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. 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 2. What geographical region does the term "Ashkenazic" literally refer to?


Question 3. Who was the first person to identify the phenomenon of self-hating Jews?
 Karl Marx
 Theodor Herzl
 Karl Straus
 Golda Meir


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. 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 6. True or false: Before he was killed, the reporter Daniel Pearl affirmed his identity by proclaiming to his captors: "I am a Jew."


Question 7. Which of these Jewish symbols is not specific to Ashkenazic culture?
 Tefillin (phylacteries)
 Black hats