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 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 2. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra
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 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
Question 5. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
Question 6. After the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, the topics of Israeli folk songs began to shift to:
Describing the pastoral scenes of the land
Describing the construction and build up of civilization in Israel, as well as the irrigation of the deserts
The political reality of the new state and the desire of the Jewish people for peace
Gender issues in the new state
Question 7. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?