Jewish Theatre & Dance Quiz


From Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?

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Qustion 1. Which noted dancer made his debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York?

Alvin Ailey Mikhail Baryshnikov Fred Astaire Gregory Hines

Qustion 2. Who was Sara Levi-Tanai?

An Israeli actor An Israeli dancer An Israeli theatre director An Israeli theatre critic

Qustion 3. Who authored "The Comedy of Betrothal"--the oldest existing Hebrew play?

Yehuda Sommo, in 16th century Italy Avram Goldfadn, though he later became more famous for his works in Yiddish Solomon Ibn Gabirol, in 11th century Spain Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl's right-hand man

Qustion 4. Who is known as the father of Yiddish theatre?

Avram Goldfadn Sholem Asch Sholem Aleichem Jacob Gordin

Qustion 5. Who was Anna Sokolow?

An American Jewish dancer and choreographer An Israeli dancer and choreographer A Jewish theatre critic A patron of Jewish performing arts

Qustion 6. In the mid-20th century, who was responsible for disseminating Israeli folkdances across the United States?

Fred Berk Anna Sokolow Martha Graham Selma Jeanne Cohen

Qustion 7. Who is credited with bringing Yiddish theatre from Europe to America?

Sholom Asch Avram Goldfadn Borris Thomashevsky Jacob Gordin

Qustion 8. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?

Buddhism Judaism Christianity Islam

Qustion 9. Which of the following statements about Israeli folkdance is NOT true?

It was created by pioneers who wished to express their passion about returning to the Promised Land It became a national pastime in Israel It is an important way for Jews outside of Israel to connect with the Jewish state It is highly competitive

Qustion 10. What happened in 1933, after Hitler came to power, and Jewish actors were ousted in Germany?

Nearly all German Jewish actors moved to America or Israel Jewish actors who were able to hide their Jewishness continued to star on German stages German Jewish actors saturated the theatre scene in Vienna, Austria Jewish actors and the public formed the Juedischer Kulturbund ("Jewish Cultural League")
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