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. Chava Alberstein sings in which three languages?

English, French, and Hebrew Yiddish, Hebrew, and English Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish

Qustion 2. 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 3. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?

Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra Harry Belafonte Bruce Springsteen Bob Dylan

Qustion 4. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?

Alan Lerner Oscar Hammerstein Cole Porter Bob Dylan

Qustion 5. 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 6. 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 7. What is the Hebrew name for the melodies to which traditional prayers are chanted?

Nusah Shaharit Trope Shiriyah

Qustion 8. 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 9. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.

True False

Qustion 10. Salamone Rossi's great claim to Jewish musical fame came with his publication in 1623 of what work?

Ha-Shirim Asher li-Shelomo Shir Ha Shirim Haleli Nafshi Adon Olam
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