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. 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 2. What was the earliest Broadway play featuring Jewish characters?
The Diary of Anne Frank
Abie's Irish Rose
Death of a Salesman
Question 3. The Murder of Isaac, a play by the Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, is about what?
The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
The biblical story of the binding of Isaac
The murder of a religious Jew at the hands of a secular Israeli gang
A kibbutznik who moves to Tel Aviv
Question 4. Beginning in the Middle Ages, which Jewish holiday was associated with theatre productions?
Question 5. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
Question 6. 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 7. True or false: The rabbis in the Talmud issued bans forbidding theatre, which they considered a sinful waste of time.
Question 8. Who was Sara Levi-Tanai?
An Israeli actor
An Israeli dancer
An Israeli theatre director
An Israeli theatre critic
Question 9. 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
Question 10. Who is known as the father of Yiddish theatre?