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. Dance is a prominent expression at which of these Jewish lifecycle events?
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. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?
Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. What is the name of the play often performed at a Purim celebration
Question 7. In the 1930s, Habimah Theatre moved from Moscow to
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. What was the first American theatre to specialize in Yiddish plays?
Der Yiddishe Theatre
Question 10. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
Jewish immigrants to America