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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. The name of which historical book is now associated with Jewish atheletes?
 Book of Maccabees
 Wisdom of Solomon
 Letter of Jeremiah
 Book of Judith


Question 2. 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 3. Who was not a Jewish baseball player?
 Shawn Green
 Hank Greenberg
 Maxie Rosenbloom
 Sandy Koufax


Question 4. 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 5. True or False: The Talmud addresses issues of betting on pigeon races.


Question 6. Which talmudic sage was famous for both his Torah scholarship and his strength as a gladiator?
 Rabbi Akiva
 Bar Kokhba
 Resh Lakish


Question 7. True or false: In 2004, the Ittihad Abna Sakhnin soccer club became the first Arab team to win the Israeli National Cup.


Question 8. During the years 1910-1940, how many Jewish world champion boxers were there?


Question 9. What is the name of the Jewish baseball star who sat out a game on Yom Kippur in 1934?
 Edgar Guest
 Hank Greenberg
 Sandy Koufax
 Art Shamsky


Question 10. At which sporting event location was the first kosher food stand opened in 2003?
 USTA National Tennis Center
 Giants Stadium
 Yankee Stadium
 Fenway Park