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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
 Women
 Levites
 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?
 Kaddish
 Jeremiah
 The Dybbuk
 Hashkivenu

 

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

 

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