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

 

Question 2. 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 3. Which talmudic sage was famous for both his Torah scholarship and his strength as a gladiator?
 Rabbi Akiva
 Maimonides
 Bar Kokhba
 Resh Lakish

 

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

 

Question 5. Mah-jongg orginiated in what country?
 Japan
 China
 South Korea
 Thailand

 

Question 6. The terrorist act at teh Munich Olympics was carried out by a group called
 Black September
 White August
 Yellow May
 Green June

 

Question 7. True or false: In Greek and Roman times, sports were associated with idol worship, and were performed in the nude.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. Who was the first Israeli to play in the NBA?
 Michael Jordan
 Omri Caspi
 Amare Stoudemire
 Jon Scheyer

 

Question 9. True or false: In 2004, the Ittihad Abna Sakhnin soccer club became the first Arab team to win the Israeli National Cup.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. At the “Nazi Olympics” in 1936, how many Jewish athletes competed for Germany?
 Nine
 None
 One
 Three