The swimming competition at the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, 1933. (PikiWiki Israel)

Jewish Sports Quiz

Test your knowledge of athletics in Judaism.

While sports have never been a major focus of Jewish life, Jews have risen to fame in professional baseball, basketball, and boxing. Sports have also reflected greater social and political conflicts in Jewish life. How much do you know about Jews and sports?

Question 1 of 10
When did Max Nordau, a medical doctor, deliver a speech stressing the need to reestablish a "muscular Jewry”?
Question 2 of 10
When was the Young Men's Hebrew Association, an organization that used sports and recreational activities to improve the moral, social, and educational life of young German Jews, founded?
Question 3 of 10
Mah-jongg orginated in what country?
Question 4 of 10
True or false: In Greek and Roman times, sports were associated with idol worship, and were performed in the nude.
Question 5 of 10
Who was the first Jewish designated hitter in the major leagues for the New York Yankees?
Question 6 of 10
Who was NOT a famous Jewish boxer?
Question 7 of 10
True or false: In 2004, the Ittihad Abna Sakhnin soccer club became the first Arab team to win the Israeli National Cup.
Question 8 of 10
True or False: Dr. James Naismith invented basketball at the Young Men's Hebrew Association
Question 9 of 10
Jews have been extremely uncomfortable with sports and worship of the body, up until what point in history?
Question 10 of 10
At the “Nazi Olympics” in 1936, how many Jewish athletes competed for Germany?

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