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. 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 2. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
Question 3. Who was Anna Sokolow?
An American Jewish dancer and choreographer
An Israeli dancer and choreographer
A Jewish theatre critic
A patron of Jewish performing arts
Question 4. Which of these Jewish playwrights explores homophobia in his work?
Question 5. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
Question 6. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
Jewish immigrants to America
Question 7. Who is credited with bringing Yiddish theatre from Europe to America?
Question 8. What was the main message of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 1779 play, Nathan the Wise?
Religion is the opium of the masses
Virtue is not bound to religion and all religions are equally important
Judaism is the most true religion, but other religions should be tolerated
It is best to have no religion, but if one must be religious one should choose either Judaism or Christianity
Question 9. How did playwright Tony Kushner begin his "Angels in America"?
With a long midrash from a rabbi
With a reference to Adam and Eve
With Hava Nagila
With a clip of a speech by Golda Meir
Question 10. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to