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. Who was NOT a famous Jewish boxer?
Question 2. What is the name of the Jewish baseball star who sat out a game on Yom Kippur in 1934?
Question 3. 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 4. True or False: Dr. James Naismith invented basketball at the Young Men's Hebrew Association
Question 5. True or False: The Talmud addresses issues of betting on pigeon races.
Question 6. Which Jewish swimmer won 7 gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics?
Question 7. 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 8. What year was Israel absent from the Olympic Summer Games in support of the U.S. boycott of the Soviet Union?
Question 9. 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 10. Which current or former Los Angeles Laker is Jewish?