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. 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 2. Which biblical king peformed David performs an ecstatic dance before the ark as it was brought to Jerusalem?
Question 3. Who is known as the father of Yiddish theatre?
Question 4. Who authored "The Comedy of Betrothal"--the oldest existing Hebrew play?
Yehuda Sommo, in 16th century Italy
Avram Goldfadn, though he later became more famous for his works in Yiddish
Solomon Ibn Gabirol, in 11th century Spain
Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl's right-hand man
Question 5. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
Jewish immigrants to America
Question 6. In what play does Jakie Rabinowitz abandon his past, his father, and his love for cantorial music to become the American jazz star Jack Robin?
Awake and Sing!
The Jazz Singer
Fiddler on the Roof
Question 7. In the mid-20th century, who was responsible for disseminating Israeli folkdances across the United States?
Selma Jeanne Cohen
Question 8. 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 9. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
Question 10. Which of these is a common part of Jewish wedding dancing?
The groom dances while carrying the bride on his back
The groomsmen perform a special dance for the bride, in private
The bride and groom are hoisted up on chairs
All of these