Jewish Sports QuizWhile 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. When did Max Nordau, a medical doctor, deliver a speech stressing the need to reestablish a "muscular Jewry”?
At the 1927 Zionist Congress in Basle
At the second Zionist Congress in 1898
At the United Nations while the Partition Plan was being discussed in 1947
At the first Zionist Congress in 1897
Question 2. The 1936 Berlin Olympics are also known as the
German Gold Gathering
Question 3. At which Olympic games did Palestinian terrorists killed 11 members of the Israeli delegation?
The Munich Olympics
The Salt Lake City Olympics
The Berlin Olympics
The Athens Olympics
Question 4. True or false: In Greek and Roman times, sports were associated with idol worship, and were performed in the nude.
Question 5. Jews have been extremely uncomfortable with sports and worship of the body, up until what point in history?
The Crusades, when the strongest Jews survived
The rise of Zionism, which redefined the role of physical activity
The Enlightenment, when traditional Jews began to embrace new notions of physical beauty
The Black Plague, when the strongest Jews survived
Question 6. Who was the first king to establish his own five-yearly games on an international scale?
Question 7. Hank Greenberg played for what team?
New York Yankees
Question 8. Which talmudic sage was famous for both his Torah scholarship and his strength as a gladiator?
Question 9. True or False: Dr. James Naismith invented basketball at the Young Men's Hebrew Association
Question 10. What year was Israel absent from the Olympic Summer Games in support of the U.S. boycott of the Soviet Union?