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. When did cultural Jewish identity--which removed religion from the equation--begin to emerge?
 In the Middle Ages, when heretics were excommunicated
 After the Holocaust, when Jews lost their faith
 During and after the Enlightenment, as Jews were exposed to new secular culture forms and religious affiliation became voluntary
 Never; cultural Judaism always has some aspect of religion in it


Question 2. Which of these factors complicate the "Who is a Jew?" conversation in Israel?
 Patrilineal descent
 Different conversion standards in different Jewish denominations
 The fact that there is no separation of church and state in Israel
 All of these
 None of these


Question 3. 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 4. The Law of Return
 Grants Israeli citizenship to any Jewish person
 Grants Israeli citizenship to anyone with a single Jewish grandparent or a Jewish spouse
 Grants Israeli citizenship to some people whom Israel's rabbinate does not consider Jewish
 All of these
 None of these


Question 5. Which of these is not one of the steps of a traditional conversion?
 Immersion in a ritual pool
 Brit milah (for men)
 Acceptance of all the mitzvot, including keeping Shabbat and kashrut
 The marriage ceremony


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