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 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 2. 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 3. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
Question 4. What is the Hebrew name for the melodies to which traditional prayers are chanted?
Question 5. 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 6. Which song, written by Naomi Shemer, is most often associated with the Six-Day War?
Jerusalem of Gold
Question 7. 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