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. 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
 Munich Massacre
 Nazi Olympics
 German Gold Gathering
 Protest Olympics


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?
 King David
 King Solomon
 King Ahasuerus
 King Herod


Question 7. Hank Greenberg played for what team?
 New York Yankees
 Detroit Tigers
 Houston Astros
 Brooklyn Cyclones


Question 8. Which talmudic sage was famous for both his Torah scholarship and his strength as a gladiator?
 Rabbi Akiva
 Bar Kokhba
 Resh Lakish


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?