Jewish Theatre & Dance QuizFrom Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?
Question 1. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
Question 2. What happened in 1933, after Hitler came to power, and Jewish actors were ousted in Germany?
Nearly all German Jewish actors moved to America or Israel
Jewish actors who were able to hide their Jewishness continued to star on German stages
German Jewish actors saturated the theatre scene in Vienna, Austria
Jewish actors and the public formed the Juedischer Kulturbund ("Jewish Cultural League")
Question 3. Which noted dancer made his debut at the 92nd Street Y in New York?
Question 4. Who wrote The Jew of Malta?
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Question 5. Which biblical character is main focus of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?
Question 6. What was the central theme of the Hebrew plays written in Palestine (pre-state Israel)?
The limits of Socialism
The dangers of capitalism
Question 7. Which of the following statements about Israeli folkdance is NOT true?
It was created by pioneers who wished to express their passion about returning to the Promised Land
It became a national pastime in Israel
It is an important way for Jews outside of Israel to connect with the Jewish state
It is highly competitive
Question 8. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
Jewish immigrants to America
Question 9. Which of these biblical women is associated with dance?
Question 10. What is most responsible for the end to Yiddish theatre in Europe?
Almost all Yiddish actors moved to America by the turn of the 20th century
Almost all Yiddish-speaking audiences moved to America by the turn of the 20th century
After World War I, Jews in Europe prefered not to speak Yiddish