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


Question 2. 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 3. The 1936 Berlin Olympics are also known as the
 Munich Massacre
 Nazi Olympics
 German Gold Gathering
 Protest Olympics


Question 4. True or False: Dr. James Naismith invented basketball at the Young Men's Hebrew Association


Question 5. Who was the first king to establish his own five-yearly games on an international scale?
 King David
 King Solomon
 King Ahasuerus
 King Herod


Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. What year was Israel absent from the Olympic Summer Games in support of the U.S. boycott of the Soviet Union?


Question 10. 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