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Jewish Music Quiz

Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?

Question 1. Who created the written notation for cantillation notes?
 King Solomon
 Aaron the Priest
 The Masoretes
 Rabbi Akiva


Question 2. Before the 19th century, what was a key difference between Sephardic and Ashkenazic musical traditions?
 Only Sephardic Jews maintained a secular musical tradition based in large part on the music of their non-Jewish neighbors
 Only Ashkenazic Jews incorporated music in prayer
 Sephardic Jews allowed women to sing, Ashkenazic Jews did not
 Ashkenazic Jews sang in much higher keys than Sephardic Jews


Question 3. Henry Sapoznik's klezmer band, Kapelye, appeared in which Hollywood version of a famous novel?
 Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
 Chaim Potok's The Chosen
 Myron S. Kaufmann's Remember Me to God
 Leon Uris' Exodus


Question 4. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 The Dybbuk


Question 5. Which of these facts about Debbie Friedman is NOT true?
 Her "Alef bet" song has appeared on Barney the Dinosaur's TV show
 Her compositions have become a lasting part of the Reform movement's liturgy
 Her version of "V'ahavta" was co-written with James Taylor
 She learned to play guitar at Jewish summer camp


Question 6. Which of these is an example of song in the Bible?
 Abraham singing to God as he attempted to sacrifice Isaac
 Moses and Miriam leading the people in song after the exodus from Egypt
 The Israelites singing their complaints to God in the desert
 All of these


Question 7. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?
 Alan Lerner
 Oscar Hammerstein
 Cole Porter
 Bob Dylan