My Jewish Learning

Who is a Jew Quiz

There are many kinds of Jews, and many legal definitions of Jewishness. How much do you know about the spectrum of Jewish identity?

Question 1. In Reform synagogues, are non-Jews permitted to become members?
 Yes, but only on a special designated "supporter" membership


Question 2. What does the word Mizrahi mean?
 Not One of Us


Question 3. What is giyur?
 A convert
 A potential convert
 A descendant of one of the Seven Nations


Question 4. What is the first step to converting to Judaism in the Reform approach?
 Immersion in a ritual bath
 Taking a series of classes
 Marrying a Jew
 Saying a prayer solidifying a potential convert's commitment


Question 5. Which of the following movements accepts patrilineal descent as an acceptable component toward establishing a person's Jewish status?
 Ger Hasidism
 Reconstructionist Judaism
 Conservative Judaism
 Orthodox Judaism


Question 6. What finding in the 2001 American Jewish Identity Survey caused a major stir-up?
 Over half of all American Jews intermarry
 Nearly half of American Jews do not belong to a synagogue
 3/4 of American Jews do not believe in God
 All American Jews will be assimilated or Orthodox by 2050


Question 7. What is the historical definition of a Jew?
 Anyone who swears fealty to the Jewish God
 Anyone born to a Jewish mother or who converts to Judaism
 Anyone who takes the religion of Judaism upon themselves
 Anyone who has eaten wine and challah on Shabbat