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. What are nigunim?
Notes for chanting the Torah, haftarah, and other Jewish sacred texts
Wordless or nearly wordless musical tunes, sometimes set to short phrases in Hebrew or Yiddish
Excerpts of Jewish prayers set to secular music
Music composed by the professional cantorial league
Question 2. 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 3. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
Question 4. Who created the written notation for cantillation notes?
Aaron the Priest
Question 5. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?
The High Priest
Question 6. 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 7. 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