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. Hank Greenberg played for what team?
 New York Yankees
 Detroit Tigers
 Houston Astros
 Brooklyn Cyclones


Question 3. American and Russian immigrants to Israel have brought which sports to the Jewish state?
 Figure skating
 All of these


Question 4. At which Olympic games did Palestinian terrorists killed 11 members of the Israeli delegation?
 The Munich Olympics
 The Salt Lake City Olympics
 The Berlin Olympics
 The Athens Olympics


Question 5. Who was the first Israeli to play in the NBA?
 Michael Jordan
 Omri Caspi
 Amare Stoudemire
 Jon Scheyer


Question 6. By the 20th century, the Young Men's Hebrew Association became which New York-based Jewish organization?
 Jewish Theological Seminary
 14st Street Y
 92nd Street Y


Question 7. 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 8. True or False: Dr. James Naismith invented basketball at the Young Men's Hebrew Association


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. 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