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Jewish Music Quiz

Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?

Question 1. Henry Sapoznik's klezmer band, Kapelye, appeared in which Hollywood version of a famous novel?
 Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
 Chaim Potok's The Chosen
 Myron S. Kaufmann's Remember Me to God
 Leon Uris' Exodus


Question 2. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?
 Poor people
 The High Priest


Question 3. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?
 Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra
 Harry Belafonte
 Bruce Springsteen
 Bob Dylan


Question 4. Hava Nagila began as:
 A Hasidic melody in Eastern Europe
 A folk melody from the Zionist movement
 A revolution song sung by the Jews in concentration camps
 A biblical melody sung by the priests in the Temple


Question 5. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 The Dybbuk


Question 6. What is the Hebrew name for the melodies to which traditional prayers are chanted?


Question 7. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?
 Alan Lerner
 Oscar Hammerstein
 Cole Porter
 Bob Dylan