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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. 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 2. What are the names of the hip-hop artist Subliminal's first two albums?
 "The Light and the Shadow" and "The Light From Zion"
 "The Sun and the Moon" and "The Star of David"
 "Day and Night" and "Follow the Light"
 "The Numbers Song" and "Kobi Shimoni"

 

Question 3. Before the 19th century, what was a key difference between Sephardic and Ashkenazic musical traditions?
 Only Sephardic Jews maintained a secular musical tradition based in large part on the music of their non-Jewish neighbors
 Only Ashkenazic Jews incorporated music in prayer
 Sephardic Jews allowed women to sing, Ashkenazic Jews did not
 Ashkenazic Jews sang in much higher keys than Sephardic Jews

 

Question 4. Klezmer music was inspired by which of these?
 Kibbutz life
 Shtetl life
 Life in the ghettos during the Holocaust
 The lives of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin

 

Question 5. Chava Alberstein sings in which three languages?
 English, French, and Hebrew
 Yiddish, Hebrew, and English
 Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish
 Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish

 

Question 6. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 Kaddish
 Jeremiah
 The Dybbuk
 Hashkivenu

 

Question 7. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
 Hasidic Jews
 Sephardic Jews
 Reform Jews
 Conservative Jews