My Jewish Learning

Jewish Sports Quiz

While sports have never been a major focus of Jewish life, Jews have risen to fame in professional baseball, basketball, and boxing. Sports have also reflected greater social and political conflicts in Jewish life. How much do you know about Jews and sports?

Question 1. Which Jewish swimmer won 7 gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics?
 Michael Phelps
 Jason Lezak
 Mark Spitz
 Matt Biondi


Question 2. True or false: Gambling is, for the most part, permitted in Judaism.


Question 3. Super Sunday, a day of telephone fundraising for Jewish Federations across the country, traditionally coincides with which major sporting event?
 The first Yankees-Redsox baseball game of the season
 The Superbowl
 The final game of the World Series
 The final game in the NHL (National Hockey League)


Question 4. Who was the first king to establish his own five-yearly games on an international scale?
 King David
 King Solomon
 King Ahasuerus
 King Herod


Question 5. Who was not a Jewish baseball player?
 Shawn Green
 Hank Greenberg
 Maxie Rosenbloom
 Sandy Koufax


Question 6. What is the name of the youth movement that was established in the 1920s to improve the physical and mental fitness of young Jews across the world?
 Maccabi Tza'ir


Question 7. True or False: The Talmud addresses issues of betting on pigeon races.


Question 8. Historically, where have Jewish women played mah-jongg?
 The tenements of New York City
 Resort areas in the Catskills
 American suburbia
 All of these


Question 9. What year was Israel absent from the Olympic Summer Games in support of the U.S. boycott of the Soviet Union?


Question 10. Who was the first Israeli to play in the NBA?
 Michael Jordan
 Omri Caspi
 Amare Stoudemire
 Jon Scheyer