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 NOT a famous Jewish boxer?
 Benny Leonard
 Barney Ross
 Maxie Rosenbloom
 Harry Brill


Question 2. 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 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?
 Michael Phelps
 Jason Lezak
 Mark Spitz
 Matt Biondi


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?
 Kobe Bryant
 Jordan Farmar
 Wilt Chamberlain
 Magic Johnson