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


Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. Which of these is not a Sephardic holiday custom?
 Whipping each other with scallions on Passover
 Eating rice and legumes on Passover
 Singing the "Had Gadya" song
 Eating a series of special foods as omens for a good new year


Question 5. What does the word Mizrahi mean?
 Not One of Us


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