Jewish Music QuizJewish 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. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
Question 2. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.
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. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
Question 5. Which composition by George Gershwin is a fusion of European classical music with pop, jazz, and blues?
Porgy and Bess
Rhapsody in Blue
The Jazz Singer
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 song, written by Naomi Shemer, is most often associated with the Six-Day War?
Jerusalem of Gold