Jewish Music Quiz


Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?

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Qustion 1. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?

Poor people Women Levites The High Priest

Qustion 2. Who created the written notation for cantillation notes?

King Solomon Aaron the Priest The Masoretes Rabbi Akiva

Qustion 3. Before the 19th century, what was a key difference between Sephardic and Ashkenazic musical traditions?

Only Sephardic Jews maintained a secular musical tradition based in large part on the music of their non-Jewish neighbors Only Ashkenazic Jews incorporated music in prayer Sephardic Jews allowed women to sing, Ashkenazic Jews did not Ashkenazic Jews sang in much higher keys than Sephardic Jews

Qustion 4. Which event brought Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt to the attention of the New York Times in 1917?

His refusal of Cleofonte Campanini's offer to sing the lead at the Chicago Opera His appearance at the New York Public Library for the War Savings Stamp Campaign, when he sang "The Star Spangled Banner" Leading the prayer service at the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek, one of New York's premier synagogues When he sang before a crowd of 6,000 at the Hippodrome Theater to raise funds for Jews suffering in Europe

Qustion 5. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?

Alan Lerner Oscar Hammerstein Cole Porter Bob Dylan

Qustion 6. After the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, the topics of Israeli folk songs began to shift to:

Describing the pastoral scenes of the land Describing the construction and build up of civilization in Israel, as well as the irrigation of the deserts The political reality of the new state and the desire of the Jewish people for peace Gender issues in the new state

Qustion 7. Henry Sapoznik's klezmer band, Kapelye, appeared in which Hollywood version of a famous novel?

Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion Chaim Potok's The Chosen Myron S. Kaufmann's Remember Me to God Leon Uris' Exodus

Qustion 8. Which of these statements about Fiddler on the Roof is true?

It is one of the three most succesful musicals in American history It was intended primarily for non-Jewish Broadway audiences It has for decades served as a Jewish cultural icon All of these

Qustion 9. What factor has contributed to the development of a rich tradition of classical music in Israel?

A government policy to fund "Western" music, as opposed to "Eastern" music The belief that classical music could instil Zionist values The popularity of the Eurovision competition The immigration of European musicians to Israel

Qustion 10. Which song, written by Naomi Shemer, is most often associated with the Six-Day War?

Shir L'Shalom Ammunition Hill Hora He'achuzut Jerusalem of Gold
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