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


Question 3. True or false: Gambling is, for the most part, permitted in Judaism.


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. When was the Young Men's Hebrew Association, an organization that used sports and recreational activities to improve the moral, social, and educational life of young German Jews, founded?


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. Israel won its first Olympic medals at the
 1992 Olympics in Barcelona
 2000 Olympics in Sydney
 1998 Olympics in Nagano
 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles
 Israel has never won an Olympic medal


Question 8. Who was NOT a famous Jewish boxer?
 Benny Leonard
 Barney Ross
 Maxie Rosenbloom
 Harry Brill


Question 9. Who was the first Israeli to play in the NBA?
 Michael Jordan
 Omri Caspi
 Amare Stoudemire
 Jon Scheyer


Question 10. 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