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. True or False: Yiddish theatre has a long history in St. Petersburg , Russia
Question 2. 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 3. Who wrote The Jew of Malta?
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. In the mid-20th century, who was responsible for disseminating Israeli folkdances across the United States?
Selma Jeanne Cohen
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. Which of these was NOT an Israeli playwright?
Question 10. True or false: Hasidic circle dancing can last for hours.