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


Question 2. True or False: The Talmud addresses issues of betting on pigeon races.


Question 3. 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 4. Who was not a Jewish baseball player?
 Shawn Green
 Hank Greenberg
 Maxie Rosenbloom
 Sandy Koufax


Question 5. Who was NOT a famous Jewish boxer?
 Benny Leonard
 Barney Ross
 Maxie Rosenbloom
 Harry Brill


Question 6. The first store to sell mah-jongg sets in America was
 Abercrombie and Fitch


Question 7. 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 8. During the years 1910-1940, how many Jewish world champion boxers were there?


Question 9. 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 10. True or false: In Greek and Roman times, sports were associated with idol worship, and were performed in the nude.