Jewish Music QuizJewish 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. What factor has contributed to the development of a rich tradition of classical music in Israel?
A government policy to fund "Western" music, as opposed to "Eastern" music
The belief that classical music could instil Zionist values
The popularity of the Eurovision competition
The immigration of European musicians to Israel
Question 3. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?
Question 4. Which event brought Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt to the attention of the New York Times in 1917?
His refusal of Cleofonte Campanini's offer to sing the lead at the Chicago Opera
His appearance at the New York Public Library for the War Savings Stamp Campaign, when he sang "The Star Spangled Banner"
Leading the prayer service at the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek, one of New York's premier synagogues
When he sang before a crowd of 6,000 at the Hippodrome Theater to raise funds for Jews suffering in Europe
Question 5. When Wagner claimed in his essay "Judaism in Music" that Jews could never be "true" creators because they are parasitic, Arnold Schoenberg created what musical response?
Cain and Abel
Moses and Aaron
Rachel and Leah
Jacob and Esau
Question 6. Which of these statements about Fiddler on the Roof is true?
It is one of the three most succesful musicals in American history
It was intended primarily for non-Jewish Broadway audiences
It has for decades served as a Jewish cultural icon
All of these
Question 7. Which of these facts about Debbie Friedman is NOT true?
Her "Alef bet" song has appeared on Barney the Dinosaur's TV show
Her compositions have become a lasting part of the Reform movement's liturgy
Her version of "V'ahavta" was co-written with James Taylor
She learned to play guitar at Jewish summer camp