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. True or false: All Conservative rabbis will agree to convert a Jew if the primary motivation for the conversion is marriage.


Question 2. In Reform synagogues, are non-Jews permitted to become members?
 Yes, but only on a special designated "supporter" membership


Question 3. 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


Question 4. According to Commentary Magazine, about what percentage of the American Jewish population feels a strong or very strong emotional pull toward Israel?


Question 5. What is a kohen?
 A descendant of Aaron, the High Priest
 Someone whose ancestor was Levi, the third son of Jacob
 Someone who is permitted to recite the Priestly Benediction on festivals in synagogue
 All of these
 None of these


Question 6. Which of these Jewish symbols is not specific to Ashkenazic culture?
 Tefillin (phylacteries)
 Black hats


Question 7. 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