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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. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 Kaddish
 Jeremiah
 The Dybbuk
 Hashkivenu

 

Question 2. Bob Dylan's 1983 album, Infidels, contains an implicitly pro-Zionist song called:
 Neighborhood Bully
 Highway Sixty One Revisited
 I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine
 Blowin' in the Wind

 

Question 3. Which event brought Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt to the attention of the New York Times in 1917?
 His refusal of Cleofonte Campanini's offer to sing the lead at the Chicago Opera
 His appearance at the New York Public Library for the War Savings Stamp Campaign, when he sang "The Star Spangled Banner"
 Leading the prayer service at the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek, one of New York's premier synagogues
 When he sang before a crowd of 6,000 at the Hippodrome Theater to raise funds for Jews suffering in Europe

 

Question 4. 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 5. What is the Hebrew name for the melodies to which traditional prayers are chanted?
 Nusah
 Shaharit
 Trope
 Shiriyah

 

Question 6. Hava Nagila began as:
 A Hasidic melody in Eastern Europe
 A folk melody from the Zionist movement
 A revolution song sung by the Jews in concentration camps
 A biblical melody sung by the priests in the Temple

 

Question 7. What factor has contributed to the development of a rich tradition of classical music in Israel?
 A government policy to fund "Western" music, as opposed to "Eastern" music
 The belief that classical music could instil Zionist values
 The popularity of the Eurovision competition
 The immigration of European musicians to Israel