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. Which Jewish swimmer won 7 gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics?
Question 2. Hank Greenberg played for what team?
New York Yankees
Question 3. American and Russian immigrants to Israel have brought which sports to the Jewish state?
All of these
Question 4. 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 5. Who was the first Israeli to play in the NBA?
Question 6. By the 20th century, the Young Men's Hebrew Association became which New York-based Jewish organization?
Jewish Theological Seminary
14st Street Y
92nd Street Y
Question 7. 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 8. True or False: Dr. James Naismith invented basketball at the Young Men's Hebrew Association
Question 9. 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?
Question 10. What is the name of the Jewish baseball star who sat out a game on Yom Kippur in 1934?