oct. 7 invasion of Israel, the professional basketball player is bringing his clinics to the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, where he lives, aiming to provide kids with a diversion and a chance to have fun as the war continues to rage just miles away in Gaza.

He also hopes to give Israeli children evacuated from Gaza border communities a chance to get on...

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