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.
 True
 False

 

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?
 Hahistadrut
 Beitar
 Maccabi Tza'ir
 Hapoel

 

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

 

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?
 1980
 1984
 2004
 1992

 

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